Whole foods meal preparation is an essential part of my wellness routine. It's an investment of time in exchange for clear energy, clarity, health maintenance, prevention, and delicious convenient food! Although it may seem daunting at first, practice and values outweigh the effort once it becomes a part of your lifestyle. . .Read More
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By Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC
This is a simple and effective formula to stimulate gastric juices, enzymes, digestive fire, and appetite before a meal. To prepare, pour half and half of the items in the photo above (Maria’s Swedish Bitters and Barne’s apple cider vinegar + manuka) into an empty bottle. Shake before using. 5 - 10 minutes before a meal consume 1 - 2 teaspoons in a little warm water.
An alternative option is to add 1 - 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into a little bit of warm water with a pinch of ginger root powder. Consume 5 - 20 minutes before your meals.
Consume digestive bitters or apple cider vinegar with ginger prior to each meal for the following imbalances: indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, intestinal cramps, and gas. For other ideas on how to improve natural enzyme secretions please read Mindful Eating.
If you’re interested in diet therapy as complimented by acupuncture I’d be happy to guide you along. Please visit www.vcaspa.com to book online or call 250-590-4341. To learn more about my acupuncture practice, follow @hayley_stobbs on Instagram.
In health & happiness,
Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC
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