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A Spoonful Of …

March 26th 11:03am, 2013

A spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down, but the sweet stuff has nothing on these good-for-you sips.

Local Honey: Though there’s no hard evidence that local honey relieves allergy symptoms, honey does boost energy and reduce swelling. It doesn’t hurt that it tastes great, too. Find local honey at area markets and restaurants including Straub’s, Maude’s Market and Golden Grocer.

Apple Cider Vinegar: This acid has been shown to improve blood sugar levels and is suspected to aid in carbohydrate digestion and weight loss. Hold your nose and take a gulp.

Cherry Juice: This super food has even more antioxidants than pomegranates. Drinking just a spoonful has been proven to decrease muscle soreness. Shots after the gym, anyone?

Coconut Oil: This heart-healthy oil helps the body build resistance to viruses and bacteria. It has also been linked to lowering cholesterol. Bonus: You get to smell like sunscreen year-round.

Lemon Juice: A tablespoon taken an hour before a meal has been shown to help asthma; it also helps to relieve constipation, heartburn and indigestion. Pucker up – and squeeze it fresh.

Olive Oil: Research has linked a tablespoon a day to weight loss because of its appetite-suppressing potential. Sound too slimy? Just add it to your salad.

— photo by Carmen Troesser

By Julie Cohen

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