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HI!  Sorry I’ve been so MIA. Yet again, hand over that worst-blogger-award. I deserve it.
Let’s get down to business. 
Holistic, all natural, ancient-been-around-for-hundreds-of-years health beneficial habits (is that even a correct sentence? probably not).

But really, take note: a few tweaks and additions into your morning routine will make you feel like a whole new person and probably change how you make healthy choices the rest of the day…
You know how you crawl out out bed to your alarm clock, dreading having to get moving for the day? And you slowly and grumpily mope around trying to get your shit together and out the door in a 15 minute time frame? And you wonder – “how the heck is there such a thing as a morning person?!”
That’s ME! I’m a morning person.   I go to bed eager and ready to wake up and get my morning routine on and going!  The alarm clock goes off, and up I pop – sometimes there’s a pause then I’m up. but once I’m up I’M READY TO GO!!!!
Yeah, I’m that obnoxiously active and happy person YOU dread to be around when your eyes are still halfway shut chugging down your coffee that you forgot to add creamer to because you’re sleep walking.
So, the second I get out of bed – I head straight to the kitchen where I have a full glass of pre-poured water waiting for me.  Why do I leave water out over night? Because waking up and drinking room temperature water is MUCH better for your system than cold water.

A cup of water? Cool Taylor. Snoooze….


I reach in the fridge, pull out my tub of Bee Pollen, Apple Cider Vinegar, chlorophyll organic lemon juice and extra virgin coconut oil.
So what now? Making some weird, bitter muffin?
Here we go:
I pour 2 tbs of the vinegar into the glass of water, along with a big dash of the organic lemon juice and a shot of chlorophyll.  And chug the whole glass (around 6-8 ounces). 

THEN I scoop a big spoon full (around 1 tbs maybe?) of coconut oil and then sprinkle 1tsp of the bee pollen over that spoon full and eat!  It’s actually really delicious.

So I’m all done with my routine?
No, we’re only beginning!

So I need to wait 20 minutes for the apple cider mixture and coconut oil sludge to settle in my stomach before I eat.

Here’s where oil-pulling comes in!  (fyi: i’ve been doing this for about a year, so no, I didn’t jump on the bandwagon with the rest of the world recently-i have my super fab holistic sister-in-law to thank for the inspiration)

But before: I take a wash cloth, run it under scolding hot water, ring it out, lay it on my face for about 20 seconds.   Grab a big scoop of unfiltered honey out of the jar and smear it all over my face. 

NOW it’s oil pulling time: I scoop about 1tbs of extra virgin coconut oil (unfilteredunrefined- SO important it’s both) and pop it in my mouth.  Yes, I literally have a jar of coconut oil in every single room of our apartment, including the bathroom counter top.
                      *****I’ll get much more into the details of OP, benefits, etc. in a later post*****
While I’m swishing, I prepare my waffle mix, make my coffee, stick my frozen blueberries in the microwave ready to push start when time.  Get in some stretching, set my intentions for the day, etc.

I literally…have my entire morning down to a T. like you don’t want to get in my way or throw me off.

BREAKFAST TIME and the News for 45 minutes.  Yup. I sit in front of the t.v. for 45 minutes and watch the news, every morning.  If it’s less than 45 minutes I feel rushed…  #firstworldproblems

OK so WHY each of these?! What the heck are the benefits?! Or am I just weird and enjoy eating bee pollen?

——>  SO: this post after explaining all of the above and the health benefits of each, was like pagessss long.  So I’m going to break it into a few different posts so you don’t LITERALLY fall asleep reading it!

Today’s post will be the apple cider vinegar, chlorophyll & lemon drink!

Let’s start with why I take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar

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There’s so many super expensive “detox” drinks they say to drink up that will make you feel better inside and out.  But guess what? This one is only like $5!

Eat your heart out, La Mer.

If the 100% all natural/un-pasteurized/unfiltered version ( not the preservative-filled shit ) isn’t currently chillin’ like a villain in your fridge then go run to the nearest store ASAP.


Let me throw some benefits ‘atcha:
  • Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
  • Rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
  • Rich in ash which gives ACV its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. (It is particularly important if you drink a lot of coffee or wine.)
  • It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
  • Rich in malic acid which gives ACV its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.
  • It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.
  • ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
…. I mean, if all that doesn’t make you want to give it a try, I don’t know what else will!!
I’ve been taking shots of ACV for about 3 years now, and I can TOTALLY tell a difference when I forget to take it/or run out of it.

Why do I toss some lemon juice in with it? 
Well one to make it taste a little better
And two… well there’s lots to two.

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  • Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It’s atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.

  • Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.

  • Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

  • Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.

  • Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood. The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

  • Promotes Healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

  • Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed, just to name a few.

  • Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster. I personally find myself making better choices throughout the day, if I start my day off right, by making a health conscious choice to drink warm lemon water & my shot of ACV first thing every morning.
Found this super PERFECT image on google that quickly explains the benefits of why you add lemon to warm water! 

Always make sure you use organic, unfiltered of both – that way you get ALL the goodness from both and not pre-cut, filtered, etc with fillers and chemicals.
I get both the ACV and Lemon Juice from Vitacost.com, but I know every grocery store carries them both as well.

Last but not lease: Chlorophyll!
Wtf? Chlorophyll? Really Taylor.
Guys.. besides the fact that it leaves your skin green the second it touches it, IT’S THE BEST.

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§           Chlorophyll is the best aid in gastrointestinal problems.
Refined, low fiber and and animal fats contribute to major diseases start in the colon. Gastrointestinal problems can be best treated by improving the digestion and assimilation. Among those natural nutrients that heal the intestinal track, green vegetables high in chlorophyll content aid in loosening and cleansing the colon.

§           Chlorophyll Promote formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells.
Hemoglobin is the iron-containing substance that provides red blood cells their red pigment and transports oxygen to the body tissues. In fact, we may not realize that our blood is composed of 75% of hemoglobin. If the central atom of blood is iron, how chlorophyll helps in the formation of red blood cells? As we digested green food, the magnesium helps in rebuilding and replenishing the red blood cells which is responsible for boosting our energy.
§          Chlorophyll treats bad breath.  Bad breath is caused by oral bacteria that reside in a person’s mouth and it excretes odiferous waste products. The sulfur compounds of waste products usually lie at the root of breath odor problems. With the double action of chlorophyll, it acts as deodorizer that eliminates bad odor and reduces the stringent smell of urine, infected wounds and feces.

§         Detoxify toxins that cause cancer.
Researches found that the damaged genes caused by carcinogen substances can be prevented by chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll wherein the magnesium is removed and replaced with copper. It reduces the binding of carcinogen from foods like cooked meat products that damage the DNA and other organs of the body particularly the liver.

§          Beneficial in assimilating calcium and other heavy minerals.
Chlorophyll is very easy to absorb and assimilate. It is so amazing how it gets into the bloodstream so fast with the least amount of digestion that saves more vital energy. Not only that, cataract cases which is same as an arthritic formation, the hard calcium has come out of solution and becomes milky so that patients cannot see clearly with their cataract condition. Again, chlorophyll can assimilate calcium and balance other trace minerals to rebuild, replace, and exchange with the new tissue.

§          Chlorophyll fights infections.
It is the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds contain Vitamin A, C and E that are responsible to reduce inflammation. Moreover, the antiseptic properties of chlorophyll have the ability to kill germs by strengthening the tissues.
PHEW!  I just threw a lot of info right atcha face!!! Now let it soak in, then hop on it!!  Trust. You’ll love every bit of the routine and the amaze-balls benefits from each! 
Plus, who doesn’t love a little structure and routine in their morning?! THIS GIRL!!!
TOMORROW: bee pollen!!!!

You’re so excited, aren’t ‘cha?!


You’re so excited, aren’t ‘cha?!

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