I never come away from a catch-up with my friend, Barb without learning something new in the 'health' area.
Barb is an avid reader on women's health and loves to chat about different herbal remedies and food products that she has discovered are essential to our good health. Did you know that tumeric is one of nature's most powerful healers? It is used often to help symptoms of Arthritis & Alzheimers.
I had recently started taking Apple cider vinegar with water each morning after reading up on its' benefits. We talked about Apple cider vinegar and how difficult it is to drink the stuff but she gave me some advice on how to make it more palatable. I won't go into a whole post on this but it seems that if we take a little every day it helps our potasium levels and regulates our blood pressure. It aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy, alkaline state (very important to avoid disease) and can stop hair loss and improve skin conditions. It can aid in weight-loss.What's not to like here. So, instead of taking it straight with cold water, I now mix 2 tsp. with hot water and a spoon of organic honey. It made all the difference in getting it down the hatch. Honey makes just about anything taste better, me thinks. There is lots to read on the internet on the benefits of ACV and since finding out more about it, I am now taking it twice daily after meals. Take a moment to read up on it and perhaps you will want to add it to your daily regime.
I headed over to our local used book-store today called The Book Gallery (one of Canada's largest book stores) after picking up keys for this weekend's cat-care.
I am looking for a book written back in the '70s called Vermont Folk Medicine by M.D. Jarvis.
This is a book suggested by Barb to use as a health bible. Ok then...I'll do that.
I opened the side door to the old, two-story historic building and waited before stepping around a rather large, sleepy German Shepherd. I expect she is the greeter but she was not really in the mood at the moment. She just gave me a look as if to say "oh, you people are annoying". The owner popped out from behind a curtain (really) and with a big smile he greeted me properly. Behind him, and to the right and left and just ahead of me were bookshelves crammed with tens of thousands of books. "Howdy...what can I do you for today?"
"I'm looking for a book called Vermont Folk Medicine," and before I had the author named he said.."Oh yes, I have it somewhere. That's an oldie, you know." He started up the stairs with the dog in tow and then turned and said, "This may take awhile." That it would, for sure. I left my name and number and he said he'd call as soon as he found it. Then he muttered to himself, "It's a little book with a brown cover and some flowers on it, or somethin'", as he turned, lifted his hand to wave good-bye and continued up the stairs.
I left thinking how amazing it was that he had all this information in his head about each and every book he has lovingly placed on a shelf over the 30 some odd years he has been in business. He loved what he did, no doubt; you could see it on his face. I felt very happy for him.
Here is little Willow that I have been caring for. Her parents are home now and I will see her again right after Christmas. She reminded me so much of our little Cali. She is an 8 year old pastel calico with the energy of a kitten. She lives with 3 other cats.
Can't wait to see her again.hugs, Deb