To power off unwanted pounds, there’s a potent fix already in your pantry – apple cider vinegar (ACV). It’s packed with potassium, which helps flush toxins and cleanse the digestive tract to whisk away excess fluids. And its acetic acid stimulates your metabolism and suppresses sugar cravings, making it easier to lose weight. Bonus: Bitter compounds in the liquid get your digestive juices flowing, helping move food along to relieve belly-bloating constipation. Simply stir 2 tsp in 8 oz water and sip before meals.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).