July 27 2017 11:45 AM

Tips and tricks for those looking for a healthy boost

Health food isn’t just a trend, it’s the new norm. As mainstream grocery stores incorporate organic sections into their floorplans, it’s becoming clearer that we’re in the midst of an organic revolution.

Audrey McDonough, supplement manager at the Better Health Store in Frandor Shopping Center, shared some popular healthy foods, a few personal favorites and unique perspectives on a few mainstays for the health conscience consumer.

Healthy fats The health food community is all about fat right now, and I’m all about it too. Coconut oil, MCT oil, grass fed butter, grass fed ghee and olive oil can be really healthy for you and can make your body actually burn fat and calories more often.

Coconut water Coconut water the perfect sports drink. It has all your electrolytes and no added sugars. It’s a great way for someone like an athlete to move over to something that’s natural, and away who from those crappy, electrolyte drinks that are full of sugars and dye. They make flavored coconut water now if you don’t like the way it tastes.

Kombucha Kombucha is fermented green or black tea full of probiotic bacteria essential to your gut health and can help your brain and immune system. The probiotic culture ferments the tea and makes it fizzy, bubbly and yummy. It’s a great alternative for people who want to stop drinking pop and have slightly adventurous taste buds.

Turmeric Turmeric is probably one of our most popular supplements because everyone needs some sort of anti-inflammatory. It works best when it’s paired with black pepper which allows it to stay in the bloodstream a lot longer and do its work.

Apple cider vinegar Apple cider vinegar is awesome. It can help alkalize the body and if you take it after meals it will minimize the increase in your blood sugar and help you burn fat.

I hear a lot of people brag they can drink it straight, which isn’t good — dilute apple cider vinegar when you’re ingesting it because it’s full of acetic acid which is bad for your tooth enamel. One teaspoon to 8 ounces of water is a good ratio.

Gluten Free

If you have to go gluten free, I suggest cutting out the groups that contain gluten. You shouldn’t have a huge portion of your diet made up of gluten free food because a lot of the main ingredients in the gluten free versions are made of starches — like rice flower and potato starch that turn into sugar, or contain a lot of sugar.