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Is Apple Cider Vinegar the Remedy You Need?

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applesApple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries as a folk remedy to treat everything from warts and the common cold to acid reflux and arthritis. There has been renewed interest in this mysterious amber liquid and it seems that every time I turn around a friend is talking about it, or yet another Dr. Axe article about ACV shows up in my Facebook feed. I use it regularly and sometimes wonder if the scientific findings show that it’s actually making a difference, or if I’m just benefiting from the placebo effect. What exactly is ACV and which claims hold up under scrutiny?

Anne Slater 4First, you should know that I am not what one would call a “weekend warrior.” It’s true that I have not been in my true peak physical condition since my days participating in high school sports. That said, I stay pretty active playing team sports in adult rec leagues; I play volleyball every chance I can get, I am always willing to jump into a pick-up game of ultimate Frisbee, or join a game of Spikeball at the beach.  I’m in what I call “volleyball shape.” I rarely run voluntarily. When I was asked to sub for a soccer league by a coworker, I was not trying to relive the glory days; I thought, here’s an opportunity to get some cardio and have fun at the same time.

Mindy SimonI have been very fortunate to have worked as a Physical Therapist for the past thirteen years for this wonderful company. I think most of my colleagues, myself included, became a PT so they can help people improve their lives by enhancing their function. Hopefully, most of us have a strong sense of empathy that lets us look at a physical problem from your patient’s perspective; what their goals and needs are should always take precedence over what I think their goals should be. Just when a person (me) thinks she is pretty good at being an empathetic person, life and God have a way of showing you that you can always improve…

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My Wild Ride to 25

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AllisonFew words can adequately describe the feeling you get when you cross a finish line. Whether it’s the line you run over when you finish a race, the line you sign when you buy your first house, or the invisible line of accomplishment you cross when your child is finally potty trained, each finish line brings an intense feeling of satisfaction, accomplishment, and strength.
This spring I set out to cross a new finish line. Having run the Grand Rapids Riverbank Run 10k race last year, I decided the 25k would be the logical choice for this year, right? Despite the sore muscles, dreaded early morning runs, many blisters, and worn out tennis shoes, I finally managed to cross the 25k finish line!
Along the way, I learned 4 important lessons. Whether you’re setting out to train for a race or have some other goal in mind, use these tips to help you on your journey to the finish line.

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