Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Natures Wonder Food!!

Natures Wonder Food
Natures Wonder Food

The old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has some truth to it. Apples have powerful health promoting properties that are supercharged when the apples are turned into apple cider vinegar.

Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the oldest foods used for its medicinal properties. Most ACV you by in your grocery story is going to be pasteurized. The pasteurization process destroys many of the beneficial health properties of raw ACV. Raw ACV is cloudy and at the bottom you can still see the mother which is the dark, cloudy gelatinous substance formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues. The mother is the most nutritious part so shake the ACV well before pouring.

ACV not only adds flavor to dishes but also offers a multitude of health benefits.  Apple cider vinegar has many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.

Raw ACV is made by fermenting apples into cider and them fermenting the cider into vinegar.  I love adding ACV to my smoothies and to my greens. It adds just enough tart with a little sweet to put a little zing in the taste!

Are all ACV’s the same? NO!!!

The best apple cider vinegar is made from cold-pressed, organically grown whole apples which has the “mother of vinegar,” and is not pasteurized. I recommend Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar available at any health food store or in the health food section of your everyday grocery store.

What are the health benefits? ACV may;

  • Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
  • Alkaline the body
  • Improve stomach acid levels providing more complete digestion and absorption of nutrients
  • Destroy bad fungi and bacteria in our digestive system due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • Blunt the rise of blood sugar if taken with the meal
  • Balance high cholesterol
  • Improve skin conditions such as acne
  • Protect against food poisoning
  • Fight allergies in both humans and animals
  • Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Increase stamina
  • Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
  • Improve digestion and cure constipation
  • Alleviate symptoms of arthritis
  • Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
  • Reduces the pain from gall stones
  • Dissolve uric acid formation around joints improving gout symptoms

Other Benefits

When used as part of a hot vinegar pack, apple cider vinegar has tremendous pain-relieving qualities. Hot vinegar packs ease the pain of gall stone attacks, kidney stones, intestinal cramping and colic, menstrual cramps and pelvic pain. It involves applying a heated mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to the area of pain, typically the pelvis or abdomen. Talk to your health professional about how to do this and when it is indicated.
Apple cider vinegar can be added to soaked grains and legumes  to reduce phytic acid. Phytic acid is found in grains and legumes and inhibits the absorption of essential nutrients, such as magnesium, iron, and calcium. So the next time you make rice or bulgar wheat, consider soaking it overnight with  water and apple cider vinegar to maximize your nutrient intake!

I drink raw ACV everyday in a mixture of pure raw honey, organic aloe vera juice and pure organic cranberry juice. I also add it my smoothies and love that tart taste it provides.

If you want to maximize your health potential make raw apple cider vinegar a part of your daily diet.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Vive! The Difference Maker in Nutritional Health!

Vive! Nutrition Made Simple
Vive! Nutrition Made Simple

Over three years ago when I decided to formulate a product like Vive!, I had many criteria that had to be met for the project to get beyond the discussion stage.  I was determined to develop a product that delivered, what I believe are, the most important  seven key areas of nutrition required for vibrant health.

My strict requirements included:

  • Vive! had to have the highest quality ingredients available (many supplement manufacturers use inferior ingredients that are not absorbed very well, if at all)
  • Must be adequate as a meal replacement
  • Vive! had to be whole food based
  • Vive! had to fulfill a wide range of nutritional requirements. (Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, fiber, heart healthy fats, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics)
  • Vive! had to have an almost perfect ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins (to make sure nutrients were absorbed quickly and the body could use them.)
  • Must be a low sugar product
  • Must have no preservatives
  • Must have a good source of healthy fiber
  • Must have high quality, absorbable protein
  • Vive! must be one product that meets most nutritional requirements for most people. (I was tired of having to take many different products to get the nutrition I needed)
  • It had to be in a delivery format that was easy and enjoyable. (I wanted to look forward to taking Vive! so it had to taste good and be very simple to use.)
  • It had to be affordable. (There is a delicate balance of quality and nutritional goals and keeping a product affordable for everyone)

It took over 3 years and 3 versions formulating the perfect product.   Today, Vive! is available in two delicious flavors that meet all of our goals and delivers  life changing nutritional benefits to our customers.

What really sets Vive! apart from the competition is our quality.

Many supplement manufacturers use cheaper and less absorbable ingredients. They do this because the high quality nutrients cost more.

A few examples of our quality commitment:

  • Vitamin C comes in multiple forms in foods. Most supplements give you only ascorbic acid, which is synthetic Vitamin C, and only one form of it. Vive! provides  Vitamin C from food, insuring you get all types of Vitamin C.  Nature gives us multiple types of Vitamin C so don’t you think our bodies need all types?
  • The Vitamin B12 we use in Vive! is Hydroxocobalamin and Methylcobalamin which is the form your body prefers for Vitamin B12. Most supplement manufacturers use the synthetic version of B12, cynocobalamine, which is poorly absorbed and also very cheap. It actually has a cyanide molecule attached to it. Who wants that?
  • In Vive! we give you all eight forms of Vitamin E. Most supplements only give you one form of synthetic Vitamin E. This is a big difference because studies show that taking the isolated synthetic version of Vitamin E can potentially cause heart problems. No studies show any adverse health issues with naturally occurring Vitamin E.

In Vive! we use a base of foods that are real super foods –  foods that are abundant with nutrition. Your body absorbs nutrition from food better than in an isolated or synthetic form.  These foods provide thousands of health promoting compounds and nutrients. They are rich in cell protecting antioxidants like Co-Q-10, alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, anthocyanins, carotenoids, flavonoids, and rich in enzyme compounds like gamma oryzanol (builds muscle), Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH). SOD and GSH are the most powerful protectors inside each of your cells. They are the cells defenders!

To really give Vive! that extra nutritional punch and weight loss potential, we added green coffee bean extract (which studies have shown to increase fat loss), banana leaf extract (to support healthy blood sugar levels), and the herb coleus forskohli (to support healthy fat loss).

Vive! can also be used in so many different nutritional roles. Vive! is anti-inflammatory, is healthy for our digestive system, is great for building muscle, and improves sports performance and recovery. Vive! is great for weight loss because it controls hunger, feeds the body very important nutrients needed to burn fat, and helps support healthy blood sugar levels. Vive! is also great for children and parents with busy schedules that need their nutrition in a hurry.

In literally 2 minutes you can mix Vive!, drink in all of your nutritional needs before leaving for school or work, and live your day knowing that your body is well fed!

Vive! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!  Shake It – Drink It – Live It!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive! Developer

President & CEO


This product has not been evaluated by the FDA and it is not intended as a treatment, diagnosis or cure for any illness or disease. The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

The Biggest Loser Methods, Right or Wrong?

biggestloser-300x0First let me say I have nothing but the highest respect for the contestants, trainers and staff on the Biggest Loser. They work very hard.

I am a Nutritional Consultant and weight loss is my specialty. I once weighed close to 440 pounds. It seems every time, before the next season of The Biggest Loser comes on I get a little nervous and anxious.  I know what its like to lose 200+ pounds and keep it off. But I did it over 2.5 years. I exercised everyday for 2.5 years and haven’t stopped yet. I get nervous for the contestants because they have no clue what they have signed up for in this show. Yes, you can see how hard they work out but that is an edited one or two-hour show. That doesn’t cover the 6 hours of exercise they do every day. It’s a lot different when you are working out with the trainers in that gym.  The pain or deprivation becomes very real. I just hope in the end they get it off and keep it off! I am shouting and pulling for them with all I have.

Certainly they have the best of everything. Personal trainers dedicated to them 24/7, on call medical staff, physical exams all during the program, a nutritionist to guide their diets daily. So I should be very happy for them and the awareness the Biggest Loser brings to America right? And I am thrilled for the contestants and the attention being brought to the weight issues in America, I have issues with the program. So what is wrong with the program?

My Issues with The Biggest Loser

This puts enormous stress from public scrutiny on the contestants. Did they lose the weight and are they going to keep it off? Where ever they go their behavior will forever be watched.

I do not agree with putting children through this type of show. The stress is too much. They should be taught how to live healthy from parents and their school systems who have been trained by qualified health professionals.

Its an unhealthy way to lose weight.

The show is helping the contestants and others lose weight but send the wrong message with it. The weight loss is too quick. The person watching from home can’t lose weight this way. If they try those methods they are going to possible cause bodily harm or set themselves up for a big failure making it even more difficult to lose weight in the future. The average person at home now wants to lose 40 pounds the first month. I see the effects of the show in my practice. The overweight and obese expect Biggest Loser results at home, which is impossible.

It’s a very difficult transition for the contestant from the ranch to their home environment. It is going to be difficult to keep up that weight loss once they leave the Biggest Loser campus. The show is providing some level of support once they are home but is it enough? It has to be a huge adjustment going from a life dedicated to working out with personal trainers, nutritionist and medical staff on call and all you worry about is losing enough weight to stay on the show.  This is enormous pressure. They lose all of those resources.

What happens to the person that badly needs to lose the weight once they are kicked off. Is there support at home to tech them how to lose the weight safely and in a healthy way?

Losing weight is about nutrition, diet and lifestyle knowledge.  A person should never try to lose more than ten (10) pounds per month. A lifestyle change is what it takes. A lifestyle last forever a diet is temporary.

My Tips

Just my opinion.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.