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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column filled to the brim with echinacia, berry antioxidants, Emergen-C, Cold Ease, organic apple cider vinegar and garlic.

Why? Because our boyfriend went to Phil Lesh and got a cold, came home and gave it to us! Normally we wouldn’t care, but we’re five days from an international vacation and two days of flying ” four planes, three airport trains, two vans and a partridge in a pear tree.

We’re trying to have a good attitude about our unforeseen sickness, if that’s even possible, and now we figure that being cheerful about it (instead of sulking like we did yesterday) will psyche our cold out and kick it to the curb.

There’s no way we can handle a prolonged sinus headache thousands of miles off the ground.

To be honest though, we think we overdid it with all the herbal supplements because our stomach has a dull ache that can only be attributed to the shot of apple cider vinegar we coughed down an hour ago.

But, according to WebMD, apple cider vinegar is an ancient folk remedy and helpful health tonic. One can find it in both the condiment and health sections of many grocery stores.

So, besides being used when pickle-making, polishing armor, concocting salad dressing and cleaning the kitchen, according to WebMD it may also help treat health conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

But, WebMD goes on to explain that while apple cider vinegar is purported to cure all sorts of ailments, nothing is really proven and it’s all hearsay.

So, we just drank the bitter stuff as an experiment and we’re left with a tummy ache.

Sure, it could be from the echinacia or the garlic, but we think it’s the vinegar hands down.

Oh well. WebMD also says that the vinegar should be diluted before drinking it because it’s acidic and harsh.

Perhaps we should have done some research before guzzling the stuff.

In other news, with all this talk about the great anti-aging properties antioxidants have, we decided to do a little research.

Though blueberries get all the credit for their antioxidant prowess, WebMD suggests that the small red bean is richer than our beloved blue fruit.

Artichokes and Russet potatoes are also said to be full of the stuff.

Cranberries, blueberries and blackberries are the top antioxidant fruits.

Pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts win the antioxidant-rich nut category. Pinto beans, red kidney beans and dried prunes are also high on the list.

According to the study in WebMD, cooking methods also effect the antioxidant content of foods.

For example, it says that boiling decreases the antioxidant levels in carrots, but cooking tomatoes increases its antioxidant content. Crazy.

We also found out that taking too many vitamins can actually be toxic.

These days, people drink vitamin drinks, eat energy bars and then take a cocktail of vitamin supplements.

This may not be healthy and actually might damage your heath. Who knew?

Maybe that’s why our stomach hurts so much after raiding our supplement stash.


We out, hoping that we didn’t drink too much vinegar.

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