Monthly Archives: February 2013

2045: A New Era for Humanity

Give the following video a watch …
2045: A New Era for Humanity

When I first watched this, I thought it was a joke, or something from a movie … But it’s for real, and already moving so quickly.

Rob Skiba has been doing some interesting research on the days of Noah, being the days of animal-human hybrids and genetic-modification/gene-splicing … as Genesis records, ALL flesh, including the animals, had been corrupted …

Sound vaguely familiar?

Well, GMO foods are just that … animal (and sometimes human) genes that are spliced into a plant …

So, if Y’shua describes the end times as “like in the days of Noah”, could this be evidence?

At least more confirmation to be aware, and rather try your best to buy non-GMO/organic foods (it will also be so much better for your health) …

Rob speaks a bit about this in a recent interview with Tom Horn, worth checking out:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/revolutionaryradio/2013/02/21/tom-horn-on-the-antichrist-and-false-prophet

Much SHALOM and MANY blessings!
Joe :)

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WATCH + Pray!

Well, if there was ever a time to begin studying and looking at prophecy, I’d say nows a good time …

Though Y’shua admonishes us to always be alert and watching, there are a number of very interesting things going down, to definitely keep an eye on!

If you haven’t been able to keep up with the research behind each of the points below — please check out the embedded links for more information — I have only been able to give a short summary …

1. Was President Obama’s recent 20 January 2013 Inaugural Day another connection in the parallel between Modern America and Ancient Israel?

In his book “Harbinger”, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn presents a fascinating parallel between GOD’s Dealings with Ancient Israel and Modern America, detailing how since September 11th 2001, America has experienced similar “harbingers of judgement” (warnings) as Ancient Israel did, before GOD eventually did judge Israel, in that Jerusalem succumbed to the siege of 587 B.C. — the Temple was destroyed, and the people taken captive …

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was a guest speaker at the Inaugural Day Breakfast — check out the video HERE.

In addition to Cahn’s parallel’s, Nathan Leal noted the following:

“In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the city was penetrated.” Jeremiah 39:2

Moving forward from the date of September 11, 2001 and using the calculation found in the verse above (Jeremiah 39:2),

1. September 11, 2001 + 11 years = September 11, 2012.
2. September 11, 2012 + 4 months = January 11, 2013
3. January 11, 2013 + 9 days = January 20, 2013

We arrive at the date of January 20, 2013!

2. Another interesting topic, that has just this week gotten even more interesting, is the “prophecies of the popes” by Malachy Martin. Last year, Tom Horn and Chris Putnam released their book “Petrus Romanus”, in which they looked at the EXTRA-Biblical “pope prophecies” and noted that, although NOT part of Biblical prophecy, it was interesting that Malachy predicted that Pope Benedict XVI would be the second to last pope, and that the pope after him, would be the FINAL pope … and on this past Monday (11 February), Pope Benedict XVI announced that, due to health problems, he has needed to resign — his last day in office being 28 February 2013.

(Currently, Tom Horn and Chris Putnum are working on a follow-up project, regarding Genesis 6, UFO’s, alien disclosure, and the coming great deception — also worth checking out!)

All this leads into point three, and the upcoming Festival of Purim, and 22 March …

3. If you haven’t had a chance to watch 119 Ministries“End of Days” series, definitely make a plan to watch all the episodes, especially part four, “Daniel Unsealed”.

In “Daniel Unsealed”, the 119 guys present some VERY interesting information regarding the upcoming solar/lunar eclipses ON the Feast Days of 2014 and 2015 (they are not the only one’s who looked into this, Mark Biltz and Dewey Bruton have done similar studies). They also look at the various counting of days, given in Daniel and Revelation … all of which seem to start round about now, early 2013. In their study, the date they keep landing on is 1 September 2016, which is the date for Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets) that year.

In a nutshell (though you must really watch the video), they give the following countings:

  • 1 September 2016 – 1,290 days (as given in Daniel 12:11) = 21 February 2013 (Purim)
  • 1 September 2016 – 1,260 days (as given in Daniel 7:25, Daniel 12:7, Revelation 11:2-3, Revelation 12:6, 14) = 22 March 2013.
  • 22 March just so happens to be the day after winter (21 March is the equinox) and the day before a Sabbath — just as Y’shua describes in Matthew 24!

In the teaching, they discuss some of the other countings given as well … very interesting indeed!

What’s more … 119 Ministries’ released the following Facebook update:

Summary of news articles posted lately (in order of news release dates):

The position of Pope is granted seat on Mount Zion in Israel.

Obama going to Jerusalem for the first time on 3/20/13.

Pope announces resignation effective close of day 2/28/13.

Announced that he will be helicoptered to the Pope vacation home for 20 days while the new Pope is selected and announced. This would be 3/21/12.

“Daniel Unsealed” prescribed possible significance to sundown 3/21 to 3/22/13 related to the abomination of desolation.

Here is something that was JUST realized.

We all know how the adversary likes to mock and imitate Yah’s Ways in his own way.

Here it is.

Obama will be [making his FIRST trip to Jerusalem, since becoming President and will be] arriving in Jerusalem on the 10th day of the first month on the Hebraic calendar.

For those who do not connect the date, that is the day Y’shua rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the Torah commandment to inspect the lamb for Passover on the 10th day [of the first month of the year].

Getting closer to “DU” day … either the teaching will be deleted, or it will not.

We will see …

A lot of things that make you sit up and take note …

Since from around 2010, we have seen the birth pangs have already started. Birth pangs don’t just stop, what happens? Labor increases with intensity … the contractions are more frequent … and the pain heightens.

So, if the previous years are any indication, we may be in for a rough ride …

What then should we be doing? Y’shua gives us clear instruction in Luke 21 … in describing these last days, FIVE times Y’shua warns:

Watch and pray!

24b2b_the-watchmans-missionNotice, He gives us a TWO-fold instruction … watch AND pray!

Most of us get the praying part, I mean, can anything come but through prayer? But, for most of the Body of Messiah, the watching part has been all but neglected …

What does it mean to watch? The Greek word used in Luke 21 is Strong’s Greek 991 … this word means “to look at (literally or figuratively), behold, beware, perceive, regard, take heed”.

Watching simply means WATCHING … being aware/alert to what is happening, and then studying the Scriptures to determine what lines up with what YHVH has said/prophesied … and what doesn’t. We are told — if we’re watching, we will see the signs — and they will be confirmed, as things unfold …

Why do we watch?

Why does an army have a guard patrol? Why did the Israelites of old have watchmen on the walls?

In order to be prepared! To see what is coming, and be able to not only STAND, but to strengthen/encourage those who will be completely caught off guard!

In the dark times coming, we are to shine for YHVH … to have the answers! To have HOPE!

Remember, YHVH promises a reward to those who watch and pray …

One note on this …

Many in the past have become discouraged and disillusioned with predictions and prophecies … this is very sad! 

We must remember watching means watching — watching does not mean something is for sure, most definitely going to occur … it means we look at the research presented, TEST EVERYTHING against the Scriptures … and continue to watch, to see if the signs are confirmed.

We must also remember to walk in the TENSION … which is so much apart of the Biblical mindset, and yet is so difficult for our human natures!

To WATCH and be VIGILANT, and yet be at peace (FEAR is not of the Father) …
To be READY, and yet continue walking the “everyday” walk of faith …
To PREPARE ourselves as the BRIDE, keeping our lamp’s oil full, while we wait

Let us keep watch, while we continue to TRUST and seek after the Father, keeping close to HIM …

Establish yourself in HIM (YHVH) Who will never leave you alone, and Y’SHUA Who is our SOLID Rock …

May He direct your steps!

MANY blessings!

Joe :)

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The Moon—Pockmarked Like Us

Excellent analogy! Also made me think about how sometimes the “pockmarks” can be liken to those dark areas of our lives — emotional wounds, childhood pain, lies, deception, immaturity — areas where we have not allowed or appropriated the Father’s Light/Truth, in order to dispel the darkness, that we may SHINE bright for HIM!

Think dealing with these dark areas in our lives is so important, especially as the days get darker … That we may RADIATE, even brighter, Abba Father’s LOVE, Heart, HOPE, and Truth … To a desperate and hurting world …

MANY blessings!

Joe :)

 

The Moon—Pockmarked Like Us

Elohim made two great lights to shine in the darkness—the sun (the greater light) and the moon (the lesser light) (Gen 1:16). The sun is a spiritual picture of Yeshua whom the Bible calls the Light of the world (John 1:9; 8:12), the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2), whose face shines like the sun (Rev 1:16), and who will be the light of the New Jerusalem replacing the physical sun (Rev 21:23).

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But who does the moon represent in this spiritual picture? If the sun is a picture of Yeshua, the Light of the World, then who has been tasked with the responsibility of reflecting Yeshua’s light into the spiritual darkness of this world? Of course, this is the job of the saints who Yeshua called to be a like light on a hill (Matt 5:14), or a menorah lamp stand (Rev 2:1).

Now think about this. Although the moon is a quarter of a million miles from the earth, because it has no atmosphere to absorb the sun’s light, it is able to reflect the sun’s light to this earth so that a person is able to see in the darkness of night. The amazing thing is that the moon’s surface isn’t a polished mirror. Rather, it’s a dull rocky surface. Not only that, it’s not even flat. It’s pockmarked—covered with huge craters, mountains, valleys and canyons. With such an uneven, gray and nondescript surface, it seems miraculous that it’s even able to reflect any light at all, much less all the way to the earth! This speaks to the unimaginable power of the sun to throw its light such a great distance through space and then to ricochet it off the moon earthward even though the moon’s surface is anything but reflective.

The moon is a perfect picture of each of us. We are nondescript in appearance, possess rough natures, stony hearts, gray dispositions, barren of spiritual fruit, possessing no power of our own, pockmarked by sin, covered by mountains of human pride, and etched with canyons of guilt and shame. In truth, YHVH has not chosen many wise or noble people to reflect the light of his Son, Yeshua, the Sun of Righteousness, but instead he has chosen the weak, foolish, despised and base things of this world to put to shame the things that are wise (1 Cor 1:26–28). As the lesser light, like the moon is to the sun, YHVH has called the saints to be his sons of light (Luke 16:8; John 12:36; Eph 5:8; 1 Pet 2:9) to shine the Light of Yeshua into the midst of a crooked and perverse world (Phil 2:15).

Since Yeshua has called us out of spiritual darkness into his marvellous light, let us embrace and demonstrate the fact that he calls us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and his own special people by being ready and quick to proclaim his praises to everyone everywhere every time (1 Pet 2:9)!

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Purposeful Passion

Purposeful Passion

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And He said to them, “Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt?  Mark 9:12 NASB

Suffer – When did Yeshua ask this question?  The context is critical.  He asks this question as He is descending from the mount of transfiguration.  Do you see the irony?  Immediately following the moment when the disciples witness His glorious divinity, He asks them about the necessity of suffering.  The moment after they see for the first time that He is the manifestation of God and is fully endorsed by God, He connects His witness of God with suffering.  To be the Christ, the Messiah, is to be the one who suffers.  There is no glorification without humiliation.

The Greek verb is pascho.  It is basically a verb about experience.  But the kinds of experiences that are described by pascho are those that come over someone.  They are from the outside.  They “attack” the person.  That’s why this verb is almost always used for evil experiences.  In the Greek world, “passion” was a terrible thing.  It meant that the suffering of others, the plight and tragedies of life, could turn toward you and you would fall prey to their indiscriminate punishment.  We have the same idea in our culture today, except that we call it “fate.”  The Greeks took two different approaches to the wiles of fate.  The first was to be hedonists.  Throw yourself into all of life’s pleasures so that when life turns on you at least you have something good to remember.  The second was stoicism.  Do your very best to remove every possibility of emotional disturbance.  Go through pascho with resolve.  Don’t feel anything!  Those two approaches are alive and well today.  How many of us either run to addictive cover when things get bad or grit our teeth and pretend it isn’t happening?  Greeks through and through.

But what does the Bible say?  Ah, now we encounter something quite unusual.  There is no Hebrew word for pascho.  In the New Testament, pascho occurs 42 times, almost always in connection with the sufferings of Yeshua.  It never occurs in citations from the Tanakh.  Of course, the Tanakh has a lot to say about suffering.  It uses hamal (to feel compassion – Ezekiel 16:5) and halah (to be affected – Amos 6:6) most of the time.  But the view of the Tanakh is very different than the Greek idea of an outside attack on a person. That’s why pascho doesn’t fit.  In the Tanakh, suffering is usually the result of the inherent consequences of an evil act.  In other words, evil doesn’t attack from the outside.  It shows up as a result of inner actions.  And it is not always individual.  Entire nations can experience the inherent consequences of national disobedience and rebellion.  But none of this is gratuitous.  Evil doesn’t just happen.  In the biblical world, God is behind all actions in history.  God uses all history to accomplish His purposes.  Providence is the final explanation of all suffering, and that explanation is usually clouded in mystery.

We suffer.  We suffer because we sin.  We suffer because others sin.  We suffer because the world is filled with sin.  We are responsible for much of our own suffering.  But when we cannot see the connection between our suffering and our actions, we are assured that God is behind all of it.  How He is behind it we do not know, but that does not diminish the insistence that He is behind it.  Why He does what He does we do not know, but that does not diminish our requirement to trust Him.  We are not privileged to see the big picture, but there is a big picture and it is seen by a God who cares for His creation.  And that will have to be enough for the time being.

There is a very good reason why Yeshua ties glorification to suffering.  In this world, suffering vicariously is the path to glory.  It is of little righteous consequence when we suffer for our own disobedience.  Such suffering only proves that we are not immune to the structure of the universe.  But vicarious suffering, the willingness to take on the consequences that belong to another, has righteous effect.  That models God.  And that is the purpose of being His servant.

Perhaps you could spend a minute sorting out the suffering in your life that is the consequence of your own disobedience or the disobedience of others from the suffering that you willingly take on in place of another.  Then you will know where you are acting like a Greek and where you are serving God.

Topical Index:  suffer, pascho, hamal, halah, Mark 9:12, glory

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Give Your Health A “Reboot”

Really INSPIRING documentary! Gonna try and do a ten-day “reboot”, as soon as we can fix our juicer :) Definitely give it a watch!

And for more research on how periods of fasting can really boost your health, check out and browse the following websites:

http://www.draxe.com/

http://www.mercola.com/

MANY blessings!
Joe :)

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Why Celebrate YHVH’s Feasts?

The Cycle of Feasts starts soon — can’t WAIT! If you’ve never studied or celebrated the Biblical Feasts — I strongly encourage you to do some Bible study, and make a plan to join with others, and celebrate! There are so many amazing layers/levels of richness and meaning to the Feasts, it’s just mind-blowing! And what special times they are!

Natan Lawrence recently posted an excellent article, giving an overview of the Feasts — below is just an excerpt, be sure to check out the full article, for more information …

MANY blessings!

Joe :)

 

Why Study and Celebrate the Biblical Feasts?

If you had to sum up the entire message of the Bible in one word what would it be? Probably words such as love, hope, salvation, eternal life or heaven are coming to your mind. But I challenge you to find a better word than the following: r-e-c-o-n-c-i-l-i-a-t-i-o-n. The dictionary defines reconciliation as “to restore to friendship or harmony, to settle or resolve a quarrel, to make consistent or congruous.” 

When the first humans chose to listen to the lies of the serpent and to rebel against YHVH and to give in to sin at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil at the very beginning, our first parents chose the path of separation from their Heavenly Father. Sin causes man to be separated from our totally holy, righteous, sinless and loving Creator.

Since that time YHVH has been endeavoring to reconcile man to himself. He has laid out the criteria for this to occur—for man to once again have a loving and intimate relationship with his Heavenly Father as did Adam and Eve before they sinned.

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The seven biblical feasts of YHVH prophetically represent the steps man must take to be reconciled to his Heavenly Father. They are the complete plan of salvation or redemption rolled up into an easy-to-understand seven step plan. Though a child can understand these steps, the truths contained therein

can, at the same time, be expanded and unfolded until one literally has rolled out before oneself the entire message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation—a message which to the human comprehension is staggering, deep and rich beyond understanding. The  biblical feasts are literally the skeletal structure upon which the truths of the entire Bible hang. The message of redemption, sanctification, salvation, the atonement, glorification, end-times eschatology, the history of Israel, the entire gospel message, the covenants, the marriage of the Lamb of Elohim, the truth about the bride of Messiah, and Yeshua the Messiah are all prefigured within the glorious spiritual container of YHVH’s feasts contained in seven steps. Seven is the biblical number of divine perfection and completion, thus revealing to us that his plan of salvation is complete in that it will bring man back into a eternal and spiritual relationship with Elohim.

Quite assuredly, without a deep, walking-it-out comprehension of the YHVH’s feasts, no matter how learned one may be in biblical knowledge, one will miss key elemental truths pertaining to YHVH’s plan of salvation. For example, there is no way to correctly or fully understand end-time events such as the second coming of Yeshua, the great tribulation, the wrath of Elohim, and the resurrection of the righteous, the marriage of the Lamb, the Millennium, or the New Jerusalem unless one understands the feasts from a deep Hebraic perspective. Spiritual pride may not allow one to handle this fact, but it is the truth none the less! It’s illogical to think that one can throw out the foundation of a building and expect it to stand, or to eliminate the skeleton from a human body and expect a person to stand upright. Similarly, the feasts are both the foundation and the skeletal framework upon which is built or hangs the whole corpus of biblical truth.

What’s more, at Mount Sinai, YHVH gave to his people Israel the Ten Commandments. These words from the mouth of Creator himself literally formed the foundation and cornerstone to the rest of the Torah’s (the books of Moses) 613 commandments, which YHVH gave to man through Moses. The Jewish sages have understood this for thousands of years. From the Ten Commandments, all the rest of the commandments can be extrapolated. For example, the prohibition against adultery includes not only marital infidelity, but all manner of sexual sin, for the cornerstone of sexual holiness is a righteous and undefiled marital union. The same can be said of all the other commands. Similarly, from the Sabbath command spring forth all the biblical feasts, for they too are Sabbaths. From the fourth commandment also comes the land Sabbath, sabbatical and jubilee years. These Sabbaths were so vital in YHVH’s eyes and so fundamental to his relationship with his people that he said that they would be a token of his wedding agreement with Israel, even as a ring is a symbol of a modern marriage covenant. About the Sabbath, we read the following in Exodus 31:13, 

Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am YHVH that doth sanctify you. 

Please note that the word Sabbaths is in the plural. It refers not only to the weekly, seventh day Sabbath, but to all the Sabbaths of YHVH, including the biblical feasts. These days are so important that they would actually form the basis for his reconciliatory relationship with his people throughout their generations, which means FOREVER!

Now with these preliminary statements made, we encourage you to read on to further explore the rich and deep truths pertaining to your spiritual destiny that are revealed through the biblical feasts. Please receive the blessing that YHVH offer man through them.

Why Study and Celebrate the Biblical Feasts?

  • The biblical feasts are prophetic shadow-pictures of things to come (Col 2:16–17; Heb 10:1). When they were given to ancient Israel they pointed forward to future events that would occur to the nation of Israel. The spring feasts mostly (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost), for example, pointed to Messiah’s first coming while the fall feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles, the Eighth Day) point to his second coming leading into the Messianic Age (or Millennium) and then beyond that into eternity.
  • All the feasts point to Yeshua. The name Yeshua means “salvation,” and each these days point to the various steps of the path of salvation that believers find themselves on.
  • Many of the feasts point back to and commemorate historical events that occurred in Israel’s history. By studying and celebrating these feasts, we can learn valuable historical spiritual lessons, and which are, at the same time, representative of our own spiritual journey (1 Cor 10:1–6, 11).
  • The Scriptures call the  biblical festivals appointed times that the people of YHVH are commanded to observe. At these special times involving commanded assemblies, Israelites gather together and YHVH promises to meet with his people (Lev 23:1–2, 4). There YHVH will teach his people about his wonderful plan of salvation through Yeshua the Messiah.
  • The feasts are in the Bible, and believers need to study and obey the whole Bible, which is the inspired word of Elohim (2 Tim 3:16). Man is to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Elohim (Matt 4:4)
  • The feasts set forth the pattern of heavenly things on earth (Heb 8:1–2, 5; 9:8–9, 23; Exod 25:8–9, 40; 26:30; Num 8:4; Ezek 43:1–6, 10–12), and, therefore, reveal to us spiritual mysteries about things in heaven.
  • We as physical beings need physical means and methods to help us to understand spiritual things. YHVH gives us the natural to help us to understand the supernatural or spiritual (1 Cor 2:9–13).
  • Yeshua, the apostles and early believers celebrated the biblical feasts. The apostles walked as Yeshua walked, and instructed us to do the same (1 Cor 11:1; 1 John 2:6).
  • The biblical feasts will be celebrated during the Millennium (see below).
  • Yeshua said that if you love him, you’ll be keeping his commandments (John 14:15). Elsewhere, Yeshua equated the commandments with the Torah (Luke 18:20), of which the biblical feasts are a part.
  • If you want to know YHVH, you will be keeping his Torah-commandments of which the feasts are a part (1 John 2:3–6).
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Coffee, Tea or … Kombucha?

Liked this article, as I enjoy all three!

The only thing I would add, is to make sure you choose ORGANIC coffee, tea, and kombucha … This is important, as the processes and additives for the non-organic options are not so healthy. Moderation is always a good guideline as well. Dr. Mercola also has a number of articles on coffee and tea, if you’d like more information …

So, enjoy your next cuppa!

MANY blessings!
Joe :)

Issue 204: Coffee, Tea or … Kombucha?

Oh, the choices we have!

If you’re given the choice of coffee, tea or kombucha, why not choose all three? Each of these provides amazing health benefits, so—with a few caveats—feel free to include them all. You might even be surprised at how good they are for you, so here’s an overview of each as well as how to enjoy them.

If you didn’t know it already, coffee can be extremely healthy for you—in everything from lowering your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, while supporting brain health, liver health and much more, according to studies from the Mayo Clinic, the Harvard School of Public Health and other sources.

There are some “coffee caveats,” however. In order to enjoy the full health benefits coffee can offer, make wise choices when it comes to drinking coffee. For instance, use freshly ground organic coffee beans; be careful to not overdo it with your creamer—and choose organic cream when you do use it; avoid the sugar and high-fructose corn syrup; and skip the lines at your fast food outlet and local or multi-national coffee houses. Now, go ahead and enjoy that cup of Joe. A myriad of health benefits await you.

And while we’re on the topic of coffee, let’s not forget about the benefits of decaffeinated green coffee bean extract. Studies indicate that taking green coffee bean extract in supplement form can be a safe and effective way to manage weight. One study’s author, Joe Vinson, a chemist at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, says, “Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day—while eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly—appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight.”

Vinson’s conclusions were based on the following study parameters and results: researchers gave up to 1,050 milligrams of green coffee bean extract to 16 overweight adults in their 20s. The scientists then monitored the test subjects for 22 weeks, noting their diet, exercise regimens, weight, heart rate and blood pressure. Without changing their diet or exercise, the participants lost approximately 10.5 percent of overall body weight—an average of 17 pounds. That alone is amazing, but the participants consumed a 2,400-calorie daily diet and burned only 400 calories per day. Another perk was that there were no side effects reported, according to the study recently presented at the American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego, California. This study was also published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal.

Likewise, studies indicate that some teas are antimicrobial, can help fight cancer, heart disease and diabetes, while encouraging weight loss, lowering cholesterol and boosting mental alertness. “There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea,” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D., L.D. “It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea—their flavonoids—are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.” Teas to enjoy include green tea, black tea and oolong tea. These all come from the Camellia sinensis plant, which contains unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of the flavonoids is ECGC, which protects against free radical damage that can lead to cancer, heart disease and clogged arteries. You can also enjoy Rooibos (red tea), a South African herb that is fermented. It, too, is packed with those healthy flavonoids. Tea is also best consumed as purely as possible, so avoid all the unhealthy sugars and fats.

Following in the footsteps of other good-for-you fermented foods and beverages, kombucha—a fermented, sweetened tea—is usually made from either black or green tea. Depending on the brand and how it’s made, kombucha is typically packed with gut-friendly probiotics and enzymes as well as B vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols. Kombucha also contains glucuronic acid, which is what the liver makes to detoxify the body. In fact, the glucuronic acid the liver makes serves to bind up environmental and metabolic bodily toxins and rushes them to the excretory system, where the body rids itself of them. The friendly bacteria found in kombucha generally belong to the genus Acetobacter, known for its ability to oxidize sugars or alcohols, making kombucha naturally low in sugar content.

And remember that you can also get your kombucha in supplement form. It’s another great way to get the benefits of kombucha.

So, if you’re asked, “Coffee, tea or kombucha?”—go ahead and enjoy them all.

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