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12 Reasons You Should Keep Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

12 Reasons You Should Keep Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a fruit vinegar with apples as the starting material. No surprises there.

What will surprise you is the following 12 reasons why you should be making apple cider vinegar a part of your daily routine.

1. Weight loss

Keeping in shape can be a hard task for many people, especially for women as they enter the menopause. Apple cider vinegar is one of these easiest additions to your daily routine that will help with weight loss by increasing your body’s metabolism and decreasing your appetite.

It also is excellent in stabilizing your blood sugar levels.

2. Improves Digestion

In its raw form, apple cider vinegar is an excellent digestive tonic, aiding the liver in breaking down fatty foods, proteins and minerals, as soon as foods enter your stomach.

The pH of the stomach should be in the range of 1.5 – 3.5 making it an acidic environment. Malic acid and tartaric acid are both found in apple cider vinegar and help keep the acid content in your stomach in balance.

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Improving your digestion aids in weight loss also. You are not what you eat, but what you absorb. If your body is not breaking down the nutrients from the foods you eat, you may not feel satisfied after eating a meal and are tempted to eat more.

Apple cider vinegar helps in breaking down the nutrients from the foods you eat, making them accessible to the cells of your body, the result being less cravings.

3. Keeps osteoporosis at bay

The manganese, silicon, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium found in apple cider vinegar help in sustaining bone mass, which is a common concern particularly for women as they reach menopause due to the decreased levels of progesterone.

If you are currently taking calcium/magnesium supplements, adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar to the water to swallow your tablets can assist the breakdown of these supplements in the stomach and improve their absorption factor.

4. Mosquito repellent

Daily intake of apple cider vinegar actually changes your perspiration odor. The good news is that people around you will not notice an unpleasant odor but the mosquitoes will certainly give you a wide berth due to the odor being unpleasant to them.

Apple cider vinegar also helps you cope with heat stress during the summer months.

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5. Get relief from constipation

As you age, your body produces less digestive acids, most notably hydrochloric acid. This in turn leads to a decreased production of pepsin and digestive enzymes being released from the pancreas.

If there is a decrease in any of these digestive enzymes, food is not properly broken down. This results in partial digestion of food, which lead to not only constipation but also gas, bloating and belching.

By maintaining a daily dose of apple cider vinegar, you will be as regular as clockwork. Not only due to the fact that it helps with the pH balance of the stomach but also due to the high fiber pectin content thus ensuring regular bowel movements.

6. Decrease the amount (and putrid smell) of ones flatulence

When food is not completely digested before it reaches the large intestine it may ferment, and produce gas as a by-product the result being putrid smelling flatulence. This often happens after the intake of foods such as beans and legumes.

Whenever my son eats baked beans he takes an extra shot of apple cider vinegar 20 minutes before eating them and the whole house is forever grateful.

As a side note, if you are making a meal from dried beans adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the soaking water lowers the amount of gas produced from the beans.

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7. Hiccup relief

Drinking 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, neat, has been known to eradicate hiccups.

Gargling with apple cider vinegar has also been known to halt the most severe cases of hiccups.

8. Muscle ease

As a post-workout remedy to help to over-come fatigue and reduce inflammation apple cider vinegar assists in flushing lactic acid by breaking down the acid crystals.

9. Alleviates depression

Eastern medicine believes that depression, common in menopausal women, is a symptom of a stagnant or tired liver, which is also under stress at the time of menopause.

One of the best ways to make sure your liver is in tip top shape and ward off depression is your daily dose of apple cider as it is a great medium to detoxify and cleanse the liver.

10. Tickling cough that does not have you laughing?

Adding honey to your daily dose of apple cider vinegar can assist with decreasing irritation caused by a tickling cough. To stop any pesky cough in it tracks at night, I highly recommend a mixture of 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of honey to be placed beside your bed at night and sip at the first tickle for instant relief.

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11. Eyes tired from too much computer use?

Daily consumption of apple cider vinegar, mixed with a little honey, retards the onset of tired and sore eyes.

12. Keep arthritis at bay

Adding honey to your daily apple cider vinegar regime can help with dissolving the crystal deposits of uric acid that form between the joints thus decreasing pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.

Malic acid, a component of apple cider vinegar helps break down and eliminate the uric acid.

Apple cider vinegar also helps restore the alkaline acid balance in the body and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

*A note of caution: any time you drink apple cider vinegar, be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards. Any acid that may remain on the teeth will eventually, over time, dissolve the outer enamel.

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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