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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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