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15 Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar You Didn’t Know About

15 Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar You Didn’t Know About

Do you have apple cider vinegar in you kitchen pantry? Did you know that it has many uses and benefits beyond its most well-known purpose? Did you know that apple cider vinegar is one of the most widely used home remedies?

It’s not only good for salad dressing! Here are 15 ways you can use apple cider vinegar:

1. For Extra Shiny Hair

For extra body and extra shiny hair, use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse. Dilute one tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of warm water and rinse hair with it after shampooing and conditioning. (I use a plastic cup in my shower, in case I drop it.) Don’t rinse it out though, leave it in your hair for extra body and shine.

You are probably wondering if you will smell like vinegar for the rest of the day. Don’t worry, the smell will dissipate shortly.

2. To Treat Dandruff

Because apple cider vinegar helps balance pH, it helps reduce dandruff. Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part warm water. Massage it into your scalp and wait for 15–20 minutes before rinsing it out. You can substitute water with rosewater—it also works very well.

3. As a Facial Toner

Apple cider vinegar has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It also helps balance the pH of your skin.

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Mix one tablespoon of vinegar with two tablespoons of water. Using a cotton ball, apply it to your face after cleansing and before applying cream—just as you would normally use a facial toner.

If you have sensitive skin, you may like to consider rinsing this toner off with warm water.

4. As an Aftershave Lotion

Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of water and apply after shaving. As mentioned above, if you are concerned about the smell, don’t worry—it will dissipate very quickly.

5. To Treat Sunburn

Soak a facial cloth in apple cider vinegar and apply to affected area to reduce peeling after sunburn. If applied undiluted apple cider vinegar stings you, then try diluting it with water.

6. As an Acne Remedy

Apple cider vinegar may help to heal acne scars. It also reduces inflammation and infection, thus reducing further outbreaks. Mix one part of vinegar to three parts of water and dab your acne with this solution two to three times per day.

7. To Lighten Dark Skin Spots (Sun or Age Spots)

Dab a clean cotton ball in undiluted apple cider vinegar. Apply it to your dark spots and leave it alone overnight. You may need to repeat this a few times to lighten the spot.

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8. For Massage, Sore Muscles and Mild Backache

Because apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, it penetrates and warms the muscles. It also provides temporary relief for low to moderate levels of back pain.

Mix equal proportions of apple cider vinegar and water. Rub into affected area. Be careful though, if you have cuts or cracks in your skin, it may burn a bit.

9. As a Facial Mask

Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of raw, organic honey. Add one tablespoon of clay (I use bentonite clay). Apply this mixture to your freshly cleaned face, leave it for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.

10. To Treat Bruises

Dab a clean cotton ball into undiluted apple cider vinegar and apply to a bruise as a compress. It should promote healing and reduce the size of the bruise. The sooner you apply the apple cider vinegar, the better it works.

11. For Indigestion or Stomach Ache

Apple cider vinegar may help your indigestion. Mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water, add one to two tablespoons of honey. Drink slowly.

12. As an Energy Boost

Many people claim that one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with equal amounts of honey and diluted in a cup of water is an effective energy booster.

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This could be because apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and helps absorption of minerals from our food.

13. For Weight Loss

This is not scientifically proven, but many people swear that drinking one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in one cup of water helps them lose weight. You can drink this mixture throughout the day, or drink it before meals.

This possibly works because apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid, which helps to slow down the process of breaking carbohydrates into sugars, thus preventing your sugar levels from rising too fast.

14. To Treat Heartburn

Apple cider vinegar has been long used to relieve heartburn. Dilute one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water, and drink it before a meal. This is a temporary measure; as a long term strategy you may need to reconsider your diet.

15. As a Cold and Flu Treatment

To one cup of warm water, add one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey. Drink it like tea. You may repeat this after three to four hours. No boiling water please: it will destroy the benefits of honey, especially if you are using raw, unprocessed honey.

Which Apple Cider Vinegar?

You want organic, unfiltered, unrefined and unprocessed apple cider vinegar. This will give you the most benefits. It can look murky brown, with some residue at the bottom, or small pieces floating in it. Just shake well before use. Perfectly clear apple cider vinegar should be avoided.

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How To Take Apple Cider Vinegar

If you are not crazy about the taste of apple cider vinegar, add cinnamon, which is a great anti-inflammatory and makes it more palatable.

You can also dilute apple cider vinegar in warm water or clear apple juice. Some experts suggest that you should never take apple cider vinegar straight, as it is too acidic for our bodies. Adding honey to this makes it more pleasant to drink, plus organic, unrefined honey is good for you.

Use a straw to bypass the taste buds and the teeth. There is a legitimate argument that apple cider vinegar is bad for your tooth enamel, so rinse your teeth after consuming apple cider vinegar.

A Word of Caution About Apple Cider Vinegar

Your body is a perfect mechanism, and will tell you if you are taking too much apple cider vinegar. You may have a reaction against it, but these reactions are usually mild. If you feel that you are having a reaction, such as an upset stomach, you should probably discontinue using it and see if the reaction disappears. You are unique, and what works for others may not work for you.

If you have any comments or suggestions please post them below.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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