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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 May 21, 2019

13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

1. Stress Eating

I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

2. Nail Biting

Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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3. Hanging out with Naysayers

We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

5. Smoking

Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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    6. Excessive Drinking

    All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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    According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

    • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
    • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
    • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
    • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
    • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

    If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

    If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

    7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

    Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

    If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

    A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

    “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

    And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

    While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

    Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

    Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

    8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

    There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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    In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

    Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

    Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

    9. Watching Too Much TV

    I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

    Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

    Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

    It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

    10. Being Late

    Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

    Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

    Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

    11. Being in Bad Relationships

    Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

    I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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    Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

    12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

    Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

    Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

    Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

    By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

    Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

    13. Focusing on the Negatives

    In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

    Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

    Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

    And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

    The Bottom Line

    So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

    Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

    Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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