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20 Amazing Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

20 Amazing Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has countless uses that you probably haven’t imagined. Everything from cleaning your home, remedying what ails you internally and externally, to tasty and delicious recipes. There are countless amazing uses for apple cider vinegar and below are 20 nifty suggestions.

1. Reboot Your Liver

After a too many margaritas and draft beers, your liver might be begging for a reset button. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water or with your tea first thing in the morning to unleash the vinegar’s liver cleansing effects.

2. Kill Your Pet’s Fleas.

Who knew that a little apple cider vinegar could ward off pesky fleas? And you can use it from the inside out. Slip a tablespoon into their water or food and rub onto your pet’s skin. You can also use it to repel the fleas from furniture and rugs in your home. Just add combine a 50/50 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water 50 percent with water in an empty spray bottle and lightly spray onto your furniture.

3. Soften Your Laundry

Forgo drier sheets and dodge the chemicals they tend to have by simply using a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in your wash to help soften your clothes.

4. Make Maple Thyme Muffins

Bake up this recipe and enjoy all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar by consuming delicious and healthy muffins!

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5. Do Away With Dandruff

You can help reduce dandruff by diluting two parts water to one part apple cider vinegar and use it to rinse your hair and scalp. Your hair will come out shiny and flake free!

6. De-Stink Your Hands

If you peeled garlic or cut up some fish, your hands may be extra smelly. Get rid of those strong odors by pour a tablespoon or two on your hands as you wash them with some water.

7. Fight Off Fruit Flies

Get rid of annoying fruit flies once and for all! Pour some apple cider vinegar into a plastic container, punch a few holes, and leave it on your kitchen counter (or wherever your fruit flies like to hang out). Now all you have to do is watch those pesky flies drown (even though that may be boring, but you get the idea)!

8. Scare Off Hiccups

There’s all sorts of myths on how to get rid of hiccups. However one that actually works is just by simply swallowing a spoonful of apple cider vinegar.

9. Tone Your Skin

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent facial toner. Just moisten a cotton ball with some of the cider vinegar and dab all over your face to tone your skin.

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10. Make Apple Cider Caramels

Enjoy these sweet and slightly spicy creamy caramels by making this amazing recipe.

11. Soothe a Sunburn

Relieve sun scorched skin by adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak your skin for at least 10 minutes.

12. Get Your Pearly Whites

Make your teeth a few shades whiter. Simply gargle some apple cider vinegar after you brush your teeth. Bonus: the acid can help break up plaque and kill bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath too!

13. Clean and Deodorize Your Toilet

Pour some apple cider vinegar in your toilet and let it sit with seat down overnight. Just scrub and flush the next day! (Bonus: also gets rid of foul odors!)

14. Zap Away Warts

No need to look like a witch.  Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place directly over the wart. Cover with a bandage or medical tape and leave it on overnight. Repeat this process daily until the wart falls off and then continue for a couple more days to make sure it doesn’t come back.

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15. Clear and Open Up Your Sinuses

Apple cider vinegar may help treat a sinus infection. For sinus relief, add a little to your humidifier so you can breathe it in and the trick is to try breathing it in through your nose if you can.

16. Deodorize Your Armpits

Although it’s not an anti-antiperspirant, apple cider vinegar will help your armpits from stinking up without the use of harsh and possibly toxic chemicals found in conventional deodorants. Just apply some to your underarms with a cotton ball. Don’t be discouraged by the strong scent at first, it’ll go away fast and you’ll be stink free!

17. Make Tangy BBQ Sauce

Try out this tangy and tasty recipe that uses a good amount of apple cider vinegar and fire up the grill!

18. Ease Heartburn

If you’re eating a lot of acid and heartburn inducing foods, apple cider vinegar can be use to actually neutralize the acids in your stomach!

19. Rev Your Internal Engine

One of the most useful uses for apple cider is a natural energy booster. Perfect to get you through an afternoon slump or through your spin class.

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20. Clean Almost Anything!

Apple cider vinegar is probably one of the best and non-toxic all purpose cleaner. The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar make for a great natural disinfectant. Just mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Go to town and clean countertops, floors, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, bathtubs and even your body!

 

 

There’s even countless more uses for apple cider vinegar! So go on and get a bottle to keep on hand.

Featured photo credit: Matt Beldyk via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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