The more I use apple cider vinegar, the more i’m convinced it is one of those rare tinctures that can be used for all kinds of good in your life. I have known people who are able to drink or gargle with straight apple cider vinegar and I tip my hat to them, it is strong! I personally tried gargling with it undiluted for a sore throat and it stings! After the stinging went away my sore throat was gone, but I highly recommend diluting it with water and in some cases honey.
- Acne – Wash your face morning and night with one part apple cider vinegar to two or three parts water to clear acne.
- Bad Breath – Gargling or drinking one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in water will kill the odor-causing bacteria found within your mouth.
- Dandruff – Mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let the mixture sit for fifteen minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
- Diarrhea – Mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into water and drink to soothe intestinal spasm.
- Cholesterol – Drink half an ounce of apple cider vinegar (diluted in water if you prefer) on daily basis to lower cholesterol.
- Headache – Mix ten grams of apple cider vinegar, ten grams of honey and dash of chamomile extract to create soothing balm for tension headaches.
- Hiccups – Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and it’s sour taste will stop hiccups immediately.
- High Blood Pressure – Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted into one average glass of water 1 to 3 times a day to lower blood pressure.
- Indigestion – Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey into warm water and drink it 30 minutes before eating to relieve indigestion.
- Leg cramps – Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey into a glass of warm water and drink to boost your potassium levels and relieve leg cramps.
- Sinus Congestion/Pain – Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.
- Sore Throat – Gargle ¼ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted with ¼ cup of warm water once every hour or so to remove germs.
- Weight Loss – Start your day with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted into two glasses of water to suppress your appetite, reduce water retention and increase your metabolism.
- Whiten Teeth – Gargling with diluted apple cider vinegar once a day can help remove stains, whiten teeth and kill harmful bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush afterwards.
For positive reinforcement I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of the benefits of meditation. Please share with us if you’ve had personal experience with any of these benefits or experienced any other benefits.
- Boosts positivity
- Decreases feelings of loneliness
- Helps with depression
- Reduces stress
- Boosts your immune system
- Lowers your blood pressure
- Lowers your oxygen consumption
- Minimizes pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces your cortisol levels
- Boosts your creativity
- Improves multitasking
- Improves your memory
- Improves sleep quality
- Lengthens your attention span
- Makes you more attentive
- Builds on your compassion for others
- Helps regulate your emotions
- Increases social connection
- Lowers anxiety
In case you needed all the reasons why practicing yoga is beneficial to you inside and out, I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list. Please share with us if you’ve had personal experience with any of these benefits!
- Balances hormones
- Boosts lymphatic system
- Boosts Vitamin C
- Increases red blood cell count
- Reduces cholesterol
- Reduces sodium
- Reduces triglycerides
- Builds a mind-body connection
- Improves attention span
- Improves concentration
- Improves memory
- Improves mood
- Improves self-acceptance
- Improves self-control
- Improves social skills
- Increases positivity
- Promotes calmness
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces depression
- Reduces hostility
- Reduces stress
- Boosts anti-aging
- Boosts energy
- Builds core strength
- Builds endurance
- Builds strength
- Improves balance
- Improves dexterity
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Improves muscle tone
- Improves posture
- Improves sexuality
- Improves sleep quality
- Increases bodily awareness
- Lowers the risk of injury
- Promotes weight loss
- Boosts immunity
- Boosts metabolism
- Builds cardiovascular endurance
- Builds pain tolerance
- Improves depth perception
- Improves circulation
- Improves gastrointestinal function
- Improves organ function and health
- Improves reaction time
- Improves respiratory function
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers pulse rate
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Strengthens bones
SYMPTOM REDUCTION OR ALLEVIATION
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic bronchitis
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
Nearly a year ago I wrote this:
Growing up, I remember when fast food was a treat we were bought every other week or so and I remember when I wasn’t allowed to drink any soda with caffeine in it, not to mention energy drinks. If I was allowed soda at all, it had to be something caffeine free.
As I grew up I was given more allowances and I was allowed to start making my own decisions. I was introduced to caffeinated soda and still maintained a healthy distance.
As an adult I’ve started an office job that is relatively stressful, but not painfully so. I started buying caffeinated sodas and eventually graduated to energy drinks to “treat” or “reward” myself during the work day, but it’s become too frequent. I can feel the negative effects of the sugar and caffeine in these drinks on my mind and body, but I still crave them anyway! As we plan on starting a family I think it’s time to find some healthier “treat” or “reward” options and get back to my healthier habits. As of last Friday, I’ve stopped drinking sodas and energy drinks. It’s definitely rough while my body is figuring out how to cope without all the sugar and caffeine, but it’ll pass!
This didn’t last long, and before I knew it I was up to consuming one sugar filled energy drink or soda every day. I’m not kidding, every day. I knew they were bad for me, I’ve known it for a long time (hence my writing of the post above), but I wouldn’t break the habit; I needed my sweet treat.
The 10 day smoothie cleanse I imposed on myself last month really helped snap me out of those bad habits and carried me through the withdrawal period. I won’t say I will never have an energy drink or soda again, that would be a bald-faced lie, but I feel like I have a better handle on my willpower than I ever did before.
Lesson learned: There is no magic trick to make you stop drinking or eating the things that are bad for you. You need to decide when enough is enough and have the willpower to steer yourself away from that vice. If you need to use a 10 day cleanse to get you started, then use it, but you are the ultimate factor.