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22 Science-Backed, Evidence-Based Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar That Will Change Your Life

Once you venture into the world of apple cider vinegar you won’t turn back. On top of its well known powerful digestive benefits, apple cider vinegar can perform a whole range of miracles from cleaning your entire home to creating beautiful glossy hair!

The benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless! Here are 22 diverse ways to use apple cider vinegar in your home:

1. Supercharge your digestion! Try a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water before meals. The sour taste can help to trigger the release of saliva and digestive juices that break down your food.

2. Lose weight naturally! A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that satiety (feeling full) is increased when apple cider vinegar is taken with food. Take one to two tablespoons diluted in water before meals.

3. Clean your home without chemicals! Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which is antimicrobial, this means you can cut down on toxic cleaning products in your home.

4. Keep your blood sugar stable! A study involving type 2 diabetic patients found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed was effective in lowering blood sugar by the next morning. Dilute the vinegar in a glass of water first before drinking.

5. Fight off a sore throat! With its antibacterial properties apple cider vinegar may help as a gargle to ward off pathogenic bacteria. Dilute one tablespoon in a glass of water and gargle three times daily.

6. Treat acid reflux once and for all! When a weak digestive system struggles to break down food, symptoms such as reflux and heartburn often occur. Apple cider vinegar helps to promote healthy digestion by increasing your digestive juices.

7. Reduce sugar cravings naturally! Steer your taste buds towards sour rather than sweet with apple cider vinegar. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of chilled water for a tangy, refreshing drink.

8. Say goodbye to fruit flies! Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar into a jar then seal the opening with cling wrap. Poke pin-sized holes into the cling wrap and leave the jar in the kitchen. Fruit flies will be drawn to the scent of apple cider vinegar then become trapped inside the jar.

9. Be heart smart! Studies have found that polyphenols (such as chlorogenic acid found in apple cider vinegar) may reduce oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol) and even prevent cardiovascular disease.

10. Treat your feet with a deodorising foot bath! Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to a bucket filled with warm water then soak feet for 10-15 minutes to remove bacteria.

11.Boost your bone broth! Adding apple cider vinegar to your bone broth while it’s bubbling away can help to extract valuable minerals from the bones.

12. Beat fleas! Mix one part water with one part apple cider vinegar then spray onto your pet and rub through their fur – as an added bonus their coat will become silky soft!

13. Avoid toxic chemicals in deodorants! Dab a small amount of apple cider vinegar under each armpit for a natural, refreshing deodorant.

14. Purify your fruits & veggies! To remove contaminants from your fresh produce, add a dash of apple cider vinegar in a sink full of water and allow your produce to soak before rinsing.

15. Get instant silky locks! Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water. Rinse the mixture through your hair after shampooing for a beautiful shiny mane.

16.Supercharge your salad dressing! Mix with extra virgin olive oil and dried herbs for a simple, healthy and delicious salad dressing.

17. Give your body a daily detox! Bitter foods and drinks may promote healthy liver function by stimulating enzyme secretion and bile flow. Enjoy the benefits of a daily cleanse by including one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in your diet each day.

18.Keep your pearly whites healthy! Apple cider vinegar can help to ward off cavity-causing bacteria. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to half a glass of water then swish around your mouth for natural mouthwash. Follow with a rinse of water.

19. Make your skin glow! With its antimicrobial components, apple cider vinegar acts as a natural cleanser. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar to a bowl of water then splash your face to clear away impurities.

20. Preserve your leftovers! Stop avocados, apples and other fruits from going brown by adding a few drops of apple cider vinegar to the exposed flesh then cover.

21. Create melt-in-your-mouth meals! Impress your dinner guests by adding apple cider vinegar to marinades to help tenderise meat, chicken or fish and create a succulent feast!

22. Soothe sunburn! Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bath to soothe painful sunburn.

When buying apple cider vinegar, be sure to choose certified organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized as this is the highest quality form that contains the ‘mother’ (yeast and acetic acid bacteria). The more murky it looks the better because this shows it hasn’t been filtered of all its goodness. When taking it orally, start with small doses (as your taste buds adjust) and always mix with water. Be warned, you may become an apple cider addict!

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 Pools are open. Summer is here so is the need for extra sun protection.

Many of us are going to forgo the coffee during the summer and start drinking the green tea smoothies and iced green tea not only because its delicious but because we need as much help as we can get from mother nature to protect our skin from sun damage.
 The medicinal value of this tea is attributed to polyphenols. See what is the role of the green tea in prevention of cancer reported in  National Library of Medicine. Researchers believe that green tea’s sun damage protection status stems from absorption and the degradation of free radicals preventing the UV rays to break down the cells. Green tea enhances the sun protection  when used in addition to a sunscreen. As an extra special bonus, both drinking the green tea with EGCG and applying it topically is believed to reduce the changes in the skin that lead to wrinkles, skin sagging and even skin cancer.
Incorporating Green Tea into Your Skin Care

You’ve probably heard about the impressive beauty benefits of green tea from the social media chat with supermodel Miranda Kerr.  Her one beauty secret she revealed to us has to do with green tea. She creates a steam bath and infuses the tea leaves in boiling water! Not only this potion is relaxing but very beneficial for your skin.

How to make a green tea steam facial 

 1. Boil 3 cups of water in the kettle
2. Steep 3 tea bags of green tea or loose green tea for a few minutes.
3. Pour the infusion into a ceramic bowl
4. Place a towel over your head and breathe in the infusion for 5 minutes.
5. Rinse the face with cool water.
6. Apply your peptide serum or vit c serum and follow up with a moisturizer.

Why Botanical Skin Care Is Better?

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The records if medicinal use of plants such as opium poppies,ephedra and cannabis found 60,000 years ago through excavation. One of the oldest writings about the herbal medicine dated 1500 B.C., is the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus. In India, dated 700 B.C.

For centuries, humans have experimented with plants to learn how they can be used to heal. In essence, people were doing ‘clinical trials’ with medicinal plants and recorded the results in the book of Shamanism.  Herbalists began to emerge as first medicine men-doctors who used those writings in healthcare.

How did we learn about the power of plants?

It’s possible that the humans learn about the healing powers of plants from observing the animals use plants. Since the animals exposed to healthy pastures were stronger and lived longer it only made sense to explore this path of natural medicine.

Why Botanical Skin Care Is Better?

Herbal skin care or botanical skin care contains natural ingredients that are easily assimilated through skin. Today consumers are pretty savvy around the names of the ingredients and its uses, thanks to google. When purchasing skin care products make sure the first 5-8 ingredients listed on the label are those you recognize. Ideally water is the first on the list followed by herbs or natural oils, the minute you see an ingredient that is very long or you can’t pronounce assume it’s a chemical that you don’t want on your skin. Typically, better products are slightly more expensive due to purity of the ingredients. Never buy over-the-counter skin care products in your local pharmacy as they are mass produced and therefore poor quality.

According to records, morphine was isolated from opium back in the 1800s. This event marked the beginning of modern science and pharmacology. Eventually plants were replaced by synthetics to prolong the shelf life as well as make it less expensive. That idea gave birth to chemicals or fillers and that is now placed into the tubes of skin care and medicinal creams. Many of those  chemicals are toxic TOXIC INGREDIENTS they make the skin sensitive or cause cancer.

Nanotechnology is a field of science that allows natural ingredients be broken down into nanoparticles so that they can combine with liposomes to deliver the nutrients to the deeper layers of the skin. Those skin care products are more expensive and well worth the investment over the low quality over-the-counter mass produced products found in the local pharmacy.

However, the true power of the botanicals is in its pure form. Yolanda Russo, esthetician at Speranzi Facial Spa recommends home remedies and facial masks whipped right in your kitchen. She believes in natural ingredients and our ability to create a moisturizing facial mask from avocado, or detoxifying facial mask from papaya and honey. She recommends epsom salt baths to detoxify the body and relax the mind. 

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