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10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Cider Vinegar is probably one of the most versatile things that you can keep in your cupboard. It is used in dressings, marinades, preservatives, vinaigrettes, etc is is is made from fermented apples. However, even a small amount of this sour liquid used in other ways can have many health benefits:

1) Weight Loss Studies such as this one have shown that daily consumption of apple cider vinegar led to lower blood sugar and insulin levels and greater weight loss. Just put 1-2 teaspoons of the vinegar in a glass of water and drink it in the morning (also remember it's the entire lifestyle that counts, this isn't a magic potion).

2) Aids Digestion ACV improves digestion because it contains heaps of necessary minerals and other trace elements that your body needs to break down food. (1-2 tsp in a glass of water).

3) Scar Reduction If diluted with a ratio 1:4 (acv: water) and dabbed on the face it can regulate the pH level of your skin, helping to reduce scarring. Or you can make a face mask such as this one.

4) Immunity ACV is antiviral and helps your immune system. It is also able to help clean out your lymph nodes. (1-2 tsp in a glass of water).

5) Reduce Bad Breath If you have bad breath it can be used to help treat this. Dilute ACV in warm water and gargle with it twice a day.

6) Reduce Cramping Drinking diluted ACV can help with increasing potassium levels throughout the body, which will reduce cramping in muscles. (1-2 tsp in a glass of water).

7) Soothe Sunburnt Skin If you have sunburnt skin pop some ACV into your bath water and soak your skin for 15-20 minutes to reduce the burning sensation.

8) Allergy-Friendly Household Cleaner Can be used as a household cleaner because it's antibacterial (one part vinegar and two parts water).

9) Liver Protection Apple Cider Vinegar helps protect liver and kidneys from dietary cholesterol, as found in this study.

10) Sooth a Sore Throat Half a tablespoon of ACV mixed with hot water and honey can help sooth a sore throat.

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Cleansing Green Facial Mask

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If you need help evening out the complexion of your face this mask works a treat! If used regularly it should help clear and control your skin. Green clay is known for is absorptive properties and will help draw the nasty stuff out of your skin that you don't want in there (note: this means that the first few times you use this mask your skin might purge before it gets better - mine got bad for about a 4-5 days), if you keep at it you will see your skin start to look firmer and smoother. The mask also contains lemon, which has fantastic antibacterial properties, and apple cider vinegar. ACV also has antibacterial properties, but more importantly, it can help restore the pH balance of your skin and fade scarring.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp green clay powder
  • 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Juice from a small wedge of lemon

Method

1. Combine all ingredients and apply to clean skin for 15-20 minutes 2. Wash off with warm water 3. Follow with a light moisturiser (Lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays, so pop on some SPF before heading outside if you use this mask frequently)

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