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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits In Your Diet and For Your Hair!

Updated on July 17, 2017

What are the health benefits of apple cider?


Living up to its name, the countless purposes of this “wonder vinegar” has been around for centuries: besides dressing salads, we’ve used it to polish silver, make pickles, and kill weeds. In addition, ancient folk remedy claims it as a healthy tonic, a ‘cure for almost everything”, beneficial to numerous conditions, ailments, and annoyances, such as washing “toxins” from the body and reversing aging.


Recently, apple cider has found its way into both the condiment aisle of the supermarket as well as the health supplement section. Though the folk medicine claims of apple cider remains unproven, and for some, even disproved (for example, the claim of getting rid of lice and even warts), there have been a few medical research to support some.

Backed up by studies, other claims hold true, yet with a catch: apple cider does work, but it may not be as effective as other optional treatments. As a disinfectant, for instance, the common cleaners kill more germs. With regards to treating jelly fish stings, as folk remedy, hot water is more beneficial to the “wonder cider.”

Which brings us back to the question: what are the health benefits of apple cider? Or is it all just a myth? Some conditions are actually responsive to the treatment of apple cider vinegar, such as:

Diabetes. Among the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, the effect of its presence on blood sugar levels has been researched the most and is perhaps the most promising. There have been several studies that discovered that glucose levels were lowered by 4 to 6% for type 2 diabetes subjects.

Cancer. Studies on certain types of cancer have had confusing findings and needs more validity. One study found that with esophageal cancer, there was a decreased risk while otherwise with bladder cancer. However, laboratory studies showed that vinegar actually may kill or decrease the growth of carcinogenic cells.

Obesity. Vinegar has been used for weight loss for centuries, perhaps attributing to the fact that vinegar helps one feel full. Leaning more towards satiety of appetite, a study of 12 people in 2005 concluded that subjects who ate bread alone were less full or satisfied than the subjects who consumed bread dipped in vinegar.

Blood pressure. One of the health benefits of apple cider may be lowering high blood pressure, supported by a study in rats. Another large observational study discovered a lower rate of heart disease on subjects who consumed oil and vinegar on salads almost daily.

More studies still need validation, yet the claims of the health benefits of apple cider still remain quite popular and are, perhaps, here to stay.


The Vinegar Load Diet Versus the Glycemic Load Diet

One popular recent fad in weight loss is the apple cider vinegar and honey diet. Most people are not really inclined to trying this diet since it does not sound too appetizing. Combining honey and vinegar can be delicious if combined correctly, however. You can alter the taste by using different flavors of honey.


The most popular honey to use for this is honey that is clover flavored. Apple blossom and cherry blossom honey are also great substitutes because they increase the depths of flavor. Introduced as a diet in the fifties, there are several publications about the effectiveness of using apple cider as not just a remedy for serious ailments but also to help ease medical conditions.


All you need to do is mix one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink this before meals at least twice a day for about fourteen days. The concept behind this diet is that the vinegar acid helps neutralize bacteria that are harmful that causes water retention and weight gain.


Considered to be an appetite suppressant, apple cider vinegar is also beneficial for diabetics. Many believe that apple cider vinegar decreases your chance of developing diabetes and lowers your cholesterol.


Those who just can't stand the taste of vinegar can of course switch to the glycemic load diet and see if this works better for them.

The glycemic load diet is based on the index that is glycemic. The glycemic index does not differentiate between carrots that are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates like sugar, white pasta or potatoes.


This diet was developed by scientists focused on nutrition to control weight based on what you eat and lets you eat a lot of food varieties. What this diet measures if how food sources affect blood compared to white bread carbohydrates. Based on white bread standards which are set at one hundred, glycemic loading corrects the figure for the amount you need to consume and for serving size.


This is the glycemic load that created the foundation of the diet. For most people, it is recommended that the complete glycemic load needs to be less than five hundred.


The diet benefits diet programs that target insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and losing weight. It has been proven in some of the studies made that sustained blood sugar spikes and levels of insulin can lead to increased risk for diabetes. People whose highest index for glycemic was twenty one are probably going to develop diabetes type two according to the Shanghai Women's Health Study.


Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits Your Hair and Other Hair Remedies

A few of us may not be aware that our homes are full of ingredients that may be available for us to uses for our hair. We may think of this ingredients as typical everyday food but are really a good and inexpensive way to save money but still take care of your crowning glory. It is a great way to save some extra cash but still look gorgeous everyday. This would even be more convenient for those who are very busy and have no time to go to the salon.x

Vinegar-Apple Cider

Apple cider is a great way to detoxify hair. Since the apple cider's acidity is close to the hairs acidity, it makes sense to use this ingredient to remove build up and thoroughly cleanse the hair. It is a great practice to pour one cup over your hair once a week before shampooing.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins make great hair moisturizers. It is usually made into a hair mask that re-hydrates and moisturizing hair. To make this hair mask cut the pumpkin into four pieces or quarters. Peel of the rind and remove the seeds. Then boil the quarters for nearly twenty minutes or until it is fork soft. This should then be mashed till smooth and mixed with one cup of yoghurt. This should then be mixed very well and applied to your hair and leave it on for at least fifteen minutes, prior to washing with the usual shampoo and conditioner.

Tea-Chamomile

Another the acidic ingredient that can be found at home is chamomile tea. Chamomile tea may add brightness, shine and will relieve some itching that you may have and without harming your hair. Brew tea that is enough for a cup. Transfer the teabags and the water inside a spray bottle. Let it stand till it is lukewarm. Wash hair as usual with shampoo and conditioner. Spray the tea mixture on wet hair and use a wide -toothed comb while air drying or drying hair under the sun. Do this once a week.

Alcohol-Beer

The protein in beer works to smooth out the chipped and jagged cuticles of your hair. It is always a great idea to rinse hair with a bottle of beer after washing hair. It is a good idea to

rinse very well so that you don’t smell like a beer brewery.

Oil-Olive

Massaging olive oil into your scalp and throughout the whole head of hair and then wrapping it all up in a warm and damp towel for at least thirty minutes. Rinse well. This would leave hair moisturized, shiny and smooth.


More Hair Solutions!

What makes the usual breakfast ingredients? The usual culprits are honey, eggs and yogurt. These three are the best hair ingredients that is all-natural and affordable.

All Types of Hair

Raw eggs are the best all in one ingredient for the hair. The yolk is rich in proteins and fats. It is also a great hair moisturizer. The white part of the egg has great bacteria killing enzymes and removes excess hair oils. Use a whole egg for conditioning hair. If you have oily hair, then you can just use the egg whites and if you have brittle and dry hair then you use the egg yolk only. Mix half a cup of the egg that is suited for your hair type and liberally apply to your damp and just washed hair. Make it stay for around twenty minutes and rinse carefully with cool water to prevent the egg from cooking or turning gloppy. Then shampoo as usual. The egg-white mixture can be done every two weeks while the other egg mixtures can be done once a month.

Dull hair

Plain yogurt and sour cream help reverse the effects of air pollution and beauty product build up, which leaves a residue on hair that dulls shine and saps moisture from it. This is through

the action of Lactic acid which strips the dirt from the hair while the fat in the milk moisturizes. You have to massage half a cup of the yogurt or sour cream and let it stay on the hair for at least twenty minutes. Then rinse with first warm water then followed by cool water. Shampoo and style as usual. This can be repeated every other week.

Itchy scalp

Some people have flakes due to climate, poor diet and stress. A very accessible ingredient around the house is olive oil and lemon juice. These two ingredients are to be mixed and placed on damp hair. The olive oil moisturizes the scalp while the lemon juice gets rid of the loose flakes of skin. The rule of thumb is to mix two tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of water and two tablespoons lemon juice. This mixture is then massaged into the still wet hair. Leave it on the hair for at least twenty minutes. Rinse then shampoo as usual and repeat this regimen every other week.

For dry or sun-damaged hair

A humectant that occurs naturally, is honey. It locks in and attracts moisture. You can massage half a cup of honey into damp and clean hair. It should stay on the hair for at least twenty minutes then rinsed with warm water. Adding one or two tablespoons of olive oil will make it easier for you to apply the honey on hair.

There are many different solutions to the different hair problems that we have. It is just a matter of being resourceful and looking around the house, since you'll never know what you find in the kitchen may help in the hair department!

Hair, There, Everywhere! More Natural Solutions For You!

Once in a while it is a good idea to make some home made or do-it-yourself treatments at home . Not only does it help hair but it also helps your bank account. There are inexpensive and numerous ingredients in the kitchen that can be used to make this alternatives to high end products. It is important to find out what kind of hair you have and what the ingredients can do for your hair.

A very simple and more often than not emergency go-to is the hair mask. You can whip it up any time and can be used through out any season. It make hair look and feel great and is very easy to use. All you need is some olive oil, honey and egg. Gather up your olive oil, honey and egg with a small bowl and a fork. Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with half a cup of honey. Then add the egg, yolk only. Mix these three ingredients very well. After shampooing as usual, place this concoction onto hair. Cover your hair with a shower so that the mixture has enough time to really sit on the hair and that it also doesn't make a mess on your floor. Keep your hair inside the shower cap for thirty minutes or longer for greater absorption. Honey is nature's humectant. It draws in and attracts moisture; so hair feels thoroughly moisturized and soft. And since olive oil and and egg yolk are full of protein and healthy fats; a brilliant shine is is one of the outcomes of this mask.

If you have curls, then it is better to define and not fight it. A natural curl definer/enhancer is honey and molasses. Since both are humectants which can lock in and attract moisture, these can hydrate parched hair while treating curls. Get one fourth cup of olive oil and one half cup each of of maple syrup or molasses and water. Add two sliced bananas, four tablespoons each of honey and lemon juice. Mix in two tablespoons of ordinary flour. Carefully mix all this ingredients together thoroughly. On a stove top , warm the mixture for a few minutes. Remove and let it cool a bit. Divide your hair into four separate sections and apply the cooled liquid. Place hair under a shower cap and let it stay on the hair for forty-five minutes. When the time is up, rinse hair carefully and style as usual.


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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for doing the research and making this presentation. Great reminders that help us maintain good health and good looks.