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Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

Have you gone into a health food store recently and noticed bottles of apple cider vinegar stacked on the shelves? Or perhaps you have been online and you scrolled past articles about apple cider vinegar? I was curious to find out what were the benefits of using apple cider vinegar. After some research, I have put together 6 health benefits of using apple cider vinegar.

Brief History Of Apple Cider Vinegar

For almost 5000 years people have been making use of the many health benefits that vinegar has to offer. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates prescribed vinegar and honey to help cure coughs and colds. Samurai warriors in Japan took vinegar to give them extra strength and power. Vinegar was used in the American civil war and also in world war one to fight germs and infections. In the 17th century, many Europeans began using vinegar for its many medicinal purposes. It has become popular again today, as people try to limit the amount of pharmaceuticals that they consume, and instead try to heal themselves using alternative natural medicines.

Fermenting regular apple cider creates Apple cider vinegar. Bacteria work to break down the sugars and yeast. It then transforms the broken-down sugars and yeast first into alcohol and then into apple cider vinegar containing health promoting probiotics and enzymes. As more tests and studies are carried out, many more health benefits of apple cider vinegar will be discovered. I want to share with you six notable health benefits of using apple cider vinegar.

1. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

There is evidence that fermented foods such as apple cider vinegar containing lactic acid or acetic acid can lower blood sugar;(glucose) by helping store excess glucose in the liver. This reduces the body’s rate of glucose production and absorption. Dilute one to two tablespoons in an 8-ounce cup of water and drink before meals to help keep blood sugar levels steady.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Weight Loss

The acetic acid contained in apple cider vinegar helps suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream. Apple cider vinegar can also kill food cravings to help kick start weight loss. Try making an apple cider vinegar weight loss drink by adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your favorite smoothie. For the best results, be sure to use it in combination with a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

3. Improve Skin Health

Thanks to its natural antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural treatment for healthier skin. Applied as a toner, it may help to balance the skin’s pH and has an exfoliating effect that also smooth’s and softens.

 

Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

4. Soothes a Sore Throat, Cough

Take some ancient advice from Hippocrates himself to quickly banish a sore throat or cough. Simply mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so. The bacteria contained in apple cider vinegar can help to give your immune system a boost, especially when you are feeling under the weather.

5. Apple Cider Boosts Energy

Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you are feeling tired, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your favorite smoothie or glass of water to help boost your energy.

6. Boosts Gut Health

The bacteria contained in apple cider vinegar can enhance the health of your digestive system and deliver a host of added gut bacteria benefits like increased immunity and an improved ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

As you can see from the above, there are many health benefits from drinking apple cider vinegar. Other benefits include aids in detoxification, whiten teeth, muscle cramp relief, prevent indigestion, balance your pH levels and helps hair stay shiny and healthy.

If you have diabetes and are taking insulin or oral hypoglycemics, you should consult your physician prior to any apple cider vinegar consumption to reduce risks of unexpected lows. Also, if you are currently taking prescribed medication, please consult your healthcare practitioner or doctor before using apple cider vinegar products of any kind. This can prevent any potential risks associated with herb-drug interactions.

While apple cider vinegar is healthy and safe for most people, consuming large amounts can lead to some negative effects on health. Apple cider vinegar side effects can include the erosion of tooth enamel, burning of the throat or skin and decreased levels of potassium.

Always dilute apple cider vinegar in water or in a juice or smoothie instead of drinking it straight to prevent any negative side effects. You should also start with a low dosage and work your way up to assess your tolerance.

I hope that you enjoyed reading: The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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