12 Foods To Avoid For Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I definitely have a hearty breakfast before I do anything.

-Mayer Hawthorne

Breakfast, as we all know, is the first meal of the day and should be a heavy one. But this is the meal which we neglect the most. We go to the local store or supermarkets and we buy all the easiest so-called “nutritious breakfast” options. But the things you are taking from the store, are they really healthy? What do you think?
We need wholesome food in the morning as we need to kick-start our whole system with energy. Sometimes we might feel that we are not hungry but that doesn’t mean you should skip your breakfast. Eating right food in your breakfast will help you to satisfy your hunger and control your blood sugar levels.
But eating ready-made food from supermarkets will not give you all the necessary nutrients it shows in its TV commercial or in its wrapper. A perfect breakfast should have the right amount of protein, fiber, fats and essential oils which can be acquired only from whole, unprocessed foods. Let’s break the common breakfast myths, and see which you think healthy are really healthy or not.
Packaged Cereals-
Cereals are processed products that contain gluten which is addictive for you. Most cereals are high in sugar content and carbohydrates which will increase your blood sugar level to spike and then suddenly drop, leading to mid-morning cravings. If you love your cereals and can’t live without them, then add berries and natural fruits in your cereals and then eat, and pick the cereal from the market based on nutrients contents, like organic grains with high-fiber contents. Try to avoid flavored cereals and opt for a simple one.

A great option against these cereals is oats. You can try out oats in various ways. Just soak them overnight to make overnight oats or prepare them in the morning with hot milk, or try grinding it to make oat milk. All these are really healthy for your system.
Protein Bars-
These bars say that they give you a great amount of protein for the whole day, but in most cases, they lag behind. They are also filled with loads of sugar and chemicals. Those Granola bars might appear tempting, but they are not good for your health. Their ingredients lists contain high sugar, corn syrup or added colors which are not at all good for breakfast.

In it’s place you can make your own protein bar at home with toasted oats, dry fruits, and jaggery! You can easily store them in your refrigerator for few days.
Ready Made Sandwiches-
Sandwiches in eateries might feel tempting, as they are packed with colorful vegetables, mayo, and sauce. Nutrients wise you must think they are packed with all the essential nutrients, like fiber, fat, carbs, but often the quality of vegetables used are not good, the meat used is generally processed and are really greasy. The bread in most cases are white, and preservatives are also added to store it for a long time.
If you want to have sandwiches or burger, then try brown bread, or multi-grain whole wheat bread, add some low-fat butter and your favorite vegetables and then eat it. You can see our Healthy Burger Recipe.

Pastries and Doughnuts-
They come full of refined sugar, carbs, and fat. So this is a breakfast option you must avoid. You can treat yourself in the weekend as a post-breakfast snack, but not regularly.

You can prepare pastries easily in your home for yourself and for your loved ones. Try out your baking skills on weekends and amaze everyone.

Toast with Butter.
Most of us like our toasts with a wholesome amount of butter and some sugar above it. But mostly you feel hungry after eating such a breakfast. You can eat it along with some healthy options such as boiled vegetables or an omelet.

You can easily substitute your white bread with whole grain bread, full-fat butter with low-fat butter or peanut butter(if unavoidable), and a small sprinkle of honey for the sweet lovers.

Flavoured Oatmeal-
Flavoured oatmeals might feel appetizing. Each packet comes with a lot of artificial sugar, preservatives, processed vegetables and taste enhancers, which sometimes contains artificial colors. So it is better to avoid them, and you can buy rolled or steel oats and can prepare dishes of your own.

Bacon and Sausages-
These fall underprocessed meat category. Now studies are claiming that processed meat are “carcinogenic to humans”, mostly causing colorectal cancer. You may avoid sugar and think these as a sugar-free tempting option, but if your packet label says that it contains nitrates, then just avoid it.

Try unprocessed meat, you can have boiled chicken with vegetables if you want all the necessary healthy fats and nutrients from chicken, or can make a quick healthy soup with vegetables and chicken.
Smoothies from Store-
Smoothies of vibrant colors might grab your attention, and you can think them as a healthy breakfast option. But those smoothies contain a lot of sugar and added preservatives.

You can make your own smoothie at home with an ease. Try adding honey in place of sugar, take berries, local fruits and vegetables and then Shake it to Make it.
Sweetened, Flavored Yogurt
The packaged yogurt might promise you low calorie. But mostly they come packed with artificial sweeteners and chemicals. The flavored yogurts are packed with lots of sugar and are not healthy. For sweetness add honey, fruits or maple syrup. Normal Greek yogurt will provide you with necessary protein, probiotics, calcium, Vitamin B-12 and will keep your tummy full for a longer time.

Fruit Juice-
To all the dieters, this is the best option. Just sip a Glass of Juice and you are ready to Go!! But attention, the way you think it doesn’t always happen that way. Beware of packed juices available in store shelves, as most of them are packed with sweetener and the actual fruit juice content is really very less. The high sugar content takes you closer to Type-2 Diabetes, obesity and other harmful diseases. Moreover, juice is not a wholesome food, it doesn’t contain protein, fibers, and essential nutrients.

Be more innovative with your fruit juice. Prepare them in your home, add some greens veggies, some orange, some carrot and give a mix. You will be amazed at its taste. But don’t drink it alone, have this with other breakfast items, like whole wheat bread, it will give you carbs also.
Uncooked Vegetables-
Uncooked vegetables, as the first thing in the morning, will put your stomach in a little bit uneasy situation. The amino acids will result in heartburn, stomach ache, results in the uneasy situation. Avoid vegetables having high acidic concentration, like tomatoes.

Coffee-
You might think a cup of coffee can give you an instant energy boost. Drinking coffee will not give you with all the necessary nutrients you need for the whole day. The caffeine in coffee will decrease your appetite for a short amount of time, but later you will indulge in those unhealthy snack bars in your workplace or college. You gain all those extra pounds.

If you want to have a cup of coffee, have your breakfast and then sip into a cup of coffee.

Skipping Breakfast is the most unhealthy thing you can do to your health. So take care of yourself, prepare a wholesome breakfast for you and your family. Don’t indulge in binge eating by skipping your breakfast, eat healthy snacks. Once in a while have a cheat day and eat all the dishes you like. Eat Well Stay Well.
Happy Eating, and Happy Reading!

Article – Subhajit Chowdhury

Edited by- Debolina Ghosh

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9 Super Healthy Seeds For Your Well-Being

Nature has got a storehouse of resources to help us improve our lifestyle. We may not be aware of all the plants and their benefits. Still, the ones that are known to us and can be of great help to us should certainly be a part of our regime. Apart from fruits and vegetables, some seeds too can be extremely beneficial for us. Seeds are a powerhouse of antioxidants and have dietary fibers, protein and healthy fats in them. They are nature’s best storehouse and can be wisely included by us in our lifestyle.
Let’s know about the most important seeds around us –
1.Hemp seeds-
Hemp seeds are truly a storehouse of some immensely beneficial nutrients. It’s perfectly balanced with omega-6 to omega-3 oil ratio particularly gamma-linolenic acid (or GLA). It is a fantastic source of magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Magnesium is very good for your bone health, it powers our enzymes thus giving us the source of energy. Zinc is needed for the body’s immune system to work perfectly. Iron we all know is present in our blood from childhood and is crucial to send oxygen from lungs. As this seed is a rich source of protein it promotes hair and skin health.
45 calories per 1 tsp, 3 g fat, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

2.Sunflower seeds-
This is the perfect phytochemical-rich food. They are an excellent source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant, selenium and copper, all crucial elements to support your health.
It helps to reduce the risk of heart attacks, migraine headaches, lower high blood pressure.

3.Sesame seeds-
These seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, fiber, phosphorus. It contains linoleic acid ( Omega 3 fatty acid).
It helps you to fight against cholesterol. Studies show that it reduces blood pressure, and protects your liver. As it has a high percentage of zinc, it strengthens hair, skin, muscles and also reduces signs of premature aging.
50 calories in 1 tsp, 5 g fat, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

4.Pumpkin seeds-
Pumpkin seeds known as pepitas are high in form of antioxidants known as carotenoids. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron. It helps to maintain high energy levels.
Regular consumption boosts your immunity, lower bad cholesterol, reduce diabetes, keep your anxiety at bay, makes male prostate health better.
80 calories in 1 tsp, 8 g fat, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

5.Pomegranate seeds-
Pomegranate seeds are considered as nature’s sweet nectar. The juicy seeds help you to reduce your excess flab. It’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C and helps to reduce fat.
80 calories 1/2 cup, 2 grams fat, 4 g fiber, 2 g fiber

6.Wheat germ-
Wheat germ helps to boost the immune system by fighting with the number of diseases. It improves heart health. It has antioxidants which destroy free radicals. It has anti-aging properties as it is packed with nutrients and vitamins. It makes your stomach happy by aiding good digestion. It boosts metabolic function and research shows that it reduces stress levels as well.
26 calories per 1 tbsp, 1 g fat, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein

7. Flax Seeds –
Do you need a seed for weight loss? Then try this as it helps in healthy bowel functioning, reduces appetite and thus aids in weight loss. It reduces cholesterol, aids heart health, stabilizes blood sugar levels and reduces cancer risks. It has lignans and Omega-3 fatty acid that reduces inflammation. These seeds are helpful for eye health as well.
50 calories per 1 tbsp, 5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein

8.Cumin seeds-
Cumin seeds popularly known as Jeera in India is a widely used spice for making curries and gravies. Add this wonderful seed to your dishes and reap its benefits. It is widely known for aiding in digestion. Just having two teaspoon of cumin gives you 15% of your recommended iron intake which reduces the risk of any cognitive disease. It contains Vitamin C and boosts the immune system, helps in treating insomnia, has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It also contains phosphorus which helps our body to detoxify on its own. Cumin promotes skin health and also helps to prevent diabetes.
Next time when you add cumin in your curries, know that are getting so many benefits out of it.

9.Chia seeds-
A seed which is gaining popularity every day. These small seeds are packed with fiber, protein, nutrient oils, antioxidants, and calcium. Consumption of this seed can reduce your joint pain, keep your digestive system happy, and help you to reduce weight. Chia seeds tend to absorb much more water than its actual weight and thus keeps your tummy fuller within fewer calories. It also improves your brain health, diabetes is also curbed, liver health is increased. It can be included in your breakfast recipes and will keep you going for long hours!
70 calories per 1 tbsp, 5 g fat, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein

Do include these seeds in your daily regime and feel the difference. Small changes can go a long way in making you healthier. Do let us know your thoughts on these seeds!

 

Article- Debolina Ghosh

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8 ways to wake up early easily

Early to bed, Early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. ” – Benjamin Franklin
A line which all of you have read and recited in your childhood days for those morning school days! Gone are those, and due to late night sleeping habits and busy schedule waking up early isn’t possible anymore. But waking up early has got several benefits, it not only makes your body healthy but also makes your mind fresh and keeps you rejuvenated all through the day. The fresh and pure atmosphere, calm surroundings and chirping of birds can rarely be enjoyed if you wake up late. The lemon yellow sky turning bright orangy with the slow rise of the early morning sun is one of the best views you can enjoy in your day. Though waking up early might give a cut to your long sleeping hours and thus seem to be a boring task. But you don’t want to miss out the freshness and calmness that nature has to offer early in the morning. Moreover you have decided to use your running shoes which are kept in your shoe rack from long.
So how to wake up early? Always keep this question moving in your mind.
That alarm sound really makes me feel irritated. From tomorrow I’ll keep it shut.
– Reactions!! Every morning.
I want to ask you few questions.
1. Why do you want to wake up early?
2. Which time you want to wake up?
3. What do you want to do early in the morning?
Answers?? Hopefully you have found them in your head.
Now let me start. Now I think you are determined as you have the right mindset to start.
So I am giving you ways which can help you to wake up early.
1. Make a strong mindset.
Ask yourself repeatedly everyday before you going to sleep these 3 questions. Make your mind strong and then go for sleeping. You will be more determined deep inside.
  • Listen to podcast related to waking up early.
  • Read inspirational stories about people who were early risers.
  • Remind yourself about the importance of early rising.

2. Imagine
Close your eyes and imagine. Imagine the early morning, chilling fresh air, birds chirping around you, fresh mind, new ideas, brilliant mood. A perfect combination for your well being.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”— Benjamin Franklin

3. Develop a “you can do” attitude

Get excited about your day, and you’ll jump out of bed. Don’t drive yourself with guilt about why you have to wake up early. Make waking up early something you want to do for yourself.

Of course, the joy of creating and achieving can drive you towards your goal. But don’t be afraid to motivate yourself by doing something crazy in the morning. Dance to your favorite music, else read inspirational books, take a hot sip of your favourite beverage.

And reward yourself as you go one step closer to your goal day by day.

4. Set an alarm
This might seems boring. You might feel annoyed with the tone earlier. Might you feel like breaking the phone or the clock. But don’t worry. Within few days you won’t need this as you will wake up before your alarm rings. You will be habituated and won’t need the help of an alarm.

5. Ask your friends for help
Make groups with friends and go for a walk with them. Spend some quality time talking with them. Laugh out loud. Smile more. Live more.

6. Sleep well
Always the struggle isn’t all mental. There’s a strong physical component and the amount — as well as the quality — of sleep you get is the most important factor.
So sleep well, make a comfortable bed. Keep your phone and laptop away. Read a book, read it. Keep yours stress at Bay and sleep a good night sleep. Sleep early and wake up early. Remember that you need at least 8 hours of sleep to stay healthy and active.

7. Keep a journal
Write your progress in a journal you keep. Reward yourself by giving that wonderful cake which you have seen while coming from work. Relieve. Relax. Enjoy.

8. Stop that few more minutes urge
Most of the times we feel we can sleep for 5 more minutes. But that few minutes become hours and we repent. So it’s better remove this attitude completely. And wake up straight away.
After early waking you might feel sleepy. So do these –
1. Do exercise
Make your body do some basic exercises after waking up. You can go for walking, running anything you like but get yourself moving and listen to your favorite tune if you want. Sweat out. Breathe. Relax.

2. Meditate
After getting up early find some time and meditate as it will not make you feel sleepy again. Then drink a glass of herbal tea. Prepare it with your own hands and enjoy your warm happiness.

3. Read your favorite book
Take that book you like. Or open your Kindle and start reading your favorite book. You can read religious books too if you are a religious person. Else stick to motivational books or you favorite book.

4. Prepare breakfast
Prepare a healthy breakfast for you. Mix all the ingredients you like. Or if you are too lazy then make a smoothie full for vegetables and fruits. A great way to make you feel full and keep you healthy.

If you fail waking up one day, don’t give up. Always remember your goal. Think it’s better to start now than never, and everything will fall in place. So start doing and stop thinking and negotiating with your mind. Humans need 21 days to develop a habit. So you are not far away from making a good healthy habit.

Article- Subhajit Chowdhury

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Healthy Recipies with Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple Cider Vinegar is a magical potion and has innumerable benefits. It is beneficial for us in several ways and can be a regular ingredient in our daily routine. Apple Cider Vinegar can be your go-to drink early in the morning just as you wake up from the bed. But apart from that, you can use it in your daily food routine as a tangy liquid that can tickle your taste buds.

ACV can be included in your morning drink and that too in a healthy and tasty avatar. But for people who aren’t a morning person, and stuffs in some quick breakfast to start off their day, ACV can be well incorporated into your other food items.

See 18 Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • ACV as a morning detox drink –

Things you will need:

ACV – 2tsp

Water – 1 glass

Honey – ½tsp

Cinnamon Powder – ¼ tsp (optional)

Mix all the ingredients and have it on empty stomach. You should wait for at least 20-30 minutes after having this drink and then have your breakfast.

This will give a healthy start to your mornings!

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  • As an energy tonic –

Things you will need:

Juice of 1 Orange or any other Vitamin C rich fruit

ACV – 2tsp

Mint leaves – torn with hand

Plain/Chilled Water

Mix all the ingredients and boost your energy level. This can certainly be your mid-morning drink.

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  • Ginger-Turmeric Tea with ACV

Things you will need:

Water – 1cup

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Ginger Juice – 2tsp

ACV – 1tsp

Honey – ½tsp

Bring the water to boil, and pour it in a cup. Add turmeric powder, ginger juice, ACV, and honey. Your sweet and sour tea is ready! It is a healthy replacement for your normal tea and makes you feel fresher and keeps bloating away.

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  • Make a healthy Salad:

Things you will need:

1 Cucumber – chopped into cubes

Few cherry Tomatoes – cut into halves

1 Onion – chopped into squares

Sweet Corn/Boiled Chickpeas – Half Cup

Lettuce – Optional

Fresh coriander/Dried basil

ACV – 1 tsp

Olive oil/Rice bran oil – 1tsp

Honey – 1tsp

Lemon juice – ½ tsp

Salt and pepper

Prepare the dressing by mixing Olive oil, ACV, Honey, Lemon juice, and salt.

ACV will give the tangy touch and add a different flavour to your salad.

Take all the vegetables in a bowl, drizzle the dressing and give a good mix. Add pepper for extra flavour.

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  • As a healthy marinade:

Use ACV instead of normal vinegar, to marinate fish and meat. It will make them soft and a healthy touch to it. ACV also adds a tangy flavor and makes the meat/fish soft and tender.image_search_1523465936940

 

  • Add ACV in your chutneys and sauces:

ACV will enhance the flavor of your simple chutneys and sauces and give them a burst of sourness as well as act as a preservative.

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  • Get perfect boiled eggs:

ACV can help you to get those perfectly hard-boiled eggs. Add ½ tsp while boiling your eggs and see the shells coming out effortlessly.image_search_1523466234875

 

These are some quick and simple ways to incorporate ACV in your lifestyle to get that boost of health.

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Best diet plans of 2018 revealed

It seemed just yesterday when we had welcomed a new year. But four months have already passed in a wink.
With every new year our lifestyle, as well as food habits, are changing. New diet plans are being incorporated to bring evident results in our changing lifestyle, to bring diversity in our lives. Following the same diet plan for years seem to be very boring and often we lose our interest. But with newer diet plans coming up we get some newer things to try and then find what suits us the best.
What about your diet resolutions? You forgot to make one, just like us! *Sigh* Junk foods taste so good, and we just can’t stop our binge eating. You want to eat tasty food and just can’t stop thinking about those cheesy pizzas? Or maybe you think it’s too late to start, and you will do it next year. But don’t you want to wear those dresses which you have been adding to your wishlist from long or feel healthy and fit from inside?
We know it’s tough, but let us do it together. So here we are presenting you the top diet plans to look for in 2018.

1. Dash Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)

DASH diet has been ranked best diet for the 8th year in a row by US News & World Report. The DASH diet is a plant-focused diet. Mainly you can have fruits and vegetables, nuts, with low-fat and non-fat dairy, lean meats, fish, and poultry, mostly whole grains, and consume healthy fats. Your tummy will be happy by feeding upon delicious fruits and vegetables, paired up with protein-rich foods to quench your hunger. This is a simple diet which you can follow easily. So try this out.
What can you consume and what not?
Eat – Vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, nuts, lean meat, fish, and poultry.
Don’t eat or limit – DASH diet focuses on lowering the sodium limit to just 1 TSP per day. Along with that, it doesn’t allow consumption of sugary items, trans fats, fatty meats and processed grains.
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2. Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating based on the traditional foods (and drinks) of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a diet which aids in weight loss and helps to increase your overall health. Rather, changing lifestyle with the inclusion of fruits and vegetables, as well as fatty foods like fish, nuts and olive oil, doing physical activities, enjoying meals with friends and family, and limit intake of wine in moderation with meals. This diet has been linked to better overall health and better immune system.
Eat – Vegetables, Fruits, Whole grains, Pulses, Nuts, Poultry, Fish and Olive Oil.
Don’t eat or limit – Fatty meat, sugary items, refined oils.
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3: Flexitarian Diet

A combination of the words flexible and vegetarian gives the word ‘Flexitarian’. This diet encourages people to eat mostly vegetarian food but doesn’t ask you to reduce the quantity. The Flexitarian diet Ranks 3rd diet overall.
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4. Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is an especially popular diet. It was made popular by celebrity Oprah Winfrey. Here each food is given a number of points, and people are asked to stick to a particular number for each day. Foods that are high in nutrients and are filling have fewer points overall. Sweets, chocolates are high in points, whereas nuts vegetables, fruits have low points.

5. Mind Diet

The MIND Diet—a connection of DASH and the Mediterranean diet—is helped to increase your brain functionality. People are encouraged to eat can improve our brain health like green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. And these five food groups should be avoided- Red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, sweets and fried or fast food.

6. TLC Diet

The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet is meant to help people cut down on food which can increase cholesterol. You must cut down on fat overall, especially saturated fat. This diet tells us to add more fibers in our diet.

7. The Keto Diet

The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar).
Eat: Around 70-75% of your diet should be made up of fat, and around 20% of protein.
Don’t eat or limit: Here’s what you should avoid on keto – foods containing a lot of sugar and starch. This includes starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes. These foods are very high in carbs.
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8. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting means having short cycles of not eating any food except water than eating repeatedly, which has proven results for some people by breaking stubborn fat, control insulin levels, and improve diet. The main logic behind intermittent fasting and fat loss are that once you’ve been fasting for longer than 12 hours, your body is able to access the fat stores that have previously been inaccessible on a regular eating schedule. So overall your health condition increases.
These may sound fancy but can certainly be adapted to our lifestyle. But before trying any of these diet plans, please consult a doctor first and then make up your mind. Though diet plans can help us to manage our weight some physical activity like mild jogging, walking or exercising should be included to make it more effective and efficient. But rather than doing crash diets, we must choose a plan that we can opt for long without any problem. Our focus should be on staying healthy and not particularly on weight loss. Our diet plan should make us feel happy and shouldn’t come as a hesitant way to reduce extra pounds. Staying happy and having a peaceful mind is the most important factor to stay fit and glowing. Do let us know, which diet plan grabbed your attention the most. Share your thoughts and suggestions with us. We will be bringing up more posts on this topic. So watch out this space.
Till then eat healthily and stay happy.
Article –

Debolina Ghosh

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18 Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

With the rapid changes occurring in our daily life and food habits, lifestyle-related problems are our unwanted guests. While several problems are brimming up, new inclusions in our daily lives are coming up to our rescue. Apple Cider Vinegar is one such magical golden fluid having multiple proven benefits. Apple cider vinegar is a golden fluid with wonderful health benefits in a bottle. It has a long history of treatment of health as a home remedy. Apple cider vinegar(or ACV) is made from apple that has undergone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes. That’s what gives the vinegar a sour taste and a strong smell. But it has less sugar and fewer calories than an apple. That’s what makes it a must in everybody’s health regime.

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                                          Nutritional Values per 100 ml approx. *
Sodium 17.025 mg Dietary Fibers 0.08 gms
Potassium 81.286 mg Carbohydrate 2.17 gms
Iron 1.155 mg Phosphorous 9.57
Calcium 9.806 mg Vitamin C 20.86 mg
Fat 0.05 gms Energy (cal) 4.60 mg
                                                                                                                            *Typical Values
Secret uses of Apple Cider Vinegar in our daily life
1. It regulates our blood sugar levels :
The ability of apple cider vinegar to regulate blood sugar levels is one of the most researched topics by scientists.
The research found that taking two tablespoons of ACV in water just before bed lowered blood sugar levels an average of 4 to 6 percent in the morning.

 

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2. It can lower our blood pressure :
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) contains potassium which is known to reduce body’s sodium levels and maintain optimal blood pressure. Magnesium in the other hand helps to increase blood flow to the vessels.

 

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3. It improves our heart health :
With reducing blood pressure it lessens the risk of heart disease. Drinking ACV can help to increase HDL, knows as good cholesterol. It also helps to control triglycerides.

 

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4. Secret to a happy tummy :
It’s oldest uses is to fix tummy issues. For an upset tummy sip ACV before a meal with water. Its antibiotic properties take care of your tummy health.

 

5. No more hiccups :
Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and say no to hiccups.
6. Soothes Our Sore Throat :
As soon as you feel a sore throat take a teaspoon of ACV and the germs will be gone as most germs can’t survive in the acidic condition.

 

7. Say Bye Bye To Dandruff :
Apple Cider Vinegar has immense benefits on the skin. The acidity of the vinegar changes the acidity of your scalp. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water and keep it in a spray bottle and spray it on your scalp. Then rinse it off with your regular shampoo which you use. Your hair will say you a big thank you!
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8. Aids weight loss :
One of the most hyped uses of ACV is for weight loss. It is a completely natural way and will not show any drastic results. It does its work slowly and helps to get rid of all the toxins in your body and helps to detox your system. The acetic acid present in the ACV suppresses your appetite, increases metabolism and reduces water retention.
Tip – Consume a spoon of ACV with water in empty stomach for best results. Acetic acid is the active ingredient in ACV has the power to control your hunger hormones and thus help to get rid of those binge eating.

 

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9. Reduces our pesky acne scars :
It’s used as a natural home remedy for acne and works wonders. Its antibacterial property keeps acne away and also reduces red spots, exfoliates skin and maintains pH balance.
Tip – You can mix half tsp ACV with chilled water and use it with a cotton pad to get rid of excess oil and thus prevent acne.
10. Energy boom :
 
Excessive stress and exercise make our body weak due to the formation of lactic acid. The amino acids contain in apple cider vinegar acts against it and break them. Giving us a storehouse full of energy.
11. Bad breath flies away :
Try ACV if you are facing bad breath and you can see the wonders within week of using it.
12. Who Doesn’t want to have that bright smile?
Gargling with ACV keeps your teeth white , and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. So keep smiling Bright.

 

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13. Slows our aging process :
The antioxidants present in ACV prevent premature aging and even aids in slowing it.
The alkaline nature does the key role here.
14. Has antioxidant properties :
The cetic acid, catechin, gallic acid etc. gives ACV it’s antioxidant properties.
15. Helps to get rid of Candida  :
 
Candida albicans is the most common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect the skin and other mucuos membranes. ACV restores pH balance and the alkaline environment prevents the growth of it and promotes beneficial bacteria growth. It helps to clean your gut system and help in eliminating the fungus.
16. Soothes sunburn :
ACV restores skins pH levels thereby soothing it and treating sunburn.
17. Treats leg cramps :
 Lower potassium levels is one of the biggest issue for leg cramps. ACV has high potassium levels which can alleviate leg cramps.
18. Prevents cancer :
There are studies that support the efficacy of ACV in treating cancer.
Apple Cider Vinegar has got several health benefits when consumed in a limited quantity. But over consumption may lead to several health issues. So it is always advisable to consume ACV within permitted limits.

 

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How should we consume ACV safely?
1. Limit your intake of ACV, keeping it to maximum 2 teaspoons daily.
2. Be aware of allergies. Though it’s rare stop consuming it if you have any acidic reaction.
3. Rinse your mouth after consuming ACV as it contains Acetic acid, and over-consumption thus can lead to throat burn and can weaken your teeth enamel.
4. Avoid consuming ACV if you have gastroparesis.
Thus using ACV within permitted limits can certainly up our lifestyle related issues, and can be a helpful hack for most of our problems. How many of them will you be using? Do let us know!

 

 By- Debolina Ghosh
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