Apple Cider Vinegar | Health and Beauty Benefits

 Hey guys!

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has become my new obsession! For about 3/4 months now I have been having a tablespoon of ACV diluted in half a glass of water once a day and I couldn’t be more impressed with the results! It’s wide-ranging benefits include everything from curing hiccups, alleviating cold symptoms and some people have turned to ACV to help with health concerns including diabetes and high cholesterol. I wanted to share with you guys how ACV has benefitted me and why maybe you should consider adding ACV into your daily routine!

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Does it matter what kind of Apple Cider Vinegar you use?

Yes, absolutely! You want to use the raw, unfiltered and organic variety that contains the ‘MOTHER’. This is the key ingredient with all the good stuff! The mother is the sediment at the bottom of the bottle which will probably freak you out first but after a good shake it will mix in quite nicely. There are so many brands out there but the most popular is the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar which, for us UK residents, I think is only available here on Amazon.


 

How much do I drink and how do I prepare it?

I tend to take one tablespoon of ACV and dilute it into half a glass of water every evening. But let my warn you – this stuff is potent! It took me a good few weeks to get used to the taste! It seems easier to take it as a shot so you can avoid the taste but unfortunately this isn’t recommended as it can damage teeth enamel and throat tissue. Alternatively, you could add a teaspoon of honey or even substitute the water for some juice to help it go down a little smoother!


 

What are some of the ways it’s benefitted me?

  • Helps to clear skin imperfections and blemishes – I have noticed such great results! You don’t just have to work from the inside out, ACV acts as a great natural toner with it’s antibacterial properties, it will leave your skin looking healthy and refreshed! It also helps to absorb excess oils and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It really is a lifesaver, if you have a small blemish the night before by the next morning it’s gone!
  • Helps soothe a sore throat caused by colds  – ACV contains malic acid which gives it it’s antibacterial properties and along with a bit of honey, your cold symptoms will be alleviated instantly! It also helps to reduce mucus in your body, helping to clear sinuses.
  • Teeth whitener – ACV helps kill bacteria in your gums and mouth, removing stains leading to brighter and cleaner teeth!
  • Acts as a detoxifier – I have been loving including a detoxifying super green juice into my daily routine but sometimes if I’m in a rush or just don’t have the time to blend up some greens, ACV is the perfect alternative to balance that pH level!
  • Reduces leg cramps – Sometimes I tend to get quite bad leg cramps due to low potassium especially at night but since taking ACV, I haven’t been getting them as much or as bad!
  • Helps fade bruises and scars – Just dab a light layer of ACV on top of the bruise or scar and repeat a couple of times to help fade the discolouration.
  • Improves your hair’s body and shine – I love this one! Just add one part ACV to three parts water in a spray bottle and spritz into your hair concentrating on the ends after shampooing. Rinse out and you’ll see the dramatic results!

 

Are there any precautions?

  • It will make you urinate quite a lot so be cautious when taking it LOL
  • Don’t take too much – If you’re lazy like me and will eventually give up with the tablespoon and start to pour it straight into the cup from the bottle, try not to overdo it! I think I have been overdoing it the past few days and my stomach hasn’t been feeling too great, but I can’t be sure it’s because of the ACV so I’m going to lay off it for a couple of days and see what happens!

 

Have you guys tried out Apple Cider Vinegar? How has it been benefiting you?


 

Sachita x

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Avocado – The Super Food you Know you Love!

Hey!

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I really couldn’t decide what to write my post on today and as I was having my avocado on toast for breakfast, contemplating the 8 hours of work ahead of me (LOL!), I had a moment to really taste the incredibly nutritious super fruit and it’s super creamy, succulent texture and thought why not write my post on avocado?!

So here goes…

I’m going to mention the different ways I adapt avocado into my diet and some of the great benefits it has to offer.

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Avocado on Toast

Avocado on toast has been my go to breakfast meal for a few months now and it tastes amazing – It’s even nice for a day time snack 🙂 It’s so quick and easy to prepare and with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on the top, it gives it that extra kick. It’s not super filling that you can barely move – in fact it’s just the right amount to get you going for the day. Just slice that avocado in half all the way around, twist it to separate the two halves, pop the seed out, slice and scoop it onto your toast!

I usually have this with a glass of milk in the morning or a healthy green smoothie 😛

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The Green Machine

Another one of my favourite everyday health kicks. I love a rich green smoothie to start off the day! My mum and I have been making fresh juices for a few years now and I can’t express how amazing the benefits are; to your skin, to your hair, general health, it even gives a great energy boost.

Throwing in half an avocado to your fresh juice can turn it from a watery, layered juice to a rich, creamy smoothie. I also add spinach, kale, broccoli, coriander, apple, lime, orange, chia seeds and a spoonful of honey. I know the combination doesn’t sound too appetising, but it’s honestly delicious!

With this combination of fruit and veg, not only are you drinking your way to five a day but also gaining that top nutrition from the vitamins and minerals that are packed in.

 Avocado Hosomaki at your fave Sushi Restaurant

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As i’m vegetarian, raw fish sushi has never been an option for me so thank god for the vegetarian Hosomaki and Makizushi, which have always been my main order at any sushi restaurant. Nevertheless, some even say the vegetarian option is much better than the fish haha. I love that there’s the option of avocado Hosomaki and Makizushi (California roll), they taste amazing and dipped with a bit of soy, it tastes fantastic! I also love the cucumber and asparagus hosomaki. The best i’ve had has got to be at Gilgamesh London.

Mango and Avocado Salad

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I tried this mango and avocado salad in Spain last Summer and omg, let me just tell you, the avocados in Spain are DE-LISHHH! They are so much bigger, creamier, richer and sweeter than the avocados we get in the UK.

This salad was so tasty! It also had spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and walnuts with honey and mustard dressing to top it off.

So if you don’t like to juice it, make a salad! The mixture of flavours all in one is irresistible.

Avocado is so good for your skin too – It helps with acne scaring, balancing skin tone, replenishing and even hydrating your skin!

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Whether it be at afternoon tea or in your sandwich at lunch, avocado tastes amazing in a toasted or a non-toasted sandwich. It acts as a substitute to cheese in some ways, with the same creamy texture but less of the calories and more of the nutrition.

Avocado is rich in Potassium – this will reduce the risk of high blood pressure which can lead to prevention of strokes and kidney failure.

Even though Avocado is a high fat food, the fat it contains is oleic acid which is also found in olive oil and has been linked to reduce inflammation. Avocado has been proven to lower total cholesterol levels significantly.

Avocado has also been proven to prevent cataracts in the eyes.

It’s amazing for your hair and skin too! – I’ve often made face and hair masks with avocado – it leaves your hair and skin super soft and hydrated. It’s a must try for a DIY mask. Have a look below at how I create my masks.


Avocado and Honey Face Mask

  • 1/2 Soft Avocado
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Yoghurt

Mix & leave on for 10 mins


Avocado Hair Mask

  • 1 Soft Avocado
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Mix & Leave on for 10 mins


Avocado has such amazing benefits – I’ve noticed some great changes to my skin and health since adapting avocado into my diet, my skin looks brighter, less scaring. I get less tired and have a greater boost of energy throughout the day!

So guys, if you haven’t done any of the above already, start today! You’ll thank me later 😛

Sachita x