Beauty Hack of the Moment: Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar beauty hack

Apple Cider Vinegar — or ACV, as it shall henceforth be known — is both multi-functional and a proven crowd pleaser among natural health enthusiasts.

I applaud this popularity and versatility for the simple fact that ACV delivers the goods, from alternative remedies to organic beauty treatments. If it’s not already a staple in your pantry…

Well, it should be.

Nutrient Profile:

  • Vitamin B for elevated energy levels and cognitive function
  • Vitamin C — for increased immunity and cardiovascular support
  • Phosphorus — for optimal nerve impulses and kidney excretion
  • Potassium — for regulated blood pressure and metabolic boost
  • Magnesium — for reduced inflammation and steady heart rhythm
  • Calcium — for strong bone density and lean muscle development
  • Iron — for oxygenated red blood cells and decreased fatigue
  • Pectin — for healthy cholesterol levels and digestive regularity
  • Citric Acid — for disease-fighting antioxidants and kidney stone relief
  • Folic Acid — for stable cell production and DNA mutation resistance
  • Acetic Acid — for counteraction of glucose and insulin sensitivity

Impressive ingredient line-up, huh? But, now for the REAL reason I stock up on ACV — it works wonders for my self-image.

This holistic beauty elixir enhances the appearance of hair, skin, teeth and nails sans the price tag of those fancy-schmancy cosmetic brands (Example: 16 oz. Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar = $2.95).

Here’s just a sampling of my personal favorite ACV uses…

1.   For a Frizz-Free Mane:

Dilute 1/3 cup ACV with 4 cups Water then rinse your hair with this solution after shampooing in order to restore natural smoothness and shine, as well as maintain the scalp’s targeted pH balance.

2.   For an Even-Toned Complexion:

Combine 2 tbsp. ACV with equal parts Water then rub this solution on your skin using a cotton ball in order to reduce discoloration, improve elasticity and fight break-outs (remember to refrigerate beforehand).

3.   For Dazzling Pearly Whites:

Dilute 2 tbsp. ACV with 1/4 cup Water then swish this solution around your mouth for 1 minute before brushing your teeth in order to kill bacteria and diminish stains, as well as eliminate bad breath.

4.   For Salon-Worthy Nails:

Dilute 1 cup ACV with 3 cups Water then pour this solution into a large bowl and soak your hands and/or feet for several minutes over a 2-3 month period in order to provide anti-fungal healing benefits.

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Up the ante on this everyday household item — pamper yourself with an inexpensive yet oh-so-invigorating DIY spa day! And, hey…got any more Apple Cider Vinegar hacks to share? Well, by all means, let’s hear ’em! Sound off in the comments section, por favor.

Behold: the Not-so-Average Avocado

I’m an avocado aficionado. And not just because of Chipotle guacamole (Although, real talk: what’s more delectable than a creamy, gloppy mound of Chipotle guac? Uhhh…what is “NOTHING for 200,” Alex!)

But — I digress — there’s more to this superfood than a slathering of lusciousness on top of your burrito bowl.

The avocado is truly a nutritional powerhouse, which may just be the best news you’ve heard all day. Why? Because you can enjoy all that rich texture and flavor without  questioning your life choices afterward.

YAAAAAAAS!!!

avocado good fat

image courtesy of Theresa Garnero — defeatdiabetes.org

This wondrous fruit runs the full spectrum of health benefits, thanks to 15 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and a veritable pantheon of essential nutrients.

For example, in just a single serving, here’s what you’re ingesting:

  • Vitamin C (17% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B5 (14% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B6 (13% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin E (10% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin K (26% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Potassium (14% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Folate (20% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin A (Trace Amounts)
  • Vitamin B1 (Trace Amounts)
  • Vitamin B2 (Trace Amounts)
  • Magnesium (Trace Amounts)
  • Manganese (Trace Amounts)
  • Copper (Trace Amounts)
  • Iron (Trace Amounts)
  • Zinc (Trace Amounts)

Sorry, butter. You should be so lucky to have these star ingredients on your nutrition label.

So, seeking weight management without compromising taste? Grab an avocado! Dying for a Loreal spokesmodel-worthy mane? Yup. There’s an avocado for that! Or, how about a clear complexion? Yet again…avocado for the win!

Now that’s one all-inclusive superfood, which is why I can’t resist sneaking avocados into practically everything I cook — from Asian to Mexican and even some Italian dishes. Versatility at its finest, folks!

And speaking of versatility, here are 5 reasons to make this oval-shaped stud muffin your body’s new BFF:

1. Antioxidant carotenoid properties reduce fine lines, wrinkles, UV damage and other visible signs of aging, while improving skin’s overall firmness and elasticity.

2. Monounsaturated fatty acid properties improve cardiovascular health by lowering harmful cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which cause heart disease.

3. Slow-burning energy properties promote weight loss due to a high density of healthy fats, which satisfies hunger and provides the body with expendable fuel.

4. Numerous protein and vitamin properties stimulate hair growth, while adding noticeable shine to otherwise lackluster locks when used as a deep conditioner. 

5. Anti-inflammatory properties decrease the risk of arthritis-related pain by alleviating joint irritation, while strengthening bone density with potassium. 

So, on the off-chance that sheer delight of shoveling down guacamole isn’t enough incentive to make avocados a regular fixture in your diet…

Oh, who are we kidding?! Of course, it is!

In fact, I might just bite into one right now. Skin and all.

avocados

Who’s judging? We’ve all been there.

*information compiled by authoritynutrition.com and healthiestfoods.co.uk

P.S. Got a favorite avocado recipe in your repertoire? Feel free to share in the comments below!