5 MIRACLES OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR HAIR & SKIN

Today we will discuss on the 5 miraculous, scientifically proven benefits of using apple cider vinegar for your hair and skin. We will also learn how to use this properly to improve your hair and also some precautions to take while using apple cider vinegar.

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Apple Cider Vinegar is a very popular, 100 percent natural health food made from apples using a fermentation process enriching it with live cultures, minerals, and acids.

Without any further ado, We will now list out the 5 scientifically proven benefits of apple cider vinegar for skin and hair.

1: PH balance of Your skin and scalp:
Vinegar is chemically acetic acid – that’s an acid with a PH value of around 3. Dull skin and brittle hair has an alkaline PH. The concept of using an acidic substance, like Apple Cider Vinegar is to help lower this pH and bring back skin and hair health back into balance!

2: Anti-microbial Properties:
Apple Cider Vinegar is also a home disinfectant due to its anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. It may help control the bacteria or fungi that can lead to scalp and hair problems, such as minor scalp infections, dryness, itchiness and dandruff..

3: As Facial Skin Toner and After Shave Lotion:
It balances the pH level of your skin and makes it healthy. Hence it is a good idea to replace your skin toner with Apple cider vinegar. It can be used as an excellent alternative to a regular after shave lotion.  It is also used in the treatment of Acne and to get rid of warts. We will tell you how much and how to use this, in a while!. Please watch this video till the end.

4: Oral Consumption of Apple Cider Vinegar:
When taken orally it can boost your immune system, help fight against intestinal infections, constipation, aid in proper digestion and helps detoxifying the body.

5: For Healthy Hair:

An after shampoo apple cider vinegar rinse is proven to do wonders to your hair by balancing the alkaline PH of you scalp. It also tames rough hair cuticles and fights split ends. This PH balancing and application of Apple Cider Vinegar keeps hair healthy and prevents hair loss. Regular application of this can not only treat hair loss in many patients but it’s also used for prevention of hair fall and hair thinning.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair rinse?

Step 1: Prepare the Solution by mixing a quarter cup of vinegar to half a cup of water.

Step 2: Apply this solution gently on your scalp after performing your regular shampoo hair wash.

Step 3: Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.

Use this weekly twice for best results. If scalp irritation start, you can reduce the dose, otherwise you can slowly increase the dose to half a cup of vinegar to half a cup of water depending on your previous results.

Also other precautions to take care of: Avoid contact with eyes. If contact happens, quickly rinse your eyes with water. Scalp irritation if occurs should generally subside within a couple of days. If it doesn’t subside, please consult a doctor.

 

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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME – Diagnosis Symptoms and Treatment

Today’s article is on one of the most common digestive disorder – the irritable bowel syndrome. We will look into the signs and symptoms of IBS and discuss on the management or treatment of Irritable bowel syndrome.

 

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ?

IBS is also known as spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis, and spastic colitis.

It is one of the most common digestive tract disorder causing mild to moderate abdominal pain or discomfort associated with either loose stools or constipation. This means its of two types:

  1. Diarrhoea Type – IBS-D
  2. Constipation type – IBS-C

Remember IBS is different from IBD – which is inflammatory bowel disease like Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis. We will have a separate episode on that shortly.

IBS affects about 10 to 15% of the population and it is the most common disorder diagnosed by a gastroenterologists worldwide. IBS is a functional or motility disorder of the gastro intestinal tract, and there is no structural abnormality in IBS and all tests like endoscopy, xray, ultrasound, blood tests, stool tests are all normal in IBS.

What is the Cause for IBS?

As I told you, it’s a functional or motility disorder with no structural problems in the gastro intestinal tract or anywhere in the body. IBS is most common in the 20 to 40 year age group and more common in females.
The causes or the factors linked with IBS are:

  1. Stress, Anxiety, Depression and fear are most important psychological factors invariably common in patients with IBS.
  2. Improper sleep can be a trigger to IBS.
  3. Hormonal fluctuations specially in women during monthly cycles.
  4. Improper Diet specially high calorie meal like a fatty diet can trigger IBS.
  5. Use of laxatives can flare up IBS.
  6. For some people milk and diary products, wheat, chocolate, coffee, tea can flare up IBS.
  7. And sometimes, eating a meal too quickly can trigger IBS.

 

How do you diagnose and treat IBS?

Diagnosis is mainly based on symptoms: The symptoms vary in severity and duration from person to person and include:

  1. Abdominal Discomfort or Pain – often in lower abdomen, cramping in nature and relieved by defaecation.
  2. Diarrhoea or Constipation or both alternating constipation and diarrhoea.
  3. Feeling of passing motions soon after a meal or due to some fear or anxiety.
  4. Urgency to pass motions, straining to pass stools, feeling of incomplete evacuation even after passing motions daily.
  5. Passing mucus in stools,
  6. Gas and Bloating sensation.
  7. Fatigue or tiredness.
  8. Remember Whatever the Symptoms of IBS in day time, they hardly arouse the patient from sleep.

How to you Diagnose IBS?

This is is based on Romes criteria and also as I said earlier other structural or organic causes have to be ruled out with basic laboratory tests and colonoscopy  or endoscopy, ultrasonography , etc.

Romes Criteria:

The Rome criteria require the presence of Abdominal pain or discomfort for at least 1 day in a week in the last 3 months along with ≥ 2 of the following symptoms:

  • Pain that is related to defecation.
  • Pain is associated with a change in frequency of defecation.
  • Pain is associated with a change in consistency of stool.

Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

Unfortunately there is no permanent cure for IBS. However some diet and lifestyle changes can help you a lot. Medications can provide symptomatic relief specially if IBS is worse. Just follow some of these step I am gonna mention now.

  1. Eat smaller meals and eat only when hungry and stop when you are still hungry. Avoid foods that trigger IBS as already discussed. Also for constipation type IBS include lot of fiber in diet, whereas for diarrhoea type reduce the fiber containing foods.
  2. Include Probiotics in diet to help relieve gas and bloating. Probiotics are helpful bacteria and yeasts for your digestive system. Lactobacillus in yogurt is the most common probiotic.
  3. Increase physical activity and start exercising daily for atleast 30 minutes.
  4. Reduce Stress and anxiety – Laughter therapy may be very helpful like remembering or uttering your most funny comedy scene or line may instantly releieve anxiety. Just give it a try.
  5. Last resort is medications: these are mainly Anti-secretory Anti-spasmodic drugs like Hyoscine and Dicyclomine. Antidepressants to relieve anxiety and depression and improve sleep. Loperamide is specially useful if you have frequent loose stools.

 

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