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5 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

The first questions that probably popped in your head when reading this blog post title: What is apple cider vinegar, and why should I use it?

What is apple cider vinegar? It’s made from crushed apples that are fermented to make alcohol, which is then fermented again to make the vinegar.

Why should I use it? First things first, you can use it for a whole slew of different things, and one bottle only costs around $3. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has gotten quite the buzz in the health world recently for its antioxidant content and supposed benefits for your digestive system and skin. ACV also contains iron, calcium and potassium, and in addition to health use, it can also be used as a cleaning product.

When purchasing apple cider vinegar, you want to look for raw, unfiltered ACV with “the mother” (the strand-like cloudy stuff that is actually enzymes of connected protein molecules), which you can find at most grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market.

Here are a few ways to use ACV:

  1. Make a natural toner. Mix two parts water with one part apple cider vinegar to make a natural pore-cleansing toner that will help reduce breakouts. You can store it in a travel-sized reusable lotion bottle (available in the dollar section at Target), and dab some on a cotton ball to use on your face.
  2. Mix up a healthy morning cocktail by combining one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with half of a freshly squeezed lemon, four ounces orange juice and four ounces of water. You can get creative with this and add different types of juice to change the flavor. You can also freeze berries in ice cubes to add to your drink for a little more fun and flavor.
  3. Help remove buildup of hair products by using a few tablespoons of a one-to-one mixture of ACV and water in your hair after you shampoo. It’ll make your hair smoother and shinier.
  4. Make an all-purpose cleaner. Just mix up equal parts ACV and water, pour in a spray bottle, and use as a disinfectant in your apartment.
  5. Use it as a produce wash. Combine 1/4 teaspoon ACV with 1 cup of water and store in a container for washing fruits and veggies. The vinegar will help rinse off all the dirt and pesticides that can be found on your produce.

Have you ever used apple cider vinegar before? Tweet us @dbmojo or leave a comment below!

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Cancer Awareness: Facts about Lung, Pancreatic and Prostate Cancer

A lot of things happen in November. The color of the leaves change, the Starbucks red cups come back, elections are held and the Halloween decorations become Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving is prevalent in our thoughts, and the nation celebrates Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Amid the holiday spirit, we shouldn’t forget that November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. To spread the awareness through social media, here are some facts about lung, pancreatic and prostate cancer, and what you can do to help.

Lung cancer

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1. Lung cancer is still the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. More people die of lung cancer that those do by colon, breast and prostate cancer combined.

2. A nonsmoker’s chance of getting lung cancer can increase up to 20-30 percent if exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work.

3. More than 228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. The survival rate is 35 percent when the cancer is detected early.

Pancreatic cancer

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1. Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers that have not had a significant increase in survival rates over 40 years.

2. The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease (the spreading of cancer from the original site to another location) ranges from three to six months, and 94 percent of victims will die within a five-year period.

3. Pancreatic cancer is hard to detect because there are no tools to catch it at its early stages when surgical removal is still a possibility.

Prostate cancer

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1. In the United States, about one in seven men is diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.

2. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the U.S., behind lung cancer.

3. There are 2.5 million men alive today who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

With these facts in mind, it’s easy to help out on campus. Although we as UCLA students have limited options to help directly combat cancer, we can join clubs and promote awareness through the avenue we know best: social media. The American Cancer Society hosts Relay For Life on campus, an event in which hundreds of students come together to run on behalf of those who are fighting cancer or who have lost their battles.

Many clubs, sororities and fraternities hold charity events that donate to research funds and organizations. In addition, some of you may have noticed the Snapchat geotag the first day of November, which was an orange mustache. The “No-Shave November” trend, promoted by the Movember Foundation, is utilizing social media to get the word out about growing mustaches to increase awareness about men’s health. Awareness is nothing without action, so spread the word and get involved.

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Tips for Flu Season: Three Alternatives to Chicken Soup

It’s week five here at UCLA, and midterm season is in full swing. The libraries are more crowded than ever, and sweatpants have become increasingly popular. But you know what other season has also started? Flu season.

The free flu vaccine booths next to the Bruin Bear probably give it away, but less so than your friend’s incessant cough and tissue trail. Being sick makes you want to run home to your mom’s soup and your own bed, but this option is cut short for many students on campus. So, as a current flu victim, I’ve gathered some simple habits you could easily weave into your dining hall schedule to help you fight the infectious trend.

No Sugar

If you’re anything like me, dessert is a must. No matter how full I am, I will always have room for whatever is waiting for me at the dessert station. However, sugar can inhibit your immune system if consumed regularly when sick. It’s going to be a hard journey, but if I can do it, you can too.

Honey and Lemon Tea

Instead of drinking cranberry spritzer or Coke with your meal, opt for tea or hot water. Yeah, everyone knows to drink tea when they are sick, but we aren’t done yet. The crucial ingredients are honey and lemons. Honey is known to have antibacterial properties and to help with the discomfort from sore throats. The lemons add much-needed vitamin C and antioxidants to the simple drink. Not only did you just make yourself a medicinal remedy, but you also created a delicious drink. Pinkies up!

Wash Your Hands

As college students, our hands may be the dirtiest parts of our bodies. From touching door handles to elevator buttons, our hands are indirectly in contact with hundreds of other people on campus. The spread of all unseen germs is easier than it seems. So, right when you go into swipe into the dining halls, utilize that hand sanitizer dispenser. It only takes a couple of seconds to walk over and place your hand under the machine. If you notice that these dispensers are empty, you can easily carry the travel-size hand sanitizer bottles, which can be found in any convenience store, including the Hill Top Shop.

If you have any other helpful tips or advice for the sick, feel free to comment and let us know!

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The Non-Intimidating Guide to Yoga

To yoga newbies, a yoga class is an awkward combination of not falling asleep when you are supposed to “meditate”, feeling uncomfortable with everyone closing their eyes and losing your balance when attempting a position.

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Yoga, though seemingly intimidating, is an amazing practice. It’s the best way to de-stress before and after your midterms, and to stretch out your poor calf muscles after venturing up and down the Hill. Whether you can gather up the courage to join a yoga class at the John Wooden Center or are content with following a YouTube video in your dorm, here are some tips for the aspiring yogis out there.

1. Body-hugging clothes are essential

I know this may come as a surprise, but “yoga pants” are not strictly worn on days when you’re too lazy to wear real pants.  You should wear them to yoga too! Tight-fitting tops are also essential, especially when you’re upside down or twisted over in a pose and don’t want to be distracted by any accidental skin exposure.

2. Yes, it’s normal to close your eyes during class

When meditating at the beginning and end of class, it is encouraged to close your eyes. It allows you to focus on your body and how you feel, and to prevent you from accidentally staring at some girl’s super cute Nikes across the room.

3. Know some basic poses

Every yoga instructor explains the positions and varying difficulty options throughout class, so don’t worry about being clueless on the differences between the “child’s pose” and the “happy baby pose”. However, knowing the basics on the most common poses can give you some extra confidence when class begins. Here are some basics:

  • The Child’s Pose: Starting on your hands and knees, push back with your arms, bringing your butt to the mat with your knees spread further apart. Your arms should be stretched out and long, and forehead to the mat. If you ever feel uncomfortable or have pain during class, use this pose as a resting point!
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  • Downward-facing Dog Pose: Start on your hands and knees, and slowly push up your arms while bringing your butt up to the sky. Try to push away from the ground using your arms, instead of resting all of your weight on your legs. Downward Facing Dog is most used as a starting position for other poses.
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  • Cat-Cow Pose: On your hands and knees, inhale as you push your stomach towards the mat, and exhale as your arch your back up like a cat. This one is a very common warm up pose, and allows you to stretch out your neck and spine,and focus on your breathing.
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    4. Take your shoes off

    It may feel uncomfortable at first, but make sure you remove your shoes before you get on your mat. Being barefoot allows you to connect more with your body, get better traction on the mat and stops the dirt from the bottom of your shoes from getting all over the place (believe me, dirt isn’t something you want stuck on your forehead after “child’s pose”).

    5. Be open-minded 

    Yoga can be very spiritual and has a great influence on your emotions and awareness. Though you may be weary at first, just allow yourself to become a part of the experience. Even if you feel awkward, try to adapt and respect the effort of everyone around you. Yoga may not be for everyone, but everyone can take a lesson and apply it to their lives in their own way. Just remember to be patient, observant, and nonjudgmental!

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