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Yogurt, Vinegar, & Other Items That Aren't Just For Eating

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We've all trawled the internet at midnight wondering if our symptoms are normal, or if a bowl of cereal qualifies as dinner. To the rescue: The experts at Health.com will share everything from how to ditch that nagging cough for good to quick-hitting workout moves and how to actually eat "clean."
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If all you do is eat it, the food in your fridge and pantry isn't living up to its full potential. The latest research shows that everyday foods like vinegar and yogurt can be used as home remedies, for health and beauty challenges ranging from sunburns to a bout of the blues.
Vinegar
Use it to: Soothe a sunburn
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar to treat fried skin, says Bonnie McMillen, a nurse at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Lemon Zest
Use it to: Boost your mood
Aromatherapy research suggests that the scent of lemon oil can lift spirits. Add lemon zest to iced tea; inhale the aroma.
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Yogurt
Use it to: Keep your skin looking fresh
Use plain Greek yogurt as a mask: The live bacteria remove toxins, and the acidity balances the pH of skin, says Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, author of Food as Medicine.
Chamomile tea
Use it to: Reduce skin irritation
Dip a washcloth in a strong iced brew and press onto skin to help relieve inflammation, suggests Valori Treloar, MD, a dermatologist in Newton, Mass., and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet.
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