When it comes to enjoying good health, you will agree that ‘diet literacy’ is essential for one’s well-being.
How can we learn this ‘diet ABC?’
It is quite easy, but like acquiring any other knowledge, it takes time and patience. Let’s start with the health benefits of a variety of vinegar, that is the highly beneficial apple-cider vinegar!
Yes, this little something in your pantry has been used as a healing elixir since 400 B.C. Most conspicuously, raw apple-cider vinegar was used by the founder of modern medicine, Hippocrates, for a multitude of medicinal purposes. Then, it has been used throughout up-to-date history.
Below, you will read about different ways to use the apple-cider vinegar as a remedial food in your diet. We believe that this, well-chosen, list will make you reach for a forgotten bottle of ACV in your pantry instead of a bottle of pharmaceutical [and often toxic] medicines that could be harming yours and your family’s body health and mental alertness.
Note: If you want to feel the real benefits of ACV, always choose organic apple-cider vinegar to make sure it is toxin-free, as apples are ranked in the top of the list of contaminated fruits. (EWG has analyzed pesticide-residue testing data from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed in the descending order, which is from the worst to the best. So, lower numbers of produce stand for foods fuller of pesticide residue!
ACV HEALTH USES
1. ACV for diabetes prevention:
Multiple studies have shown a positive correlation between apple-cider vinegar intake and blood sugar levels. In one study, participants took 2 tablespoons of ACV before bed and saw their blood sugar drop 4-6% by the time they got up. The anti-glycemic effect of the acetic acid in the apple-cider vinegar is the agent that helps people with insulin sensitivity.
- ACV for weight loss:
The feeling of ‘fullness in the stomach’ is easily achieved by consuming apple-cider vinegar, which can help you eat less in the long run. A study has also shown that the acetic acid, found in ACV, slows fat accumulation.
If the ACV’s flavor is too tangy for you to sip it on its own, then try adding a few drops of apple-cider vinegar to your daily juices, salad dressings, and even regular drinks of water to unnoticeable incorporate it into your usual nutrition regime.
- ACV for lower cholesterol:
In addition to its capacity to lower blood sugar and body weight, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed interesting findings in regard of ACV and cholesterol level. Lowered VLDL levels and lowered triglycerides were discovered in lab rats who were given apple-cider vinegar alongside a diet high in cholesterol. The rats that were not given ACV did not have the same drop in cholesterol level!
- ACV for your detox program:
Apple-cider vinegar can help detox your entire home, but in the same way it can detox the homeowner’s body. It can help promote circulation and detoxify the liver. The active acid in the ACV can also safely bind to toxins, and thus can assist in removing toxins from the body.
Apple-cider vinegar’s potassium content helps to break up mucus in the body and thus clear the lymph nodes. This also triggers the removal of toxins. So, do add apple-cider vinegar into your diet and check out other good ways on our website to detox as well.
- ACV for clearer sinuses:
Breaking up mucus of body tissues is one of apple-cider vinegar’s many “talents,” so it certainly aids in clearing out the sinuses. Since it is antibacterial agent, ACV can promptly prevent a sinus infection or cold as well.
Note: If you feel that you are coming down with a bad cold, or the flu, you can clear your running nostrils with a mild solution of water and some apple-cider vinegar. It will help you breathe easier almost instantly!
- ACV for sore throat:
The bacteria-fighting properties of apple-cider vinegar work just about anywhere. So, gargle equal parts of warm water and apple-cider vinegar at the first sign of a sore throat to keep it at bay and repeat every hour as needed.
- ACV as a digestive aid:
Do you often have gastric troubles, and, almost always, regret eating certain type of food? Here is your salvation: Sip diluted apple-cider vinegar (mixed into water or juice) to help settle that roaring stomach of yours – again, it’s the antibiotic properties and bacteria-fighting power of ACV that helps.
Also, some people claim that the pectin in the apple-cider vinegar is of great avail with their intestinal spasms.
- ACV for itchy or sunburned skin:
I know this is one of the people’s favorite uses of apple-cider vinegar at the end of the summer season. Just apply ACV right to the itchy-scratchy area to get instant relief. It also works for itches caused by bug bites, poison ivy, or a jellyfish sting.
If you are affected with sunburned skin, then soak for half an hour in a warm bath with added 1 coffee cup of apple-cider vinegar to help you ease the pain.
- ACV as a wart remover:
You may well know that wart removers supplied over-the-counter are anything but natural. On the other hand, a nervous trip to the doctor to remove it can be scary, painful, and can even leave a ‘psychological scar,’ especially in young people. So, instead of going through this turmoil, you can soak a sanitized cotton ball in apple-cider vinegar and cover the wart. Leave it covered overnight (I use a band aid or medical tape) and repeat every night until the wart falls right off.
- ACV for energy boost:
Do not, I repeat, do not reach for a chemicals-loaded energy drink if you are feeling worse for wear. Instead, snatch a bottle of apple-cider vinegar for a natural energy boost effect. The potassium and enzymes in apple-cider vinegar help to give you a “pick-me-up gift.” Just add some ACV to a glass of water.
Note: I like adding it to my water during a workout to prevent feeling fatigued. The amino acids in apple-cider vinegar combat lactic acid build-up that happens immediately after hard exercising.
ACV BEAUTY AND HYGIENE USES
- ACV for shiny, dandruff-free head of hair:
The apple-cider vinegar is an excellent weekly hair rinse because it leaves hair looking shiny and soft. The acid in ACV helps to remove product build up. It also helps to balance your scalp’s pH level to the neutral value. Prepare this solution for your flake-free hair:
ACV HAIR-RINSING SOLUTION
- Mix 1/3 cup apple-cider vinegar into 4 cups of fluoride-free
- Rinse the hair with the ACV solution after shampooing it, then rinse it again with cold water.
- Note: If you are having recurring issues with dandruff, try spraying your scalp with equal parts of apple-cider vinegar and water twice a week. Place a towel around your head and leave wrapped for up to an hour. Wash your hair as you usually would.
- ACV as a facial toner/cleanser:
It is a tribute to the great antibacterial properties of the apple-cider vinegar that it can clean almost everything, and even your disgraceful face spots. It can even help prevent breakouts. Just like with your scalp problems, it can help balance your facial skin’s pH levels. Prepare this:
ACV FACIAL TONER SOLUTION:
Dilute some apple-cider vinegar with water and apply to a cotton ball to use as a toner or on blemishes.
- ACV as a deodorant:
Commercial deodorants are hazardous for your health. The apple-cider vinegar will help fight the odor-causing bacteria without the cancer-causing toxins. Just apply a little ACV under your arms.
Note: You won’t be left smelling of vinegar once it dries out.
- ACV for fading bruises:
Coming from a ‘long line of klutzes’ this was a use of apple-cider vinegar my friend Naira De Havilland from Oklahoma was most happy about. After a bump [like she had], or the appearance of a bruise after a fight, just dab some apple-cider vinegar on the bruise. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps ease the discoloration.
- ACV for teeth whitening:
You can make your yellowed teeth sparkle again after swishing around in your mouth some apple-cider vinegar diluted with 2 parts of fluoride-free water. Then go on to brush your teeth as per usual. The bacteria-fighting power of ACV is a plus too!
- ACV for eliminating bad breath in the mouth:
Take to using apple-cider vinegar as a mouthwash, and gargle to help eliminate repulsive mouth odor. The ACV’s beneficial acid kills the bad-breath- causing bacteria in a jiffy!
- ACV for turning stinky feet into fragrant ones:
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the apple-cider vinegar helps fight bad smells, wherever they may be on your body. If this smell just happens to be on your feet, try this trick:
Wipe your toes and feet down with a paper towel soaked in quality ACV. The ability of the apple-cider vinegar to balance the pH of your feet and eliminate odor-causing bacteria is what makes it a great natural remedy in this case too.
The apple-cider vinegar can obviously help you ‘polish’ both your inside and outside body parts as a good ‘natural beautician.’ So, do SHARE this article with your social media friends.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry