Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC and known to many the used of it as a food preservative, until its medicinal uses came to light.
In French, vinegar means “sour wine”, it can be made fermented including grapes, dates, coconut, potatoes, beets, and of course, apples.
The uses of white or cane vinegar are truly plentiful at home, but apple cider vinegar has arguably even more. Its wide-ranging benefits include everything from soothing sore throat, vanishes bad breath, and to some people with health concerns like diabetes, weight issues, and even hiccups.
• For Sore Throat – gargle with a mixture of about 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water as needed to help head off the infection inside your throat.
• Sinus Congestion – helps to break up and reduce mucous in your body, helping to clear your sinuses. It also has antibacterial properties, making it useful for infections.
•Diabetes – it is said to be anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. Another study found taking 2 tablespoons of ACV before bed, it lowered blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes by up to 6% in the morning.
• Dandruff – the acidity of ACV changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix 1/4 cup of ACV with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spray on the scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
• Whitens teeth & banishes bad breath – gargle with ACV in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, and whitens teeth, also kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.
• Acne & Warts– ACV is a great natural toner, its antibacterial properties help keep acne & warts under control, the malic and lactic acids soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.
• Hiccups – take a teaspoonful of ACV; its sour taste could stop hiccups. It stimulates the nerves in the throat responsible for the spasms.
• Leg cramps – Leg cramps especially at night can be a sign of low in potassium. Since ACV is high in it, one home remedy suggests mixing 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water, and drink to relieve night time leg cramps.
• Weight Loss – ACV has an anti-obesity effect by increasing satiety and reducing the total amount of food consumed. The acetic acid in ACV suppresses the appetite, increases metabolism, and reduces water retention.
• Stuffy Nose – grab a teaspoon of ACV and mix with a glass of water and drink to help relieve sinus. Since it contains potassium, it thins mucus, and the acetic acid prevents germ growth which could contribute to nasal congestion.
• Energy booster – Interestingly, the amino acids in ACV act as an antidote. Add 2 tablespoon to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water to boost your energy.
• Home cleaning & fruits/veggies – the organic acids in vinegar (especially the acetic acid) pass into cell membranes to kill bacteria. It is also a natural agent for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Try a solution of 10% vinegar to 90% water as a bath to briefly soak your fruits & veggies.
Although a lot of claims on the internet about the various health-related benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, it is more recommended to use organic or the unfiltered ones because it is natural and chemical-free.
Remember ACV is not a “miracle” to cure diseases, but the bottom line, don’t go above the normal consumption.
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