Apple Cider Vinegar
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ACV is an acquired taste, similar to drinking beer or coffee for the first time. But many long-time drinkers swear that Apple Cider Vinegar is as enjoyable as a cup of hot tea. For topical applications, Apple Cider Vinegar can cause a burning sensation so great care must be taken when using it on children. Proper dilution with water can lessen the corrosive effect.
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is most recommended, “the cloudy kind, where you can see a blob in the bottle.” That blob is known as “the mother,” and it’s full of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria. This kind of vinegar can allegedly support immune function and, for some people, help with constipation.
ACV appears to help with weight loss and aids diabetes and blood sugar control. Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is well documented. The vinegar blocks some of the digestion of starch. It doesn’t block the starch 100%, but it prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar.If you drink apple cider vinegar with a starchy meal, then it has been suggested that the starches you don't digest feed the good bacteria in your gut. Don't drink it straight. It’s so acidic that it could harm your tooth enamel and your esophagus - dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons in a big glass of water, and sip it along with your meals one or two times a day.
TO AID INTERNAL HEALTH:
Mix 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 Tbsp honey, and 1 Cup water.
Drinking Instructions: Drink 1-2 times a day for two weeks on, two weeks off. Then maintain by drinking 3-4 times a week thereafter. This is only a recommended intake based on personal preference, and on the basis that too much of a good thing can be bad.
TO AID EXTERNAL HEALTH:
Mix equal amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar and water.
Application Instructions: Appropriately apply with cotton ball, soak, or spray on affected area.
Sip some apple cider vinegar mixed with water. If a bacterial infection is at the root of your diarrhea, apple cider vinegar could help contain the problem, thanks to its antibiotic properties. What's more, some folk remedy experts contend that apple cider vinegar contains pectin, which can help soothe intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.
Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar; its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks
Soothes a sore throat
As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.
Could lower cholesterol
More research is needed to definitively link apple cider vinegar and its capability to lower cholesterol in humans, but one 2006 study found that the acetic acid in the vinegar lowered bad cholesterol in rats. Also, a Japanese study found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day lowered cholesterol in people who participated in the panel.
Sip before eating, especially if you know you're going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later. Try this folk remedy: add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine. Or, simply taken before each meal, apple cider vinegar improves digestion and is particularly beneficial for people with stomach issues such as reflux, bloating and indigestion - use it either to make a salad dressing or take one teaspoon with water before each meal.
Clears a stuffy nose
Next time you're stuffed up, grab the apple cider vinegar. It contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents bacteria growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.
Aids weight loss
Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Here's why: The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body's digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.
Gets rid of dandruff / glosses hair
The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
Alternatively, to just make hair glossy and shiny, add one part vinegar to one part water and apply it to your hair and let it soak in for between five and 15 minutes before rinsing.
Clears acne / age spots
Apple cider vinegar makes a great natural toner that can leave skin looking healthier. Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.
It can be used as a toner (one part vinegar to two parts water), and left on overnight to fade age spots and acne. or simply ingest as a tonic.
Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote. What's more, apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you're beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.
Cuts down on night time leg cramps
Leg cramps can often be a sign that you're low in potassium. Since apple cider vinegar is high in it, one home remedy suggests mixing 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey to a glass of warm water and drink to relieve nighttime leg cramps. Of course, by the time you walk to the kitchen to put the drink together, your cramp is likely to be history—but maybe that's the point.
Banishes bad breath
If proper brushing and mouthwash doesn't do the trick, try the home remedy of using apple cider vinegar to control bad breath. Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odor-causing bacteria.
Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle. You can also brush your teeth with baking soda once a week to help remove stains and whiten your teeth; use it just as you would toothpaste. You can also use salt as an alternative toothpaste. If your gums start to feel raw, switch to brushing with salt every other day.
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties; dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discoloration.
Helps control blood sugar
A few swigs of apple cider vinegar could help keep your blood sugar levels balanced, according to several studies that have shown a link between the two. One study of people with type 2 diabetes who weren't taking insulin found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning. Another study at the Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward. Scientists think the antiglycemic effect of the acid is the key.
A 2007 study from Arizona State University in the US found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with 30g of cheese before bed led to a 4-6 per cent decrease in fasting blood sugar levels.
A concoction of half a cup of any vegetable oil with half a cup of apple cider vinegar is said to create a furniture polish that will clean and treat wooden furniture and surfaces, and remove water stains.
To gently clean and disinfect household surfaces: one part vinegar to two parts water, plus a few drops of tea tree oil for its antibacterial qualities.
Other reported Benefits:
- Prevents flu and stomach illness
- Dissolves kidney stones
- Detoxifies the body of heavy metals and toxins
- Regulates pH balance in the body
- Helps relieve nausea
- Helps relieve asthmatics
- Helps relieve allergies
- Helps relieve gout
- Helps weight loss by curbing appetite and breaking down fat
- Helps relieve migraines
- Helps relieve sinus pressure and infection
- Lowers blood pressure
- Kills cancer cells or slow their growth
- Reduces inflammation, relieve arthritis
- Gets rid of dandruff buildup on scalp
- Conditions hair and detangles
- Gets rid of fingernail or toenail fungus
- Works well to clear up fungal, bacterial, viral rashes
- Soothes bug bites
- Gets rid of warts (put Apple Cider Vinegar on a cotton ball, cover with Band-Aid, leave on over night for 1 week). The wart may swell and throb, then start to turn black within the first two days, and disappear completely after a week or two.
- Relieves yeast infection (douche with 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 2 cups water) by re-balancing good bacteria.
- Helps reduce/prevent acne (be careful not to get it in your eyes)
- keeps pets flea-free
- natural weed killer for the garden
- bathroom or kitchen disinfectant
- deodorizes your vehicle overnight