A lot of people always keep health tonics like apple cider vinegar. Besides the traditional use of apple cider vinegar in food agents like, marinades, homemade pickles and salad dressings to increase the flavor quality, there are a number of other benefits of using agent. It has been long believed that apple cider vinegar is a highly potent agent that can treat everything (this may range from viral illnesses like flu to skin issues like warts and other lesions. Some experts think that adding apple cider vinegar to your diet is beneficial for your health due to a number of reasons that are discussed below.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
It is statistically proved that consuming just a small spoon full of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at least 15 minutes prior to any meal can significantly aid in the normal digestion process. This is achieved by a boost in the release of digestive juices for optimal breakdown of dietary ingredients.
In order to obtain maximal benefits, it is very important that the apple cider vinegar is unpasteurized or raw. This is mainly because filtered and pasteurized vinegar won’t be this much beneficial due to a relative lack of vital enzymes and nutritional value. Most valuable components of apple cider vinegar that serve health boosting functions are: Pectin that normalizes serum LDL cholesterol, acetic acid that metabolizes the body fat, malic acid that acts as an antiviral agents and live enzymes and amino acids for the promotion of health and wellness.
Consumption of apple cider vinegar before each meal improves the digestion and promotes the assimilation of dietary constituents, thereby also aids in maintaining healthy weight loss and hunger suppression.
Soothe Digestive Problems
Abnormalities in the stomach pH is often implicated as a common cause of the symptoms of heartburn and digestive ailments. Data indicates that heartburn symptoms can be reduced by consuming a dilute solution of apple cider vinegar in water. This is mainly because undiluted apple cider vinegar may aggravate stomach pain (especially in individuals with stomach ulcers). Additionally, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is found to prevent common intestinal problems like bloating, abdominal cramps and gas production (flatus production).
Occasional constipation can be treated by the use of apple cider vinegar to promote peristalsis and to minimize the dependence on laxatives.
Lower Blood Sugar Concentration in Diabetics
It contains ample quantities of acetic acid which helps in lowering the digestion of carbohydrates obtained from the food. This function alone helps in the optimal regulation of blood sugar levels after consumption of carbohydrate rich diet.
Apple cider vinegar has similar physiological effect as acarbose and metformin (frequently used pharmacological agents for the management of blood sugar levels in diabetics). It can improve the post-meal release of insulin as well as improvement in the sensitivity of tissues in insulin resistant subjects. Its anti-glycemic effect has been proven by different studies.
Normalize the Blood Pressure
Due to adequate acetic acid concentration, consumption of apple cider vinegar is also known to manage hypertension in cardiovascular patients. Once consumed, apple cider vinegar promotes the production of nitric oxide which helps in relaxing the blood vessels walls. Additionally, it also inhibits the secretion of blood vessel constricting enzymes. Studies indicate that two to six teaspoons of apple cider vinegar are safe and effective in known hypertensive subjects.
Protect the Body From Yeast (Candida) Infection
If you are experiencing disturbing symptoms of candida overgrowth in your body, apple cider vinegar can be used to alleviate the symptoms. Data and clinical studies suggest that consumption of apple cider vinegar on empty stomach helps in destroying the fungal products and promotes the elimination of toxins from the body. In individuals who have severe overgrowth of candida, the patient may experience Herxheimer reaction – a sophisticated term that suggests uncomfortable symptoms in the body due to accumulation of toxins in the blood. Although this is a transient phase, it is often the first sign of clearing of fungal overgrowth. You can take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar daily before each meal or even twice a day. Ideally consider taking it on empty stomach.
Accelerate Weight Loss
Taking 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water may help you manage your weight on daily basis without any other intervention. This proportion of apple cider vinegar may be taken throughout the day. The records show a significant weight loss in the people who take acetic acid on daily basis, which is the main component of apple cider vinegar.
A study that was published in journal of "Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry" in 2009 showed that people who took acetic acid for around 12 weeks observed a significant loss in weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides are the component that leads to a high cholesterol level which we need to avoid.
Improve Skin Tone
Apple cider vinegar is effective against acne without drying the skin as a toner. A mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar works as a great skin firming toner. It’s better to keep it in fridge and apply it with cotton after taking a bath and no need to worry about the smell of the vinegar as it goes away after drying.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Washing hair with apple cider vinegar rinse helps in improving the natural shine and strength of hair. Makes sure not to use the shampoo or other commercial hair-care products at the same time. This treatment that can be done by yourself stimulates scalp for the growing of hair and also makes hair shinier and frizz free by securing the cuticles.
Varicose Veins and Age Spot Management
Dab over some apple cider vinegar before going to bed to delay the onset of the signs of physiological aging. It is also effective at reducing the appearance of varicose veins and age spots.
Apply small quantities of apple cider vinegar in your arm pits. The primary aim is to neutralize the odor of sweat while destroying the odor producing bacteria with acidic pH. The putrid aroma of apple cider vinegar overcomes the underarm odor effectively.
Remedy of Sunburn
Apply a wash cloth dipped in apple cider vinegar and place it over the skin to prevent the peeling skin and to alleviate pain.
A mixture of water with apple cider vinegar works as an antiseptic mouthwash that helps a great deal in reducing bad breath and also helps in breaking the tartar deposits and plaques.
Psoriasis may be treated by Apple Cider Vinegar to reduce inflammation. Apply it with cotton on the dry spots, this prevents breakouts of skin and minimize the appearance of blemishes.
If you can’t afford a surgery for wart removal then try this simple home remedy. Soak cotton with apple cider vinegar and place it over the wart, cover with a sterile bandage and keep it overnight. Be consistent for approximately a couple of weeks and you shall notice results.
Add apple cider vinegar to your home pedicure regimen. This helps in soothing the swollen and achy feet. Apple cider vinegar foot soak is perhaps the most cost-effective, convenient and hazard-free solution for women who are in habit of wearing high heels or those who are pregnant. In addition, athletes and long distance runners can also get benefitted from this simple regimen.
Solutions for Bath
Add 2-3 caps full when you plan for a warm water bath. It tones and moisturizes the body and eliminates toxins from the body.
It is a detoxifying and deep pore treatment (especially if you have a sensitive or acne-prone skin). Mix apple cider vinegar in equal quantity of Indian Healing Clay. Leave it for a period of about 10-15 minutes and rinse your face with lukewarm water to get a fresh healthy-looking skin.