As in any industry, there is a lot of research and varying opinions on the same products. And the health and fitness industry is number one in my opinion!

Today I would like to talk about health benefits and hidden goodness of apple cider vinegar.  I have been using it for many years  now and can honestly say it’s an amazing product.  The easiest way that you can implement it into your healthy living is to add it to your warm water in the morning before breakfast.  First of all, it tastes really nice. It’s like drinking diluted apple juice.  Well, kind off :-). I have a bit of a weird taste ….  Maybe not weird , but if I know that something is good for me, it automatically tastes better ;-).  Here we have the endless power of our mind.  But we are not going there today.

Ok, back to our magic liquid .  Apple cider vinegar is made from cider or apple that has undergone fermentation, where bacteria and yeast convert sugar to alcohol and finally to acetic acid. It has a pale to amber colour with a cloudy, cobweb-like substance, called ‘mother of vinegar’, located at the bottom of the bottle. This mother is reported to contain beneficial enzymes and bacteria.

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Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals, like potassium, sodium, chloride, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium, and trace minerals, like, copper, fluorine, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E, bioflavonoids, and pectin.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

The saying, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is truly exemplified by the use of apple cider vinegar. Testaments of its use and scientific studies prove its many and varied healing properties.  Apple cider vinegar has been reported to:

Relieve sore throat, colds, and sinus infection | Lower high cholesterol levels | Help clear skin conditions and blemishes, like acne  and age spots | Help eliminate toxins | Prevent allergies | Increase strength and improve stamina | Strengthen the immune system | Improve metabolism which helps reducing weight | Promote digestion and help promote bowel movement | Relieve joint pain and stiffness | Treat bladder infection

Throughout the ages, vinegar has been made through the fermentation of a long list of materials, including molasses, dates, sorghum, fruits, berries, melons, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, malt, grains and whey. But of all the vinegars on the block, the vinegar made from apple cider is the darling of contemporary remedies.

While science has yet to prove many of the claims made about apple cider vinegar, it remains a wildly popular product, serving duty in a variety of roles, from beauty and homemaking to heath.

The following uses include some supported by science and some backed by folk wisdom

1. Freshen your mouth

Some swear by using a rinse of apple cider vinegar mixed with water and swished about the mouth to reduce bad breath.

health benefits of apple cider vinegar

2. Treat acid reflux

In 13 surprising home remedies for acid reflux, the treatments include taking one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar daily. As it’s explained, most people mistakenly believe that acid reflux is caused by an overproduction of acid, but it’s actually the opposite for many people — not enough acid.

3. Alleviate GI distress

Those who prescribe to folk remedies tell us that if one suffers from diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection, apple cider vinegar may help due to its antibiotic properties. As well, some experts suggest that pectin in apple cider vinegar can help calm intestinal spasms. If you’re suffering: mix one or two tablespoons into water or apple juice and drink.

4. Prevent indigestion

If you’re planning on indulging in a meal that you expect might not get along very well with your stomach, try drinking one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with one teaspoon of honey mixed in a small glass of warm water 30 minutes before you dine.

5. Halt hiccups

If there was a clear-cut cure for the hiccups, we would all know about it and never suffer the spazzy things again. Alas, it’s eat peanut butter, hold your breath, drink water upside-down, be scared, and any number of other folksy remedies. But eventually, it seems like one of these sticks and does indeed seem to stop them in their tracks. So, next time you have a round of uncontrollable hics, you might want to try the apple cider vinegar remedy (if you dare): A teaspoon straight down the hatch.

6. Spoil your hair

It seems that whatever hair camp you fall into, vinegar can help. Add a little bit to your shampoo or hair mask.

7. Soothe a sore throat

There are a host of great natural remedies for sore throats out there, and employing apple cider vinegar is one of them. As soon as you feel the first signs of a sore throat, try one of two methods. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with warm water and gargle every hour; or mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with hot water and a shot of honey and sip.

8. Fight the itch

A dab of apple cider vinegar applied with a cotton ball is commonly recommended to make a pesky mosquito bite stop itching. It will sting a bit, but it will help quell the prickly tickle.

9. Brighten skin

Many who suffer the angst caused by skin problems — from psoriasis and eczema to dry skin and blemishes — praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation and generally minimising problems. Try dabbing it on affected areas with a cotton ball.

10. Decrease glucose levels

Of all the ways in which people use apple cider vinegar, that which perhaps has the most potential is in helping with diabetes. Several studies have shown its positive effect on blood glucose levels; a 2007 study of participants with type-2 diabetes found that two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose in the morning by 4 to 6 percent.

11. Lower cholesterol and high blood pressure

If you’re a rat, that is. Several studies with rats have shown vinegar’s beneficial contribution to lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. There’s no evidence that it can work on people, but research in these areas continues.

12. Lose weight

If there’s one promise that most supplements and superfoods love to claim, it’s their ability to aid in weight loss. For millennia vinegar has been used to help lose weight; whether to factual effect or not has yet to be proven by science, but many people cling to the practice with devotion. One small study in 2005 did find that people who ate a piece of bread with small amounts of vinegar felt fuller than those who didn’t have the vinegar. Yet when it comes to vinegar and weight loss, the Mayo Clinic reminds us that there is no magic bullet … aside from eating fewer calories and exercising more.

health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Taking small amounts of apple cider vinegar should not offer many risks, but taking in larger amounts on a regular basis could prove problematic. It is highly acidic and may cause problems ranging from harm to the teeth to lower potassium levels, lower bone density, and interaction with some medications. As with all supplements, talk to your health care provider before starting a new regimen.

So, as you can see apple vinegar can improve your overall health.  When choosing brands, there are many good ones. Just make sure it has cloudy substance on the bottom of the bottle, as it’s the best part of it.  If it’s just clear , most of the goodness has been taken away from vinegar.

The other reason why I love apple vinegar is because you can not only ingest it but also use it as tonic for your skin or add it to your beauty products

Here are my favourite ones

Acne: Apple cider kills bacteria, helps balance skin pH, and absorbs excessive oil from our skin. Use one part vinegar in 3-4 parts water. Apply to the skin using cotton swab and leave for ten minutes then rinse. Use three times a day.  For severe cases of acne, leave on the skin overnight.

Age spots: Blend and drain an onion in a bowl, and mix with an equal amount of apple cider. Apply with a cotton swab dipped in the mixture over the spots. Or, drink a mixture of a few drops of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and add honey as sweetener.

Cellulite: Topical application: Mix 3 parts apple cider vinegar with one part of your favorite massage oil and gently massage the affected skin two times a day. Oral preparation: Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. Add honey as sweetener. Drink every morning.

Yeast infection: Apple cider has antiseptic properties that help in the treatment of fungal infections, like Candidiasis. Regimens are:

Add 1 ½ cups apple cider into a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This is done once a day for 3 days.

After 3 days of soaking, make a mixture consisting of 1 ½ cups of water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This time use as a vaginal douche two times a day for 5 days.

After a few days of douching, start to drink a glass of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once a day. This can help prevent the occurrence of yeast infections.

Try and see for yourselves .  Choose the one that works best for you.  Enjoy your gloving beauty form inside and out .

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