Apple Cider Vinegar has been getting a lot of attention lately for its endless list of health benefits. But did you know, that this pantry item has in fact been used for healing numerous health related conditions for thousands and thousands of years? Well…it has! In fact, Hippocrates himself let apple cider vinegar be one of his numerous “medicines.” Despite its many uses over the years, apple cider vinegar is just now shining in the spotlight and here’s why you too should allow this liquid to sit center stage in your healthy lifestyle.
FIVE DELICIOUS REASONS WHY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CAN BENEFIT YOUR HEALTH!
Studies have revealed that apple cider vinegar can help lower VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoprotein, i.e. very bad cholesterol). Start by adding a half ounce of apple cider vinegar into your diet and gradually build from there over time. If the taste is hard to swallow, try adding it to juice or dilute in water.
A few scientific studies discovered that acetic acid (found in apple cider vinegar) can help slow fat accumulation, decrease your appetite and water retention and increase your metabolism. Reap the weight loss benefits by adding some to your diet via salad dressing or smoothie.
ITCHY, SUNBURNED AND/OR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
For itchiness, simply apply the apple cider vinegar to the site of the insect bite or sting for some relief. Here’s a tip to utilize the PH Balancing and antibacterial properties of the apple cider vinegar. Combine one part apple cider vinegar and one part distilled or filtered water into a container, shake well, pour the concoction onto a cotton ball and gently swipe across clean face or body. You can also add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath and soak the discomfort of your sunburn away.
SORE THROAT AND DIGESTIVE AID
With its antibiotic and antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar can help overall food digestion and fight off indigestion. A popular elixir for digestion is 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to a cup of warm water. Try this old, tummy soothing remedy 30 minutes before you eat a meal. The pectin found in apple cider vinegar is also said to help with intestinal spasms.
For those days when you feel extra sluggish and pushing through a workout sounds like the end of you, grab some apple cider vinegar. It is full of potassium that helps maintain your energy. It’s also loaded with amino acids that will aid in excessive lactic acid buildup during an intense workout. Add a splash to your water and sip throughout the day.
Adding apple cider vinegar to your bedtime regimen may be beneficial to your blood glucose levels. A study shows a slight improvement in blood sugar readings in the morning for those who consumed apple cider vinegar before bed as well as those who drank it right before carbohydrate-saturated meals. The anti-glycemic acid in apple cider vinegar is thought to be why this liquid “medicine” can prevent diabetes.
– Casey Edmonds, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey