You don’t have to look far in the world of homeopathic remedies to hear about apple cider vinegar. Used by Aristotle to treat infections and wounds over 2000 years ago, vinegar, and apple cider vinegar, have been used for their beneficial properties for generations. Whether ingested or applied topically, apple cider vinegar has a reputation for a reason – it offers numerous benefits backed up by science.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is made from crushing apples and fermenting them with yeast, until alcohol is formed. From there, bacteria is introduced, producing acetic acid, the primary ingredient in most vinegars. Some apple cider vinegars also contain “Mother,” a mixture of enzymes and other nutrients left over from the fermentation process. It may give the apple cider vinegar a cloudy cast, but it’s perfectly normal and healthy.
What are the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar offers a variety of health benefits, including:
Improved Skin: Because of its natural acidity, apple cider vinegar may regulate the PH balance of your skin, reducing blemishes and rough, irritated skin. Additionally, people with eczema have reported improvements in their condition after using a diluted apple cider vinegar formula. To pile on even more benefits, apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties, meaning that it may help reduce skin infections and kill harmful bacteria.
Controlled Blood Sugar: Apple cider vinegar has been shown to lower blood sugar after eating, as well as improve insulin function. For anyone, regulated blood sugar is a good thing, but for people with type-2 diabetes, it’s very helpful. Even as little as 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can have a measurable effect on blood sugar regulation.
Killing Harmful Bacteria: As mentioned previously, apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties. One use of apple cider vinegar that doesn’t involve ingesting it is using it to clean, or preserve food. Vinegar has been shown to inhibit e. coli bacteria, not letting it grow or spread. Whether using it to wipe down a counter or preserve some veggies, apple cider vinegar keeps things clean and safe.
Weight Loss: Studies have shown that ingesting apple cider vinegar creates feelings of fullness inside your stomach. If you’re feeling full, you’ll likely eat less, thus losing weight. It’s a simple but powerful effect.
What is the Best Way to Use Apple Cider Vinegar?
There are two main ways to use apple cider vinegar: ingesting it or using it topically.
– Ingesting apple cider vinegar: 1-2 tablespoons is a good rule of thumb for a dose. You can drink the apple cider vinegar straight, but to cut down on the bitter taste, many people mix it with warm water, and even honey – like a tea. You can take it before meals for that feeling of fullness, or after eating to see benefits to blood sugar regulation.
– Topically using apple cider vinegar: For the skin-improving effects of apple cider vinegar, you can create towels or wraps by soaking a towel or tissue in 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon vinegar. Gently massage your skin, or leave the wrap on for no longer than 3 hours at a time. Another way to topically use apple cider vinegar is to add 2 cups to a warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes and appreciate the skin-softening and anti-irritant effects.
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*This is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice.