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Apple Cider Vinegar, why it’s Important

Today Dr. Alana discusses the many ways Apple Cider Vinegar can be used.  She’s also provided this great list of uses below so you can easily reference them.

If you have any uses of your own, please drop a comment and let us know.

Most of us have vinegar lying around in our pantries, and use it for anything from salad dressings to a cleaning agent. But, what many don’t know is that the chemical makeup of vinegar (specifically apple cider vinegar or ACV) makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent, a weight loss aid, and even may help lower blood sugar levels. Here is a list of 13 ways you probably didn’t know you could use apple cider vinegar.

  1. Solve an upset stomach/frequent indigestion

Stomach pain and gas can develop after eating due to a buildup of bacteria in the digestive tract. The main ingredient in AVC is acetic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties. Mixing up to 2 tablespoons of ACV with water can help to reduce bacteria build up, while the pectin in ACV may help to sooth aches, spasms and pain.

If you experience frequent indigestion after eating, try mixing one teaspoon each of honey and ACV in a glass of warm water before eating.

  1. Ease a sore throat

Again, the acid content in ACV can help to kill off bacteria in the throat that is causing discomfort and pain. Gargling a mixture of equal parts ACV to warm water hourly can offer temporary sore throat relief while killing the bacteria causing the sore throat.

  1. Clear nasal congestion and stuffiness

Next time you are congested, instead of reaching for cold medicine which can be costly and have many side effects try a teaspoon of ACV mixed in a glass of water. The acid will help to eliminate the bacteria causing the congestion while the potassium in the ACV helps to thin mucus.

  1. Lose weight

The acid content is ACV is known to suppress appetite in humans, making you less likely to overeat. In addition, ACV is known to speed up metabolism and help the body eliminate harmful water retention.  Using it as a delicious dressing on a salad can not only increase help you lose weight though these ways, but also by increasing your consumption of healthy, leafy greens.

  1. Eliminate dry scalp

The acidity in ACV can prevent harmful germs from growing on your scalp. Mixing about 2 ounces of ACV with 2 ounces of water and applying to the scalp when you shampoo can help to eliminate dry scalp and unsightly dandruff.

  1. Get rid or warts

Warts can be very unpleasant and are caused by the virus called the Human Papilloma Virus. The high acid content of ACV causes the wart to peel away from the surrounding healthy skin, allowing a huge part of the virus to come with it. Simply soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply to the affected area overnight. Within a few days you should see it peeling away.

  1. Avoid blemishes

The antimicrobial properties of ACV can help to kill the bacteria on your face that clogs your pores, leading to blemishes. Using ACV on your face, the way you would use a toner, can help to reduce blemishes, kill bacteria, and improve skin tone.

 

  1. Prevent leg cramps at night

Sometimes leg cramps at night can be a sign of a serious condition. However, if other conditions have been ruled out, leg cramps can be due to electrolyte imbalances or dehydration. If this is the case, try blending an ounce of ACV with a little honey in warm water before bed. The high potassium content in the ACV may help to relieve those painful leg cramps.

  1. Protect your mouth

Swishing and gargling with ACV can help to eliminate the bacteria that grow in our mouths. This can help to reduce bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. ACV can also help to fight staining, effectively whitening teeth in a way that is safe to tooth enamel. It’s a win-win for mouth health!

  1. Reduce joint pain/stiffness

Frequently joint pain and stiffness can be a result of inflammation that develops in the joints. ACV has natural anti-inflammatory properties which can help to eliminate the inflammation, decreasing joint pain.

  1. Improve blood sugar

Researchers at the Arizona State University have found that ACV helps to prevent and slow the breakdown of starches in the digestive process. This reduces large spikes in blood sugars after eating in a process similar to certain diabetes medications. This helps to reduce your risk of diabetes and diabetes related complications.

  1. Protect your heart

Cardiovascular disease is can be very deadly, and medications to lower mortality from heart disease can be costly and have many side effects. So why not reduce a major risk factor for heart disease? Studies have shown that regular consumption of ACV can help to reduce high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor in the development of heart disease.

  1. Prevent cancer

There is a lot that we still don’t know about the causes of cancer, and preventing it. However, we do know that substances that are high in natural antioxidants help to protect us against cancer causing agents known as free-radicals. ACV has high amounts of polyphenols, a strong antioxidant. Having a teaspoon of ACV mixed in a glass of water daily can help to reduce your risk of cancer.

Information gathered from:
Health Remedies Journal: http://healthremediesjournal.com/top-9-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/1/

Authority Nutrition: http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

Natural Remedy ideas: http://naturalremedyideas.com/warts-apple-cider-vinegar/