Uses for apple cider vinegar - Improve your health with this amazing liquid
You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I have found this saying to be true, and if I throw the apple with enough force it will also keep burglars and dogs away.
I'm not a big fan of apples. Their taste is insipid, they take too long to eat and my braces don't allow me to bite into it with gusto. However, apple cider vinegar is easy to drink and my braces don't seem to interfere with my drinking ability.
My first contact with ACV came when I learned of the no 'poo method for washing hair, but I had heard some friends talk about their daily intake of apple cider vinegar. I was never curious enough to ask how they were using it. I just thought apple cider vinegar was something old people used as part of their folk-remedy, old-wives tale routine. It wasn't until I started buying ACV in bulk to condition my hair that I became curious as to what else I could do with it.
What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is the result of the fermentation of the sugars found in apple juice. The fermenting process causes the sugars to become malic and acetic acid. Malic acid gives the vinegar its distinctive flavor and smell, and it is also wonderful against bacteria and fungus. Acetic acid lowers blood pH levels, which makes your body an inhospitable place for bacterial infections and fungus, and that's a good thing.
Apple cider vinegar also contains pectin. Pectin's job is to regulate blood pressure and help your body get rid of bad cholesterol.
So as you can see, it is a potion full of good things.
Top Facts about apple cider vinegar
- Can be taken daily.
- Should be taken diluted in water or juice.
- Yields better results when taken on an empty stomach
- Although there are pills available, you can derive the most benefits by taking it in its liquid form.
What is it good for?
Apple cider vinegar seems to be good for everything. Here's a brief list of things that it can help you with:
- Helps against allergies and bloating
- Acne - use one part ACV and three parts water and dab on the pimple.
- Treats respiratory problems
- It's a skin disinfectant
- Makes digestion easier (which translates into NO MORE GAS after meals)
- Helps fight obesity
- Strengthens the immune system
- helps keep normal glucose levels
- rich in phosphorus - provides strength to bones and teeth
- rich in vitamin A - help with skin dryness
- reduces bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels
What else does apple cider vinegar do?
So you want more? Okay, here you go.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar cleans the intestines by acting as a mild laxative and killing bacteria on contact. So ACV is the Arnold Schwarzenegger for your body, but unlike the terminator, it doesn't destroy everything it sees. It only kills bad bacteria, while leaving good bacteria alive.
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful tool in your weight control belt. It increases secretion of enzymes to help your body digest fat better. When taken before or during meals, it makes your stomach feel satisfied before you stuff yourself, which translates into less to burn at the gym.
When apple cider vinegar is used topically it could help alleviate herpes, dandruff and varicose veins. It is also useful as a skin toner, helping the body get rid of old, dead cells allowing new, glowing skin to show.
Use one part ACV and three parts water, apply to desired area and leave on for 10-20 minutes, depending on how long you can tolerate it. Rinse.
There have been concerns that long term use of apple cider vinegar could lower potassium levels, which could lead to loss of bone density.
How to take apple cider vinegar
You can now take apple cider vinegar in the convenient shape of a pill. However, for better results, just buy it liquid and take it on an empty stomach in the morning. Why on an empty stomach? Apple cider vinegar can clean your body and provide energy better when taken before any other food enters your body.
Be aware that it is not the tastiest liquid out there. In fact, it tastes (and smells) pretty badly. But if you can get past this minor inconvenience, you will do great.
If this is your first contact with ACV start by diluting 1 tsp in 8 oz of water and drink in the morning on an empty stomach. When you think you have the gagging reflexes controlled, then go for 2 tsps diluted in 8 oz of water.
I add 1 tsp of honey to make the vinegar more tolerable. The honey actually makes the concoction taste quite delicious.
Have you used it?
Have you used apple cider vinegar and seen positive changes?
Apple cider vinegar for energy
I stumbled upon a different apple cider vinegar concoction during one of my many internet surfing episodes. ZionBorn from High Existence posted that he takes 2 tsps of ACV, 2 tsps of coconut oil and 2 tsps on honey separately and this add a wonderful energizing effect. I became curious and decided to try it on my own, but since I was running short on time, I mixed them all up in 8 oz of water.
I was mentally prepared to control my gagging reflexes because the concoction just sounds awful, but I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, it tasted very, very good. And it was very energizing as well. I usually get very sleepy at around 12 pm, but not today. I was wide awake and it was really to focus on what I was doing. I think this mixture did the trick. So, once again, here's the recipe for this energizing combination:
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 8 oz of water
Stir everything together and enjoy the drink and the long lasting energy.
Other uses for apple cider vinegar
If you have a headache that just won't go away try this:
- ACV and water in equal amounts
- Heat in the stove for 15 minutes at medium heat
- Inhale vapor for 3-5 minutes.
Drink 2 tsps of ACV diluted in water once a day before arrival of period and 2 days during menstruation. If the pains are too strong, drink this mixture every 5 hours.
3 tsps of ACV diluted in water. Drink 4-5 times a day until problem is gone.
This calls for the no 'poo method.
So there you have it! Sometimes it is better to look in your pantry to find the cures you're looking for. Of course, don't let this replace the current medicines you're on. Try the recipes, feel the change and consult with your doctor before ending any treatments.