Apple cider vinegar is a common ingredient in marinade and salad dressing recipes, even household cleaning solutions, but what most people may not know is that ACV acts as a powerful weapon against health-related issues. This inexpensive and natural remedy has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help treat diabetes, boost weight loss, cure hiccups, detoxify the body, clear acne, and much more. Who would’ve thought that this type of vinegar had so many proven benefits?
1. Treat Health Problems
ACV is used for a variety of reasons, one, to help treat several health problems like heart disease, diabetes, sore throats and ear infections. For instance, in 2004, the American Diabetes Foundation published a study where 29 individuals were placed into one of three categories: healthy, those with pre-diabetic signs and those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Each participant took a dosage of ACV before meals to find that they all had better blood glucose readings afterward. Individuals with pre-diabetic symptoms benefited the most, cutting their blood glucose concentrations by nearly half, while those with Type 2 diabetes improved their blood glucose levels by 25 percent. I’d say the study’s results were significant!
2. Boost Weight Loss
ACV can boost weight loss by increasing your metabolism, lowering your blood sugar and suppressing your appetite. A recent study, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, states that sipping a tablespoon of ACV with 8 ounces of water before a meal may help lower your blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACV has strong properties that help fight candida, a form of yeast that causes most fungal infections. People who suffer from candida overgrowth usually experience cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, often leading to weight gain.
3. Cure Hiccups
There are many natural remedies for hiccups, such as consuming a spoonful of peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey, a dab of hot sauce, or breathing slowly and deeply into a small paper bag. One proven cure is no other than our admired ACV. All you need to do is sip a glass of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of the vinegar.
4. Detox Your Body
When your body is going through toxic overload, you feel your systems begin to weaken and ache, also considered fatigue, constipation and muscle pain, among other discomforts. Fortunately, there is a way to release your insides of waste and chemicals with a safe ACV cleanse. You will need raw vinegar that contains “mother,” the leftover sediment from the fermentation process. This remedy aids in digestion and cleaning of the intestines, allowing you to significantly reduce your level of toxins. To add flavor to this not-so-tasty cure, check out Dr. Axe’s detox recipe.
5. Clear Acne
Acne may appear on your skin no matter what age you are. For me, I seem to get more blemishes at 26 years old than I did during my high school years. People who have begun using ACV as an acne treatment say their skin has gotten softer and pores have gotten smaller. How? The malic and lactic acids found in AVC help soften and exfoliate the skin, and restore and balance its pH level. Try this ACV “cocktail” recipe that is known to clear up complexions in just a few days.
However you use ACV, make sure to take in small dosages because consuming too much acetic acid may hurt your throat; it is recommended to mix one tablespoon in a glass of water or juice. Share your apple cider vinegar natural remedies, recipes and wellness uses in the comments below!
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.