You think about Apple Cider Vinegar and salad dressing is the first thing that comes to your mind. However, this light brownish liquid has become widely popular for various reasons other than for being used in salads. It is found to be capable of curing everything from flu to fighting against diabetes and heart problems.Although many of it’s health benefits are not proven yet, experts believe adding this to your daily routine may bring you health benefits.
So what is this secret of Apple Cider vinegar ( ACV ) that makes it so effective? The answer is that it contains what is known as 'Mother of Vinegar' - a cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that is created during fermentation of the apple or cider. The ‘mother’ is the secret sauce. So when you buy a bottle of ACV you must look out for a bottle that has raw, organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered vinegar that contains 'The Mother' so that you can reap its complete benefits.
Now that you have a bottle of ACV in your kitchen, you should know how you can use it apart from in a salad. Since critical benefits of ACV may not have been proven, we can tell you some that are proven and good to start with. Read more to discover 8 ways in which ACV can come to your rescue in your day to day life.
1) Weight Loss
Let’s start with the most popular problem – Weight loss! There is evidence that ACV can make you feel fuller and suppress your appetite. It increases satiety, which means you might eat less. This can help you eat 200 - 275 fewer calories that day! It also helps in absorption of vitamins and minerals so it’s the perfect dressing on your salad. Scientists also theorize that ACV interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream. Therefore, it’s a great way to start out the day alongside some exercise and healthy breakfast.
2) Treats Nasal Congestion and Sore Throat
Nasal congestion and sore throat may not fall under ‘serious’ diseases amongst the medical registers, but it sure has the ability to stall your day to day activities. If you happen to be one of them who suffers from stuffy nose or sore throat every now and then, because of your allergy, flu, some environmental irritants or and simply don’t want to overdose on syrups, turn to apple cider vinegar. It is an all-around home remedy that can provide an effective relief and shorten the duration of your cold. ACV contains Potassium, which thins mucous in the throat. This helps the mucous to move out of your respiratory system more quickly. The acetic acid in ACV also prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. Also the high concentration of vitamin C, fiber, and acids are believed by some to boost immunity while breaking up the congestion that comes with a cold. So prevention is the key here: if you feel you’re getting sick, have some ACV!
3) Hic-Hic-Hic Hiccups
Hiccups are annoying, embarrassing and happen at the worst times. They can put you in awkward and funny situations. But you know what, the sour taste of ACV can stop a hiccup in its tracks. A combination of lollipops, apple cider vinegar, and sugar was found by Mallory, now 13, to treat her own stubborn hiccups after trying every cure she had ever heard of—gargling salt water, drinking water upside down, and even sipping pickle juice. According to her, it triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. It basically overstimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.
4) Helps in Indigestion
Sometimes, we tend to indulge in foods that make us sorry later. At such times instead of pouncing on some pills turn to apple cider vinegar, it may just be the solution to help your digestive issues. Many people find that ACV prevents indigestion,reduces gas, combats constipation(since the vinegar stimulates digestive juices that help your body breakdown food), heartburn symptoms (Some theories suggest that heartburn occurs because of low stomach acid levels; so vinegar brings that level up.).
5) Prevents Bad Breadth
Our oral health helps our appearance and quality of life. One of the most common problem we face daily is bad breath. It can be very embarrassing, but it is a common condition that can be treated. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar offers a natural and inexpensive way to help take care of this problem and get your breath fresh again! ACV provides a triple-action formula to treat bad breath. Firstly, due to its acidic properties, can create an environment that is unfriendly to bacteria. This can help to kill off the bacteria on the teeth and tongue that could be causing the bad breath to begin with. Secondly, apple cider vinegar contains a rich blend of minerals – Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Copper, Sulphur and other trace minerals that are all important to support the oral health and providing the rest of the body with these important nutrients. Thirdly, ACV can also help improve overall digestion, which is one of the major causes for bad breath. So if proper brushing and mouthwash doesn’t do the trick, try this home remedy.
6) Prevents Dandruff
Dandruff is the commonest and the toughest scalp condition to get rid of. It can embarrass you at times. If you want to try a chemical free and natural remedy, ACV is your go to product. Why, you ask?
· It Is antibacterial: The probiotic nature of ACV kills dandruff-causing bacteria and fungus.
· It is anti-inflammatory: It soothes your scalp while it is healing
· It restores moisture and pH levels: Being acidic in nature ACV maintains moisture and pH levels of your scalp, keeping fungus out.
· It unclogs hair follicles: The enzymes in ACV coax the hair follicles open, keeping your scalp healthy and dandruff-free.
7) Boosts Energy
Did you know that Athletes are also drinking apple cider vinegar? ACV helps them in two ways. First, the acid in ACV helps the muscles turn carbs into energy and this give more fuel for exercises. Second, ACV act as an antidote against fatigue and stress. ACV contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling.
8) Foot Odour
As you know, when temperature rises our body perspires more. Most of us start wearing shorts and tank tops but continue wearing closed toe shoes. Closed toe and warm weather cause foot odour. In such cases, soaking feet in water and ACV is a smart solution. The acids in the ACV will alter the pH level of your skin, which fights off bacteria that cause smelly feet. Vinegar makes your skin inhospitable to bacteria. One note of caution though: do not use this soak if your feet have open sores, scratches or cuts or if the soak irritates your skin.
Before you try on any tips in this blog, keep in mind these general guidelines:
Even while ACV is famous for the wide range of health benefits it offers, since it is acidic in nature it is not something you should over depend on! Though it’s benefits are known to many, only a handful of them are aware about their side effects. Apart from their foul smell and acidic nature, excessive usage of ACV can lead to serious allergic reactions and cause damage to your body. So, If you’re not careful, it can be overdone.
1. Remembers to ALWAYS dilute ACV with water before applying it directly to the skin. It contains acetic acids which can irritate or burn the skin.
2. Avoid contact with EYES. If contact happens, quickly wash out with water.
3. You might feel more powerful the next day! But still remember to stay hydrated with regular ol’ water!
4. If you experience the below symptoms or other serious effects, don’t try to treat your cold by yourself at home:
· A lingering cough
· A fever that persists for more than 48 hours
5. Do not over depend on it, continue with regular exercises, oral health regimes, maintaining sanitation and eating healthy and stomach friendly food. Maintain good health in a holistic way.
6. If you have a have a serious condition inform your doctor before making ACV a part of your home based treatment. Call your doctor to get a professional diagnosis if your condition doesn’t go away or gets worse