Apple Cider Vinegar might make your lips pucker and it may wrinkle your nose a bit. But whether it tastes good, or not, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is health in a bottle. So…bottoms up! Many people take it daily for its many health benefits. Furthermore, the stuff is very economical. With the high cost of over the counter supplements today, it is refreshing (pardon the pun…its not exactly refreshing anyway) to find a healthy alternative that supports many bodily systems and is also easy on the wallet. Apple cider vinegar might just be the right supplement for you.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Heartburn relief: Though there is not much in the way of evidence that supports Apple Cider Vinegar for heart burn relief, there are those who swear by it for treatment of their acid reflux. The recommended dose is 1 Tbsp of organic unfiltered natural apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg’s, mixed with a teaspoon of honey and about 4 ounces of water at bedtime. For best results continue this regime nightly for one week. When your heartburn flares, begin the regime again. If you can stomach it, more power to ya! (Couldn’t help myself!)
- Promotes clear and healthy skin: Treat acne blemishes with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Dab the blemish with the mixture and watch it heal! Please remember that vinegar has acetic acid in it and can burn the skin. Dilute per the instructions above. I am particularly fond of this apple cider vinegar treatment because you don’t have to drink the stuff.
- Relieves sore muscles: There are various apple cider vinegar treatments that will relieve sore muscles. The exact mechanism is unknown but many users have touted the effectiveness of ACV in relieving their sore over-worked muscles. You can try soaking in a warm bath mixed with 3-4 cups of apple cider vinegar. Or, you may wrap your limb in vinegar soaked towels for 10 minutes every 3-4 hours until you feel relief. Others believe drinking a glass of water with 3-4 teaspoons mixed in will decrease the soreness.
- Lowers Cholesterol: Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. I have family members who take the pill form of an ACV supplement who swear by it. They attribute significant improvement in cholesterol specifically to apple cider vinegar.
- Weight Loss: Apple cider vinegar has strong proponents that believe it effectively promotes weight loss. There have been studies that show daily use of acetic acid results in significant weight loss, decreased abdominal fat and lower triglycerides. Just 1-2 teaspoons mixed with 1/2 cup of water taken before meals helps to decrease your appetite, minimize your cravings throughout the day. Pectin is a fiber compound found in ACV that expands in your stomach leading to feelings of fullness. The result is less caloric intake and weight loss!
- Dandruff Control: 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with 1/4 cup of water in a spray bottle can be spritzed onto your hair and scalp 1-2 times per week. Just spray your scalp well, then wrap your hair in a towel for 15-60 minutes. Wash the mixture out of your hair with your shampoo routine. This remedy is thought to promote pH balance of the scalp and prevent fungal cell growth that causes dandruff.
Apple Cider Vinegar Warnings
Apple Cider Vinegar has high levels of acetic acid. Acetic acid can burn your skin and, more importantly, your esophagus. Therefore, it is important to always dilute vinegar with water and to never drink it straight up.
The acetic acid in ACV will also erode the enamel on your teeth. If you choose to use one of these oral remedies be sure to rinse your mouth out well after drinking the vinegar and brush your teeth immediately afterwards.
To Try It Or Not To Try It
The decision to try apple cider vinegar is up to you. As long as you dilute it, it can’t hurt. I have never tried it and I think it sounds truly horrible. However, I have had so many people tell me that they use it and is effective for them. Have you tried it? What type of Apple Cider Vinegar therapy did you try? Did it work for you? I would love to know!