Although apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries, it’s just starting to gain popularity thanks to people spreading the word on social media and the internet. There’s plenty of uses for it in your diet, your home, and even your beauty routine! Let’s talk about some of the most popular apple cider vinegar benefits here.
In a recent study in Japan, obese people drank either a small amount of water or apple cider vinegar for 3 months. On average, the vinegar group lost 1-2 pounds more during the 3-month period. Why is that? Well there’s an ingredient in apple cider vinegar that helps break down fat, and although the effect is subtle, every little bit helps!
Controls blood sugar
Researchers at Arizona State University are documenting apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect. Apple cider vinegar blocks some of the digestion of starch and prevents some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar. Check with your doctor on how you can use it safely with medications. If you’re looking for ways to add it into your diet, use it as a salad dressing with some of your favorite spices for some flavor!
It sounds counterintuitive to put vinegar down a sore throat, but that’s one of the miraculous things about apple cider vinegar! There’s so many different uses for it. For a sore throat, make sure you gargle equal parts warm water and apple cider vinegar at the first sign of soreness. Repeat every hour to get the most out of the bacteria fighting properties of apple cider vinegar.
We mentioned it earlier – yes there are some beauty benefits to ACV! If you have itchy or sunburned skin, just apply right to the itchy area for some relief. If you and the family have been out hiking in the woods and have some leftover proof with bug bites, use a cotton ball to swab some right onto the bite. And if you have sunburned skin, soak in a bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to help ease the pain.
Stay away from sugary energy drinks or your coffee with whipped cream when you’re feeling tired. Instead, grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar for an energy boost and add some to your water. The potassium and and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help to give you a pick me up. Also try using it during a workout to prevent fatigue since the amino acids in apple cider vinegar combat lactic acid build up that can happen after exercise. Great idea instead of a sugary “juice” drink!
- If you are going to drink it, don’t drink it straight! Dilute it with water.
- Buy organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The benefits and probiotics that come naturally in the ACV are what you want to drink.
- Don’t ingest too much. 1-2 Tablespoons a day is enough to see the health benefits from this natural health food.