My new favorite thing is apple cider vinegar. One of my clients turned me on to this when I was complaining about having a cold. She is a registered nurse and an administrator of a hospice company, and she swears by the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, especially in shortening a cold. She was so excited about it that she brought a bottle to our next fitness class for everyone to try:) LOL!
We all headed to the ladies room after our fitness class at the UFC, and brought out the shot glasses.
Luckily no one spit it out all over the mirrors! haha:)
If you can get past the taste and smell, apple cider vinegar is really amazing. From your head to your toes, it’s good for the health of almost every body part.
Here are just some of the benefits of apple cider vinegar that I found in my research:
- Strengthens Your Immune System.
As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, take a dose of this germ-busting miracle worker to help head off the infection. The acidic environment kills the germs. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour.
Another recipe option I found is to mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon cayenne pepper and three teaspoons clover honey in a glass of warm water. All three ingredients will work together to help you heal.
2. Balances Your Digestive System.
Drinking apple cider vinegar before a starchy meal will allow the starches you don’t digest to feed the good bacteria in your gut.
If you want to reduce gas, dilute a tablespoon of enzyme-rich apple cider vinegar with a cup of water or tea, and drink before a meal. This will also combat constipation, since the vinegar stimulates digestive juices that help your body breakdown food. (Dr. Oz, The Seven Surprising Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar.)
3. Helps with allergies.
Research indicates that apple cider vinegar can help allergies because of how it helps break up mucous and reduce sinus congestion.
4. Helps with weight loss.
There are some studies that propose that apple cider vinegar can increase satiety, which helps you eat less. Researchers suggest that vinegar may turn on certain genes involved in breaking down fats.
The effect is probably very subtle, says Chicago dietitian Debbie Davis, RD. “It may have some benefits in terms of weight loss and weight management, but it is definitely not a quick fix.”
Although apple cider vinegar seems to be a miracle worker, it’s the entire lifestyle that counts if you want to see results. Use it to aid your weight loss along with exercise and portion control.
5. Does Wonders For Skin.
If you are burnt to a crisp after a long day in the sun, apple cider vinegar can soothe your skin. To neutralize the burn try adding a cupful or two to your bath and soak for 10 minutes. The apple cider vinegar help restore your skin’s pH levels and your skin will feel cool and soothed.
It is great for clearing up the skin. This is my favorite benefit because I have seen an immediate change since I started using it as my toner. I mix 2 oz of apple cider vinegar with 2 oz of filtered water in a bottle. Apply it to a cotton ball and rub on your face and neck. It restores the proper pH levels to your skin so it is great for every skin type. It is also is good for reducing the appearance of age spots, pimples and acne scars.
Tips on Taking Apple Cider Vinegar
- When you buy it make sure it is cloudy and reads on the label with “the mother.” The “mother” is a blob at the bottom and it is full of probiotics and other good bacteria.
(This is the brand I buy at WinDixie in Louisiana, so I’m sure you can find it in most grocery stores.)
- There are many suggestions I found on taking apple cider vinegar. The nurse I mentioned earlier takes it straight and follows it up with a glass of water. Some people mix it in with apple or grape juice. I dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons with a small amount of water and honey.
- It is so acidic that mixing it with water or juice makes it more palatable.
- Take it before a meal or along with your meals one or two times a day.
Although there isn’t a lot of scientific support, the homeopathic benefits of apple cider vinegar should not be underestimated. It’s definitely worthwhile to try.