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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar

People might think that this simple and non-appealing household product is as lame as it is. That is until they knew about the wide-ranging health benefits apple cider vinegar has to offer us! This ranges from curing hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to help with health concerns including diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, and weight issues.

Here are some health benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar: 

1. It helps control blood sugar
According to several studies, drinking few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar could help in keeping the blood sugar balanced. In a research done, people with type 2 diabetes who weren't taking insulin found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning. The researchers think that the antiglycemic effect of the acid is the key.

2. Weight LossConsuming apple cider vinegar can help you feel more full, which can help you eat less. A study has also shown acetic acid slows fat accumulation. If the flavor is too strong for you to sip on its own, try adding apple cider vinegar to juices, salad dressing, and even water to incorporate it into your diet.

3. Lower Cholesterol Level
In addition to lowered blood sugar and weight loss, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed interesting findings regarding ACV and cholesterol. Lowered VLDL levels and lowered triglycerides were discovered in lab rats who were given apple cider vinegar alongside a high cholesterol diet. The rats who were not given ACV did not see the same drop in cholesterol.

4. Natural teeth whitener
The vinegar helps remove stains, whitens teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Every morning, use the apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash. Brush as usual after you gargle. In addition, it also kills odor-causing bacteria which may help you prevent having bad breath.

5. Sore-throat
Aside from helping us get whiter teeth, gargling ample amount of apple cider vinegar will also bust infection-causing bacteria which leads to having sore throat. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

6. Digestive Aid
Sipping some apple cider vinegar mixed with water will help cure an upset stomach. The vinegar contains pectin, a soothing agent which help intestinal spasms. Mix one or two tablespoons in water, or clear juice.

7. Itchy or Sunburned Skin
Just apply enough amount of the ACV right to the itchy area for some relief. It also used for itches caused by bug bites, poison ivy, or a jellyfish sting. As for sunburned skin, soak in a bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to help ease the pain.

8. Clogged nose/sinuses
Dealing with clogged nose? Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage. ACV contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion.

9. Facial cleanser
The antibacterial properties of the apple cider vinegar can also help clean your skin especially the facial area. It helps keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin. Dilute some apple cider vinegar with water and apply to a cotton ball to use as a toner or on blemishes.

10. Energy booster
Feeling tired? Apple cider vinegar can help you pick yourself up! Just add some ACV to a glass of water.

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