The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Marie Clysdale, Editor

Apple cider vinegar has been praised for centuries for its abilities to keep blood sugar in check, help weight loss and even improve the appearance of acne and scarring. Apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form healthy probiotics and enzymes that have multiple health benefits. ACV has been consumed for thousands of years, since 5,000 BC. In ancient Greece, they mixed it with honey to help cure coughs and colds.

Many celebrities drink ACV to help them stay in shape. When ingested, ACV boosts gut health, regulates blood sugar, aids in weight loss, reduces acid reflux and heartburns, balances your PH, relieves cold symptoms, eases seasonal allergies, lowers blood pressure, and helps detoxify the body. It is important to always dilute ACV in water to prevent the eroding of tooth enamel or burning in the throat. Only ingest about 1-2 tablespoons at a time with at least 8- ounces of water. APV shouldn’t be viewed as a quick fix or cure when it comes to your health. Instead, it should be paired with a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle to see real results.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used topically to help with skin issues. ACV can be used to soothe sunburns when mixed with coconut oil and soaked in a bath. It can fight fungus, treat warts, and heal poison ivy when applied on the infected area. APV is a popular toner when mixed with water to treat acne and reduce scarring. It can act as a natural deodorant when dabbed under the arms, and it is popular for keeping hair shiny when rinsed. Mixing equal parts of ACV and water can make an all-natural household cleaner. ACV also has the ability to whiten teeth when used in moderation and brushed on the teeth. It is critical to test small amounts of ACV on your skin before using on the body to prevent a skin reaction.

Although apple cider vinegar has plenty of benefits, it is important to be precautious and know the side effects of drinking or applying ACV. ACV has been known to delay the rate at which food leaves the stomach, which may worsen symptoms of gastroparesis. It also promotes feelings of fullness by decreasing appetite, however, this may lead to nausea especially because the drink tastes unpleasant. Certain drugs can interact with apple cider vinegar and cause complications. When ingested with ACV, Insulin, Lanoxin, and certain diuretic drugs may cause people to experience dangerously low blood sugar or potassium levels. These drugs should not be consumed with large amounts of vinegar.

To safely consume ACV, limit your intake (1-2 tablespoons a day), dilute it with water (at least 8- ounces), drink it with a straw, rinse your mouth after drinking it, and test it on the skin.

Make sure the ACV used is organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized for best results. When used in moderation, ACV has many useful benefits. ACV can be a life-changing secret especially when it is paired with a healthy lifestyle and a nutritious diet.