10 Reasons to Try Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar has gotten a lot of positive press in recent years, from healthy living bloggers to medical researchers at universities from around the world. While this has long been touted in folk wisdom as a good overall health tonic, modern medicine appears to be validating many of these claims and below are some of the many conditions it can help to treat.

Much research into apple cider vinegar has focused in on its ability to help manage diabetes. For instance, a study out of Arizona State University found that participants who took two tablespoons of vinegar along with a portion of cheese immediately before going to bed has a drop in blood sugar levels from between 4 and 6%.

Food Cravings
Apple cider vinegar’s ability to reduce food cravings is due to the acetic acid which slows the digestion process and thus delays its entry into the blood streams and leads to a lessening of appetite. In a recent Swedish study, those who ate bread soaked in vinegar felt fuller for longer than those who ate bread alone.

High Cholesterol
Cholesterol levels could well be managed with apple cider vinegar as well: a 2012 paper from the Life Science Journal found that consumption of this vinegar for 8 weeks significantly lowered blood lipid levels which cause high cholesterol.

Weight Problems
While there is not as much evidence to support apple cider vinegar as a weight loss aid, one small study in Japan did find that obese patients who used it daily for a 12 week period decreased their body fat, waist circumference and abdominal obesity.

Dull Hair
Those who use one part vinegar to one part warm water and then use it as conditioner would normally be used attest to hair that looks healthier and shinier. There is no scientific evidence to support this, of course!

Take a small amount of apple cider vinegar before meals to reduce the chance of gastrointestinal concerns like bloating, reflux or heartburn. A teaspoon of it before eating is usually adequate for this.

Problem Skin
For oily skin or acne, mix one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water and use it daily as a toner. It will help to cleanse and clarify the skin and can even be used overnight on stubborn acne.

A popular folk remedy for treating warts is to apply apple cider vinegar directly onto the wart before going to bed then keep in in place with a sticking plaster. Try to keep this on 24/7 for a week, changing it every night. The wart may swell, but then it will turn black and disappear completely.

Dirty House
Diluted in a water bottle, apple cider vinegar is said to be able to safely and gently clean and disinfect a house, especially if a few drops of tea tree oil is added to the mix.

Grimy Wood Furniture
A combination of one cup vegetable oil with one cup apple cider vinegar makes an excellent polish for wood furniture, lifting up grime and even removing water stains.

These are ten ways to use apple cider vinegar. It will not only improve the health, but leave hair and skin looking beautiful and even clean and disinfect the home.

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