11 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Revolutionize Your Health
What’s a home without raw apple cider vinegar? It has been used for centuries as a powerful cure-for-all. It contains many essential vitamins and trace elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and copper.
When I published the previous article about 10 uses for apple cider vinegar (ACV) for great health and at home, little did I know how many questions I would get about other uses of ACV for our health. Due to the interest of many of my readers, I’ve decided to write about other uses of apple cider vinegar that can literally revolutionize your health !
Here’s a list of the rather impressive benefits that can revolutionize your health that haven’t been mentioned in the previous article:
1. Aids Weight Loss
ACV is no weight loss miracle on its own, but it can definitely help you on the way. It speeds up metabolism, is low in calories, the acetic acid suppresses your appetite, and reduces water retention.
Some studies even report that ACV interferes with the starch digestion, meaning fewer calories end up in your bloodstream. And it doesn’t stop there, ACV can help your body to break down fat instead of storing it. So if your aim is to lose weight, use ACV instead of dressings or mayonnaise.
Weight loss remedy: add 2 tablespoons of ACV to 16 ounces of water and sip during the day. You could add a little bit of honey for a better taste. For more helpful tips for weight loss read my article about 12 simple tweaks for weight loss and great health, and amazing 9 secrets of losing weight without diet. If you want to get rid of your belly fat than my article about belly fat burning foods is a must read !
2. Reduces the Appearance Of Cellulite
Many woman swear by the use of ACV to reduce cellulite. Add 1 part of ACV to 2 parts of any massage oil of your liking (sweet almond, jojoba, coconut oil). Gently Massage the cellulite affected areas, make circular movements. Repeat this twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening until desired result. It can take a while before any effect is visible. Find here more ways to reduce cellulite naturally.
3. Treats Diabetes
The effect of ACV on blood sugar levels is one of the best researched and the most promising. Like mentioned above, ACV interferes with starch or carb digestion and slows down absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This helps to prevent blood sugar spikes. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels.
For example, webMD website mentions a small 2007 study with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%.
It might also reduce diabetes-related complications such as heart issues, impotence, nerve damage, and blindness. If you are diabetic make sure to contact your physician before you start using ACV for the long term. If you have diabetes, you may also like to read my previous article about the best 12 foods to control diabetes.
4. ACV For a Healthy Heart
ACV’s acetic acid can reduce blood pressure and LDL or bad cholesterol. ACV decreases the levels of triglycerides and low density lipoproteins (LDL) in your blood and increases the levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or good cholesterol.
If you have heart issues it may be wise to replace sodium and ingredients high in saturated fats or trans fats with ACV to add flavor to your dishes. Also find here the top 10 herbs for healthy heart, including heart tonic recipe.
5. Can Kill Cancer Cells or Slow Growth
According to webMD website, some studies reported that ACV may kill cancer cells or slow their growth thanks to the high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene (special form of vitamin A). Antioxidants protect your body against free radicals. Those are highly reactive molecules that can damage your body’s cells and tissues.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are also full of those healing antioxidants, so to enhance their effect add ACV to your salads and fruit to improve taste and health. Also read my article about the best ways to combine antioxidants in your daily nutrition.
6. Prevents premature aging
The same antioxidants that will protect your body from cancer, will help you slow down aging. But not only will they help your body get rid of free radicals, they keep the acid-base balance stable which makes you feel and look better. Find here 5 more anti aging treatments, as well as the best ultimate anti wrinkle and anti aging oil blend.
7. Treats Blemishes and Tone Your Skin
To treat blemishes, apply diluted ACV on a cotton pad and dab on the blemishes to dry them out and speed up the healing process.
If you want to tone your skin, mix ACV with water in a 1:1 ratio and apply on your face. Washing your face regularly with ACV helps to prevent skin infections and balances the pH of your skin.
You can find more information in my post on why you should wash your face with ACV.
8. Prevents Osteoporosis
ACV improves nutrient absorption of calcium and other minerals from the food you eat.
Leafy greens are a good source of calcium, but your body isn’t able to absorb the most out of those greens. So including ACV in meals or having a mild tonic just before meals enables your body to absorb more calcium to build stronger bones and prevent osteoporosis. Also read my article about the 4 steps to prevent osteoporosis.
9. Soothes Sore Throat
ACV has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can be used to soothe a sore throat at the moment you feel a prickle. Use a 1:1 dilution of ACV and water to gargle.
If you can’t bear the taste, try the following remedy: add 1 tablespoon ACV, the juice of half a lemon, and honey to 1 cup of warm water. Drink 3 times a day at first signs until symptoms disappear. You can also find here easy and effective syrup to relieve sore throat and cough.
10. Clears Blocked Sinuses
ACV is rich in mucus-clearing potassium and the acetic acids has anti-bacterial properties. Mix one teaspoon (or up to one tablespoon) in a glass of water and drink to drain your sinuses. You can find more home remedies for sinus infection.
11. Stops Hiccups
We all know the annoying feeling of a hiccup. Next time you’ll find yourself in this situation try ACV diluted in a bit of water. It is believed that ACV relaxes the nerves responsible for the muscle spasms that cause a hiccup. ACV also can restore the acid balance in your stomach, another cause of a hiccup.
FYI: Which ACV Should You Use?
Always use raw organic ACV that still contains “The Mother” to reap all its benefits. Clear ACV has been processed and all the good stuff has been removed. Or if you’re feeling adventures try and make your own.
Although ACV has many wonderful uses and health benefits, much more research needs to be done. But the results are promising and it is very obvious that raw ACV holds some strong healing properties.
Keep in mind that ACV’s main compound is acetic acid, so make sure to dilute it before use to avoid damage to your digestive tract and tooth enamel.
The habit of using ACV is also one of the 70 secrets I mentioned in my eBook 70 Habits For a Great Health. You can use this eBook to learn about simple yet powerful life changes for a happier, healthier slimmer you.