Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has a long history as a natural remedy in alternative medicine practices and is found in any kitchen and used in a variety of different foods and drinks. It is also an essential ingredient to most pickling processes. Not only that, but it can serve a variety of non-food uses. You can find out about some of the common uses for Apple Cider Vinegar HERE. Here are just a few of the benefits vinegar provides, especially when it comes to the apple cider variety.
It’s a great disinfectant. Humans have long known about the disinfecting properties of vinegar to clean wounds. You can rinse small scrapes and cuts with undiluted vinegar to prevent infection. Vinegar has been used for centuries as a preservative and and has been shown to inhibit bacteria like E.coli. It can be used as a homeopathic treatment for lice, warts, and nail fungus. It doesn’t matter what type of vinegar you use for these purposes whether it is raw or pasteurized apple cider vinegar or plain white vinegar.
It contains active cultures that can help your gut. Raw apple cider vinegar contains beneficial amounts of mother of vinegar, which is a living culture of probiotic bacteria and cellulose. It’s these bacteria — also known as active cultures — that can aid in the digestive process. Apple cider vinegar introduces and promotes the growth of good gut bacteria while preventing the explosive growth of “bad” bacteria that mainly feed on sugar and starches.
It makes a great indigestion aid. Not only do the cultures help break down foods in the digestive system more efficiently, the natural acids contained in vinegar can also help ward off indigestion. Before you eat a big or heavy meal, try drinking a glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. You can also try this mixture after a meal to help prevent bloating.
It can help with minor ailments. Have a toothache because of infected or irritated gums? Try swishing with a mixture of vinegar, salt and warm water. This is a great all-natural way to disinfect your kid’s mouth after they lose a tooth.
This simple folk remedy can also help with a sore throat in adults when it is gargled as well. A vinegar dilution can also help with irritation or mild infections in the outer ear canal and alleviate a condition called ‘swimmer’s ear.’
It can help with weight loss. Drinking a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar (preferably the raw kind with the mother of vinegar), can also help lower your blood sugar levels. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce insulin resistance in people diagnosed with Type-II diabetes, lower fasting blood sugar, and it keeps your blood sugar from spiking as much when you eat sugary or starchy foods. It’s not a cure for diabetes, but it can help.
The acetic acid is also an effective appetite suppressant, which when combined with the beneficial effects it has on blood sugar levels makes it a great weight loss aid.
So make sure to include apple cider vinegar, in some form, to your daily diet. Your body will thank you.