Hello guys, thank you very much for all your likes, comments, phone calls, motivations and questions upon questions after my last post “Tea Tea All The Way”. In today’s post, we shall dive right into the tangy goodness that is Apple Cider Vinegar, as part of my commitment to try and address or answer at least one of the many questions concerning some of the things mentioned in the last post, as they relate to our health. One of such questions was “can you please expatiate on apple cider vinegar.” Although, what I had in mind for today was “The Power of Protein” but I figured that answering some of your pressing questions, should take precedence.
Soo, let’s go…! I started using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with my tea about four years ago, I cannot remember precisely what led me to it, but honestly, it has become a part of me from that time till date. Apart from its health benefits and other countless uses, some of which we shall be discussing, my special combination of ACV+Tea or ginger+honey or any natural sweetener, is one cocktail I don’t do without on daily basis. I just love the sweet wine taste it gives, I will talk more about my different healthy cocktail recipes later on
Apple cider vinegar is an effective, natural, bacteria fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, copper and iron. All of which are essential to a healthy body.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Diabetes Prevention:
Multiple studies have shown a correlation between apple cider vinegar and lower blood sugar levels. The vinegar actually blocks some of the digestion of starch, preventing it from raising your blood sugar level.
2. Great For Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar is a hunger suppressant, which means it can help you control your food intake, which is very important in weight loss. The ‘acetic acid’ found in it, suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream. I recommend you try adding ACV to your home-made juices, salad dressing and even your drinking water. Personally, I love adding it to my tea. (The thing at the bottom of the glass is called the mother, which is great for you)
3. Fights High Cholesterol
One common use of ACV is its ability to reduce high cholesterol. There have been a few studies that have shown apple cider vinegar tobe beneficial for cholesterol levels. In as little as one tablespoon, it is possible to lower cholesterol levels when taken every day. The acid contained in the vinegar is what is believed to help fight off the cholesterol in the body
4. Good For Detoxification
Apple cider vinegar is an awesome tool for detoxifying your body. It can help promote circulation and detoxify the liver. Apple cider vinegar’s potassium content helps to break up mucus in the body and clear the lymph nodes.
5. Relieves Sinuses Or Nasal Congestion
It helps to clear out the sinuses (Catarrh). it can also prevent a sinus infection or cold as well. Sip some water or tea mixed with apple cider vinegar to breathe better. Gargle equal parts warm water and apple cider vinegar at the first sign of a sore throat and repeat several times a day.
6. It’s Good For Prevention And Treatment Of Food Poisoning
Having tummy upsets? Sip diluted apple cider vinegar (mixed into water or juice) before or after to help settle that stomach. It’s the antibiotic properties and bacteria-fighting power of apple cider vinegar that helps with the relief. Some even say the pectin in apple cider vinegar also helps with intestinal rumbles.
7. ACV Is A Natural Facial Toner
There are a handful of products that are great for acne treatment, but the most effective way to eliminate acne is to kill the bacteria on your skin and prevent it from growing. Apart from adjusting your diet and lifestyle, a little dab of apple cider vinegar on your face as a toner, can be of great benefits.
8. Good For Sunburns And Insect Bites
ACV works for itches caused by insect bites and stings. Also, on a very sunny day, when you forget to use a sun screen, or if peradventure you experience sunburned skin, soak in a bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to help ease the pain.
Other Uses Of Apple Cider Vinegar Include:
It prevents fatigue during a workout. The amino acids in apple cider vinegar helps combat lactic acid build up that can happen after an exercise. Also for nauseous feeling in both adults and children, ACV will come to the rescue.
Deodorant/ Eliminate Bad Breath
Are you allergic to deodorants or antiperspirant? Apply a little ACV under your arms with a cotton wool. You won’t be left smelling like vinegar once it dries. Also, use apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash, and gargle to help eliminate mouth odour. It kills the bacteria that causes bad breath.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy to help get rid of bad smells in general, wherever they may be. And if it just so happens to be on your feet, wipe your toes and feet with a soft cloth, soaked in ACV to combat that odour.
Finally, apple cider vinegar can be used in some of your favorite recipes, sauces, marinades, salads, (Whisk together some apple cider vinegar, olive oil and some of your other favorites, be it garlic, mustard, citrus, honey etc. to give you a delicious salad dressing. Adding vinegar to your salad dressing may also help you absorb more nutrients from your leafy greens. That is, ACV helps in nutrients absorption.
As you begin to task your intuition, I’m very sure you will discover several other uses of apple cider vinegar that are not mentioned here. I personally have used ACV on several occasions in my home, to control an upset stomach and even vomiting. Once in a while, I do pour half a cup of ‘white vinegar’ in my sinks round the house to deodorize them.
I have also treated a few cases of body odor with ACV, by simply asking them to rinse their body with ACV and water solution, after bathing with soap.
Two or Three table spoons a day is generally recommended. This should be diluted with water, juice or tea.