Many people will associate vinegar as that perfect taste bud turner for adding to their French fries. That’s but only one of the many types of vinegars, all of which are produced by a fermentation process where ethanol is broken down by acetic acid bacteria. White, or malt, vinegar as that type is referred to, is very generic in its applications, which range from flavouring all the way to cleaning and adhesive removal. Turns out that acetic acid stuff is quite something!
All of these aside, most people won’t typically associate vinegars with being a remedy for body ailments and conditions, but in fact many traditional remedies and treatmentw used over thousands of years have involved the use of vinegars, either on their own or incorporated into formulas of all sorts. Vinegars date back 8,000 years and very likely were there for the discovery when a jug of wine or beer was left open and unattended for a long period of time.
The famous first physician, Hippocrates, was prescribing vinegars in the year 400 BC as tonic for a variety of illnesses and preventative needs. It wasn’t until hundreds of years later that Dr. D.C. Jarvis highlighted apple cider vinegar as a powerful health-restoring solution with his 1958 book, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health, that a fermented liquid of any sort began to be regarded in the mainstream as a legitimate health and wellness aid.
Right, we’re seguing towards a discussion of one of the most predominant topics in natural health care these days; Apple Cider Vinegar. And – in much the same way we said the same thing regarding activated charcoal – you really would have to be living under a rock to not have heard at least some of the fanfare surrounding it these days. In fact, we imagine a good many of you have already tried drinking apple cider vinegar.
Fans of Bragg Apple cider vinegar tout it as a natural alternative to modern medicine for everything from weight loss and diabetes to high cholesterol and skin rejuvenation, so let’s have a look at some –not all (there’s just so many) - of the different apple cider vinegar benefits.
1. Promoting Weight Loss Via Decreasing of Appetite
The most heralded use is apple cider vinegar weight loss. Consuming apple cider vinegar reduces sugar cravings and improves detoxification, plus it’s been proven to promote individuals consuming much fewer calories throughout the remainder of the day when consumed with a high-carb meal earlier in the same day. That’s because it creates a longer-maintained and steadier glucose response that contributes to increased satisfaction after eating
2. Improving Digestion
The Apple Cider Vinegar Mother is the collection of bacterial strings that activate the cider and give it all of its extensive health benefits from live bacterial culture. With that understood, apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized so that all of that bacterial goodness is allowed to proceed unimpeded. The murkier and cloudier your apple cider vinegar, the better!
In particular regards to improved digestion, it contains probiotics and a type of acid that promotes the growth of antibiotics and fights of candida and yeast development –both of which are very prominent in hidden health issues for many people all around the world, and women in particular. It also is a formidable foe for taking on acid reflux and heartburn.
Tip: Remove sugar from your diet and consume 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar three times daily to rejuvenate the function of your digestive system.
3. Antioxidant Protection against Free Radicals
One of apple cider vinegar’s most beneficial qualities is that it is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help promote general and wide-reaching detoxification of the body. Balancing your body’s PH, stimulating cardiovascular function, and promoting bowel motility and lymphatic drainage are also on its ‘can do’ list when it comes to detoxifying the body and having it function more optimally.
4. Lowering Blood Pressure
Another predominant health concern in North America, and particularly so for men. We’ll be briefer in laying this one out. A study undertaken some 8 or so years ago showed that consuming ac vinegar lowered triglycerides and blood sugar quite significantly.
Mix it with water or fruit juice and swallow a third of a cup or so twice a week.
5. Whitening Teeth / Treating Halitosis (Chronic Bad Breath)
There’s all sorts of reasons why teeth can becoming discoloured, from a fondness for certain foods and beverages to lifestyle choices to genetic predispositions. Conversely, an imbalanced body PH level (the balance of acidity and alkalinity in the body) is almost always the cause behind halitosis, the clinical term for chronically bad breath.
Apple cider vinegar can be very effective for both. Rubbing a small quantity of it onto your teeth with a finger for 1 minute and then rinse your mouth with water. You’ll love how instantaneously it whitens up your teeth.
For halitosis, it is reduced or eliminated in more of the bigger picture, as your body’s PH is brought more into balance by ingesting the vinegar. It’s an effective relief option, and you should go ahead and recommend it to anyone who’s got chronically bad breath. Plus, a PH-balanced body is much more resistant to chronic illnesses like cancer and can build better energy stores.
6. Promoting Clearer Skin
This benefit also relates to PH balance. Apply apple cider vinegar as a toner is an excellent remedy for skin maladies like acne, dry skin, and many others. The recommended technique is to rub apple cider vinegar on the affected skin or use it as a wash. Once done, put coconut oil and essential oils on the area to support further healing.
7. Eliminating Warts
This one will probably come as something of a surprise. We’re lucky that most of us only get warts a handful of times in our lives, but when we do gosh darn if we can’t get rid of that hideous skin blemish quickly enough!
To kill a wart with apple cider vinegar, apply a moderate amount of it topically with a cotton swab to the area and then place a bandage over it. Next morning or sometime the next day you can take it off and then monitor it. Within a week or so, it should start to wither before falling off entirely eventually.
8. Soothing Sunburn and Providing Relief from Insect Stings
Sunburnt? Add 1 cup of acv to a lukewarm bath and then pour a quarter cup of coconut oil and lavender essential into it before having a good long soak to get relief from sunburn. Bee sting? Mosquito bite? Apply apple cider vinegar topically and generously to fell less of the pain, itchiness and / or irritation.
As mentioned above, the constraints of how uniformly long we tend to make our blogs limits us from listing EVERY one of the apple cider vinegar benefits. We encourage you to do some more research on your own if we’ve piqued your interest in it and what it might be able to do for you. It really is fantastic stuff, and definitive proof that it’s not always a negative when something ‘goes bad.’