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|Apple Cider Vinegar
In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been singled out as an especially helpful health tonic .It has
shown promise in helping diabetes, cancer, heart health, high cholesterol, and weight loss, and for years
people have used apple cider vinegar as a folk remedy to lower fever and aid indigestion. Reach
forapple cider vinegar to cure everything from the hiccups to common cold symptoms.
Taking a tablespoon or two of it every day is said to cure everything from gout to allergies and more.
NOTE: Undiluted apple cider vinegar, in liquid or pill form, may damage the esophagus and other parts of the
digestive tract. Apple cider vinegar drinks may damage tooth enamel if sipped. It should always be taken with
water. You can add Honey to improve the flavor
. The effect of vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and the most promising of apple
cider vinegar's possible health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels.
For instance, a 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider
vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%
. A 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol. However, the study was done in rats, so it's
too early to know how it might work in people.
Blood pressure and heart health
. Another study in rats found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure. A large observational study also found
that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease
than people who didn't. However, it's far from clear that the vinegar was the reason.
. A few laboratory studies have found that vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.
Observational studies of people have been confusing. One found that eating vinegar was associated with a
decreased risk of esophageal cancer. Another associated it with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
. For thousands of years, vinegar has been used for weight loss. White vinegar (and perhaps other types) might
help people feel full. A 2005 study of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small
amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread
It Helps Ease Stomach Cramps and Diarrhea
This is a proven apple cider vinegar cure. The probiotics in the vinegar help ease diarrhea and the pectins from
the apples in the vinegar ease stomach cramps. Mix a tablespoon or two in water or your favorite juice to get the
It Prevents Indigestion
Another proven health benefit is its ability to stop indigestion before it starts. Simply mix 1 teaspoon of honey and
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and sip it slowly a half hour before you eat something you
know will cause you indigestion. You'll be surprised that you feel fine after eating!
It Helps Ease Nighttime Leg Cramps
This old folk remedy has a long history of proof to its effectiveness. Simply mix a tablespoon of apple cider
vinegar with honey to taste before going to bed and drink it slowly. Those nighttime cramps shouldn't bother you
anymore. Do this every night before bed for continuing results.
It Drains Your Sinuses
Do you have a stuffy nose due to allergies or some other reason? Fix it with a teaspoon of straight apple cider
vinegar in a cup of water. The harshness of drinking the vinegar without any flavoring will help drain your sinuses
and clear your nose.
It Helps Energize You
Apple cider vinegar is excellent for beating exhaustion. The amino acids it contains counteract the buildup of
lactic acid you can get after exercising or other intense physical activity. It's also full of electrolytes that help
eliminate that tired feeling. Electrolytes are the same thing that are in sugary sports drinks. A teaspoon of apple
cider vinegar in chilled water has the same energizing effect without the sugar and artificial colors and flavors.
Apple cider vinegar helps stomach troubles
Sip some apple cider vinegar mixed with water. If a bacterial infection is at the root of your diarrhea, apple cider
vinegar could help contain the problem, thanks to its antibiotic properties. What's more, some folk remedy experts
contend that apple cider vinegar contains pectin, which can help soothe intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two
tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.
Apple cider vinegar cures hiccups
Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar. Its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks
Apple cider vinegar prevents indigestion
Sip before eating, especially if you know you're going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later. Try this
folk remedy: add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it
30 minutes before you dine.
Apple cider vinegar clears a stuffy nose.
Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink. This helps sinus drainage
Apple cider vinegar soothes a sore throat.
As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the
infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix ¼
cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour or so
Apple cider vinegar beats exhaustion.
Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly,
the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote. What's more, apple cider vinegar contains
potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you're feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two
of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.
Apple cider vinegar cuts down on nighttime leg cramps.
This old folk remedy is worth a try: add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and a little honey to a glass of water
and drink to ease nighttime leg cramps. Of course, by the time you walk to the kitchen to put the drink together,
your cramp is likely to be history—but maybe that's the point
Apple cider vinegar whitens teeth.
Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in
your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle. You can also brush your teeth with baking soda once a
week to help remove stains and whiten your teeth; use it just as you would toothpaste. You can also use salt as
an alternative toothpaste. If your gums start to feel raw, switch to brushing with salt every other day.
What Are the Risks of Apple Cider Vinegar?
On the whole, the risks of taking occasional, small amounts of apple cider vinegar seem low. But using apple
cider vinegar over the long term, or in larger amounts, could have risks. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic
. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it's quite harsh. Apple cider
vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the
tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. One study found a woman who got an apple cider vinegar
supplement stuck in her throat suffered lasting damage to her esophagus. In addition, vinegar has been known to
cause contact burns to the skin.
Long-term use of apple cider vinegar could cause low potassium levels and lower bone density
. If you already have low potassium or osteoporosis, talk to your health care provider before using apple cider
Apple cider vinegar could theoretically interact with diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and
If you have diabetes, check with your health care provider before using apple cider vinegar. Vinegar
contains chromium, which can alter your insulin levels.
Should I Use Apple Cider Vinegar?
If you're thinking about trying apple cider vinegar, talk to your health care provider first. Your health care provider
can assess whether the apple cider vinegar will affect other health conditions you have or the effectiveness of the
medicines you take.
Skip harsh shampoos and wash away buildup with an apple cider vinegar rinse. When used as a follow-up to
baking soda, this do-it-yourself treatment makes strands shinier, reduces frizz and seals cuticles. It also simulates
the scalp to promote hair growth.
Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and
rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes. Scarlett Johansson swears
by this trick!
Mix apple cider vinegar with water, then swish around in your mouth. This antiseptic will break down plaque and
bad breath-causing bacteria.
When you combine equal parts apple cider vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, you get one pretty
awesome mask. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm
The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins
out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin.
Can't afford surgery to get rid of warts? Try placing a cotton pad soaked in apple cider vinegar on top, then
secure with a bandage. Leave on overnight and remove in the morning. If you stick to this consistently for a week,
you should start to see results. (Warning: Don't pick at your skin as the wart dries up.)
Go the natural route with your at-home pedicure and use apple cider vinegar to soothe aching and swollen feet.
This provides instant relief for pregnant women, runners, high-heel lovers and flip-flop wearers.
Laying out in the sun is fun until you get burned. Relieve pain and minimize peeling skin by applying a wash cloth
soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.
Age spots and varicose veins treatment:
Many women claim that drinking apple cider vinegar (with water) maintains youthful-looking skin. But a way to
stop signs of aging, including age spots and varicose veins, is to simply dab it on before going to bed.
The smell of apple cider vinegar is putrid, but it pales in comparison to underarm odor. Rub a little into your pits
and the odor will eventually neutralize.
The above information was obtained from the websites of:
Readers' Digest http://www.rd.com/slideshows/8-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/
Natural News http://www.naturalnews.com/041489_apple_cider_vinegar_health_benefits_natural_medicine.html
Huff Post Style http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16/apple-cider-vinegar-beauty-benefits_n_3589264.html