by NneO, Health and Living Digest
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar which is made from apple. It usually contains ‘Mother’ an acetic acid which is developed when it is undergoing fermentation. Its filled with raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria. The best type of Apple cider vinegar to buy is the raw, organic, unpasteurized vinegar that contains ‘The Mother.’ In this article, we will be discussing the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar, the side effects and how to use it safely.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar
ACV is often recommended for weight loss. This is because it makes you feel full faster. Some researches have shown that using Apple cider vinegar may help you lose weight, reduce belly fat and eat less (1). It’s said to reduce belly fat by making you have a reduced appetite. The acetic acid also stops many calories from being absorbed. It can be used as a salad dressing or diluted in drinking water. To make the drink, add 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a large glass of water, and drink 30 minutes before eating.
2. To Soothe Sore Throat
Apple cider vinegar is a widely used home remedy for sore throat. It’s antibacterial properties could help kill off the bacteria that causes sore throat. Combine 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water; Use this mixture to gargle. You can use several times a day if needed.
3. As a Marinade
One of the popular use of Apple cider vinegar is as a marinade. It gives meat a sweet and tangy Flavor. It can be combined with soy sauce, garlic, pepper and onions to give your meat a delicious taste.
4. As a Hair Rinse
An Apple cider vinegar hair rinse is used to refresh the hair and remove product buildup. It’s great for hair de-tangling and adds extra shine to hair. To use it as a hair rinse, add 1 part Apple cider vinegar(1 cup) to one part of water. Spray or pour the mixture on hair and Leave it in for about 10 minutes before washing out.
5. Dandruff Treatment
Getting a dandruff treatment from the salon can be really expensive, but with Apple cider vinegar, you can get rid of dandruff in the comfort of your own home. Just mix about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray onto your hair after shampoo, let sit for 15 minutes then rinse. Use twice per week, and you should be dandruff free in no time. A theory suggests that the acid in the vinegar makes it harder for the fungus Malassezia that contributes to dandruff to grow on your scalp.
6. Eliminate Foot Odor
The acid in ACV can alter the pH level of your skin and help fight off odor causing bacteria that causes smelly feet. You can make a foot deodorizing wipes by pouring a cup of apple cider vinegar over thick single paper towels packed in a zip-loc bag. Alternatively, you can simply pour the ACV in a pack of baby wipes.
7. Clear up your skin
Apple cider vinegar can be used to make an all natural astringent that will leave your skin feeling smoother and absorb excess oil. It helps restore the skins pH level. It can also help reduce the appearance of age spot and pimple scars. To use as an astringent, apply a face towel soaked with diluted apple cider vinegar to your face. Follow up with a good face moisturizer.
8. As a Teeth Whitener
To get rid of stubborn stains on your teeth, simply mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, then swish around in your mouth.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar could Lower Cholesterol
A 2006 study found that acetic acid lowered bad cholesterol in rats. A Japanese study also found that an ounce of Apple cider vinegar reduced the cholesterol level of participants in the research.
10. As a Natural Deodorant
A mixture of Apple cider vinegar may help stop armpit odor. Just spritz a water and apple cider vinegar solution a on a cotton pad and swipe your armpit with it. The vinegar smell usually goes away after it dries.
Note: It’s a good idea to do a patch test in a smaller area beforehand to prevent stains.
Side Effects and Safety
Even though Apple cider vinegar is widely known household ingredients, there can be some potential side effects if it’s not used properly. A high concentration can lead to burns. The high acetic content of ACV may lead to low potassium in the blood stream. It is a well known remedy for whitening teeth but when used in high concentration, the acidity may erode teeth and lead to cavities. It can burn or cause injury to the digestive tract when taken undiluted. Some medication may interact with apple cider vinegar. Before using Apple cider, it is important to contact your healthcare provider to know if it’s suitable for you as it may interact with some medication.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Safely
Minimize exposing you teeth to undiluted ACV. Always dilute apple cider vinegar with water before drinking it. Never drink it without mixing with some water. To protect your teeth when drinking ACV, use a straw and brush your teeth when you are done drinking. This will protect your enamel from potential damage.
We can avoid a drop in mineral level of the body by taking supplements and multivitamins daily. Take precaution and contact your healthcare provider before you begin using apple cider vinegar.