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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has long been used in alternative medicine and natural remedies. It is also found in lots of kitchens and used in a variety of different foods and drinks. Vinegar adds tang to your salad and preserves your favorite pickled vegetables. The most beneficial of all the vinegars out there is raw apple cider vinegar. Let’s quickly go over some of the main health benefits it provides.
It’s A Great Disinfectant
Vinegar has been used since ancient times to clean wounds and disinfect. You can wash small scrapes and cuts with undiluted vinegar. It has been used to preserve food for centuries and has been shown to inhibit bacteria like E.coli from growing. Traditionally, vinegar has also been used as a treatment for lice, warts, and nail fungus. For these purposes it doesn’t matter if you are using raw or pasteurized apple cider vinegar. Even plain white vinegar will do.
When your throat starts to feel sore, give this old folk remedy a try:
Mix ACV and warm water in equal parts and gargle with it frequently throughout the day.
It Contains Active Cultures That Can Help Your Gut
Raw apple cider vinegar contains a web-like substance called the “mother” of vinegar. It’s a living culture of probiotic bacteria and cellulose. It’s these bacteria or active cultures that are beneficial to your gut health. It 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
The acid and beneficial bacteria can both help with indigestion. If you know you’ll eat a big or heavy meal, drink a glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. The same folk remedy will work when you are suffering from indigestion anytime.
It Helps Lower Your Blood Sugar And Can Aid In Weight Loss
Drinking a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar (preferably the raw kind with the mother of vinegar) can be very beneficial when it comes to blood sugar control. This is great news for people with type II diabetes and those that are actively preventing it. ACV has been shown to reduce insulin resistance, 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 in ACV is an appetite suppressant. This combined with the beneficial effects it has on blood sugar levels makes it a good weight loss aid. Drink a glass of water with ACV before each meal for best results. The water will help even more with making you feel full sooner.
Apples are Amazing
I don’t know about you, but I learned so much about this humble fruit. Who knew that apples could benefit your health in so many different ways in it’s different forms? Not only are they tasty, but they’re full of weight loss aids and tasty in dessert!
I’ll greatly appreciate this fruit for the rest of my life and I’m certain I’ll be going back to these articles in the future.
Was there a specific article that stuck out to you? Was there anything you learned? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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