Have you jumped on the apple cider vinegar bandwagon yet?
It seems everywhere you turn someone is talking about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and how it can boost your health in several ways. Apple cider vinegar is nothing new and it’s been a health staple for centuries. Vinegar in general is one of the world’s oldest fermentation processes and creating apple cider vinegar was something that ancient Babylonians did, which got passed on to the Greeks and Romans. The apple cider vinegar was a by-product of their soured apple wines and used for various medicinal purposes.
Apple cider vinegar is made during the fermentation process of apple cider, where the sugar in the apples is fermented by yeast (or other bacteria added to it). It then transforms into alcohol before eventually turning into a vinegar solution. There are many claims as to what apple cider can be used for and here are a few beneficial reasons why many swear by it:
Helps with indigestion
If you experience indigestion or heartburn, apple cider vinegar can help ease the pain. It’s thought to help because of its acidic nature and the lack of any stomach acid is thought to trigger symptoms of heartburn in some. Although many recommend that you drink apple cider vinegar daily, the acidity can cause throat, mouth and esophageal irritation. It’s best if you dilute it with a cup of water or take it with food or it can irritate your mouth.
Helps with a sore throat
If you’re sick with a sore throat, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can help. There are many ways for helping a sore throat with apple cider vinegar, including taking it on its own or creating a concoction with honey and warm water.
Stop the itching of bug bites
If you get annoying bug bites in the summer, you can stop the itch with some apple cider vinegar! It’ll even help with poison ivy or stings, with just a dab of the solution on wherever it itches or stings.
Get rid of dandruff
If you suffer from dandruff, you can spritz some apple cider vinegar on your scalp to fight off flakes, irritation and any itchiness. The acetic acid of the vinegar helps change your scalp’s pH so that yeast can’t flourish, which is one of the main reasons for dandruff. Let the solution sit on your head for about 15 minutes before you rinse. You can do this one or twice a week until the dandruff is gone.
If you’re trying to shed pounds, drinking apple cider vinegar right before you eat can help you lose weight. One study done in Japan examined the effects of taking apple cider vinegar before meals and at the end of the 12-week study, those who did it lost one to two pounds in weight. Just don’t go overboard and consume too much of it or else it’ll irritate your mouth and throat.
A deodorant substitute
If you’re trying to go all-natural when it comes to your deodorant options, apple cider vinegar helps to neutralize odor-causing bacteria in your armpit. Just spray the apple cider solution to a rag and wipe it on your armpits. The strong vinegar smell will go away as the solution dries.
Gets out foot smells
Smelly feet won’t stand a chance with apple cider vinegar since it fights the bacteria that cause the foul smell. Mix apple cider vinegar with water and then wipe your feet with a towel soaked in the solution. You can also make convenient wipes ahead of time and store in an airtight container.
When buying apple cider vinegar, know that there are two types – filtered and unfiltered. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is best and will have a dark brown color with a cloudy sediment inside the bottle, which is known as the mother. The sediment is made up of acetic acid bacteria and the best choice since filtered apple cider vinegar might have lost its beneficial properties during the filtration process.
Always dilute apple cider vinegar before drinking it or applying it to your body. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water is often recommended for internal use.