There are so many interesting facts about vinegar. Some people claim that it has miraculous healing powers in that it can heal ulcers, arthritis, diabetes, urinary tract infections, halitosis and cancer among more. You can even get it in pill form. Imagine the ends people are willing to go as a result of all the claims. Well, there is some truth in it, but you have to do your own research to avoid being conned.
Did you know that vinegar was used even before the sixth century? It was used to manage wounds by Hippocrates, and after some years, medical practitioners used it to heal stomach aches, poison ivy and treat fever among more. But that is not the only benefit. The probable benefits could blow your mind. Keeping all the dramatic and lofty claims aside, let’s look at what apple cider vinegar is all about.
How to make apple cider vinegar?
Vinegar is made through the process of fermentation. That is not different from how Apple cider vinegar is made. Traditionally, it was made through as slow or a long fermentation process. The longer the period, the better the chances of getting acetic acid and yeast which are essential components of vinegar. It is rich in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, caffeic acid, gallic acid and calcium among more.
If you are to buy Vinegar, make sure it has a cob-web substance known as mother vinegar floating in it. The cob – web substance shows that the quality is good.
What are the health benefits of apple cider vinegar?
According to the Journal of Food Science, apple cider vinegar contains chlorogenic acid among other polyphenols which are very essential in preventing cardiac diseases. And, in a study done recently on rats, vinegar was found to lower cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure of which that applies to human beings as well.
Boosts energy levels in your body
Apple cider vinegar contains enzymes and potassium which help reduce fatigue. You can use it when going for a workout to reduce the rate at which you get fatigued. All you need to do is mix the vinegar with some few drops of water. Additionally, it contains amino acids which minimize the production of lactic acid which also aids in preventing fatigue.
When your body contains too many toxins, your metabolism is affected as well as your body functionality. With apple cider vinegar, you can eliminate any toxic substances in your body especially those in your liver, blood, and skin. When your body is detoxified, blood and oxygen circulation is enhanced.
Additionally, vinegar can cleanse lymph nodes which aid in boosting your immunity by facilitating lymph flow.
Help in reducing weight
Are you trying to shed off some of the fats in your body to reduce weight? You don’t have to starve yourself to reduce weight. You just need to take a small amount of apple cider vinegar with a well-balanced diet to reduce weight. Research shows that vinegar can reduce the buildup of cholesterol levels by decreasing the damaging forms of cholesterol such as triglyceride among more.
Treats skin irritation
Conferring to Dr. Mercola, apple cider vinegar can treat various skin irritations such as poison ivy and bug bites among more. You can choose to apply it directly to the affected areas or soak it in the water you plan to use when taking a bath. With that, you can treat your skin irritations right at your home without having to use too much cost. However, you should seek medical attention if the irritation persists.
Apple cider vinegar contains antibacterial properties which help break down mucus to treat sinus infections. In the same way, it can reduce a sore throat infection. All you need to do is gargle the mixture of water and vinegar for a while at recommended timings.
According to some sources, it is best to mix water and apple cider vinegar with the same proportion. Also, you can drink apple cider vinegar (ACV) in its undiluted form. There should be a gap of about thirty minutes before you take the next sip.
According to a certain research, vinegar contains acetic acid which is said to lower blood sugar levels by inhibiting the digestion of some carbohydrates. To prevent the digestion of complex carbohydrates, lots of glucose is used and thus low sugar levels.
In another research, apple cider vinegar can delay the breaking down of carbohydrates into sugar by inactivating digestive enzymes. If that happens, the amount of sugar that goes into your bloodstream is reduced and thus low blood sugar levels.
Also, vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity in persons with type 2 diabetes as well as those with pre-diabetes. Consequently, in another study people who took two tablespoons of vinegar were found to reduce their sugar levels by six percent within a day.
Promotes the growth of healthy bacteria
When your body is subjected to too many acidic foods or processed foods, candida growth is enhanced. Also, the insufficiency of good bacteria can promote the growth of candida. Candida bacteria has many bad effects such as headaches, depression, yeast infections and sugar cravings.
Acidic cider vinegar is made by fermenting a favorable yeast which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. Therefore, if you take vinegar, you have a chance to fight some diseases caused by bad bacteria such as candida.
Apart from health benefits, there are so many other benefits you can get by using ACV. You can use it around your home, for cooking and beauty purpose among more. Let us look at the benefits in detail.
Benefits of ACV around your home
Vinegar has antimicrobial properties which make it a perfect cleaning agent. Additionally, when it is added to food, organic acids such as acetic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, ascorbic acid and citric acid among more, are passed into your cells to destroy bacteria.
And in a certain study, it was proven that a combination of vinegar and lemon juice or acetic acid is very effective when it comes to destroying or killing salmonella.
Are you having trouble trying to kill weeds in your garden? Howard Garrett who is commonly known as Dirt Doctor provides you with a natural and effective way to kill your weeds.
According to the doctor, you can use apple cider vinegar to kill the weeds. However, be careful when spraying it because it injures any plant it comes into contact with. To get the best out of your vinegar, mix one modicum of d-limonene or orange oil, one tablespoon of molasses, one teaspoon of any liquid soap and ten percent of 100-grain vinegar. With that, you can rest assured that your plants will grow healthily without any weed disturbance.
Cleaning vegetables and fruits
Fresh produce has so many bacteria, and if not cleaned properly, it can bring so many diseases on you and your family. To clean your produce, try using a mixture of vinegar and water since it is one of the best cleaning agents to remove any bacteria or pesticide on your produce. Mix the water and vinegar in the ratio of nine to one respectively. Note, however: the fragile fruits such as berries should not be cleaned using this product lest the vinegar gets into the pores of the fruit.
Vinegar can be used to polish different metals. However, not all metals can be cleaned with the same components. For example, if you want to polish silver, it is best to use baking soda combined with vinegar but as for bronze and copper among more, use a mixture of salt and vinegar. After polishing, rinse the metal with cold water and dry it with a towel.
Removing bad odor
Vinegar has a good scent which makes it perfect for neutralizing odors in your home.
Beauty and hygiene benefits of ACV
Acts as a deodorant
Are you trying to go organic but can’t find a deodorant to keep your underarms clean? Search no further. Apple cider vinegar can act as an organic deodorant given that vinegar doesn’t produce a smell after drying. However, even if it was to produce a smell, who doesn’t like the smell of apples?
Did you know that vinegar can destroy the bacteria which causes bad breath? You just need to make a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar in the ratio of two to one respectively. Gargle the mixture for some minutes, and the mouth odor will be no more. So, if you are looking for an organic product to whiten your teeth, apple cider vinegar is the way to go.
Improves your hair health
Did you know that the health of your hair is determined by the products you use? Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat dandruff as well as clean your scalp. Mix a cup of vinegar into four cups of water and rinse your hair immediately after shampooing it. After washing the hair, wrap your head with a towel and let it dry at least an hour.
Currently, so many medicines and soaps have been invented to help tone your face. But how do you know which is legit and which is not? You do not have to risk destroying your face by trying out different products. Diluted apple cider vinegar is very good at removing any breakouts or bruises from your face. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball in the diluted vinegar and use it to clean or massage your face.
How to use vinegar in cooking
There are many ways that you can use vinegar in your cooking. You can use it to make sauces, soups, smoothies, and marinades among more. Also, you can use it when baking goods not to mention the amazing flavor and taste it adds to your salad especially cucumber salad.
You can also use vinegar to tenderize your meat and also, you can use it when cooking fish and vegetables. Even more interesting, vinegar is used to extract all the minerals from bones when making broth. It can extract all the important minerals into the water, and so, you can take soup that is rich in valuable minerals.
However, if you don’t like the flavor but need to use it for therapeutic reasons, you can try other fermented foods which have useful acids. Nevertheless, vinegar is much more recommended especially since it’s a natural solution.
Those are some of the many benefits of vinegar. You can choose to use a homemade vinegar or buy from the stalls. When buying, make sure you choose the right type of vinegar. Remember, the diluted apple cider vinegar is only effective when cleaning but if it’s for health purpose, look for one that is murky. As established earlier the fogginess is caused by a substance called mother vinegar which is a sign of good quality.
However, even with all the proven benefits, make sure you talk to your physician before self-medicating yourself with apple cider vinegar. That is to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your system especially if you are under medication. And finally, make sure you only take the recommended amounts of vinegar. Otherwise, it might interfere with the health of your bones since it reduces potassium levels in your body.