Apple Cider Vinegar is absolutely disgusting. I’m not going to lie to you…I hate the stuff.
I mean I really, truly and utterly think its taste is repulsive!
OK, ok, so I’m not making a great case for good old Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) that most of the entire internet is going crazy for. But as you will come to understand about Health Form; I don’t really care what people think and I just want to tell the truth.
So with that in mind you should understand something: Apple Cider Vinegar is really good for your health.
Really, really good.
Even though the rest of the internet is conveniently missing out the fact that it tastes awful, it is certainly true that the health benefits of ACV are meaningful and numerous.
If you can just get over your initial gag reflex, you will be pleasantly surprised with how your body reacts to this magical elixir, (NOTE: it is not magical and it is only vinegar at the end of the day, but it does do wonders for your body!).
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What is Apple Cider Vinegar, (and Why Are People Going nuts for it)?
Do you know what people used to treat ailments, before the advent of synthetic chemical compounds?
It has a number of nutritional advantages you can see here, as well as other positive points.
Apple cider vinegar has long been known to be a fantastic, traditional method that helps cure a number of different health issues.
To understand apple cider vinegar, we must first understand what vinegar is and for that we have to go back in time… around 5,000 years ago in fact!
As with all good discoveries, (read penicillin), it was discovered by someone with some untidy habits. Essentially it was discovered when grape juice turned into wine and then after what I can only imagine was a long time…into vinegar!
Upon its discovery it was used to preserve food, but obviously after many years of people eating vinegar infused food, somebody clocked onto the fact that people were getting healthier and decided that it must be an amazing, healthy antidote to almost every single ailment imaginable.
I actually find this interesting because they must have eaten a ton of vinegar flavoured food, but still decide it was worth using to help with their health.
However I am glad that they saw past this and pushed onwards with it, because it meant that we now have a massive history of evidence to look back on and see it benefits.
A little bit more history
You may have heard of an ancient Greek named Hippocrates, of the Hippocratic Oath fame?
Well he used apple cider vinegar for a myriad of reasons including but not limited to:
- Poison Ivy
- Stomach aches
Although vinegar actually means “sour wine” in French; it can really be made from any kind of carb that is possible to be fermented, which includes apples of course!
The traditional method of making vinegar (PDF), is to leave it for a very long time to ferment and become very rich in certain healthy components like:
- Acetic acid
- Gallic acid
- Caffeic acid
These components give vinegar its incredible antioxidant and antimicrobial features, along with many other quite amazing benefits.
As reported in Medscape General Medicine:
“The slow methods are generally used for the production of the traditional wine vinegar, and the culture of acetic acid bacteria grows on the surface of the liquid and fermentation proceeds slowly over the course of weeks or months.
The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, known as the mother of vinegar.”
“Mother” of vinegar, a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar, indicates your vinegar is of the best quality.
Most manufacturers pasteurize and filter their vinegar to prevent the mother from forming, but the “murky” kind is best, especially if you’re planning to consume it.
Basically, vinegar is fantastic for a whole raft of things, not limited to merely your health.
So I will go through this massive list and break it down into different sections. Feel free to jump to whichever point you are most interested in.
Using ACV is not a doctor approved method for being healthy, and sort of an old wives tale to be honest.
That said the anecdotal evidence is pretty overwhelming and I can also vouch for the fact that I feel better in myself and my hair and skin is much better after just 2 months of taking it daily.
Vinegar is known to have a beneficial effect on the body’s blood sugar levels and is also anti-glycemic.
It is believed that the acetic acid contained in vinegar might lower blood sugar through preventing complex carbohydrates from being completely digested, which is either accomplished through the bodily tissues increasing their glucose uptake or through accelerating gastric emptying.
10 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
According to one theory, vinegar may inactivate some digestive enzymes which break carbohydrates down into sugar, which slows complex carbohydrates being converted into sugar into your bloodstream following a meal.
That provides more time to your body to pull sugar from your blood, which prevents the spiking of your sugar levels. A great deal of research also supports vinegar being used as a form of diabetic treatment.
According to one study vinegar treatment resulted in improved insulin sensitivity for 19% of people with type 2 diabetes as well as 34 percent of individuals with pre-diabetes.
Another study found that when two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar was taken before going to bed it lowered blood sugar levels by as much as 6 percent by the next morning in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Heart health is supported by vinegar in several ways.
The Journal of Food Science explains that polyphenols like chlorogenic acid, which apple cider vinegar has high levels of, may inhibit oxidation of LDLS and make improvements to health through the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
It was shown by one study that in laboratory rats vinegar can lower cholesterol.
Another study with rats found that the acetic acid contained in vinegar could lower blood pressure.
In animal studies it has also been found that vinegar decreases VDL levels (damaging type of cholesterol) and triglyceride levels.
Vinegar might also help with losing weight.
It appear that it has an anti-obesity effect through increasing satiety, which reduces how much food you consume.
For example, when a small dose of vinegar was consumed by volunteers with a high-carb meal (juice and a bagel) they ate less food during the rest of the day.
This reduction equaled around 200-275 calories per day. This amount was enough to lose around 1.5 pounds in a month.
Other research also found that taking vinegar with bread lowered insulin and glucose responses and also increased satiety levels.
The satiety level related directly to the vinegar’s acetic acid level.
Another thing that apple cider vinegar helps with is breaking up and reducing the mucous within your body, which helps to clear out your sinuses.
In addition, is has antibacterial properties, which helps with infections.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that might also help with sore throats and irritated tonsils.
Gargle with a mixture of warm water and around one-third cup of apple cider vinegar.
Acid Reflux and Digestion
Typically acid reflux result from not having enough acid inside your stomach.
Your acid content can easily be improved by mixing one tablespoon of unfiltered raw apple vinegar into a large glass of water and drinking it every day.
The pectin contained in apple cider vinegar might help with soothing intestinal spasms as well.
Various skin ailments can be helped by apple cider vinegar, ranging from sunburn to poison ivy and bug bites.
It can either be applied to the irritated area directly or you can soak in a bath and add one cup of vinegar to the water.
When apple cider vinegar is topically applied it can help with removing warts, most likely due to the high acetic acid levels that it contains.
You can also soak a cotton ball with vinegar and then apply it your wart and cover it overnight.
Enzymes and potassium are contained in apple cider vinegar that helps to get rid of fatigue.
In addition, amino acids might help with preventing lactic acid from building up inside your body, which help to prevent fatigue even more.
Lower Esophageal Cancer Risk (NOT medical substitute)
One study showed that consuming apple cider vinegar lower esophageal cancer risk. Apple cider vinegar, in clinical trials, has been to shown to slow cancerous cell growth inside the prostate ¹.
The Gerson Institute – which is a cancer research and treatment leader – fight cancer using a therapy where the body is alkalized to inhibit cancer growth since cancer is unable to survive within an alkaline environment.
Your body is naturally alkalized by apple cider vinegar.
6 Apple Cider Vinegar For Household Use
In general, distilled white vinegar can be used around your household, and cider vinegars, which are made out of fermenting fruits like apples, may be consumed.
If you prefer, apple cider vinegar can be used for household purposes also.
When it comes to natural cleaning agents, vinegar is among the best around.
That is mainly due to the antimicrobial properties that it contains that makes it such a fantastic natural mildew remover!
When it is added with food, vinegar’s organic acids (particularly the acid) gets passed into cell membranes, which kills bacteria.
Foods that have been fermented in vinegar will have a completely natural and complete arsenal of powerful antimicrobial organic acids, which include:
- Malic, citric
- Lactic & Acetic acids
One study found that acetic acid was lethal even with E. coli O157:H7.
Other studies have shown that substances like lemon juice, acetic acid or a combination of vinegar and lemon juice can effectively fight salmonella.
Great For Naturally Cleaning:
- Tile Floors
Super Secret Microwave Cleaning Formula!
- 1 cup of water and ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and mix in a glass bowl
- Microwave for 5 minutes
- Remove the bowl from the microwave
- Wipe the microwave dry with a clean cloth
How does this work?
Essentially the steam from the Apple Cider Vinegar mixture dissolves all of the hardened stains. Just wiping with a cloth is enough to get rid of most of the worst stains!
Vegetable and Fruit Wash
Vinegar is among the best natural agents you can use to remove certain bacteria and pesticides from fresh produce.
Try using a solution of 90 percent water and 10 percent vinegar as a bath to soak produce in briefly.
How To Use
Place your fruit or vegetables in the solution, swirl them around in it, and then thoroughly rinse them.
NOTE: This process shouldn't be used on fragile fruits such as berries since that can damage them in the process or they could also soak too much of the vinegar up due to their skins being so porous.
Vinegar can be very effective at controlling weeds inside your garden.
The following is the Dirt Doctor’s (Howard Garrett) vinegar-based herbicide recipe (the spray will injure what plants it touch, so make sure you only use it on plants you want to get rid of):
- 1 gallon 100 grain (10 percent) vinegar
- 1 ounce d-limonene or orange oil
- 1 tablespoon molasses (this is optional - some people claim it doesn't really help)
- 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, Bio Wash or some other surfactant
- Do not add any water
Placing apple cider vinegar inside a bowl can help with neutralizing odors inside your house including removing smoke and refrigerator odors in a non chemical manner.
Keep Ticks & Fleas at Bay
Do fleas hate vinegar…Yes! nearly as much as I do!
However this is an added benefit to all you pet owners who are looking a completely natural way to keep your beloved animals tick and flea free naturally!
White vinegar is also fine but Apple Cider Vinegar doesn’t taste as bad for your pets when they ultimately decided to lick themselves clean!
How To Use
- Fill a clean, empty spray bottle with 50% water & 50% ACV
- Spray liberally over your now very displeased pet!
Preserve Freshly Cut Flowers
As I am sure that you have already gathered by now’ vinegar has strong anti-bacterial properties.
This means that it is very good at stopping bacteria from accumulating inside the water of your vase.
How To Use
- Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase water before adding flowers
- Place your flowers inside vase
- Enjoy their beauty for longer!
10 Beauty and Hygiene Uses
You may want to have some apple cider vinegar handy in your bathroom as it also has some interesting uses for your beauty regime.
Do you stay out in the sun too long and get burnt? Forget about using lotions and creams on your sunburn.
Instead apply a cloth that has been soaked with apple cider vinegar onto your burned skin. It provides instant relief as well as fast healing.
Apple cider vinegar helps with dry skin: use equal parts of Aztec Secret Indian Clay and apple cider vinegar to help clean out and detoxify your pores.
ACV for dry skin is an all natural method for revitalizing your tired epidermis!
Another thing that apple cider vinegar can help with is balancing the pH level of your scalp and removing product build-up.
How To Use
- Try using a weekly rinse of four cups of water with one-third cup of vinegar
- For dandruff, spray your scalp with a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar
- The process may be repeated two times per week for best results
Apple cider vinegar diluted onto a cotton ball can be a very simple and effective cleanser and facial toner for preventing breakouts.
It can also help with bruises fading more quickly.
Do your armpits whiff but you are also worried about the aluminum contained in regular deodorants?
Although apple cider vinegar does have a strong smell, it is a very powerful deodorant. You can rub a small amount underneath your armpits before working out.
Odor-causing bacteria can be killed by apple cider vinegar, so it can be used a a natural deodorant by dabbing a small amount under your arms.
Using diluted apple cider vinegar to gargle with can help to whiten teeth and get rid of bad breath.
However, remember apple cider vinegar is very acidic. Acetic acid is the main ingredient, which is very harsh.
Therefore it should always be diluted in water before it is swallowed.
Straight, pure apple cider vinegar might damage the tissues of your throat and mouth or your tooth enamel. (There is a reported incident of long-term damage to the esophagus caused by a woman getting a supplement capsule of apple cider vinegar stuck inside her throat.)
Using apple cider vinegar to wipe your feet down with can help to get rid of odor-causing bacteria and bad smells on your feet.
All you need to do is to wipe your feet with a cloth soaked in the stuff in the morning and afternoon.
Nail Fungus Treatment
pH levels are the main idea behind this!
Fungus is an interesting thing that needs to be in an alkaline environment to be able to function correctly.
As a result of apple cider vinegar being acidic, soaking your feet in a acv mixture makes it more difficult for the fungus to thrive.
Nail Fungus Formula
- Cut and file your infected nails - to make the mixture seep in more deeply to all crevices
- Soak toes in apple cider vinegar at least 2x a day for maximum benefit
- Apply a mixture of tea tree oil and lavender oil in the evening for a more relaxing experience
Rejuvenate Tired Eyes
Tired eyes are caused by blood vessels in the skin around the eyes to fill with fluid thereby stretching the skin ever so slightly, but enough to cause a bag.
Rubbing ACV around your eyes can help to tighten up your skin and reduce the impact of the bags.
1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar into half a cup of water daily to drink
Mix 2 spoons of apple vinegar with 1 spoon of black molasses and apply it to your puffy eyes at least twice a day
The reason men need to use aftershave is for 4 main reasons:
- Act as an antiseptic to stop cuts becoming infected
- Skin moisturizer to make the skin smooth
- Closes the pores to stop dirt from creating spots etc
- Sooth any razor burn
Apple cider vinegar is so good because it does all of these things but minus the crazy cost…however the smell is an acquired taste, just make sure to wash off!
How To Use ACV as an Aftershave Substitute
- Fill a container with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water
- Mix it up together
- Splash on face in a similar fashion to normal aftershave
So that was a pretty monster post about just some of the amazing things that you can d with Apple Cider Vinegar, and why you should really start including it in your life.
Even though it tastes terrible, the amount of different uses available is really immense and some of them don’t involve having to eat the stuff!!!
Let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions that you would like to share 🙂