Apple Cider Vinegar is all the rage these days with all sorts of home remedies coming to light in recent years. Apple Cider Vinegar or (ACV) is mostly made up of apple juice; however, yeast is added to the mixture turning the fruit sugar into alcohol (fermentation). Bacteria inside then turn the alcohol into acetic acid, which sometimes gives ACV a horrible taste.
I’m not one to sugar coat things, so I won’t in the case of Apple Cider Vinegar. It smells and tastes awful. The decision falls on you if the benefits outweigh the negatives. Look, you can use it as a hair treatment in between shampooing if you don’t mind smelling like an Easter Egg all day. I’m here to present the information, but in the end, it’s your decision.
10 Astounding Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
Soothe indigestion and heartburn
This is one of the oldest uses of apple cider vinegar, the curing of symptoms associated with indigestion and heartburn. Some say you can ditch your Nexium if you can stomach (no pun intended) one shot of ACV a day in the morning. It’s best to mix one or two tablespoons with water or juice in the morning. Don’t overdo it, or you will be adding too much acidity to your stomach, which is not good either. Ask your doctor or gastroenterologist before adding ACV to your diet. Someone with stomach ulcers will only make matters worse by using this treatment.
Hair Product/Dandruff Control
Dandruff is so common that a majority of people will encounter it at some point during their life. It is an annoying condition. The good news is that you can use a natural remedy like ACV to help with a dandruff problem. The acidity in the vinegar will change the pH of your scalp and also has specific antibacterial properties to it as well.
Two ways of treatment that I have heard of is mixing equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle and spraying it on your scalp. Cover your head in a towel or shower cap and let the mixture sit on your head for at least 15 minutes, then wash as usual. Do this twice a week, and you should see results.
The other option is to mix a half cup ACV with a half cup of water and pour it on your head, massaging it into the scalp. Again cover with a towel or shower cap and let sit. Rinse, as described above.
Stop itch from bug bites
Poison ivy, bug bites, or jellyfish stings can all be relieved with a little ACV. Mosquitos can ruin a nice night by the firepit! If you get bitten, use a cotton ball or paper towel to dab the area and let dry. As for jellyfish things, I need to meet the people carrying Apple Cider Vinegar just in case they get stung. If you should get stung and you are fresh out of ACV, then go for the old standard and have someone pee on it. Joey from Friends said so.
ACV has been used to aid in sunburn relief by adding to a tub full of cool water. You can also combine it with water in a spray bottle and use it to mist sunburned areas. Do not use it full strength and never spray it near your eyes.
Clear acne and pimples
ACV helps to dry out pimples when placed on the area with a cotton ball. Again, dilute the ACV with water first before applying directly to the skin. Use the ACV first in a small area to make sure your skin doesn’t react poorly. Less is more when starting.
I am not going to profess to be the weight loss expert, so I’ll let the experts at Healthline discuss the benefits of ACV and weight loss.
Surprisingly, studies also show that vinegar can help you lose weight.
Several human studies show that vinegar can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and lead to actual pounds lost on the scale.
For example, if people take vinegar along with a high-carb meal, they get increased feelings of fullness and end up eating 200–275 fewer calories for the rest of the day.
A study in 175 people with obesity showed that daily apple cider vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat and weight loss:
15 mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
30 mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.
This doesn’t mean you should consume ounces of ACV at a time to lose weight. Any weight loss “diet” should be combined with proper exercise and nutrition.
Sore Throat Relief
The standard has always been to gargle with warm salt water, but why not try some ACV. For a simple recipe mix, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of honey, in a cup of warm water. Drink slowly.
A mere teaspoon full of ACV can stop hiccups in its’ tracks. Or for a less sour tasting mix, take one teaspoon of sugar with several drops of apple cider vinegar added to the sugar. This mixture is said to trigger nerves in your throat that control this hiccup reflex. Hiccups are the worst, so anything that knocks them out quickly in my book is worth it!
Fights foot odor
Anyone with teenage boys or just people with smelly feet can use ACV to cure the problem. Moisten paper towels with ACV and wipe the offending sweaty feet with them. Instant deodorization!
Fades bruises and scars
There are specific anti-inflammatory properties of ACV that make it useful in fading bruises and scars. Soak a compress or bandage in ACV and lay it on top of the wound. If you feel any burning, remove the compress and add a bit of water to dilute slightly.
These are just 10 of the most common benefits of apple cider vinegar. If you search the internet, you’ll find some other uses that I’m not comfortable posting in this article as any science doesn’t back them. Besides traditional liquid ACV, the kind you see in the supermarket, or on AMAZON, there are also “gummy” versions from companies you can try as well.
Do you use apple cider vinegar, and if so, what do you use it for? Comment below and share this with a friend or your closest thousand friends. More readers are always welcome!