10 April 2018

9 Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Over the years, apple cider vinegar has been used for different purposes; cooking, baking, bathing etc because of its natural health benefit. It is rich in minerals (potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper and magnesium), vitamins (vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C and E) and pectin. However, due to its acidic content, it helps to absorb essential minerals from the food we put into our body.

Below are 9 healthy benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.

1. It regulates blood sugar. The body produces insulin which manages sugar level in the body. Insulin is the hormone responsible for transporting sugar from the blood to the tissues which uses it as fuel. Apple cider vinegar improves the sensitivity of insulin. Insulin resistance is cause by sustaining high levels of insulin which reduces its effectiveness and leads to diabetes on the long run. To maintain the level of blood sugar in the body, dilute one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water and drink before eating.

2. It enhances weight loss. Regular consumption of apple cider vinegar helps in losing weight. It also decreases calorie intake. Calorie is a fat substance that builds up in the arteries causing them to narrow and harden. People always think that weight loss should be a speedy process. It will work faster if you combine it with a healthy diet.  Apart from taking the apple cider vinegar, minimize your intake of sugar and carbohydrates and eat more of healthy fat.

3. It reduces blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the major factors of heart disease. It makes the heart work more than usual thereby weakening the heart muscle. Apple cider vinegar helps to keep the heart healthy and strong. Aside using apple cider vinegar, you should eat more food with magnesium and potassium. Swap salt and processed food for whole foods.

4. It soothes cough and cold. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a remedy for common cold and cough. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, honey and warm water. Drink one teaspoon of the mixture three times a day and watch your cold and cough disappear like thin air.

5. It fights infection. Apple cider vinegar has an antiseptic property that fight against bacterial and fungal infections. It can also be used in treating ear infections and bladder infections. To treat an ear infection, dilute it with water and rinse the ear with it. For bladder infection, drink a teaspoon of diluted apple cider vinegar.

6. It whitens the teeth. I know how embarrassing yellow teeth is but then you can use apple cider vinegar to restore your teeth to its natural whiteness. It removes stains and kills bacteria in the mouth and gum. Gargle it every morning and brush your teeth as usual.

7. It treats constipation. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural treatment for constipation. It contains pectin; a fiber that promotes bowel movement. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it three times a day.

8. It nourishes the hair. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a conditioner for the hair. It nourishes the hair, gives it a good shine and soft texture. It can also be used to treat dandruff as it restores the pH balance of the scalp. Mix equal portions of apple cider vinegar to the scalp and leave for a few minutes before you rinse it out.

9. It makes the skin glow. It helps to treat blemishes as well as tones your skin. To treat blemishes, soak cotton wool in diluted apple cider vinegar and dab it on your blemishes. To use it as a toner, use diluted apple cider vinegar to rinse your face. It will help in maintaining the pH balance in your skin and also prevent infection. From today your slogan should be, a daily dose of apple cider vinegar a day, keeps the doctor away.