Should We Hop On The Apple Cider Vinegar Bandwagon?
by Marie Farag
I'm sure we've all seen the ACV trend online, but I've always wondered if the commitment is worth it. It actually made it onto Google's "Year in Search" list for 2017. Whether it's applied topically or ingested, apple cider vinegar has a lot of benefits that may make the unpleasant taste worth it.
Weight Loss & Heart health
Apple cider vinegar is known to help you feel fuller longer! This doesn't mean you should neglect a balanced diet and exercise, but Well + Good says that ACV's enzymes and soluble fiber aids in fat metabolism and can slow fat accumulation. Lastly, a study done in 2006 shows that the high levels of pectin in apple cider vinegar can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure1.
Blemishes, Burns, Bug Bites, Bad Hair
You can use apple cider vinegar as a toner to help with blemishes because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The best part is that it's natural and affordable compared to other acne treatments. ACV can also be added to your bath to help soothe sunburn and applied topically to skin allergies or bug bites for instant relief. Lastly, give your hair a quick rinse in apple cider vinegar and it'll give it that shine that everyone's after1.
Apple cider vinegar also has high levels of potassium, giving it the ability to detox and clarify your body. Use it to clear sinus infections, allergies, sore throats, and more! You can even use it to clean your produce instead of water too1.
Bones & Teeth
Having trouble absorbing calcium from your everyday diet? Apple cider vinegar can help your body get the most out of your diet by pulling calcium from the meat, fruit, and vegetables that you eat. If you're feeling any joint pain in your neck, back, or shoulders, ACV could help relieve that. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can work miracles for these types of pains, including arthritis!1
Although it's advisable that you consult with your physician, apple cider vinegar has been shown to help reduce glucose levels. In turn, it can help manage diabetes, but may also interfere with diabetes medication you are taking1.
Having trouble getting a good night's sleep? You should try mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with hot water and honey. You'll sleep like a baby and feel like a new person the morning after!
Food poisoning and digestion issues can be the worst and can be very hard to tackle and treat. ACV contains malic acid, which can help tackle digestive issues such as acid-reflux and constipation1. Additionally, the anti fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties can help treat food poisoning! Just mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with an 8 oz glass of water. Apple cider vinegar is a potent, multi-purpose, medicinal product. Has anyone personally tried it? We'd love to hear about the experiences/results you've had with apple cider vinegar! Comment below!