With the rapid changes occurring in our daily life and food habits, lifestyle-related problems are our unwanted guests. While several problems are brimming up, new inclusions in our daily lives are coming up to our rescue. Apple Cider Vinegar is one such magical golden fluid having multiple proven benefits. Apple cider vinegar is a golden fluid with wonderful health benefits in a bottle. It has a long history of treatment of health as a home remedy. Apple cider vinegar(or ACV) is made from apple that has undergone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes. That’s what gives the vinegar a sour taste and a strong smell. But it has less sugar and fewer calories than an apple. That’s what makes it a must in everybody’s health regime.
|Nutritional Values per 100 ml approx. *|
|Sodium||17.025 mg||Dietary Fibers||0.08 gms|
|Potassium||81.286 mg||Carbohydrate||2.17 gms|
|Calcium||9.806 mg||Vitamin C||20.86 mg|
|Fat||0.05 gms||Energy (cal)||4.60 mg|
Secret uses of Apple Cider Vinegar in our daily life
1. It regulates our blood sugar levels :
The ability of apple cider vinegar to regulate blood sugar levels is one of the most researched topics by scientists.
The research found that taking two tablespoons of ACV in water just before bed lowered blood sugar levels an average of 4 to 6 percent in the morning.
2. It can lower our blood pressure :
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) contains potassium which is known to reduce body’s sodium levels and maintain optimal blood pressure. Magnesium in the other hand helps to increase blood flow to the vessels.
3. It improves our heart health :
With reducing blood pressure it lessens the risk of heart disease. Drinking ACV can help to increase HDL, knows as good cholesterol. It also helps to control triglycerides.
4. Secret to a happy tummy :
It’s oldest uses is to fix tummy issues. For an upset tummy sip ACV before a meal with water. Its antibiotic properties take care of your tummy health.
5. No more hiccups :
Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and say no to hiccups.
6. Soothes Our Sore Throat :
As soon as you feel a sore throat take a teaspoon of ACV and the germs will be gone as most germs can’t survive in the acidic condition.
7. Say Bye Bye To Dandruff :
Apple Cider Vinegar has immense benefits on the skin. The acidity of the vinegar changes the acidity of your scalp. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water and keep it in a spray bottle and spray it on your scalp. Then rinse it off with your regular shampoo which you use. Your hair will say you a big thank you!
8. Aids weight loss :
One of the most hyped uses of ACV is for weight loss. It is a completely natural way and will not show any drastic results. It does its work slowly and helps to get rid of all the toxins in your body and helps to detox your system. The acetic acid present in the ACV suppresses your appetite, increases metabolism and reduces water retention.
Tip – Consume a spoon of ACV with water in empty stomach for best results. Acetic acid is the active ingredient in ACV has the power to control your hunger hormones and thus help to get rid of those binge eating.
9. Reduces our pesky acne scars :
It’s used as a natural home remedy for acne and works wonders. Its antibacterial property keeps acne away and also reduces red spots, exfoliates skin and maintains pH balance.
Tip – You can mix half tsp ACV with chilled water and use it with a cotton pad to get rid of excess oil and thus prevent acne.
10. Energy boom :
Excessive stress and exercise make our body weak due to the formation of lactic acid. The amino acids contain in apple cider vinegar acts against it and break them. Giving us a storehouse full of energy.
11. Bad breath flies away :
Try ACV if you are facing bad breath and you can see the wonders within week of using it.
12. Who Doesn’t want to have that bright smile?
Gargling with ACV keeps your teeth white , and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. So keep smiling Bright.
13. Slows our aging process :
The antioxidants present in ACV prevent premature aging and even aids in slowing it.
The alkaline nature does the key role here.
14. Has antioxidant properties :
The cetic acid, catechin, gallic acid etc. gives ACV it’s antioxidant properties.
15. Helps to get rid of Candida :
Candida albicans is the most common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect the skin and other mucuos membranes. ACV restores pH balance and the alkaline environment prevents the growth of it and promotes beneficial bacteria growth. It helps to clean your gut system and help in eliminating the fungus.
16. Soothes sunburn :
ACV restores skins pH levels thereby soothing it and treating sunburn.
17. Treats leg cramps :
Lower potassium levels is one of the biggest issue for leg cramps. ACV has high potassium levels which can alleviate leg cramps.
18. Prevents cancer :
There are studies that support the efficacy of ACV in treating cancer.
Apple Cider Vinegar has got several health benefits when consumed in a limited quantity. But over consumption may lead to several health issues. So it is always advisable to consume ACV within permitted limits.
How should we consume ACV safely?
1. Limit your intake of ACV, keeping it to maximum 2 teaspoons daily.
2. Be aware of allergies. Though it’s rare stop consuming it if you have any acidic reaction.
3. Rinse your mouth after consuming ACV as it contains Acetic acid, and over-consumption thus can lead to throat burn and can weaken your teeth enamel.
4. Avoid consuming ACV if you have gastroparesis.
Thus using ACV within permitted limits can certainly up our lifestyle related issues, and can be a helpful hack for most of our problems. How many of them will you be using? Do let us know!
By- Debolina Ghosh
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