Fermented foods are all the rage of late. Whether it be kimchi or kombucha, more and more we are hearing of the wondrous benefits of fermented products. Consuming fermented foods and beverages can help to regulate the digestive enzymes in our gut and provide a host of benefits.
In the past few months, the writer of this blog has discovered apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar results from 2 fermentation processes: first the fermentation of apple juice into apple cider, and then the final fermentation of the cider into vinegar. The taste is a bit off-putting to many because it’s quite sour and tangy. When drinking apple cider vinegar, one should couple a shot glass worth of it inside of a glass of warm water. This will protect the esophagus, as the vinegar is extremely acidic. Apple Cider can also be used in a variety of other ways besides direct consumption; we will go over a few here.
Once you become accustomed to the taste (as many do within the first couple of drinks), you will reap the many benefits that apple cider vinegar has to offer. Here we will list some of these benefits and hopefully by the end of reading this article, you will be on your way to the store to buy some!
1. Weight Loss
No one quite knows why, but apple cider vinegar has helped many to lose weight. There are many existing theories as to why this occurs, although none have been proven as yet. Doctor D. C. Jarvis M.D. has found that consumption of 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal led to gradual weight loss. So, if you’re looking to lose a few pounds, try this out for size.
2. Heart Burn Relief
Though stomach acid is the cause of heart burn, the acid of apple cider vinegar helps to correct the low acid and alleviate the burn. Take one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and follow with a glass of water for quick heart burn relief.
3. Alleviates Sunburn and Bug Bites
It’s always nice to spend some time outdoors, however, we may end up getting burnt by the sun and bit by hellacious mosquitoes. Thankfully apple cider vinegar has come to the rescue and can help with both! If you are feeling very crispy take a bath and add a cup of apple cider vinegar, soaking for around 10 minutes to alleviate discomfort. For bug bites soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar, put it on the bite for around 30 seconds, and repeat hourly as needed. Apple cider vinegar is also a great bug repellent, make a 50/50 mix with water and spray when entering mosquito ridden areas.
4. Hair Shiner
Feeling as if your hair has lost it’s glow? Apple Cider Vinegar can help add that extra glimmer to your hair that you have been looking for. Couple a ½ teaspoon with a cup of cold water and use as a rinse after shampooing.
5. Gets Rid of Teeth Stains
Yellow teeth is never an attractive look to go for, if you are feeling as if this might be the inconvenient truth for you, apple cider vinegar might be the solution. Scrub apple cider vinegar on those unflattering stains and then rinse with water. You can do this every day if you wish.
6. Liver Cleanser
Perhaps you had a rough night out on the town and are looking for a way to help detoxify your system of all of that ethanol. Apple cider vinegar is great in that it balances the bodies pH which in turn results in a detoxification of your entire system. Research studies have concluded that apple cider vinegar stimulates cardio circulation which assists in detoxification of the liver. The next time you are experiencing a bad hangover, go ahead and drink some apple cider vinegar to assist in your recovery.
7. Helps With Diabetes
If you or someone you know is struggling with type 2 diabetes it is extremely beneficial to consider apple cider vinegar as part of ongoing treatment. When diabetics experience heightened insulin or blood sugar levels apple cider vinegar helps to stabilize and increase sensitivity of insulin in the body.
8. Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Apple cider vinegar can help decrease the risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Many studies show that vinegar decreases blood pressure. In particular a Harvard research study observed that women consuming salad dressings with vinegar had a reduced risk of developing heart disease.
9. Skin Toner
Tired of shelling out so much money on skincare? Apple cider vinegar can replace to costly ones you buy at the store. Use one part apple cider and two parts water and apply to face with a cotton ball or pad after face wash. After 10 minutes rinse again with water. Apple cider vinegar will help to eliminate blackheads, breakouts and heal preexisting blemishes.
10. General House Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar is not just great for your physical well being, it can also help make your home tidy. You can use it to clean your bathroom, kitchen, windows and more. Hate cleaning the toilet? Leave a cup of apple cider vinegar in the bowl for 30 minutes, brush and flush! It’s great to use apple cider because it is natural and doesn’t pollute the draining systems with dangerous chemicals.