Mineral rich, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of natures wonder drugs. The medicinal purposes, and health benefits, are seemingly endless. It has been used for healing and prevention of illnesses since 500 BC. This is a product to always have in your cupboard! For all the reasons listed in this article (and more), drink it daily. It is remarkably good for you. It is recommended you take two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix it with 8oz of water and drink before a meal. Use only organic brands and, especially if you suffer from a yeast imbalance, choose one with only 5% acidity.
Heres a selection of ways in which daily consumption of ACV can help you:
1. ACV tackles infection, inflammation and illness
A daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar can aid all manner of inflammatory disorders. ACV contains probiotics, which can ease digestive conditions such as acid reflux, IBS and more serious ailments of the intestinal tract. It improves circulation and reduces inflammation in the veins, hence benefitting the protrusion of varicose veins. Apple Cider Vinegar balances PH levels, stimulates lymphatic drainage and cleanses the liver and kidneys. It also improves digestion and bowel function. All of which precipitates maximum elimination of toxic waste from the body. ACV contains essential amino acids. Amino acids cannot be made within the body so must be ingested. They play a vital role in transporting and storing nutrients (including antioxidants). Amino acids ensure the health of all our vital organs, our tendons and arteries. As an anti-inflammatory, ACV can help arthritis easing inflammation in the joints. High levels of magnesium in Apple Cider Vinegar ensure an adequate intake of calcium, which supports healthy bones and is helpful for osteoporosis.
2. ACV balances blood sugar levels and improves weight loss
Studies on mice show a 10% reduction in fat when they were given acetic acid daily. ACV contains acetic acid. Scientists are still researching the reason for the weight loss. However, they do know that acetic acid stops blood sugar levels from rising too high. This is good news for people with type II diabetes. ACV inhibits elevated blood sugar levels (speak with your physician before taking). By balancing insulin levels, the acetic acid found in Apple Cider Vinegar, may promote weight loss. Sugars are burned, rather than stored as fat. ACV has been proven to reduce sugar cravings and satiate hunger hence reducing the need to snack between meals.
3. ACV lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
Apple Cider Vinegar contains pectin. Pectin helps reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. The potassium in this amazing natural elixir encourages a healthy heart rhythm. Studies carried out on rats show a decrease in harmful cholesterol and triglycerides. Another study demonstrated a reduction in heart disease in women. More research needs to be undertaken on human subjects before results are conclusive. However, there seems to be evidence that ACV supports a healthy cardiovascular system. The antioxidants in Apple Cider Vinegar may also contribute to better heart health.
4. ACV restores balance to the intestinal tract
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, Apple Cider Vinegar is a purely, natural antibiotic. Apple Cider Vinegar not only has the ability to terminate harmful bacteria, it simultaneously promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the body. This is good news if you suffer from a yeast imbalance. Symptoms of excess fungus in the body can be fatigue, candida thrush (or other reproductive discomforts), athletes foot, changes in mood and even bad breath. Urinary tract infections can also be caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the intestinal tract.
5. ACV boosts immunity
By improving the balance of bacteria in the gut, ACV supports the immune system. Apple Cider Vinegar improves nutrient transportation enabling proper distribution throughout the body and balancing the nervous system. It helps break down mucus and improves lymphatic drainage keeping your body free from congestion and reducing chances of catching common colds, or unnecessary agitation of allergies. ACV contains beta-carotene; a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radicals in the body. Gone haywire, free radicals can cause life-threatening disease. Malic acid, found in Apple Cider Vinegar, is an anti-viral, hence reducing the chances of developing viruses.
It doesnt end there! Further support for ACV
To deviate from the main focus of the article for just one important moment, use ACV in other ways too! Apple Cider Vinegar is a highly effective cleaning product; an excellent replacement for some of the toxic sprays and bleaches on the market. It can also be used as an anti-dandruff shampoo, or as a conditioner for extra shiny hair. It soothes sunburn when added to a bath, freshens breath and whitens teeth if gargled and can even be used as a healthy alternative to antiperspirant deodorant due to its ability to neutralize odor.