Tuesday, 14 October 2014

19 Best Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple cider vinegar

We have posted many health and beauty ideas in the past on this blog with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as one of the main ingredients. But we have never done a post devoted solely to this magic elixir before now. Over the centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used in many ways, including making pickles, killing weed and for dressing salads. It can easily be prepared at home. some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to help fight diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, and weight issues. Read on for more reasons to keep apple cider vinegar handy in your pantry.

19  Best Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple cider vinegar

1 . Acne Cure

ACV kills bacteria and balances skin's pH level. It also absorbs excessive oil from our skin, which is a leading cause of acne. Mix one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water. Apply solution directly to your skin with clean cotton pad, and leave it there for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, rinse off the vinegar. Repeat this three times a day. For severe cases of acne, the solution can be used overnight without rinsing.

2 . Alleviate GI distress

Folks who prescribe to folk remedies tell us that if one suffers from diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection, apple cider vinegar may help due to its antibiotic properties. As well, some experts suggest that pectin in apple cider vinegar can help calm intestinal spasms. If suffering: Mix one or two tablespoons into water or apple juice and drink.

3 . Relieve Arthritis pain

The potassium in cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness.

4 . Alleviate age Spots

Apple Cider Vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, including age spots. Dab age spots, or liver spots, with ACV every night before you go to sleep. Do not wash off the vinegar. If you feel a stinging sensation, dilute the vinegar with water. Wash off in the morning.

5 . Freshen your mouth

Acidic properties of apple cider vinegar make it extremely effective to combat bad breath and gingivitis. It kills the bacteria in your mouth and gums to give you fresh breathe. Gargle with apple cider vinegar mixed with water for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times. This will also remove yellow stains and will help whiten teeth.

6 . Soothe a sore throat

As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, take some ACV to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

7 . To help with digestion

Aiding digestion is possibly one of apple cider vinegar's biggest claims to fame. It can help with common indigestion and gastrointestinal discomfort caused by certain foods and it is said to clear up chronic acid reflux when taken religiously with each meal.

8 . Treat acid reflux

In 13 surprising home remedies for acid reflux, the treatments include taking one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar daily. As it's explained, most people mistakenly believe that acid reflux is caused by an overproduction of acid, but it's actually the opposite for many people, as in too little acid.

9 . Reduce Swelling

Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing during pregnancy!

10 . Apple cider vinegar soothes a sore throat

As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

11 . Increases Alkalinity

Our body needs a slightly alkaline pH to be healthy. Apple cider vinegar increases alkalinity in the body to prevent occurrence of diseases like cancer. It reacts to some toxins in our bodies and converts them to less toxic substance. Therefore taking apple cider tonic assists the body to get rid of diseases.

12 . Prevent indigestion

Sip before eating, especially if you know you're going to indulge in foods that cause indigestion. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine.

13 . Relieve nighttime leg cramps

ACV taken diluted in water twice daily, will dissolve acid crystals in the blood and provide potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to the body needed to ease the leg cramps.

14 .Wart Removal

Try this for a home wart removal remedy: Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and attach it to the wart site with a bandaid. Leave overnight. Repeat each night until the wart disappears.

15 . Soothe a sore throat

There are a host of great natural remedies for sore throats out there, and employing apple cider vinegar is one of them. As soon as you feel the first signs of a sore throat, try one of two methods. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with warm water and gargle every hour; or mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with hot water and a shot of honey and sip.

16 . Foot or Skin Fungus

The enzymes in this vinegar promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut which kills excess yeast in the body. Its antiseptic properties make it very useful against bacterial and fungus infections on skin and nails. If you are suffering from foot or toe fungus, soak your feet in apple cider mixed with warm water or apply it directly on the feet. It is also useful for treating ear infection, bladder infection or candidiasis.

17 . Fight The itch

A dab of apple cider vinegar applied with a cotton ball is commonly recommended to make a pesky mosquito bite stop itching. It will sting a bit, but can help quell the prickly tickle.

18 . Treat Diarrhoea

Apple cider vinegar contains a water soluble fibre known as pectin which treats diarrhoea by forming bulk fibrous matter. It forms a protective coat to soothe the colon lining and calms intestinal spasm. Mix apple cider vinegar with water or juice and drink it to treat diarrhoea.

19 . Banish Bad Breath

Due to its acidic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.

Important Tip!

Apple cider vinegar is very strong and can be really harsh on the esophagus if taken internally. Dilute it with water or mix with herbal tea to address multiple health issues.