Since a long period of time, vinegar has been used for a number of purposes right from making pickles, to cleaning coffee makers, polishing armor, killing weeds, and dressing salads to an ancient folk remedy, used to relieve just about any ailment. In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been singled out as an especially helpful health tonic, used for treating numerous diseases, health conditions, and annoyances. Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. Sugar and yeast are added to the liquid to start the fermentation process. This transforms the sugars into alcohol. In the next fermentation process, the alcohol is converted by acetic acid-forming bacteria into vinegar. Acetic acid gives vinegar its sour taste. Due to its abundance of natural minerals and vitamins, an apple cider vinegar provides many benefits towards overall health and well-being.
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Weight Loss: Consuming Apple Cider Vinegar is very effective in reducing weight. There is a connection between weight loss and apple cider vinegar and this has become very very popular in the fitness and weight-loss industry. Most people think that the apple cider vinegar diet is a new invention. But the fact is that it is very old but has become popular in recent years. Many people believe that apple cider vinegar acts as a gentle digestive catalyst that naturally kick-starts your metabolism.
Headaches: Many people suffering from prolonged headaches have found that apple cider vinegar has helped in treating headaches. Many chronic headache sufferers, specially the migraine suffers, begin taking apple cider vinegar immediately when they wake up on days where they can feel a day-long headache coming on. They believe that the apple cider vinegar was able to get to the headache before it set in completely, thereby avoiding it.
Nausea/Queasiness: This one went hand in hand with the headache . Many times, people who suffered from chronic headaches also had some degree of nausea that accompanied the headaches. If they were able to avoid the headache with apple cider vinegar, the nausea went with it.
Sore throats, cold and cough: Mix apple cider vinegar with honey and water and have it. This gives instant relief from sore throats. The honey helps to numb the throat and soothe pain, while the vinegar disinfects the germs that are causing the discomfort, thereby providing some longer term relief. To calm a stubborn cough due to a cold or flu, sprinkle some apple cider vinegar onto the pillow before you sleep.
Nasal congestion: Pour a small amount into a vaporizer and inhale to quicken decongestion.
Chest Congestion:To help relieve chest congestion due to a cold or flu, soak a piece of brown paper in apple cider vinegar and cover one side with black pepper. Strap the paper (pepper-side down) to the chest area and leave on for approximately half an hour. This will relieve you from chest congestion.
Diarrhea: Apple cider vinegar, with its high pectin concentration, can help to coat the colon and soothe irritation caused by diarrhea. Just add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with eight ounces of water and drink three times daily.
Yeast & urine infections: Yeast infections (also called candida) results from an imbalance of acids within the body and are very unpleasant experiences. A simple mixture of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a quart of warm water used as a vaginal douche is effective in easing the symptoms, and providing natural relief without the use of messy gels or creams.
Fatigue: It is believed that a regular use of apple cider vinegar as a tonic can help to relieve symptoms of fatigue.
Acne/Skin problems: The use of apple cider vinegar into your daily diet can bring a healthier, glow to your cheeks and skin. The vinegar is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, which are helpful in dissolving fatty deposits on the skin and reducing a scaly appearance. The vinegar also contains sulfur, which helps in the fight against aging of the skin. Applying undiluted apple cider vinegar to bee or wasp stings can soothe the pain and discomfort. It is also effective in easing itchiness caused by mosquito bites.
Menstrual Cramps: One of the many apple cider vinegar benefits includes the soothing of menstrual cramps. Sipping a glass of water mixed with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the morning can help to reduce the flow of a heavy period and ease the pain of cramps. Apple cider vinegar has also been known to aid in reducing cramps in other parts of the body as well.
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