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Does apple cider vinegar do that?

Apple cider vinegar,Healthy drink
Apple cider vinegar,Healthy drink

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You’ve probably heard 1,000+ things that an apple cider vinegar diet can do for you. Supposedly, this miracle liquid can help you lose weight, combat acid reflux, clear up your skin, be used as an all-purpose cleaner, soothe your stomach and so much more (including the fact that it’s only three calories per tablespoon). But can apple cider vinegar really do all the things it claims to do? We certainly hope so, and we’re here to tell you everything the apple cider vinegar diet can do.

First, though, what even is apple cider vinegar? It’s actually made in a two-step process, the first step being exposing crushed apples to yeast. This ferments the sugars and essentially turns them into alcohol. Then, bacteria is added which turns the concoction into acetic acid, which is one of the most active components in apple cider vinegar. Altogether, this process creates a concentrated liquid we can use to our benefit in so many different ways. Here are a few.

Weight loss

There has been some research that agrees with the widely heard claim that apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss. Adding 1-2 tablespoons to a glass of water each day showed to aid in digestion and in combination with a weight loss program, people saw more results faster. Look at VegKitchen’s apple cider vinegar diet for more in-depth ways to use ACV for weight loss.

In regards to your body’s digestion, drinking the above mixture before a meal will help reduce gas, fight constipation, and help your body break down food by balancing your stomach’s pH. Seems simple enough, right?

Acid reflux

Apple cider vinegar may be able to help with acid reflux, but proceed with caution. ACV has been shown to balance your stomach’s pH by neutralizing stomach acid, but you should only consume a small amount. Dilute it with water and drink a small amount each day to see results. Don’t go overboard.

Heal a sunburn

Sunburns can be incredibly painful. To heal your burnt skin, add some apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for at least ten minutes. Or, soak a t-shirt in ACV and hold it to your burnt skin for ten minutes. This will help balance the pH in your skin to heal the burn faster, and maybe even turn your burn into a tan.

Removing dandruff

Apparently apple cider vinegar is just acidic enough that it prevents certain fungi from growing on your scalp, which cause dandruff. Simply mix equal parts ACV and water in a spray bottle, spritz all over hair and let sit for fifteen minutes, and rinse. Do this weekly and watch your dandruff worries disappear.

Clear skin

Your skin will thank you if you introduce it to apple cider vinegar. You can use it in so many ways, including as an all over toner, spot treatment for acne and scars, and as a way to reduce fine lines and age spots. This is natural skincare at its finest.

Soothe a sore throat

Adopting an apple cider vinegar diet offers antibacterial properties in many different ways. One is healing a sore throat, rejoice. The ACV creates an acidic environment in which bacteria can’t live, so drinking some with the onset of a sore throat will help it heal faster. In addition, try gargling equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to concentrate the help on the infected area.

Bonus: if you’re suffering from a cold as well, the ACV can also help break up mucus.

Lower cholesterol

Multiple studies have shown that about half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day can lower your cholesterol. You can achieve this by adding a bit to each glass of water you drink a day (which should be around 8).

Lower blood sugar/help with diabetes

Apparently, apple cider vinegar can even help people who struggle with high blood sugar and even those who have diabetes. Numerous studies show that ingesting apple cider vinegar can reduce glycaemia and insulin demand. In conjunction with lowering the intake of sugar and carbs, an apple cider vinegar diet can only help people who struggle with these health issues.

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