Apple cider vinegar. It typically sits in the pantry unused, but it shouldn’t be passed by.
Apple cider vinegar is becoming more popular these days, and it’s used regularly by many people because it has many health benefits, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects.
Apple cider vinegar also aides in weight loss, reducing bad cholesterol, and lowering blood sugar, which improves the symptoms of diabetes.
A typical dose is 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 ml) mixed with water and taken before or after meals. Start with a tablespoon and then increase to 2 tablespoons if you notice any side effects. You can mix it with water as a tonic, or you can add it to food, like to salad dressing.
I am a big fan of the health benefits of fermented foods, and apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples. The fermentation turns the sugar in the apple into alcohol; bacteria converts into acetic acid, and this is what gives this vinegar a reputation for being healthy.
When To Use It
It really doesn’t matter when you drink it if making a tonic. Everyone reacts to it differently – some people get a stomach grumble when using it on an empty stomach, and some don’t have any reaction at all.
People using apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach say it is actually the best way to maximize its health benefits, and some say that drinking it before you eat boosts its ability to help process your food.
I know people who take a slug shortly after they eat for a digestive enzyme-effect.
Health Benefits To Your Skin
Apple cider vinegar can help with a variety of common skin problems because it has powerful antimicrobial properties that can ease skin infections and soothe irritation. Try adding it to your bath.
Apple cider vinegar is a mild acid, which helps restore the natural pH balance of your skin. This helps your skin stay moist and keeps irritants out.
It’s good to be aware of some of the possible side-effects of over-use. Probably the best way to use it is in foods, but as with most everything, just don’t over use and don’t use if you react adversely to it.
- applying undiluted vinegar directly on your skin for long periods of time can lead to burns and skin irritation;
- consuming large quantities of the vinegar in an undiluted form can cause digestive issues, damage to teeth, and can deplete potassium levels.
The solution: adopt apple cider vinegar into your lifestyle in a balanced and monitored way – don’t take too much too often. As with any extra nutritional supplement, use it consistently yet moderately.
Apple cider vinegar sure does add zest to a salad, and it has many healthy benefits.
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