You may think that apple cider vinegar is only good for flavoring your salads or other foods, but it has a wide variety of other uses that you’ve probably never imagined, and which will certainly get your attention. You most likely have this affordable natural remedy at home (and if you don’t, you’ll definitely be going out to buy some after reading this article).
Below, you’ll learn about some of the amazing uses for apple cider vinegar, a tonic that has become really popular over the past few decades. In the 50s, Dr. Jarvis published a book on the benefits of this product which, up until then, was only used on salads. More and more research has been done, proving that apple cider vinegar is great for a number of different applications.
Uses for apple cider vinegar (besides as a condiment)
Yes, you’re reading it correctly. Vinegar can help you lose weight; its acetic acid content is capable of burning belly fat and taking inches off your waist. Scientific studies have yet to prove this point, but it is certainly a great way to complement your weight loss diet. To take advantage of this property, you should mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water and drink the mixture once per day. If you want this to have an even greater effect, drink the water-vinegar mixture before eating breakfast in the morning.
One of the most amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar is definitely its ability to reduce and regulate glucose levels in the blood. A number of studies have proven this property. The daily dosage for this type of treatment is two tablespoons dissolved in a glass of water, which you should drink before going to bed at night. It can lower your sugar levels by up to 6%. However, you should check with your doctor before pursing this treatment because apple cider vinegar has chromium, a component than can upset your insulin levels.
Fights off fungi
If you suffer from a fungus called Candida Albicans, you can use apple cider vinegar to get rid of this skin infections and keep it from coming back. This fungus tends to develop in the folds of the skin, such as the area between your toes (known as “athlete’s foot”). The acetic acid in vinegar gets rid of this fungus and is great for treating it. Just fill a container with room temperature water and add two to three cups of apple cider vinegar. Then, place your feet in the water and leave them there for about 15 minutes. Another alternative is mixing one tablespoon of water with one of vinegar and applying this mixture to the fungus-affected area with a cotton ball. Be very careful with this homemade remedy, because vinegar can also irritate very sensitive skin.
If you suffer from nighttime cramps, it could be due to a lack of potassium. Since apple cider vinegar has quite a high amount of this nutrient, don’t hesitate it to use it to treat your cramps. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with one tablespoon of honey in a glass of room temperature water. Drink before bedtime.
Reduces varicose veins
You should know that this homemade remedy for varicose veins does not have scientific backing, but many people do use it to alleviate pain, as well as to reduce the appearance of swollen veins in the legs. Dilute a bit of vinegar in water and then use it to wet a piece of gauze, which you will apply to the affected area with a loose piece of tape. Let the mixture set for 30 minutes. Another option is to put pure apple cider vinegar on your salads, or mix it with a bit of water and drink it in the morning and at night. You will start to see results after one month.
Reduces cholesterol and hypertension
Although this treatment has not been completely proven to work, it’s definitely worth trying if you have triglyceride or blood pressure problems, at least as a way to complement your “formal” treatment. Studies related to apple cider vinegar’s effect on cholesterol and hypertension have shown that people who use apple cider vinegar as a condiment on salads at least five times per week are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Researchers believe that this is a result of the potassium in apple cider vinegar, which is capable of diluting the blood and thus controlling blood pressure. On the other hand, the pectin in apple cider vinegar absorbs fat deposits in the veins.
Cures sore throats and coughing
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful anti-septic, meaning that it is capable of eliminating viruses that cause sore throats and strep throat. So, if your throat is swollen, just gargle a mixture of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one cup of room temperature water. Don’t swallow this water. If you can’t gargle because your throat hurts too much, at least try to move this water around in your mouth. Another option is to mix one tablespoon of honey and one of apple cider vinegar and suck on this mixture as if it were candy.
Apple cider vinegar is perfect for getting rid of pimples and blackheads on the skin. In addition to providing your skin with its anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties, it also restores the skin’s protective acid mantle and helps regulate overly dry or oily skin. Make a lotion with equal parts of apple cider vinegar and distilled water and apply it to your clean, dry skin, preferably before going to bed. Another option is to make a mask with clay and vinegar, which will help remove toxins.