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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
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There are many health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV). Here are 10 benefits:
There is support for the idea that it can help to lower blood sugar. The acetic acid in the vinegar slows down the digestion of starch and the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar. ACV will not cure diabetes, rather it is a good supplement to help keep diabetes under control.
There are studies to suggest that ACV is helpful in maintaining heart health because it helps to lower cholesterol.
Apple cider vinegar promotes satiety, thus encouraging you to eat less and making you feel full longer. It suppresses appetite, increases metabolism and reduces water retention.
Since ACV has anti-bacterial properties which helps fight bacteria and clear infections.
ACV helps to break up and reduce mucus which clears the sinuses and reduces congestion.
Acid reflux results from having too little acid in your stomach. Since ACV is very acidic, it can help reduce symptoms of acid reflux.
It may help to remove warts due to the acetic acid in the vinegar. Pour ACV over the wart and cover it overnight. Continue until the wart has disappeared.
It contains potassium, amino acids and enzymes that help to combat fatigue and consequently results in a surge of energy.
ACV contains anti-oxidants that are helpful in combating diseases such as cancer (again, not a cure but a great supplement).
The acetic acid in ACV helps the body absorb minerals and nutrients.
Be sure to buy a brand that is organic (raw), unfiltered and unprocessed. I recommend this kind.
*Many people drink apple cider vinegar daily however, understandably some people are not up for drinking apple cider vinegar. Hence, for more information about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, as well as some recommendations for highly rated apple cider vinegar in pill form, see the following post from Helen Sanders at healthambition.com.
Besides being great for our physical health, due to its anti-bacterial properties, it is also great for cleaning. However, I recommend using white vinegar for cleaning as it is much less expensive.
If you are not interested in drinking ACV or taking supplements, here are two simple, delicious recipes to help you add apple cider vinegar to your diet.
- Dill pickles – yum, I love dill pickles! This is a simple recipe using apple cider vinegar (instead of white vinegar).*
- 8 organic picking cucumbers
- 1 cup boiled water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- a head of organic dill (or ½ tbsp organic dried dill)
- 1 tbsp picking salt
- 1kg jar
Warm the jar by filling it with hot water. Let it sit. Boil 1 cup of water. Your jar should be warm/hot by now. Pour out the hot water. Pour in the boiled water. Add the salt and stir until it dissolves. Throw in the dill. Add the picking cucumbers. Pour in the vinegar. Let is sit overnight then enjoy!
2. Dressing – much healthier than store bought brands!
- A jar
- ¼ c apple cider vinegar
- ¼ c avocado oil (you can get this for an amazing price at Costco)
- ½ tsp organic garlic (or organic garlic powder)
- ½ tsp organic onion powder
- ¼ tsp celtic sea salt
- ¼ tsp organic basil
- ¼ tsp organic oregano
Pour the vinegar into the jar. Pour in the avocado oil. Add the garlic, onion powder, salt, basil and oregano. Add the dressing to a delicious, healthy salad!
*Dill pickles also provides the added benefit of being fermented. Fermented foods are very healing for the gut. Learn more HERE.
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Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂