The Health Aspects of Apple Cider Vinegar

By Jordan & Kyla Miller

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

Most of you have probably heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), however, did you know that it has been used for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. In fact, Hippocrates ( the father of medicine) used AVC back in around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities.

Even today, many use it as a common household remedy. More and more people are becoming attuned to its amazing health benefits. AVC is something that Kyla and I highly recommend taking often, as it is not only a great remedy, but it is also a superb preventative.

What Type is Best?

When purchasing ACV, always ensure that the product has sediment floating around in it; this ensures that it has not been distilled or treated, which, by this process, removes many of the beneficial nutrients form it – don’t be fooled by the clear imitation; they have little to no benefit for you. If you can find an organic product, even better! This ensures quality, without the added chemicals or preservatives. Kyla and I recommend Bragg; they offer a great product which is available organically and also available in glass for those of you that are concerned about estrogen mimickers in plastics. If you can’t locate this product, there are several other comparable products being sold at your local health food store.

Some of the Benefits

  • Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Increase stamina
  • Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
  • Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
  • Balance high cholesterol
  • Cure skin conditions such as acne
  • Protect against food poisoning
  • Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
  • Improve digestion and cure constipation
  • Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
  • Fight allergies in both humans and animals

If your suffering from “heartburn” you may add a few teaspoons to a glass of water to alleviate the symptoms. This is a much better alternative to some of the over-the-counter medication on the market today.

Some of Its Uses

Bad Breath

Due to its acidic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath (halitosis). Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.

Body Odour

Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective body odour remedy, since it can help adjust the skin’s pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. For armpit odour, simply wipe them once each morning with undiluted apple cider vinegar (using a cotton ball). For foot odour, fill a pan with warm water and add 1/3 cup of ACV, then let your feet soak in this mixture for 15 minutes once per week.

Diabetes

Apple Cider Vinegar may help to control high blood sugar levels, which is why it is often used as a natural treatment for Diabetes.Weight Loss: While it is not known why, many people claim that Apple Cider Vinegar promotes weight loss. Some theories suggest that ACV helps to speed up the metabolism, while others suggest that it burns calories. A number of nutritionists also believe that combining Vitamin B6 and Lecithin with Apple Cider Vinegar is highly effective for weight loss. A suggested remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons of ACV mixed with a glass of water and drink this before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day.

These are just a few of the many benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV); When dealing with an illness, always ensure to consult a trained professional if your uncertain, otherwise, look to Mother Nature for the answers. Chances are, she already has the remedy.

Your question(s): Do you know of any other health benefits ACV has to offer? (post your comments below)

Sources:
1. homeremediesweb.com
2. Prescription for Nutrional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch
3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies; C. Norman Shealy

About the Authors

Jordan & Kyla are passionate about health; together, they have overcome many illnesses through dietary and lifestyle changes, and the art of practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Master, and Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist. For more information, please visit the following sites; guidinginstincts.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest

 


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  • Bob

    What are the recommended ways of taking it? Same amounts in water and drinking it for all the various benefits?

  • Bouncy

    I gargle it raw for ANY nose/throat/ear pain I have for years now and it clears them up in a day or two. Magic stuff. Will help lose weight if you remember to take it but better still has had recent studies to show it helps diabetics blood sugar if taken half an hour before food – also good for PCOS girls 🙂

    • Mirna

      What do you mean about helping with PCOS? Because it helps with weight loss or does it do something else with the hormones?

    • Mirna

      Hi, how does it help with PCOS? Thanks

  • jessica carr

    I read that mixing acv with gotu kola (herb) can remove brown spots (liver spots) and stretch marks when applied to the skin for a few weeks… I have not tried it yet though. Need to find an organic acv first 🙂

  • Sue Gorrindo

    Apple Cider Vinegar is a great hair rinse. Not only does it clean all the soap out of your hair, but it also changes the mantle, making it much softer and reduces the need for conditioner. Just put a tablespoon in a quart of water and pour through. Rinse it out unless you want to smell like a salad all day.

    • Amanda

      Once ACV dries completely, it’s odorless.

  • Pete

    Evening drink = 2 tbs. ACV, lemon juice, a bit of ground ginger, honey to taste, 8 oz. hot water…

  • Igor Ledochowski

    I wonder if taking wine vinegar has the same effects.

  • Shirle Jean Coker

    Love this site…….I have 92 apple trees….last year we mad 250+ of apple juice and made our own Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV is wonderful for many, many things…..in particular HEALTH. It will stop heartburn, cleanses the kidneys and bladder, good hair rinse, it is antiseptic and anstringent. There are many books out on the wonders of ACV. Was HAPPY to find this site!
    Thank you.

  • Mick

    Comment #5 by Pete is an excellent tonic. If you’re someone who hates to prepare anything, another option is to simply add 2 tablespoons to a glass of water and drink it down once or twice a day. You can add in honey if you like, or other things such as those Pete listed, but if you will be more likely to take it as a tonic consistently if you don’t have to prepare it, just add it to water and drink. Personally, I love experimenting with different formulae.

    As soon as I feel a sore throat coming on, i down a tall shot or two of straight vinegar. Burns a bit, and my throat feel half numb and slightly puffy (increased blood flow I imagine), but that goes away in about 20 minutes, and 9 times out of 10 (for me anyway), no more sore throat!

  • I call it ,”poor mans kombucha”… Once a Naturopath looked at my blood make-up, said I had so much o2 I was literally on fire….if you knew me you knew that was pretty true. He suggested Tbs. apple cider vinegar in water every morning first thing… It blew me away how it mellowed me out. He said that it balances the o2 out by replacing it with I think he said Hydrogen…been a while. But it really made a difference

  • Barbara

    I used apple cider vinegar on my athlete’s foot a while ago after reading about it on this website. Amazingly it has completely disappeared, so it works! Thank you W U W for all your health posts!

  • Roberta Kenney

    I love ACV and use it for a million things but make sure you dilute it or rinse your mouth after ingesting to protect tooth enamel.

  • Lori

    Wash fruit and vegetables in an apple cider vinegar solution and it stops them going rotten so quickly as it prevents bacteria from devouring the fruit and vegies. they will last longer. Especially strawberries and other berry fruit. Also coat or spray ACV on the outside of oranges, apples and other fruit.

  • Melissa

    ACV is also good for removing moles and warts. Can be used for toenail fungus too!

    • Audrey

      Would you give directions on how to use for warts and toenail fungus?

  • Tim

    I drink it in the morning instead of coffee. I started with a couple teaspoons in a glass of water with a natural sweetener, but now I don’t need it sweetened and have a much stronger combination. Wakes ya right up!

  • Marie

    How do you use it for acne?

  • Barbara Raugust

    My daughter recently had a spot on her hand that did nothing for several weeks then one day became a large swollen cyst like thing with pain and fever and an obvious puss pocket. I gently opened the site and let the puss drain. I immediately covered it with a cotton ball soaked I. ACV and secured it with a bandaid. Then continued to change the dressing a couple times. 24 hrs later I took her to the doctor who confirmed what I suspected. She had MRSA. But it was almost gone. She said she would have done the same procedure in her office and marveled at how quickly it had subsided. She did recommend antibiotic but admitted what I was doing with ACV was working faster than an antibiotic!!