Apple Cider Vinegar – A Quick Fix For Acid Reflux & Other Ailments
For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used by cultures all over the world as not just a preservative but for its numerous health benefits as well. The acidic brew packs a plethora of well being into even the smallest amounts. Want to pump up your immune system? Even figure out how to get rid of acid reflux? This versatile vinegar may be your answer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is derived from fermented apple cider. The alcohol produced in the fermenting process is converted into vinegar with the addition of acetic acid forming bacteria in a second fermenting process. This is what gives the vinegar it’s briny punch and one of the things that add to its many health benefits. I came across it when I was researching to find out how to get rid of acid reflux, but was blown away by the overwhelming positive stories about the myriad of health benefits it seems to have. Here’s a few of the many ways you can use this brew as a healthy solution for what ails you.
Acid Reflux & Heartburn
Commonly known as heartburn, acid reflux affects millions of people. It’s uncomfortable, it can be very painful and if left untreated, can lead to more serious complications, covered elsewhere on this site. Apple cider vinegar is used by millions of people to get relief from the pain experienced as a result of acid reflux.
I’ve read so much about apple cider vinegar being a natural quick fix for acid reflux. The next time you have heartburn, take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, mixed, if you prefer, with honey or molasses. Most people seem to feel relief in a few minutes, however, it doesn’t help everyone. Never drink undiluted ACV, as it may burn your throat and esophagus. Also, if you do drink even undiluted ACV it is best to do so through a straw, to minimise exposure of your teeth to the acid, and rinse your mouth afterwards.
The mechanism by which it achieves this is not clear – it is thought that the vinegar causes an automatic reaction in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES or LOS) – the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus – which closes it.
Here’s support for apple cider vinegar from the web:
Here’s gastroenterologist Lisa Ganjhu, M.D. talking about apple cider vinegar:
Here are just a few of the other benefits many people speak of:
Apple cider vinegar, being made from apples, is apparently a great source of insoluble fibre – high fibre foods help you feel full, faster. Drinking a glass of water with one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a meal will help you to feel full before you eat too many calories. It will also keep you feeling full throughout the day so you can avoid those snack attacks between meals.
The effect of ACV on blood sugar levels is one of the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits, and possibly the best researched. Several studies have shown that ACV may help to lower glucose levels. For instance, a 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking 2 tablespoons of ACV before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%. (source: WebMD)
People have reported that ACV helps with painful episodes of gout.
Try one half teaspoon of this elixir stirred into a cup of water and gargle for about ten seconds at a time until the cup is empty. The acid neutralizes bad breath germs.
A natural deodorant apple cider vinegar is a great odor neutralizer for the body as well. It works much like it does in the mouth – the acid works to adjust the skin’s pH levels effectively neutralizing odor causing bacteria. Simply wipe armpits once each morning with undiluted vinegar. This works well for foot odor as well by filling a pan with warm water and adding a one third cup of apple cider vinegar, soak feet this way for about fifteen minutes.
Sore throats make you miserable and are often a dead give away that germs have infected your body. At the first sign of irritation, gargle with one half teaspoon of ACV stirred into a cup of water. Germs can’t live in the acidic environment that the apple cider vinegar produces. Make it as uninviting as possible so those germs don’t get comfortable and decide to stay a while.
Once again, the acidic environment apple cider vinegar provides and knocks out yet another invader. Apple cider vinegar, it seems, is great for treating yeast infections. Putting one and a half cups into a warm bath then soaking in it for twenty minutes, once a day, for the first three days of infection, is apparently one of the best home remedies for this fungal infection that plagues millions. This is also said to work for toe nail yeast infection.
Lifeless Hair & Hair Lice
Now an awful lot of people swear by this as a tonic for the hair, both as a dandruff treatment, a lice egg killer, and to put life back into your hair. Put 1/2 tablespoonful in a bottle of water and rinse your hair after washing, or if you have a determined bout of lice / dandruff, pour on the vinegar (taking care not to get it in your eyes), and wrap your hair in a towel for 15 minutes. Some makes of hair shampoo and conditioner actually include apple cider vinegar in their ingredients, like this one, here.
A build up of lactic acid (released after exercise) can make us feel tired if it’s allowed to stay in the body. People claim that one way to remedy this is to add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink. The potassium and enzymes in the vinegar help to relieve that tired feeling and keep you moving through your day.
Removal of Cherry Angioma / Warts / Verrucas
Dabbing the ACV on a cherry angioma (it is said to work with warts and verrucas as well) is said to cause it to fall off after a few days. To see it in action, click here.
Acid crystals in the blood and an absence of certain minerals can lead to leg cramps. Often these strike at night and make it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep. Adding apple cider vinegar to your water, twice a day, can dissolve these acid crystals and is a great source of potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to help lull your leg cramps to sleep.
Get a little too much sun on your trip to the beach? I have read of a number of claims that apple cider vinegar relieves the pain of a sunburn and can help to lessen peeling once the skin heals.
Apple cider vinegar can help acne sufferers because it balances the skin’s pH and kills bacteria. By Mixing one part vinegar to three parts water, you can make an effective, bacteria killing face wash for a fraction of the cost of store brand acne face washes. Apply the solution to your skin with a clean cloth and leave it there for ten minutes then rinse well. For a rundown on what a fan Scarlett Johansson is of this treatment, have a look at this article in the Huffington Post. In fact the Huff is truly a believer, as evidenced by these articles proclaiming the benefits of apple cider vinegar to enahance beauty, among other benefits.
For Pets & Livestock
This also applies to your pets and livestock. I have come across may people in my research who both feed diluted ACV to their pets and livestock, and wash their coats in it. Diluted ACV is used widely, but there are also specialist products, such as this pet shampoo, which includes ACV in its ingredients, here.
It is considered that the best form of apple cider vinegar is unpasteurised, from cider apples. This should contain the “mother” – a natural substance from the pectin and apple residues, and supposedly highly nutritious.
So, as you can see, apple cider vinegar is not just for salads!
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