Apple cider vinegar is one of the healthiest ingredients you can use on a daily basis.But before we go deeper into the Benefits of ACV, is non-alcoholic and unsweetened beverage that you can make from apples. Apple cider vinegar is used for ages in various ways. They are used to make pickles, added in salads and also used to kill weeds. It has lots of health benefits. It is also very beneficial for hair and skin.
WHAT IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?
ACV is a vinegar made by crushing apples, squeezing out the liquid, and adding yeast in order to ferment its sugars. The liquid is converted into alcohol, to which bacteria is then added. As it’s allowed to ferment more, it develops acetic acid, which is the main compound and active ingredient in apple cider vinegar.
The result of this fermentation process is a light brown, murky liquid. It differs from distilled white vinegar mainly because it contains the “mother,” a cloudy sediment seen within the bottle, which boasts small amounts of proteins, enzymes, amino acids, and fiber—particularly pectin from the apples—as well as plenty of “good” bacteria, giving raw ACV tons of probiotic power.
Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV has been shown to improve satietyand reduces the appetite. It has been shown that people can consume up to 250 less calories per day. It also improves the glycemic index of foods by slowing the release of the sugars down. One study showed obese subjects were given 1 or 2 tbsp of ACV or place over a 12 week period. Results showed that 1 tbsp. of ACV was associated with a loss of 2.6 lbs while 2 tbsp per day was associated with 3.7lb loss. Body weight, BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels were significantly lower in both vinegar intake groups than in the placebo group.
ACV has been shown to improve the digestion of your meal by improving your stomach acid environment which then increases your gastric acid secretions thus reducing bloating, indigestion, reflux and improves nutrient absorption.
3). Fights Diabetes &Reduces Blood Sugar
Not only are elevated levels of blood glucose a characteristic of type 2 diabetes, it is also linked to a number of other diseases. Therefore, keeping blood sugar under control should be a must for everybody. Apple cider vinegar supplementation has been shown to lower total blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity in a number of studies, in both rats and humans. Increased insulin sensitivity means that your body is better able to control blood sugar levels by sensing the sugar in your bloodstream and releasing the appropriate amount of insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for sending the sugar to the tissues in your body that require it.
You have surely heard of the benefits of antioxidants by now. There has been a real buzz around them in recent years. Antioxidants work by inhibiting the oxidation of certain molecules in the body. Oxidation is a reaction that can lead to the formation of ‘free radicals’, which can cause damage to the cells of your body. Free radical formation can be linked to almost every health issue imaginable. Apple cider vinegar contains antioxidants that help to reduce the number of these free radicals and lower your risk of illness and disease.
5).Prevents Candida Growth
Candida is a naturally occurring yeast that grows in the body. Unfortunately, overgrowth of candida has a number of unwanted side effects such as urinary infections, bad breath, digestive problems and fatigue. Apple cider vinegar contains a yeast that works as a prebiotic to promote the production of helpful probiotics and fight against harmful bacteria like candida.
6).Keeps Your Liver Healthy
When consumed, apple cider vinegar actually becomes an alkali in the body, which can help to balance your PH levels since the majority of people consume way too many acidic products. During this process of PH balancing, it has been observed that apple cider vinegar helps to detoxify your body. Naturally, detoxification is carried out by your liver, which has to work very hard if your body is full of toxins. As a result, your liver can also build up a high number of its’ own toxins. By taking apple cider vinegar you can give your liver a much needed helping hand and keep it healthier for longer.
Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair
7).Helps With Hair Loss
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to stimulate hair growth. Apply a ACV rinse to your scalp leave on for 30 minutes and rinse. ACV is truly good for everything!
8).Balances your Hair’s pH levels
From research I have learned that hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). After using shampoos that strip your hair, this can really help balance out the pH of your hair.
9).Helps Hair Shine
Apple Cider Vinegar helps close the hair cuticle helping hair remain smooth and shiny. This also helps tangled hair by helping the hair remain flat to ease through tangles in the hair.
Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar may help remove buildup that results from the use of many different styling products. I love to rinse my hair with ACV once a week to make sure my hair is clean of all buildup during the week. Make sure to dilute your ACV with water if it burns. I also love to use ACV in my Bentionite Clay Treatment which also aids in removing buildup from the hair.
11).Helps relieve dandruff and Itchy Scalp
I deal with terrible dandruff and Apple Cider Vinegar has really helped my scalp. ACV has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help dry and itchy scalp. The acids and enzymes in ACV help to kill the bacteria that cause many scalp and hair conditions such as dandruff, itchy scalp.
You can use a simple ACV treatment for dandruff and itchy scalp. I apply non diluted ACV to the scalp and rub it in. I leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse. You can dilute it a little if it burns your scalp. Since using this remedy I have noticed less dandruff.
Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For skin
12).Balances Skin pH
Because skin has an acidic pH, raw apple cider vinegar will help restore and maintain our skin’s natural pH. That means most soaps and cleansers, which are alkaline in nature, actually throw our skin’s normal pH out of balance.
Make your own ACV facial toner by mixing 1 part raw ACV with 3 parts pure water. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil for its skin beautifying properties. Store it in an empty spray bottle and spritz away!
13).Natural Toner for skin
Topically, raw apple cider vinegar acts as a natural astringent which tightens skin and helps shrink large pores. It is also antibacterial, which means it can kill of germs and bacteria on the skin’s surface. ACV’s antioxidant properties help keep free radicals and contaminants away from skin. Remember to dilute apple cider vinegar before using it on your skin.
Apple cider vinegar contains anti-bacterial properties that help kill acne causing bacteria and germs. It can also soak up excess oils from within skin pores, reducing oiliness and keeping acne away.
Mix 1 tsp organic acv with 3 tsp water to get a diluted solution. Add 2 drops of tea tree essential oil for its powerful anti-acne properties. Soak a cotton ball or a q-tip in the diluted ACV and apply it to acne. Keep it on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.
15).Treats Age Spots
Rich in anti-oxidants and alpha hydroxy acids, apple cider vinegar has natural skin bleaching agents that can help lighten age spots. The antioxidants in apple cider vinegar will also help slow down the aging process of skin by fighting off cell-damaging free radicals.
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