What is Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar aka ACV is mostly apple juice, but adding yeast turns the sugar in the juice into alcohol. This is a process called fermentation. Bacteria turn the alcohol into acetic acid. That’s what gives vinegar its sour taste and strong smell, no wonder the French word for vinegar means “sour wine!
So simply put Apple Cider Vinegar comes from apples that have been crushed, distilled, and then fermented.
Benefits of Drinking or Applying Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been used as a medicine since antiquity. Now it’s becoming a hype! But this makes sense as many people trying to follow healthy habits nowadays or I would like to think so!
ps: If you want the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, you have to purchase the right kind – that is, the kind with the mother.
The mother is basically the bacteria that has been added to the alcohol during the formation process.
Some brands or stores have the mother removed because it gives the vinegar a cloudy appearance, which can lead some customers to believe that the product has gone bad.
The mother consists of dozens of strains of good bacteria, which we often refer to as probiotics. These help keep your digestive system running smoothly so that you can get the most out of the food that you consume.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Help you Lose Weight
Many studies show that apple cider vinegar can help people lose weight.
A 12-week study from Japan conducted reported that people who had consumed up to 6 teaspoons of vinegar per day experienced a modest one-to-two pound reduction in body weight.
According to the study as well, taking vinegar along with a high carb meal led to increased feelings of fullness, causing participants to eat 200–275 fewer calories throughout the rest of the day
2. Acne and Other Chronic Skin Disorders
Apple cider vinegar may help to dry out pimples when a solution is dabbed onto pimples. It should be diluted before applying it to the face as it can cause skin injury or chemical burns if it’s not dilute enough.
The concentration of acetic acid in apple cider vinegar varies widely and is not standardized, making it difficult to judge how much to dilute it to be safe as a skin toner or for other purposes.
Although the evidence supporting the use of apple cider vinegar in treating acne is lacking, research has suggested that it may help diminish the appearance of varicose veins when applied topically.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar & Blood Sugar
The acetic acid in vinegar appears to block enzymes that help you digest starch, resulting in a smaller blood sugar response after starchy meals such as pasta or bread.
To incorporate apple cider vinegar in your meals, try adding a splash to salads, marinades, vinaigrettes, and sauces. If you have diabetes or prediabetes, be sure to consult your doctor if you’re considering using amounts larger those normally found in cooking.
Vinegar can interact with diabetes medication, and it shouldn’t be used by people with certain health conditions, like gastroparesis. [*]
To help keep smelly feet under control, proponents claim apple cider vinegar may help to balance the skin’s pH and fight the bacteria that cause foot odour.
Typically, a bit of apple cider vinegar is mixed into water. Baby wipes, cotton balls or pads, small towels, or cotton rags can be dipped into the solution, wrung out, and used to wipe the bottom of the feet. Wipes can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container.
Although a vinegar scent will be noticeable, it often dissipates when the vinegar solution has dried. Avoid wearing shoes made from materials like leather that can be damaged by the acidity.
An apple cider vinegar solution can also help to neutralize odour-causing armpit bacteria. Typically, cotton pads, towelettes, or cotton rags are lightly spritzed with a very weak solution and swiped onto the armpits. The vinegar smell should dissipate as it dries.
It’s a good idea to test the apple cider vinegar solution in a smaller area first and to avoid using it if you’re wearing delicate fibres, like silk.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Helps With Digestion
Drinking apple cider vinegar can:
- get rid of heartburn;
- reduce bloating;
- improve digestion overall.