Apple Cider Vinegar: Fact vs. Fiction

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If you’ve searched the internet for “apple cider vinegar” recently, you know it wins raves as a health cure. It can be very tempting to believe claims like this, as a lot of people have apple cider vinegar in the kitchen already.

The fact is, apple cider vinegar can help with some conditions, like hair or skin problems. In others, like weight loss or diabetes, it can be somewhat helpful, but doesn’t substitute for the work of watching calories and carbs.

Here’s the scoop on fact versus fiction for 6 common conditions.

Weight Loss

The claims that apple cider vinegar boosts weight loss aren’t completely fiction. But neither are they completely fact. In one study, people who added apple cider vinegar to their diets did lose more weight than those who added only water. But it was only a couple pounds over a multi-month period – and both groups gained all their weight back. Apple cider vinegar won’t harm your weight loss efforts, but it may not help them much either.

The only proven way to lose weight? Reduce the amount of food you eat by counting calories and eating small portions. Exercise 3 times a week.

Blood Sugar

People with diabetes have to watch spikes in their blood sugar levels. Persistent, elevated increases in blood sugar can eventually cause problems like heart disease and blindness. The real key to keeping blood sugar down is to watch the carbohydrates (bread, pasta) in your diet.

While some people believe that apple cider vinegar prevents the digestion of starch, the jury is still very much out on whether it does or not. Plus, apple cigar vinegar have negative effects on people with diabetes, like causing overworked kidneys.

If you want to try apple cider vinegar for diabetes, check with your doctor first.

Hair

Apple cider vinegar can help make your hair healthy. Fact? Its acidic properties can work against persistent dandruff, for example. Dandruff is caused by a dry scalp and fungus. Apple cider vinegar battles the fungus. You should mix one-quarter cup apple cider vinegar and one-quarter cup water into a bottle. Apply it after your shampoo. Rinse after 15 minutes.

It’s a healthy and natural way to eliminate dandruff from your life.

Skin

Apple cider vinegar is an astringent. It tightens pores and skin. For skin, it’s a great treatment, able to help with acne because of its ability to restore the natural pH of skin and reduce oil.

The best method of getting better skin? Dilute apple cider vinegar with hot water (1/4 cup of each). Pour the mixture over a wash cloth. Place the wash cloth over our face for 15 minutes. Repeat 3 times a week. You can also steam your face over boiling water that has had 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar poured into it.

Heartburn

If you’re suffering from heartburn, the acidity of the vinegar may help. Heartburn can be relieved if it’s caused by low stomach acid. Apple cider vinegar also contributes enzymes that break down food quickly.

The taste of apple cider vinegar can require some getting used to! Drinking it in hot tea with a teaspoon of honey is a good idea.

Digestion

Mixing apple cider vinegar with water and drinking it shortly after a meal can help you digest more easily. It spurs the growth of healthy bacteria in your stomach. As above, a hot tea mixture with honey is a fine way to drink it.

Note that persistent heartburn and digestive issues that don’t respond to apple cider vinegar may be a sign of a more serious condition. See your doctor if symptoms keep happening.

There you have it! Apple cider vinegar may not be a miracle cure all – but as far as natural health remedies go – it can sure help with some conditions!

 

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