Vinegar, which means “sour wine” in French, can be made from virtually any carbohydrate that can be fermented, including grapes, dates, coconut, potatoes, beets, and, of course, apples.Here I will be mainly focusing on Apple Cider Vinegar.
Traditionally, vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process, leaving it rich in bio active components like acetic acid, Gallic acid, Catechin, Caffeic Acid, and more, giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, and many other beneficial properties.
The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, known as the mother of vinegar.”
The Various Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar
• Weight Loss
Vinegar may help you lose weight, as it appears to have an anti-obesity effect by increasing satiety and reducing the total amount of food consumed.
The organic acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes present in apple cider vinegar increase metabolism which enables our body to burn fat faster and prevent the accumulation of fat.The beta-carotene present in apple cider vinegar helps to break down and remove the fat from the body.The fiber content in it absorbs the toxins and improves bowel movement. So our body gets detoxified.It discourages the water retention in the body.
Apple cider vinegar also improves overall health. It lowers cholesterol levels, improves oxygen flow throughout the body and fight with bacteria causing infections.
2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal even as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing—will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal.
Vinegar is said to be anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. It’s thought that the acetic acid in vinegar may lower blood sugar by preventing the complete digestion of complex carbohydrates, which is accomplished either by accelerating gastric emptying or increasing the uptake of glucose by bodily tissues.
• Heart Health
“Heart bypass” or what the doctor calls “coronary artery bypass surgery” is the problem of blocked arteries. Very briefly, arteries are blocked because of the hardening and thickening of the artery walls. The main culprits are excessive intake of fats, white sugar and high-cholesterol foods. When arteries are blocked, blood flow is restricted, and in time this may trigger a heart attack or stroke. Some common symptoms of blocked arteries are tiredness, acute discomfort in the center or left of the chest, frequent bouts of indigestion, heartburn, tightening of the jaws, general irritability, and a general lack of enthusiasm especially for physical activities. Apple Cider Vinegar in combination with herbs like Garlic, Ginger, Lemon and Honey is made scientifically and stusies prove 90% people get relief from symptoms in just 30-40 days. You can put a couple tablespoons on your salad along with some organic extra-virgin olive oil. Put a tablespoon or two in water, and if you want to sweeten it up a bit, just add a couple of drops of honey.
• Sinus Congestion
Apple cider vinegar helps to break up and reduce mucous in your body, helping to clear your sinuses. It also has antibacterial properties, making it useful for infections.Add 1 tsp teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to a cup of warm water(preferably filtered or spring water). Stir solution until thoroughly mixed. Take some of the mixture onto your palm and snort it up one nostril at a time.
• Sore Throat
The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may be useful for sore throats as well. Gargle with a mixture of about one-third cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water as needed.
• Skin Irritations
Apple cider vinegar works for a variety of skin ailments, from bug bites to poison ivy to sunburn. You can either apply it directly to the irritated area or try soaking in a bath with about one cup of vinegar added.
• Energy Boost
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes to help banish fatigue. Plus, its amino acids may help prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your body, further preventing fatigue.
Apple Cider Vinegar Around Your Home
Generally, you can use distilled white vinegar for household use and the cider vinegars, made from fermenting fruits such as apples, for consumption. However, if you prefer you can use apple cider vinegar around your home as well.
• Neutralize Odors
Apple cider vinegar in a bowl will help to neutralize odors in your home.
• Fruit and Veggie Wash
Vinegar is one of the best natural agents for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Try a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce. Just place your veggies or fruit in the solution, swish them around, and rinse thoroughly (don’t use this process on fragile fruits like berries since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins).
Hygiene and Beauty
You might even want to keep some apple cider vinegar in your bathroom cabinet for the following benefits:
• Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar helps remove product build-up and balance your scalp’s pH level. Try a weekly rinse of one-third cup of vinegar mixed with four cups of water. For dandruff, try spraying your scalp with equal parts vinegar and water (mixed), wrapping a towel around your head, and leaving it to sit for an hour. Then, wash out and repeat up to twice a week.
• Facial Toner
Diluted apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball makes a simple facial toner and cleanser to help prevent breakouts. It might even help bruises to fade faster.
Apple cider vinegar helps kill odor-causing bacteria, so dab a bit under your arms for a natural deodorant.
• Oral Health
Gargling with diluted apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate bad breath and whiten teeth. Keep in mind, however, that apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient is acetic acid, which is quite harsh, so you should always dilute it with water before swallowing. Pure, straight apple cider vinegar could damage your tooth enamel or the tissues of your mouth and throat. (There is, in fact, one reported incident of long-term esophageal damage to a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement capsule stuck in her throat.)
• Foot Odor
Wiping your feet down with apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate odor-causing bacteria and smells from your feet.
There are no official guidelines concerning taking vinegar internally. Some people take one to two teaspoons a day, mixed in a glass of water, before meals or in the morning, and report benefits from doing so. The risk of taking small amounts of vinegar is low, and research suggests it may have some real health benefits.