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Healthy Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is perhaps one of the simplest and most inexpensive ingredients in your arsenal of health aids. It multitasks like no other and has made its way up in the ranks from a traditional folk remedy to a mainstream healthy must-have, and for good reason: Apple cider vinegar is popularly used as a tonic for a variety of health issues such as boosting immunity, alkalizing our bodies, to combatting obesity.

Whatever health benefit you wish to get from apple cider vinegar (or if you simply enjoy its fresh and zesty taste) here’s how you can put to use this humble health staple any time of the day.

1. Boost your immunity

Apple cider vinegar proves to be quite nutritious; it has vitamin C which keeps up healthy immune function and acts as a prebiotic to keep your gut flora in optimum condition. Plus points as well for apple cider vinegar for having antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Try this immune boosting elixir and take up to 3 shots throughout the day to boost your immunity.

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons turmeric (freshly grated or powder form)
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons honey

2. Counter Acidity and Promote Digestion

Did you know that apple cider vinegar helps to alkalize our bodies? Despite apple cider vinegar being an acid, once consumed, it has an alkalizing effect which in turn help to balance over acidic issues such as hyperacidity in our stomachs.

There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence and testimony from people who have been able to calm hyperacidity by consuming apple cider vinegar. If you’ve experienced this uncomfortable and often painful form of indigestion, try consuming apple cider vinegar with water to help alkalize your stomach and promote better digestion.

Seeing as hyperacidity in the stomach such as acid reflux and heartburn are caused by indigestion, apple cider vinegar may be a healthier and natural alternative to antacids as it improves digestion

Drink this simple digestive aid 30 minutes before a meal to improve digestion

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3. Lower your blood sugar

Taking apple cider vinegar before meals has been shown to lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity.

This benefits our bodies in many ways, mainly metabolizing sugars more efficiently meaning more steady energy and less storage of fat from sugar.

Lessen your chance for a sugar crash and keep your blood sugar stable even with dessert by consuming this drink before, during, or immediately after having a sugary snack/meal:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

4. Lower your cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to lower cholesterol making consuming it a great daily habit to prevent issues such as heart disease. It doubles to lower cholesterol by suppressing the accumulation of body fat and helps to burn existing fat.

If you’re about to have a fatty meal or a large meal in general, drink some apple cider vinegar beforehand to give your body a digestive boost from all the fat consumption.

5. Promote weight loss

Daily consumption of apple cider vinegar has been shown to suppress body fat accumulation and reduce visceral fat.

Seeing as apple cider vinegar is all natural, and essentially a food, it’s a safe and potentially effective ally for a weight loss program.

Try this refreshing morning tonic to start your day on a healthy note and prompt your body to go into fat-burning mode.

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • A generous sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon
  • A generous sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

The benefits of apple cider vinegar are interconnected, which perpetuates further its ‘cure all’ status. From improving digestion, to burning fat and lowering cholesterol etc. the various benefits of consuming apple cider vinegar for our body promote good health all around.

Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet and see how it makes you feel. Let us know in the comments below how you use it and if it’s as life-changing for you as it has been for many others.

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