It’s not unusual to read or hear suggestions to “drink apple cider vinegar” to remedy various health issues. But the vinegar should not be ordinary cooking vinegar. It has to be organic apple cider vinegar (ACV), which is unfiltered and unpasteurized or raw. Since it is unfiltered, the vinegar is not clear. You may find some strand-like sediment at the bottom of the container – actually, the “mother”that includes the beneficial bacteria responsible for the health benefits that organic apple cider vinegar provides.
Water with apple cider vinegar is obviously not the refreshing drink most people would enjoy or look forward to but the following health benefits make it worth the effort of including it in your daily food intake.
A hiccup is not only an embarrassing sound when you’re in a public place or with other people around, it is also uncomfortable in the throat and chest areas. The sound is produced by the spasm or involuntary contraction of the diaphragm.
Hiccups are usually caused by overeating or just slow digestion when stomach acid is low. In this case, ACV is the effective and immediate solution. A teaspoon of ACV in 8 ounces or a cup of water restores the acid balance in the stomach that reduces or eliminates spasm of the diaphragm.
Ease Menstrual Cramps
Many women learn from their gynecologists that one of the reasons for menstrual cramps is the contraction of the uterus to expel blood clots during the menstrual period.
Taking at least a teaspoon of organic ACV in a cup of warm water before meals would be enough to provide relief against menstrual cramps. Organic ACV regulates blood clotting. It has potassium and calcium that help ease muscles in the uterus.
Strep Throat Treatment
An irritating prickle on the throat is usually the initial sign of a sore throat. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and bacteria. Before you feel more symptoms like pain and itchiness, gargle every hour with a mixture of 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup warm water. Organic ACV solution is an effective germ buster and relief can be achieved in as short as 30 minutes up to a whole day of hourly gargling. The strength of the effective ACV solution may be different for each individual.
Immune System Booster Against Common Cold
Vitamins A,B,C and E as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals in small amounts make organic ACV a fantastic immune booster. A strong immune system is the best defense against common colds. In addition, ACV has malic acid that is antiviral and antimicrobial. It also helps break up mucus to bring relief to sinus congestion.
Taking three tablespoons of raw, unfiltered organic ACV with a glass of warm water on an empty stomach every morning would be effective to defend most people against common colds.
Lowers High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a health concern experienced by millions of adults worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States alone, “About 70 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 of every 3 adults.” The problem is only “about half (52%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.”
High blood pressure or hypertension is also considered a “silent killer” that puts much strain to the heart. It also increases a person’s risk for a heart attack, strike, chronic heart failure and kidney disease. It would be worth their effort to try a natural remedy. Take a quarter cup of organic ACV in half a cup of warm water daily, about 30 minutes before breakfast.
To monitor, the results, take your blood pressure daily and be pleasantly surprised by the results. According to animal studies, organic ACV lowers blood pressure by reducing the enzymearginase which causes constriction of blood vessels.
Aids in Weight Loss
Taking 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) organic ACV mixed with water daily will help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite, increasing metabolism and reducing water retention. It is best to take the ACV-water solution before meals, so choose before which meal you will take it.
According to a research published on the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ACV suppresses appetite by regulating the blood glucose – no sudden surging or plummeting. Surging blood sugar level increases appetite.
Diarrhea is usually caused by bacterial infection. Taking one or two tablespoons organic ACV with a glass of warm water or apple juice can help treat the problem.Organic ACV has antibiotic property. Any intestinal spasm that is often felt by diarrhea patients can be eased by pectin in ACV.
Leg Cramps Relief
Night time leg cramps is usually a sign of potassium deficiency. Organic ACV is high in potassium content. Taking a mixture of 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and a glass of warm water can bring relief to night time leg cramps.
Lowers Blood Sugar Level
According to a study of people suffering from type 2 diabetes but were not taking insulin, drinking water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed time reduced their glucose levels when checked by morning.
A study at the Arizona State University showed that insulin resistant people with type 2 diabetes who drank water with apple cider vinegar before a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar level when checked afterward.
While drinking water with organic apple cider vinegar can provide various health benefits, you should be aware of the risks and the proper way to take it that include but is not limited to the following:
- Never drink apple cider vinegar undiluted because it is an acid that can damage the mucus membrane and the passages to the digestive tract. Dilute it with water, or juice. You can also include it in your salad dressing.
- Even diluted apple cider vinegar can irritate the esophagus and damage the teeth enamel. Drink water or clean your teeth after taking diluted apple cider vinegar.
- Apple cider vinegar taken while under medication or taking supplements can have unfavorable results. Always consult your physician.
- Don’t drink ACV if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.