Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

With people searching for healthier products to use in their everyday life, hidden gems keep popping up, even some that you might already have in your pantry.  One of those that have risen in popularity recently is apple cider vinegar, specifically organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.  A staple in homemade apple pie, apple cider vinegar has many other benefits, including weight loss.

Weight Loss:

A study done in Japan to test the effects of including apple cider vinegar in your diet had two groups of obese people who ate similarly throughout the study.  The only difference in their routines was that one group incorporated apple cider vinegar and the other did not.  Over three months, the side that ingested the diluted apple cider vinegar lost somewhat more weight.1 According to the researchers, the apple cider vinegar may ignite certain genes that are responsible for breaking down fat cells.  However, incorporating apple cider vinegar in your regimen will not magically shed pounds overnight.  You’ll need to make healthy decisions to really make an impact, but it seems to have some sort of positive result when you incorporate it into your diet.

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Curing Dandruff:

When malassezia becomes irritated, which is a yeast-like fungus that naturally develops on the human scalp, it can cause dandruff.2 There are plenty of shampoos out there to fight the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing effects of dandruff, but with dandruff shampoos comes plenty of chemicals covering the problem.   Due to apple cider vinegar’s high acidic levels, it makes it harder for yeast to grow on your scalp when applied, and provides a more natural solution for dandruff.  Of course, it is never a good idea to use apple cider vinegar on its own, it should always be diluted since it is so powerful.

Clears Acne:

If there is one thing a majority of humans have in common is their dislike of acne.  Whether you are a teenager going through puberty, or an adult who feels like their skin hasn’t “matured” the way it should have, pimples are never welcome.  Just like dandruff, there are many products sold to fight acne.  With these products comes plenty of chemicals that may fix the acne issue, but isn’t necessarily a healthy option.  Apple cider vinegar has been said to provide a natural solution for your pimple problem.  When apple cider vinegar is created, it develops malic and lactic acids that, when diluted with water, can balance the pH levels of the skin and when applied to pimples and other skin blemishes, can help dispose of them in a timely fashion.  Apple cider vinegar is very strong, so if you do use it, test it on a small part of your skin to make sure it doesn’t become irritated, it may need to be diluted more and your skin may need to get used to it.

Whitens Teeth and Stops Bad Breath:

Everyone wants to have that sparkling smile when they meet people and they certainly don’t want to worry about having bad breath when they open their mouth.  Apple cider vinegar can help with both of these issues.  Gargling diluted apple cider vinegar can whiten your teeth and neutralize bad breath at the same time.  With procedures costing $200 plus to have a white smile, apple cider vinegar provides a more affordable, natural solution without a trip to the dentist.

Apple cider vinegar has been said to help out with many other ailments, from lowering blood sugar, to lowering cholesterol, but for such serious health issues, it hasn’t been proven to be 100 percent accurate.  It’s clear that apple cider vinegar can’t have a negative effect on you, if used wisely.  It’s best to weigh all of your options, and if you do decide to use apple cider vinegar for its benefits, make sure it is done right.

Yours in good health,

 

Vanessa Ardila

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1   http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar-and-health?page=1

2    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dandruff/basics/causes/con-20023690

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