This week, we read a blog by Andrew Merle. This was posted on Medium Digest, and I love his simple, yet informative ways to enhance our understanding of how apple cider vinegar can enhance our overall health.
Food is one of the most important parts of human life. Without food, we won’t get the nutrition and fuel we need to perform optimally in our daily lives. And we know that food choices play a pivotal role in health and longevity.
While your overall dietary pattern is most important, certain foods and supplements can offer additional benefits. In this article, I take a closer look at apple cider vinegar and some of its powerful effects.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?Apple cider vinegar is more than just the bottle at the back of your pantry. In fact, Smithsonian Magazine says ACV has a history dating back thousands of years.
It is made from a fairly simple process that has stayed the same for centuries: sliced apples are put into a jar of water, covered loosely with cheesecloth or other breathable fabric, and then left to ferment at room temperature for months.
The natural sugars ferment, forming ethanol which is then converted by bacteria into acetic acid. You’ll often find ACV with cloudy strands, known as the ‘mother’, which are enzymes and probiotics strung together.
What are the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?Like many fermented foods, apple cider vinegar has numerous health benefits. According to Brightcore, apple cider vinegar is packed with nutrients, including vitamins B and C, plant-based antioxidants, polyphenols, probiotics, and more.
MedicineNet notes that ACV can help control blood sugar levels, lower the risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and improve cardiovascular health. There’s even anecdotal evidence that ACV can help with weight loss by improving gut health and boosting metabolism.
How Can You Use Apple Cider Vinegar?There are many different uses for apple cider vinegar. It can be used as part of a tangy salad dressing or as an addition to your morning tea.
It is also a popular ingredient in many home remedies. If you have a sore throat, try mixing ACV with some honey for a soothing solution. Apple cider vinegar’s antibacterial and antiviral properties can make it a powerful immune booster, both in your gut and beyond.
If you have skin concerns, Taste of Home says apple cider vinegar’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural skincare solution. It can be used as a light exfoliant to unblock clogged pores and restore the pH balance of your skin. ACV has also been used as a remedy for sunburns and rosacea.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a safe, natural alternative to many cleaning solutions. It is a light acid with antibacterial properties, so you can keep your home clean without worrying about chemical side effects.
For such a simple product, apple cider vinegar is incredibly versatile.
Enjoy your week.
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