An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We’ve all heard this old adage, but what about apple cider vinegar? New research is emerging that touts the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, commonly referred to as ACV. Whether you are looking to shed extra pounds, reduce acid reflux, or fight cancer, the answer might be waiting in your kitchen.
Reduce Acid Reflux With 2 Tablespoons of ACV In A Glass of Water
There are many causes of acid reflux, but a common one is low acidity level in the stomach. Consuming 2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water may help regulate stomach acidity, soothing acid reflux before it even begins. Stopping reflux isn’t just about comfort. It can also reduce your risk factor for some forms of esophageal cancer. They polyphenols in the vinegar have also been known to prevent cell damage that could potentially cause any form of cancer. The benefits don’t there; a healthy stomach PH level also helps prevent an overgrowth of unhealthy gut flora. An imbalance of stomach bacteria can lead to foul smelling gas, so do us all a favor and drink your water with ACV.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis is painful, many times embarrassing and can be dangerous. The cause of eczema is still unknown, but many researchers believe it could be triggered by Staphylococcus aureus. Those suffering with eczema usually have colonies of these bacteria on their skin. Since their skin is prone to open wounds, it’s not unusual for people with eczema to contract staph infections. Individuals with eczema are able to reduce the risk of contracting the skin infection and many times soothe their symptoms with a bath containing 2 or 3 cups of ACV. The antimicrobial properties of the vinegar reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin, allowing it to heal.
Control Your Blood Sugar
In a small study, type 2 diabetics were able to prevent spikes in their blood sugar by consuming 2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water with a meal. The mechanism that could prevent a blood sugar spike is still unknown, but is thought to be acetic acid from ACV.
Cut Down on Cravings
Simple carbohydrates and sugar can be difficult to avoid, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Eating a carb heavy meal can cause your blood sugar to spike. This causes cravings for even more carbs. By consuming 2 tablespoons of ACV alongside your plate of pasta, you can prevent cravings for sugar and carbs later.
If you decide to utilize apple cider vinegar to benefit your health, remember these next few things. Never apply ACV directly to your skin, dilute it first. If you’re consuming the vinegar, don’t drink it alone. Mix it into another liquid. Finally, don’t use ACV to replace any medications you’re taking without first consulting your doctor.
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