Apple Cider Vinegar Cures

Annette McDermott

Apple Cider Vinegar Cures

In recent years, apple cider vinegar folk cures have become more well-known. Many people believe apple cider vinegar can cure a number of ailments. In many cases, natural health experts and research agree.

Acne

Apple cider vinegar has both anti-bacterial and pH balancing properties. This makes it an ideal cure for acne. According to an article written by the Global Healing Center's founder Dr. Edward Group, apple cider vinegar helps clear blemishes and improves skin's texture and appearance.

To treat acne using apple cider vinegar, dilute the vinegar with water at a 1:3 ratio (one part of vinegar to three parts of water) and use a clean cotton ball to wipe on the affected area. Leave the vinegar on the face for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water. The treatment can be performed three times daily.

Body Odor

The pH balancing properties of apple cider vinegar may combat body odor. According to an article on natural medicine expert Dr. Josh Axe's website, apple cider vinegar kills odor-causing yeast and neutralizes odors. Vinegar can be wiped onto the armpits with a cotton ball. For foot odor, soak your feet once a week in a foot bath filled with warm water and 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar.

Diabetes

Apple cider vinegar may help people with type 2 diabetes manage blood sugar. Results of a small 2007 study on people with well-controlled type 2 diabetes suggest drinking vinegar at bedtime may improve waking blood glucose levels. An earlier study on people who were insulin-resistant, or who had type 2 diabetes found vinegar improved insulin sensitivity after meals.

Although more study is needed, apple cider vinegar is generally safe for diabetics as long as there are no underlying kidney or gastrointestinal problems.

Acid Reflux

It may seem ironic to treat acid reflux with an acidic product like apple cider vinegar, but many people are adamant it works. According to integrative health expert Chris Kesser, many cases of acid reflux are caused by too little stomach acid, not too much.

A 2015 study found apple cider vinegar helped relieve heartburn in some people although more study is needed. To treat acid reflux, drink one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in eight ounces of water before meals. Do not drink apple cider vinegar if you have ulcers.

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Bad Breath

A common cause of bad breath is acid reflux, which may occur if your body doesn't produce enough acid to break down the food you eat. To combat this, Health 911 recommends drinking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal.

Apple cider vinegar and water is also used as a gargle to fight bad breath. Combine one cup of water and 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and gargle.

Sinusitis

According to Earth Clinic, apple cider vinegar helps reduce sinusitis symptoms by thinning mucous and clearing sinus cavities. You can drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in eight ounces of water daily during cold, flu, and allergy season as a tonic to help prevent sinus infections. You may also create a nasal passage rinse from one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one cup of filtered water.

Psoriasis

Apple cider vinegar may help relieve scalp itch due to psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. To use, dilute one part vinegar with one part water and apply to your scalp. Once the vinegar has dried, rinse your scalp to avoid burning and irritation.

The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations suggests adding apple cider vinegar to your bathwater to help remove psoriasis scales and calm itchy skin.

Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar may help you lose weight. Research shows pectin fiber helps keep you feeling fuller longer, which may limit overeating and excessive snacking between meals.

A Japanese study showed vinegar intake reduced body weight, BMI, and serum triglycerides in obese people. Once a day, study participants consumed up to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in a beverage.

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Cures for Good Health

Apple cider vinegar cures may lead to better health. For best results, use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, which contains the nutrient-rich "mother of apple." Apple cider vinegar may erode tooth enamel, so rinse your mouth after using. Check out these facts about apple cider vinegar and talk to your doctor or a licensed natural health expert to see if it's right for you.

Annette McDermott
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Apple Cider Vinegar Cures