There has not been a skincare routine video that I have stumbled upon that does not promote the use of apple cider vinegar. I am, however, a little skeptical of it at first when there are many stigmas surrounding its use. Enter on a journey with me to come clean on what works and for whom it is beneficial.
Here’s a fact to keep in mind throughout this exploration. Vinegar contains an active ingredient called acetic acid. While darker vinegar might contain more antioxidants that can be found in fruits of more tanned colors, they also taste smoother than apples, but that’s up to personal preference.
The first thing to know before starting to taste test what it does to your health is to start out slow in small quantities. Add a tablespoon of it to a glass of water so it dilutes well before drinking it on an empty stomach. Mixing it with other foods might make you uneasy while exaggerating could cause your lungs severe pain–equal as if your lungs would experience a bad sunburn.
When drank in moderation, we’re talking a tablespoon of it on an empty stomach, reduces bloating as it helps digest the rest of the foods you’ve eaten. To some smaller extent, it cancels out the carbs you’ve eaten, and slows the rush of sugars to your bloodstream, so they spike sugar rushes less violently as well as they don’t make you crash afterwards. After all, you are allowed to indulge. The foods that accompany those choices hold the reins to how they are going to make you feel.
You often hear that certain foods boost enormous amounts of healthy properties, but do you know how to pair them correctly to fuel your body with the best nutritious values each of them has to offer? Your stomach actually can’t produce enough acid on its own, and it needs help absorbing certain nutrients like folate, calcium, and iron. Apple cider vinegar is there to help absorb those and increase the values of minerals and vitamins you ingested. It can moreover affect your muscles to produce energy more efficiently for the same absorption qualities. Acetic acid helps muscles turn carbs into energy. You can hear extreme athletes talk about how they drink a little of it prior to eating a carb-packed meal leading to the bigger events.
Don’t worry. Drinking a little apple cider vinegar won’t make your body sour. It actually balances your body’s pH values and can, in turn, lead to better bone health. While it makes your body’s pH more basic, it also depends on the combination of things you’re eating and doing. Greater bone density is achieved by more alkaline diets (eating more vegetables and fewer meats). It is probably not good enough reason to turn you into a vegan but worth noting for when you feel rather weak.
Apple cider vinegar is not useful only in cuisine, but it is a great medium to clean anything from fruits and vegetables to stains on your clothes and bathroom tiles because it is filled with antibacterial properties. Again, it should be used in moderation. While taste testing it on my own, I would rather be cautious about some of its popularly advised uses.
Cleaning acne: yes, it does have antibacterial effects but can oftentimes also irritate the skin. Therefore, I say try it. Start using it only a little and very diluted before bathing your whole face in it hoping for it to create miracles.
There are no studies confirming that it suppresses appetite. The amount you would have to drink is too big and would certainly make you nauseous rather than full.
I would definitely not recommend it as the greatest option to clear wounds with it. It can irritate the healthy skin around too. There are other antibacterial products designed to serve the same purpose that won’t make you scream your lungs out because of their burn.
Obviously, there are numerous uses for something like an apple cider vinegar can offer, but I would stick to the proven ones and experiment in moderation in cases when you decide to do so.