Apple Cider Vinegar The Health And Beauty Benefits Of Ingesting It

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. It is rated highly as an effective health promoting food among athletes and health conscious individuals but why is this? It may not be the most delicious thing you ever consume but apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid as well as an array of vitamins and minerals which are behind its health promoting reputation.

Below is a list of some of the health and aesthetic benefits to be had by including apple cider vinegar in your diet and even making external concoctions with it too!

Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar is known to aid weight loss by increasing satiety levels and reducing appetite. One tablespoon of the cider mixed with chilled water produces the best results. Apple cider supplements have become an increasingly popular choice for those seeking weight loss and Nordic Apple Cider 600 is a great choice as it is the most potent cider vinegar extract currently available. The ingredients include dandelion to help reduce water retention and artichoke to stimulate liver function.

Apple cider contains enzymes, amino acids and apple pectin which alongside the array of vitamins and minerals help to stimulate metabolism, satiate appetite and boost energy levels.

Improved Digestion

One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water before or during a meal can help to restore acid balance, sooth intestinal spasms and improve digestion. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to be effective against acid reflux, heartburn and even diarrhoea.

Blood Cholesterol

Research indicates that apple cider vinegar improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing levels of tricglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL- bad cholesterol) and increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL – good cholesterol).

Cramp Relief

Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for muscle cramp due to its rich mineral content. Taking one tablespoon with a glass of water helps to reduce the frequency and intensity of painful muscle spasms.

Bone Health

The abundance of calcium and supporting minerals in apple cider vinegar help to maintain healthy bones and joints.

Hair Health

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural conditioner following your normal shampoo routine to nourish your hair. As it is a completely natural remedy it leaves hair soft and shiny while helping to prevent dandruff and pH imbalances which lead to greasy, unmanageable hair.

Skin Health

Apple cider vinegar can be used in place of your normal toner. Mix ½ cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water and use a cotton wool pad or sponge to apply evenly over your face (avoiding eye area). ACV helps to maintain skin pH, avoid infections and prevent acne breakouts leaving skin clear, soft and with a healthy glow.

Improved Energy Levels

Apple cider vinegar can be used as an effective fatigue antidote when heavy workouts, illness or lack of sleep leave you feeling tired and drained. Add the vinegar to a glass of chilled water for the best energy boosting effect.

Whiter Teeth

It won’t taste nice but gargling ACV helps to remove stains, kill bacteria and whiten teeth. Brushing your teeth after gargling vinegar for 30-60 seconds will produce the best results as well as leaving you with minty fresh breath!

Cold and Flu Symptom Relief

Apple cider vinegar helps with sinus drainage as well as being effective in battling germs in the mouth and throat. This can provide relief for a blocked nose, sore throat and persistent cough.

Detoxification

Apple cider vinegar helps to balance body pH. Research shows that it can help to stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help to detoxify the liver.

Hiccups

Apple cider vinegar allegedly helps to get rid of hiccups. If holding your breath and drinking upside down fail to work...why not try it?

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

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  • May 30, 2013 Michal Preast

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