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6 Top Benefits of Consuming Apple Cider Vinegar for a Healthy Life

Consuming apple cider vinegar has multiple health benefits

You can reduce your weight by taking apple vinegar regularly

Mixing it with water can help you to grow hair faster

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Bajaj Finserv Health
November 30th, 2021
5 mins read

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most common staples you can find in households today. It contains apple juice as the primary ingredient, which is converted into alcohol with the addition of yeast. Though it has a strong smell and a sour taste, you can use it in salads, cooking and baking. Since it has a high acid content, do not drink it as it is. If you swallow this vinegar by itself, it may erode the enamel of your teeth or cause heartburn.

Apple cider vinegar is good for skin and hair growth as well. When it comes to dosage, you can consume it by mixing 1-2 teaspoons of it in water. This helps in reducing its acidity. You should have it at least 30 minutes before bedtime so that there is no risk of acid reflux or indigestion. Otherwise, mornings are the best time to have this drink. To understand more about apple cider vinegar uses and benefits, read on.

Apple cider vinegar uses

Minimizes blood sugar levels

Having apple cider vinegar may help in lowering your blood glucose level. Research confirms that vinegar is effective in reducing hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia [1]. It also increases your sensitivity towards insulin. This helps reduce your blood sugar. It is ideal to drink it before having your meals or right before you sleep.

uses of apple cider vinegar

Eliminates harmful bacteria

Apple cider vinegar contains antifungal and antimicrobial properties due to the presence of acetic acid. It has the potential to kill harmful pathogens, especially bacteria that causes infections. One example of this is bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which causes bad breath.

Bacteria cannot survive in an acidic environment. So, gargling 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water may promote good oral hygiene. It is also effective in eliminating bacteria that causes skin and intestinal functions. Since it can do away with these pathogens, you can use this vinegar for disinfecting and cleaning as well. By using it as a food preservative, you can prevent bacteria from spoiling food.

Helps in weight loss

With regular consumption of apple cider vinegar, weight loss may be possible. According to a study, those who had consumed it lost weight when compared to the control group [2]. Weight loss happens because of the presence of acetic acid in vinegar. It is effective in:

  • slowing digestion
  • suppressing appetite
  • increasing metabolism

Having this vinegar along with a high-carb meal resulted in satiety that led to reduced calorie consumption during the day, as per a study [3].

Additional read: 5 Amazing Weight Loss Drinks To Have At Night To Get Back In Shape!

Improves skin health

Be it dry skin or eczema, apple vinegar is something you can rely on! The presence of antibacterial properties in it prevents bacteria from causing skin infections. Since your skin has an acidic nature, using this vinegar helps in rebalancing the pH of your skin. This way your skin acts as an effective barrier against bacterial attacks. You may also use it as a toner in diluted form to reduce spots on the skin. Take care not to apply an undiluted form of this vinegar on your skin as it may cause burns.

Adds shine to your hair

To grow hair faster, you can mix one part of apple cider vinegar with one part of water and pour it on your hair. Leave it on your hair for a few minutes and then rinse it off. If your skin is sensitive, apply a weaker dilution on your hair. Even a scalp massage with the diluted solution stops fungal growth so you can use it to reduce dandruff too.

Additional read: How to Grow Hair Faster: 6 Simple Homemade Remedies for Strong Hair

Reduces digestion issues

You can use apple cider vinegar to improve digestive problems like:

  • irregular bowel movements
  • heartburn

Have it before you sleep at night and feel refreshed the next morning. This is one of the best home remedies for all types of problems related to your digestion. The acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar helps in reducing stomach bloating.

Even though apple cider vinegar has many benefits, it is better not to have it in excess. In case you face issues after consuming it, you can talk to top nutritionists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an online doctor appointment with a specialist close to you and address your queries at the earliest. Resolve stomach ailments at the right time while you enjoy using apple cider vinegar!

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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