A Side of Cider

The wonder drug of yesteryears and the remedy to just about any ailment you can think of, apple cider vinegar deserves a home in your kitchen cupboard.

Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements that are vital for a healthy body. It can be made by crushing fresh apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels.
With an ideal acidity (pH) level of five to seven, this health drink is a natural probiotic. If the endless list of vitamins and minerals are not enough reason to have you hooked, here are reasons you should have it on hand.

The inside story
Gradual as its results may be, the regular intake of apple cider vinegar is said to aid weight loss. The theory is that it curbs your appetite and helps you feel fuller for longer. This doesn’t mean you can chug a jar of the magic potion. Add two teaspoons to 16 ounces of water and sip the concoction throughout the day, preferable before meals.

It has been proven that adding a little apple cider vinegar to the diet has helped lower the glucose levels of Type Two diabetics. Using it as a salad dressing frequently has confirmed lower rates of heart disease as well. It is also known to help alleviate heartburn.

Often considered a natural cure for constipation, it is a natural remedy for diarrhoea as well since the high pectin concentration acts as a protective coating which soothes the inner lining of the colon.

On the outside
Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial qualities which explain most of its traditional use as a cleansing agent. It is a natural cure for acne. Apply a solution of two tablespoons of the vinegar to eight ounces of water with a cotton ball several times a day. This will help reduce infection and dry out inflammation.

The sulphur found in apple cider vinegar is said to fight age spots as well. Add two teaspoons to a teaspoon of onion juice and apply to darkened areas.

Bonus points
Are you on an anti-caffeine regime? Apple cider vinegar adds pep to your step. Always have it with water. It even helps rid bad breath. Those people with body odour can wipe armpits with the solution every morning or soak their feet in warm water for 15 minutes every week. It is also known to help soothe sore throats and clear a runny nose.

The cons
Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. Used in excess, or in the pure form, it can cause damage like wearing away teeth enamel and burning gums and tissues in the oesophagus.

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