The classic Indian household favourite spice, ginger, is the powerhouse of various nutrients that makes it effective and largely used for avoiding various health and derma related ailments. The strong and spicy aroma of ginger has obtained its own niche in every kitchen. Due to its therapeutic effects, ginger has been used since ages and in different forms, like powdered, dried, juice, oil, and fresh.
Benefits & Medicinal Use
Treats Nausea and VomitingGinger helps in preventing the sensation of vomiting and nausea. Chewing fresh ginger can treat the queasy feeling caused after surgery, seasickness, sinus, chemotherapy and motion sickness.
Treats Respiratory ProblemsThe antihistamine properties present in ginger treats the respiratory problems well. It is a perfect option for treating sore throat, and cough and cold. A teaspoon of ginger juice when taken with honey helps in preventing the sore throat. Moreover, ginger is an all time favourite for getting rid of clogging in the throat and nose. Even during asthma, a brew of ginger juice, fenugreek and honey proves to be effective.
Prevents Morning SicknessDuring pregnancy, some women complain of suffering from morning sickness. Ginger proves to be helpful in such conditions.
Aids in DigestionHad a large meal?? Feeling heavy?? Just chew a fresh piece of ginger! It will improve the absorption of essential nutrients in the body, thus aiding in digestion.
Remedy for Loss of AppetiteFor those, who suffer with the problem of loss of appetite, ginger is a boon as it increases the production of digestive juices in the body, thereby acting as an appetite booster. Remember to eat fresh ginger just before you have a meal.
Anti-flatulenceHaving an upset stomach?? Well, ginger will prevent. Eat fresh ginger to prevent yourself from the troubles of bloating and gas.
Reduces Menstrual PainIf ginger is taken at the onset of the menstrual cycle, it can relieve menstrual pains and cramps to a great amount.
Relieves HeadacheGinger is equally good in relieving a person from headache, whether caused by migraine or sinus. Apply ginger paste on the forehead and inhale its aroma. Ginger will help in relieving inflammation in the blood vessels, thereby reducing headache.
Reduce ArthritisThe analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds present in the ginger help reduce joint disorders, like arthritis. Bathing with water, mixed with ginger oil, can also prevent muscle and joint pain.
Prevents CancerGinger is highly rich in antioxidants and has the capability to provoke the death of cancerous cells and suppressing certain proteins. Ginger is an effective therapy in preventing certain cancers, like ovarian and colon.
Heartburn ReliefGinger is also used for relieving heartburn. For this purpose, it is mostly taken in the form of tea.
Anti-coagulantGinger reduces the risk of atherosclerosis by making blood platelets less sticky. Use ginger in cooking and beverages to get benefits of its anti-coagulant properties.
Relieves FatigueBoil a few pieces of ginger with water and add a piece of cinnamon bark. Bring it to boil, till it entirely changes into golden colour. Drink it to alleviate fatigue after recovering from fever and it is equally good in muscle pain and soreness.
Pain-killerGinger juice is one of the best pain killers. It can be directly applied to the aching areas. Ginger is effective in headache, toothache, and jaw pain.
ImpotencyA teaspoon of young ginger juice and honey in a half-boiled egg is an effective remedy in preventing impotency and premature ejaculation. It also increases the sperm count. Take this potion on an empty stomach, every night, for a month.
Strengthens ImmunityEither prepare its tea or intake it raw or cooked, ginger helps in every form. It strengthens your immunity and protects you from cold, flu and other serious diseases.
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years. India is the Second largest producer of Garlic in the world. Throughout history in the Middle East, East Asia and Nepal, garlic has been used to treat bronchitis, hypertension (high blood pressure), TB (tuberculosis), liver disorders, dysentery, flatulence, colic, intestinal worms, rheumatism, diabetes, and fevers. Raw garlic is an excellent source (> 20% of the Daily Value, DV per 100 g)) of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and the dietary minerals, phosphorus, selenium and manganese, while it is a good source (10-19% DV) of protein, vitamin B5, thiamin, calcium, iron and zinc.
Benefits & Medicinal Use
Lowers Lung Cancer RiskPeople who ate raw garlic at least twice a week had a 44% lower risk of developing lung cancer, according to a study carried out at the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China.
Cancer PreventionDaily intake of garlic has been found to lower risk of most types of cancer. This anti-cancer property is due to allyl sulphides found in garlic. PhIP, a type of heterocyclic amine (HCA), has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer among women. According to studies, diallyl sulphide found in garlic inhibits the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens.
Lowers Hip OsteoarthritisWomen whose diets were rich in allium vegetables had lower levels of osteoarthritis.
Lowers Preterm (premature) Delivery RiskIntake of food with antimicrobial and prebiotic compounds may be of importance to reduce the risk of spontaneous PTD. In particular, garlic was associated with overall lower risk of spontaneous PTD."
Prevents Common ColdJulia Fashner, MD; Kevin Ericson, MD; and Sarah Werner, DO, at St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, Mishawaka, Indiana, carried out a study titled "Treatment of the Common Cold in Children and Adults", published in American Family Physician9. They reported that "Prophylactic use of garlic may decrease the frequency of colds in adults, but has no effect on duration of symptoms." Prophylactic use means using it with the intention of preventing disease.
Potentially a Powerful AntibioticDiallyl sulfide, a compound in garlic, was 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics in fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, according to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
Antibacterial and AntiviralGarlic is most well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections. Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.
Treat Skin InfectionsThe chemical ajoene found in garlic may help treat fungal skin infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.
Blood ThinningThe anti-clotting properties of ajoene found in garlic help in preventing the formation of blood clots in the body. Hence, it may also increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.
Reduce Blood PressureAngiotensin II is a protein that helps our blood vessels contract thereby increasing the blood pressure. Allicin in garlic blocks the activity of angiotensin II and helps in reducing blood pressure. The polysulphides present in garlic are converted into a gas called hydrogen sulphide by the red blood cells. Hydrogen sulphide dilates our blood vessels and helps control blood pressure.
Protect HeartGarlic protects our heart against cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and atherosclerosis. This cardio-protective property can be attributed to various factors. With age, the arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch. Garlic may help reduce this and may also protect the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals. The sulphur-containing compounds of garlic also prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked and slow the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The anti-clotting properties of ajoene help prevent clots from forming inside the blood vessels.
Reduce CholesterolGarlic has the ability to moderately lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque formation.
Combat AllergiesGarlic is known to have anti-inflammatory property. It can help the body fight against allergies. The anti-arthritic property of garlic is due to diallyl sulphide and thiacremonone. Garlic has been show to improve allergic airway inflammation (allergic rhinitis). Raw garlic juice may be used to immediately stop the itching due to rashes and bug bites.
Remedy for Respiratory ProblemsDaily use of garlic might reduce the frequency and number of colds. Its antibacterial properties help in treating throat irritations. Garlic may also reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections. Its benefits in disorders of the lungs like asthma, difficulty of breathing, etc. make it a priceless medicine. Its ability to promote expectoration makes it irreplaceable in chronic bronchitis.
Regulate Blood SugarGarlic increases insulin release and regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Effective against Warts and CornsApplying fat dissolving garlic extracts to corns on the feet and warts on the hands is thought to improve these conditions.
Improve Iron MetabolismFerroportin is a protein which helps in iron absorption and release. Diallyl sulphides in garlic increase production of ferroportin and help improve iron metabolism.
Relieve ToothachesSimply put some crushed garlic clove directly on the affected tooth can help relieve toothaches due to its antibacterial and analgesic properties. But be aware that it can be irritating to the gum.
Reduce WeightMany researchers believe that obesity is a state of long-term low-grade inflammation. According to recent research, garlic may help to regulate the formation of fat cells in our body. Pre-adipocytes are converted into fat cells (adipocytes) through inflammatory system activity. The anti-inflammatory property of 1, 2-DT (1, 2-vinyldithiin) found in garlic may help inhibit this conversion. This may help prevent weight gain.
India is the third largest producer of lemon in the world.
Benefits & Medicinal Use
Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies.
Malaria can be prevented by consuming one teaspoon lemon juice with one teaspoon white onion juice three times a day.
Piles and Amoebiosis can be prevented.
Indigestion can be prevented by consuming the mixture of lemon juice and baking powder with water.
Drinking lemon juice with honey, reduces chest pain, head-ache and indigestion.
Taking lemon juice before meals reduces intestinal obstruction.
Lemon juice taken with tea reduces cold. Make two parts of lemon, add salt to it, make it dry, powder it. Consuming this powder for a month reduces the blood pressure.
Ear pain can be reduced by putting one or two drops of lemon juice in the ear.
Bleeding at the time of diarrhoea can be stopped, if lemon juice is taken three or four times a day.
Tonsils can be prevented by consuming lemon juice with four teaspoons honey and little bit salt drop by drop.
Urinary tract infections can be cleared with the help of lemon juice. Take one cup of sugarcane juice, add coconut water, ginger juice and lemon juice to it. Consume this mixture daily for about a week regularly.
Headache can be relieved by applying lemon juice with cinnamon powder in the fore-head.
Piles can be treated by consuming the mixture of ragi flour and lemon juice.
If lemon juice is taken during the time of meals for about three to four days, the itching and pain in anus will be reduced.
Itching can be reduced by applying lemon juice with sulphur.
Vomiting can be prevented by consuming lemon juice. Take one cup of butter milk, add lemon juice, powdered cumin seed and cardamom. Mix it with milk and drink.
Rinsing mouth with lemon juice reduces throat pain and diphtheria.
Body fat can be reduced if a cup of lemon juice is taken daily during hot weather conditions.
Taking a cup of butter milk with lemon juice early in the morning maintains good health.
Cleansing eyes with water mixed with few drops of lemon juice, keeps your eyes clean and shining.
Modern science is finding that many of the historical claims that honey can be used in medicine may indeed be true. In the Bible (Old Testament), King Solomon said, "My son, eat thou honey, for it is good", and there are a number of reasons why it may be good.
Benefits & Medicinal Use
Acid refluxProfessor Mahantayya V. Math, from MGM Medical College, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, India, explained in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) that, as it is 125.9 more viscous than distilled water at 37 celsius (body temperature), honey may be helpful in preventing GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
Infantile gastroenteritisE. Haffejee and A. Moosa reported in the BMJ on a clinical study in which they used honey in oral rehydration solution in children and infants with gastroenteritis. Their aim was twofold:
Determine whether honey might affect the duration of acute diarrhea
Evaluate honey as a glucose substitute in oral rehydration
They found that honey shortens the duration of bacterial diarrhea in infants and young children. They added that honey does not prolong non-bacterial diarrhea duration, and may safely be used as a substitute for glucose in oral rehydration solution containing electrolytes.
Healing wounds and burnsThere have been some cases in which people have reported positive effects of honey in treating wounds. Hurlburt, a borderline diabetic, with recurring cellulitis and staph infections, tried taking antibiotics for months. However, they failed to alleviate the symptoms. Hulburt's physician, Jennifer Eddy of UW Health's Eau Claire Family Medicine Clinic, suggested that she should try topically applying honey. Soon after applying the honey, she began to feel better. Hulburt said that she remembered thinking holy mackerel-what a difference. It's a lot better than having to put oral antibiotics into your system.A review published in The Cochrane Library indicated that honey may be able to help heal burns, the lead author of the study said that "topical honey is cheaper than other interventions, notably oral antibiotics, which are often used and may have other deleterious side effects". However, it should be stressed that there is a lack of evidence to fully support this claim. In fact, a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases concluded that applying medical grade honey to wounds of patients has no advantage over normal antibiotic among patients undergoing dialysis.
Honey for treating allergiesThere is some research to suggest that honey may be useful in minimizing seasonal allergies. The Guardian reported that honey even 'beats cough medicine' at alleviating and reducing the frequency of cough.One placebo-controlled study which included 36 people with ocular allergies, found that participants responded better to treatment with honey compared to placebo. However, a third of them reported that eating a tablespoon of honey every day was hard to tolerate due to its overly sweet taste.
Fighting infectionsIn 2010, scientists from the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam reported in FASEB Journal that honey's ability to kill bacteria lies in a protein called defensin-1.A study published in the journal Microbiology revealed that honey is effective at treating chronic wound infections and may even prevent them from developing in the first place. Dr. Rowena Jenkins and colleagues, from the University of Wales Institute, reported that honey kills bacteria by destroying key bacterial proteins. Some studies have revealed that a certain type of honey, may even be effective for the treatment of MRSA infections.Dr Jenkins concluded: "Manuka and other honeys have been known to have wound healing and anti-bacterial properties for some time. But the way in which they act is still not known. If we can discover exactly how Manuka honey inhibits MRSA it could be used more frequently as a first-line treatment for infections with bacteria that are resistant to many currently available antibiotics."Manuka honey may even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate, UK.A study published in the journal Pediatrics, which compared honey to placebo in helping children with cough during night time, found that honey was superior. The researchers concluded "Parents rated the honey products higher than the silan date extract for symptomatic relief of their children's nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to URI (Upper Respiratory Infection). Honey may be a preferable treatment for cough and sleep difficulty associated with childhood URI."Natural honey better at killing bacteria than artificial honey. Kendall Powell wrote in the journal Nature that "natural honey kills bacteria three times more effectively" than an artificial honey solution of the same thickness and sugar concentration.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has been used for various household and cooking purposes. It is also an ancient folk remedy, claimed to help with all sorts of health problems. The most popular vinegar in the natural health community is Apple Cider Vinegar. It is claimed to lead to all sorts of beneficial effects… some of which are supported by science. This includes weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.
Benefits & Medicinal Use
Apple Cider Vinegar is High in Acetic Acid, Which Has Potent Biological effects
Vinegar is made in a two-step process, related to how alcohol is made. The first step exposes crushed apples (or apple cider) to yeast, which ferment the sugars and turn them into alcohol. In the second step, bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, which further ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid, the main active compound in vinegar.In French, the word “vinegar” actually means “sour wine.”. Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.
Acetic Acid is a Potent Antimicrobial and Can Kill Some Types of Bacteria
Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. It has traditionally been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections. However, many of these applications have currently not been confirmed by research. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.Vinegar has been used as a food preservative, and studies show that it inhibits bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in the food and spoiling it. If you’re looking for a natural way to preserve your food, then apple cider vinegar could be highly useful. There have also been anecdotal reports of diluted apple cider vinegar helping with acne when applied on the skin, but I didn’t find any research to confirm this so take it with a grain of salt.Bottom Line: The main substance in vinegar, acetic acid, can kill bacteria and/or prevent them from multiplying and reaching harmful levels. It has a history of use as a disinfectant and natural preservative.
Apple Cider Vinegar May Lower Blood Sugar Levels, Which is Very Useful For DiabeticsBy far the most successful application of vinegar to date, is in patients with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. However, elevated blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes… it is believed to be a major cause of ageing and various chronic diseases. So, pretty much everyone should benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels stable.The most effective (and healthiest) way to do that is to avoid refined carbs and sugar, but apple cider vinegar may also have a powerful effect. Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:
Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19-34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses.
Reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating 50 grams of white bread.
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%.
Numerous other studies, in both rats and humans, show that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood sugar responses during meals.
For these reasons, vinegar can be useful for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low to normal for other reasons. If you’re currently taking blood sugar lowering medications, then check with your doctor before increasing your intake of apple cider vinegar.
Bottom Line: Apple cider vinegar has shown great promise in improving insulin sensitivity and helping to lower blood sugar responses after meals.
There Are Some Studies Showing That Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help With Weight LossGiven that vinegar lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight. Several human studies suggest that vinegar can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and even lead to actual pounds lost on the scale. Vinegar along with high-carb meals can increase feelings of fullness and make people eat 200-275 fewer calories for the rest of the day. By reducing calorie intake, this should translate to reduced weight over time.A study in obese individuals showed that daily vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat, waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides and weight loss:
15mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
30mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.
However, keep in mind that this study went on for 12 weeks, so the true effects on body weight seem to be rather modest. That being said, just adding/subtracting single foods or ingredients rarely has a noticeable effect on weight. It’s the entire diet/lifestyle that counts. You need to combine several effective methods to see results. Overall, it seems like apple cider vinegar may be useful as a weight loss aid, mainly by promoting satiety and lowering glucose and insulin levels. But it won’t work any miracles on its own.
Bottom Line: Studies suggest that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness and help people eat fewer calories, which can lead to weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar May Have Some Benefits For Heart HealthCardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is currently the world’s biggest cause of death. It is known that several measurable biological factors are linked to either a decreased or increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Several of these “risk factors” have been shown to be improved by vinegar consumption, but all of the studies were done in rats. These rat studies showed that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.Apple cider vinegar may also contain the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to protect LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized, a crucial step in the heart disease process.There are also some studies showing that vinegar reduces blood pressure (a major risk factor) in rats. Unfortunately, what works in animals doesn’t always work in humans. The only human evidence is an observational study from Harvard showing that women who ate salad dressings with vinegar had a reduced risk of heart disease. But this type of study can only show an association, it can not prove that the vinegar caused anything.Bottom Line: Several animal studies have shown that vinegar can reduce blood triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure, but this needs to be confirmed in human studies.
Vinegar May be Protective Against CancerCancer is a terrible disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells. There is a lot of hype online about the anti-cancer effects of apple cider vinegar. Some studies have shown that vinegar can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. However, all of the studies on this were done in isolated cells in test tubes, or rats, which proves nothing about what happens in a living, breathing human.Additionally, most of the studies were done on rice vinegar, not apple cider vinegar. That being said, some observational studies (which don’t prove anything) have shown that vinegar ingestion is linked to decreased esophageal cancer in China, but increased bladder cancer in Serbia. Overall, it is possible that apple cider vinegar may help to prevent cancer, but it is definitely premature to make any recommendations based on the current research.Bottom Line: Some studies in test tubes and rats have shown that rice vinegar can slow the growth of cancer cells and shrink tumors.
Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your homeIt's made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It's then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.
It can make your hair shineApple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair's body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.
Natural apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skinDilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.It's also a recommended agent for warts. For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn't return.
It can remove stains from teethRub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.
It can soothe sunburnt skinAdd a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural aftershaveFill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.
It's an all-natural massage treatmentRubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.
Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight lossFor daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.
Apple cider vinegar will balance your entire inner body systemThe body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.
It can help you detoxAs part of balancing the body's pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.
ACV is great for your lymphatic systemThis miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.
It can help your body get rid of candidaThis vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.
ACV can help you reduce heartburnThough it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have an ulcer.
The use of apple cider vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your petsOne part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.
It's an all-natural room freshenerApple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.
Side Effects, Dosage and How to Use it
There are a lot of wild claims about apple cider vinegar on the internet. Some say that it can increase energy levels and have all sorts of beneficial effects on health. Unfortunately, many of these claims are not supported by science. Of course, absence of proof isn’t proof that something isn’t happening and anecdote often ends up becoming supported by science down the line.
That being said, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for more studies, since research on natural health products like these are both few and far between. From the little evidence available, I think that apple cider vinegar may be useful and is definitely a good candidate for some self-experimentation if you’re interested in it. At the very least, apple cider vinegar seems to be safe. There are no side effects noted with normal consumption.
The best way to incorporate it into your diet is to use it in your cooking, for salad dressings, mayonnaise and that sort of thing. Some people also like to dilute it in water and drink it as a beverage. Common dosages range from 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 mL) to 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 mL) per day. Definitely don’t go above that, because excess consumption may have harmful effects.
It is also possible to take it in pill/tablet form, but I don’t recommend that because a 2005 study showed that the true vinegar content of these supplements was highly questionable. There is also a report of a woman having an apple cider vinegar tablet stuck in her throat, which led to esophageal burns. It is recommended to use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the “mother.”
Apple cider vinegar also has various other non-health related uses like hair conditioning, skin care, dental care, pet use and as a cleaning agent (to name a few). These can be highly useful for people who like to keep things as natural and chemical-free as possible.
At the end of the day, apple cider vinegar appears to be very healthy. It’s not a “miracle” or a “prevent-all” like some people seem to believe, but it does clearly have some important health benefits, especially for blood sugar and weight control.
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