You can do a lot of things with apple cider vinegar, besides cleaning lettuce and flavoring salads. If you are curious about what else you can do with it, we recommend that you keep reading.
Also known as cider vinegar, this liquid that is obtained from the fermentation of sugars in cider or apple juice, and has multiple properties thanks to its main compound: malic acid.
As it can be synthesized by the body in a natural way, malic acid plays a fundamental role in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), one of the main sources of energy used by the body.
Apple cider vinegar remedies
1. Speeds up metabolism
Although the belief that this liquid diluted in water is a magic remedy for weight loss has become popular, in reality, this is an exaggeration.
Apple cider vinegar is capable of accelerating metabolism and, therefore, accelerating calorie burning, as shown in this research work from the National University of Trujillo, Peru. However, this is a very slight effect. Hence the importance of adopting good lifestyle habits and following the doctor’s instructions.
2. Relieves burns
Since apple cider vinegar has a certain analgesic effect, it helps to relax the tissue and, therefore, relieve pain in case of burns or irritations caused by the sun. It may also help prevent blisters from forming, although there is no recent scientific evidence to support this.
3. Soothes throat pain and irritation
Gargling with vinegar is popularly said to be very effective in relieving pain and irritation in the throat, although there is no scientific evidence on this. To try to ease the pain, you can dilute two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in half a cup of water and gargle.
4. Soothe ailments
A massage with a vinegar tonic can also help to relax the muscles and, therefore, relieve pain.
5. Relieves reflux and heartburn
The consumption of this liquid diluted with water helps to balance the pH of the upper part of the stomach and, therefore, alleviates the acidity. And how do you do it? Promoting the closure of the sphincter that joins the stomach with the esophagus.
To combat acid reflux and heartburn, drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water.
6. Helps control sugar
Vinegar (whether apple or wine) has been shown to help improve the glycemic response. Therefore, it can help control blood sugar levels by helping to partially block the digestion of starch (carbohydrates from grains and vegetables). And so this study carried out with animals points out.
7. Maintains the intestinal flora
By consuming apple cider vinegar, beneficial bacteria are obtained that help maintain the intestinal flora. It is therefore a probiotic food that should be included in moderation in the diet.
A remedy for beauty
8. To enliven the hair’s shine
Using a little of this liquid on the hair, once a week, is enough to make the hair look much healthier and shinier.
You just have to mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and apply it directly to the scalp. We recommend that you massage yourself with gentle movements while you act. Then rinse as usual.
9. To combat dandruff
Just as the previous remedy works to give hair shine, it is also very effective in fighting dandruff due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, as shown in this article published in Scientific reports. To reap its benefits, it should be applied from root to tip, each time it is washed, until the problem is gone.
A good cleaner
10. To unclog drains
To clean the pipes, prepare a mixture of ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of salt. Pour it down the drain, then add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar.
The vinegar and baking soda mixture will react, helping to effectively clean the drain. To finish, pour a cup of boiling water down the drain.
11. To disinfect the home
The natural product par excellence to disinfect surfaces in the home (such as the bathroom) and eliminate microorganisms is apple cider vinegar. To do this, mix a cup of apple cider vinegar in 3 liters of water and spray the mixture on the areas you want to clean.
12. To soften fabrics
If you want to use a different and ecological alternative, as a substitute for fabric softener, apple cider vinegar is the best option. This product helps soften your fabrics and does not impregnate them with potentially toxic chemicals.
13. To clean windows
Just as it can be used to disinfect various surfaces, apple cider vinegar can also be a very effective glass cleaner, helping to easily remove accumulated dirt and grease.
14. To catch the flies
During fly season, a container with a little apple cider vinegar (uncovered) can be placed in the kitchen to attract and kill flies. In this way, we will not have to worry about shooing them away by hand.
15. To wash fruits and vegetables
Apple cider vinegar can also be used to clean fruits and vegetables from pesticide residues and bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.