Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar I have personally experienced
I got rid of my wart, got softer skin and hair, and even helped with my stomach ulcer.
I suffered from stomach ulcer most of my life. It was due to a combination of poor eating habits and stress. Since I was in high school, I would have frequent occurrence of ulcer attacks. Anyone who has had one knows how painful it can be.
I tried all kinds of over the counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol to prescription drugs like Zantac and Prilosec. They all helped temporarily but not for long. Over the years, it would come and go but when it occurred, it was excruciating and sometimes I would be doubling down in pain that would last for about 10 -15 minutes.
After college, it somehow disappeared for a while and didn't occur for a long time until about 10 years ago. They were mostly minor symptoms but nothing serious until one day last year. It started out with a stomach pain and gas eventually leading to sweating and shaking. It eventually subsided after about 10 minutes but it was a very scary moment where I came very close to calling the ambulance.
For about a week after that incident, I was still dealing with the minor stomachaches and discomfort when I remembered what my mother had told me once. One of her herbalist told her about the benefits of baking soda. While researching on the benefits of baking soda, I came across tons of information on apple cider vinegar and it's many health benefits. Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to cure many health ailments including weight loss, lowering cholesterol, improving diabetes symptoms, and possibly even protective effects against cancer.
There are a lot of articles out there claiming many more benefits from helping with mosquito bites to getting rid of dandruff. Whether all of these miracle benefits are true or not, I decided to give it a try, and I have discovered some pretty amazing things. On this blog, I'll be only mentioning the benefits I have personally experienced.
Desperate to get well after my recent stomach ulcer attack, I read many articles online recommending that I try the apple cider vinegar and baking soda drink. Apple cider vinegar (Acidic) and baking soda (Alkaline) have opposite pH and each has many different benefits of its own but when you combine the two, it's neutralized, allowing it to be safer and easier to consume with combined health benefits. When I first tried it, I drank the apple cider vinegar and baking soda drink twice a day. I can't say for sure that my ulcer is completely cured, but since taking it, I haven't had any more stomach problems.
Mix 2 Tbs of ACV and 1/4 Tsp of baking soda (not baking powder) in a shot glass. After it's completely dissolved, try to drink it in one shot. To be honest, It doesn't taste good so if you have a hard time drinking it, you can add water to make it easier to drink. I drink it without adding water so I have less to drink.
I read that you can drink it anywhere from once a day to three times a day. It's also recommended that you drink it at least one hour before eating a meal. For me, I drink it twice a day, 6 days a week skipping Sundays. My first drink is around 11am, one hour before lunchtime, and again around 5pm, about an hour before dinnertime.
For me, I have a pretty good routine down after a year of drinking it consistently. Since I'm at work during the day and able to control my schedule much better without much distractions, it's easier for me to drink it at work versus at home where we have crazy family schedule. Once it becomes a part of your daily routine, it's easier to do and becomes more sustainable. Remembering to drink is the hardest part, but for me, the benefit definitely outweighs the extra effort.
In the midst of trying to cure my ulcer, I have also discovered that it was helping me with my skin. After drinking ACV and baking soda drink, I started noticing right away that my skin was much softer. At first, I had no idea what was causing it. Since I was still using the same body lotion, I knew that wasn't it. Then it dawned on me that it was the drink. I always had problems with dry skin and in the winter, my fingers would often crack and bleed. Since I started drinking ACV, my skin has been super soft and haven't had any problems with dryness. Just to test it out, I actually stopped drinking it for a few months and sure enough, my skin was no longer soft and went back to being dry again.
According to many different articles, apple cider vinegar has many health benefits on hair, but the one I personally experienced was how soft my hair got. With my natural wavy hair, my hair was always dry and brittle. Over the years, I spent a lot of money on skin and hair products. I used a lot of over the counter products but nothing really worked until I discovered ACV. It's better than any hair product I have ever used and it's so much more cost effective! I have been using it for over a year now, and my hair is definitely softer and not as brittle. I no longer have to straighten my hair so it doesn't look so frizzy, and it's much softer and healthier than ever before.
If you're already drinking ACV with baking soda like me, you'll notice the benefit without using it as a hair rinse, but if you want soft , manageable hair without having to drink it, then try the rinse. It definitely works.
To wash your hair with apple cider vinegar, mix 1 cup of water with 2 Tbs of apple cider vinegar in a bottle. After shampooing, pour the diluted apple cider vinegar to your hair starting at the scalp and to the ends of your hair without getting it in your eyes. Wait about 5 minutes and rinse with cold or warm water. You don't have to follow with the conditioner. Do this two or three times a week.
One word of caution: Do not use hot water to rinse your hair after treating with apple cider vinegar mix. If you have dark hair like me, it can bleach your hair. I learned it the hard way. After using ACV for about a month and rinsing it with hot water, I ended up with not so attractive bleached hair (at least it was soft 😊). I personally have stopped using ACV rinse for my hair since the bleached incident, but since I'm drinking it, I'm still able to maintain soft, healthy hair.
Recently, I developed a wart on my middle finger on my left hand. I noticed it about 2 months ago. Even though it was pretty small and wasn't painful, it was annoying. So, one day, I was drinking my usual ACV drink when it dawned on me to try it on my wart. I poured a small amount directly on to my wart. Right away, I noticed the difference. Before the treatment, it felt like it was growing and definitely wasn't going away. After only few days of treating it with ACV once a day, I could instantly tell that the wart was shrinking.
Since then, I got more serious and started treating it three times a day. In a matter of two weeks, my wart had shrunk about 90%. By week three, it was 99% gone. I could only see a small trace of where the wart had been. Amazing!
Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar (undiluted) on the area three times a day. For a faster recovery, put a band-aid over it. I found that covering it up with a band-aid overnight was even more effective. Treat it 3 to 4 times a day, and you'll notice the changes in no time.
Apple Cider Vinegar
When using apple cider vinegar, be sure to use raw and unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother". The "mother" is the cloudy stuff that sinks to the bottom, and most people believe that this is where all the beneficial enzymes and proteins come from. Be sure to shake it before using.
The ones I have tried are the Kirkland brand and Bragg's. Even though Bragg's is the
most popular brand, I have found that the Kirkland brand is just as good. I didn't really notice any difference in the effectiveness, just the price. The cost for one 32oz Bragg's brand is $5.99 where Kirkland brand is just $6.99 for 3 bottles of 32oz. Bragg is almost 3 times the cost, but they're both raw and unfiltered with "mother". As far as the taste, they both taste bad but I found that Bragg's tasted a little better but not by much.
I have really been blown away by the personal benefits I have seen with apple cider vinegar. It's always exciting for me when I find natural home remedies instead of running to the doctor's office.
There are tons of information out there including articles and videos on the benefits of ACV. Among those, most talked about is the weight loss. Some people believe that it's helpful when it comes to losing weight. Since I'm already at my lowest weight, I didn't really notice any changes in my weight so I can't really vouch for that, but I did notice that I hardly ever feel hungry anymore. Whatever you do, please be sure to do your research before trying anything. I'm only recommending what worked for me personally.
Other known health benefits of ACV
Preventing urinary infections
Reduce age spots
fights acne and blemishes
Help with dandruff
Encourage hair growth
Prevent hair split ends
Fights allergies and cold symptoms