In an ironic twist of fate, it looks like it might be easier than ever to get into natural remedies even in a digital world. The Internet has brought us a lot of things, and one of those things is greater access to information about the world around us — and that includes natural ingredients and supplements.
We’ve already talked about black seed oil being one of those trendy, natural ingredients. Black seed oil has a ton of health benefits, including reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Today, we’re going to look at another natural remedy that’s grown in popularity over recent years. That remedy? The humble, yet powerful, apple cider vinegar.
Helps With Cholesterol Levels
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Johns Hopkins Medicine cautions that more women are actually at a higher risk for high cholesterol than we think. Women’s cholesterol levels can fluctuate, especially after menopause, and triglycerides (which are measured alongside cholesterol) are even riskier in women.
Luckily, studies show apple cider vinegar can actually help reduce your cholesterol levels. Drinking around 30 mL of ACV in a dilution can reduce your cholesterol levels, which is great news especially for older women.
Helps With Acne
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of ACV as a skin toner. We’re here to tell you that yes, making homemade toner with apple cider vinegar might really be good for your skin. Experts at DermCollective note that ACV has a high acidity, which, when diluted in a toner, makes it a great solution for your skin problems.
The skin has a naturally acidic pH of 5.5, but this pH can be pretty sensitive to things like pollution, bacteria, and even water. A mild acid like ACV can restore your skin’s pH to its natural levels, while killing off bacteria and reducing inflammation at the same time. If you’re planning on making a DIY toner, make sure to dilute the apple cider vinegar with at least one part ACV and one part water to be safe.
Helps With Digestion
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples over the course of several weeks. The process of fermentation creates a string of enzymes and good bacteria, often called the ‘mother.’ If you have low stomach acidity, taking diluted ACV could raise your stomach acid levels to help improve digestion.
Brightcore writes that although ACV may have unfortunate side effects, many of these side effects can be attributed to its liquid form. Taking apple cider vinegar in supplement form like ACV gummies can offer you the benefits of better digestion, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and much more, without the downsides of increased acidity and damaged tooth enamel.
Helps With Period Cramps
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Finally, according to Days for Girls ACV can actually be a pretty effective treatment for period cramps. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and calcium, which can ease muscle cramping, especially in your uterus muscles.
A simple homemade remedy for cramps involves mixing 1 tablespoon of ACV in 16 ounces of water. If the flavor turns you off, you can add some ginger and lemon to make it a little more palatable. The result is a simple, natural tea that can lessen cramps during that time of the month.
Have you tried apple cider vinegar? Does it help? Tell us in the comments!
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