While long used as a folk remedy, apple cider vinegar became well known in the U.S. in the late 1950s, when it was promoted in the best-selling book Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health by D. C. Jarvis. A few recent recommendations have to do with digestion and weight control.
If you’re struggling with issues like constipation, acid reflux, or even food poisoning, put a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water. It contains a compound called malic acid and also boasts antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can all help alleviate whatever’s going on in your gut.
Apple cider vinegar can also aid in detoxification by breaking up mucus and promoting better lymph circulation. Apple cider vinegar pushes toxins out of the body while supplying your body with natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Also, it’s high levels of potassium help clear up sinus infections, candida, sore throats, and allergies. If vinegar and water is hard for you to bear, try mixing a few teaspoons in hot water with honey and lemon for a great detoxifying drink.
Of course nothing promotes weight loss like a clean diet and regular exercise—it’s really the only way. However, by adding a few teaspoons, or tablespoons if you can take it, to your diet each day, you may feel fuller, longer. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that it slowed fat accumulation. For a more subtle way to include apple cider vinegar in your diet, mix about a tablespoon into your homemade salad dressing and drizzle over a bed of leafy greens