Vinegar is a wonder-liquid that can do everything from cleaning your windows to adding some zip to your salad dressing. What many people don't realize is that vinegar also has a slew of health benefits, both when you digest it and when you apply it to your skin.
On Your Skin
Vinegar has a variety of benefits when applied to your skin. If you're suffering from a bee or wasp sting, try applying a dab of vinegar to the bite. This will help to soothe your skin and reduce pain. Similarly, vinegar can be applied to a mosquito bite to relieve itching. Vinegar can also be used in a similar fashion to aloe vera oil, soothing a sunburn. Vinegar can even be used to gently remove warts or aging spots when swabbed on the skin with a cotton ball.
In Your Body
Some information suggests that drinking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar each day can assist in healthy digestion, lower your cholesterol, or even prevent ulcers. A similar dose might cure your hiccups. If you're experiencing a headache, try mixing 2 tsps of apple cider vinegar with a bit of honey and hot water. In addition, some dieters have found apple cider vinegar to be valuable asset in fighting off food cravings.
Vinegar as a Disinfectant
Keeping your environment clean and free of harmful bacteria is essential to your health. If you need to create a cheap cleaning solution, try mixing an ounce of vinegar into 20 ounces of water. This solution will effectively clean windows and countertops, removing 99 percent of bacteria from the surface it is applied to. It's also quite effective at preventing mold build-up.
Weight Loss Supplement
In a study by Carol S. Johnston of Arizona State University, it was found that vinegar can have a stabilizing effect on your blood sugar. The stabilizing effect actually cut the blood-glucose levels of pre-diabetics in half, similar to the effects of diabetic medication like Metformin. Studies conducted by Elin M. Ostman in Sweden have indicated that taking 2 tsps of vinegar before two meals each day will inhibit carbohydrate absorption, causing dieters to lose a half pound of weight per week, on average.
Although vinegar supplements can be purchased in pill form, the health benefits don't compare to ingesting real liquid vinegar. Balsamic and rice vinegars are also not as potent as red, wine and white vinegars. Try working vinaigrette salad dressings and pickled vegetables into your diet. If you're adventurous, you can drink apple cider vinegar straight out of a teacup or shot glass. The taste is rather sour, so be sure to use your favorite fruit or vegetable juice as a chaser.