You have probably used apple cider vinegar in many recipes, like in salad dressings, pickles, and marinades, but have you tried drinking it?
You may wonder why on Earth should you drink this sour liquid when you know its original use, but once you find out its effects on your health when consumed before going to bed, you will probably start practicing this habit even this very night.
Here’s the list of the ten ways apple cider vinegar can improve your health and overall life.
1. Helps Weight Loss
Obesity can cause various health problems, including lack of sleep. If you have more weight, you have more chances of having sleep problems. This vinegar can prevent fat buildup as well as decrease appetite. The insoluble fiber it contains, called pectin, makes you feel full with less food.
This makes ACV the solution to your increased appetite at night. Instead of grabbing some cookie or chocolate bar full of fat, drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of water.
2. Treats a Sore Throat
Apple cider vinegar creates acidic environment which is not suitable for sore-throat causing bacteria. Besides providing antibacterial effects, it’s also an excellent antifungal and antiviral agent.
To treat your sore throat, swallow a teaspoon of ACV an hour before bedtime. Wait for half an hour and then swallow another teaspoon, and later, just before bedtime, swallow another one.
If it’s uncomfortable for you to swallow the vinegar because of its sour taste, you can gargle with a mixture of a tablespoon of ACV, a teaspoon of salt, and a glass of warm water. If needed, you can repeat the gargle for a few times the next day.
3. Relieves Hiccups
The sour taste of apple cider vinegar can help distract your mind of the annoying hiccups. In this way, the nerves in your throat will forget the urge to hiccup. To relieve hiccups, just swallow a teaspoon of ACV, and then a glass of water.
4. Relieves Stuffy Nose
Apple cider vinegar can thin the mucus and clear the sinuses due to its rich content of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and E. To quickly relieve your stuffy nose, drink a mixture of a glass of water and a teaspoon of the vinegar right before bedtime.
5. Treatment of Acid Reflux
This vinegar neutralizes the stomach acid, thus restoring the balance of your stomach pH. This will help you relieve your acid reflux symptoms, although so far there’s no scientific evidence that supports this use of ACV.
Drink a glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before bedtime.
6. Bad Breath
Your morning bad breath is likely caused by bacteria in your mouth. As we already mentioned apple cider vinegar is an effective antibacterial, you can use it to eliminate your bad breath and keep your mouth fresh.
7. Reduces Stomachache
Is your upset stomach the reason for your many sleepless nights? If so, you can say goodbye to your stomach cramps and gas problems by taking a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar right before bedtime.
8. Prevents Indigestion
Indigestion is closely connected to insomnia – sleepless nights. Luckily, this vinegar can help you in cases of nausea and bloating. For this purpose, drink a glass of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey, 30 minutes before bedtime.
9. Reduces Nocturnal Leg Cramps
Nocturnal leg cramps are mostly caused by potassium deficiency. Having in mind that this vinegar is loaded with potassium, you can understand why it’s used for relieving nocturnal leg cramps.
Just drink a glass of warm water mixed with two tablespoons of ACV before bedtime.
10. Lowers blood sugar levels
The second most common cause of insomnia is high blood sugar levels. By increasing the insulin sensitivity, apple cider vinegar can lower the levels of your blood sugar. To achieve that, drink two teaspoons of this vinegar before bedtime, on a regular basis.
Note: Consult your doctor before using apple cider vinegar if you use any medication for diabetes.