The vinegar has been found around 5000BC, when the grape juice that is unattended turned into wine and then it turned into vinegar. It was used as preservative at first, but then its medicinal uses came to light.

It was used by Hippocrates to manage wounds and the medical practitioners in 1700s used the vinegar to treat anything from stomach aches to poison ivy and croup.
It was also been used in treating diabetes. In French, vinegar means sour wine and it can be made by any fermented carbohydrate like apple, beets, potatoes, coconut, dates and grapes. It is made through long process of fermentation that leaves it rich in components like caffeic acid, epicatechin, catechin, gallic acid, acetic acid and more and that gives it powerful antimicrobial, antioxidant and other properties.
It is used for cooking but it is also used for hygiene, garden care, cleaning, health purposes and much more.

This are the health uses for ACV (apple cider vinegar):

Many people take 1-2 tsp. daily mixed in one glass of water, in the morning or before meals, and they report benefits from it.
It is anti-glycemic and it has amazing effect on the levels of blood sugar. It is thought that the vinegar’s acetic acid may lower the blood sugar preventing complete complex carbrohydrate’s digestion. This is accomplished by increasing the glucose uptake by bodily tissues or accelerating gastric emptying. Vinegar might inactivate some digestive enzymes that turn the carbs into sugar, and with that slowing the conversion of carbs into sugar from a meal in to the bloodstream. Researches support the vinegar as a diabetic treatment. There was a study that found that vinegar treatment improves the insulin sensitivity in 19% of individuals who have type-2 diabetes and 34% of people with pre-diabetes. Another study found that consuming 2 tbs. of ACV before going to bed can lower the levels of blood sugar in individuals with type-2 diabetes up to 6% by the morning.

-Health problem-
The Journal of Food Science explains that the polyphenols like the chlorogenic acid (which the ACV has it in high levels) can improve the health by preventing cardiovascular diseases and inhibit the oxidation of LDLs. In a study, it was showed that vinegar can lower the levels of cholesterol in lab rats and another study showed that their blood pressure can be lowered by the vinegar’s acetic acid.
It was also found that vinegar can decrease the levels of triglyceride and the levels of the damaging form of cholesterol- VLDL in animal studies.

-Weight loss-
Vinegar is great for losing weight as it has anti-obesity effect by reducing the amount of food that is consumed and increasing satieity.
When individuals consumed small amount of vinegar with high-carb meal they ate less food for the rest of the day. A research found that if it is consumed with bread it can lower the insulin and glucose responses and increase the satiety levels. The satiety rating is related to the vinegar’s acetic acid level.

-Sinus congestion and sore throat-
ACV helps to reduce and break up mucous in the body and clear the sinuses. It has antibacterial properties which makes it great for infections. These properties are also useful for sore throats. Make a mixture of warm water (as needed) and 1/3 cup of ACV and gargle with it.

-Acid reflux and digestion-
The acid reflux is a result of having too little acid in the stomach, but, luckily, it can be improved by taking 1 tbs. of unfiltered ACV in big glass of water per day. The ACV’s pectin may help to sooth intestinal spasms.

-Irritations of the skin-
ACV is great for many skin ailments from sunburn to poison ivy to bug bites. It can be applied directly on the area or you can try soaking in a bath with 1cup of vinegar added.

If you apply ACV topically, it may help remove warts because of its high acetic acid levels. You can also try to soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it to the wart, cover it and leave it overnight.

-It boosts the energy-
ACV contains enzymes and potassium to help banish fatigues. The vinegar’s amino acids help in preventing the lactic acid buildup in the body and with that preventing fatigue.

The ACV uses around your home:

The distilled white vinegar can be used for household use and the cider vinegars that are made from fermented fruits like apples, for consuming. But ACV can be used around home as well.

-Natural cleaning-
One of the best natural cleaning agent is the vinegar and this is because of its antimicrobial properties. When it is added to foods, the vinegar’s organic acids pass into the cell membranes to eliminate the bacteria. The foods that are fermented with vinegar have natural organic acids like tartaric, succinic, propionic, malic, citric, ascorbic, lactic and acetic acids. In a study it was found that the acetic acid can be deadly to E. coli O157:H7. Other study showed substances like lemon juice or combination of vinegar and lemon juice can be effective over salmonella.

-Weed killer-
It is effective to control the garden’s weeds. H. Garret (The Dirt Doctor) showed his recipe for herbicide that is based on vinegar and it injures every plant it touches, so in that case you should use it on those who you want to eliminate.

This is the formula:

-One gallon of 10% vinegar;
-One oz. d-limonene or orange oil;
-One tbs. molasses, but it is optional;
-One tsp. of liquid soap or some other surfactant;
-You shouldn’t add water

-It neutralizes odor-
ACV in a bowl can help in neutralizing the odors at home.

-Veggie and fruit wash-
The vinegar is excellent natural agent that removes certain bacteria and pesticides from the fresh produce. Make a solution of 90% water and 10% vinegar as a bath and soak the produce. Swish the veggies or fruits around and then, rinse them. Do not use this on fragile fruits as they can be damaged.

This is its use for beauty and hygiene:

-Hair rinse-
ACV helps to remove the buildup product and to balance the pH levels of the scalp. Rinse weekly with 1/3cup of vinegar and 4 cups of water. If you have dandruff you can spray the scalp with mixed water and vinegar (equal parts) and wrap it in a towel and leave it for 1 hour. After that wash it off and repeat up to 2 times per week.

-Facial toner and deodorant-
Dilute ACV on a cotton balls and that is a simple facial toner. It can also help the bruises to fade faster. It also kills the bacteria that cause odor, so you can dab some of it under the arms as a natural deodorant.

It is also good for the oral health. Gargle with diluted ACV and you will whiten the teeth and eliminate bad breath. But you should be careful, because its acetic acid can damage the throat, the tissues of the mouth and the tooth enamel. Always dilute it.

How to use it in cooking?

You can use it in numerous ways in cooking. You can try ACV in smoothies, soups, homemade sauces and marinades. It can be also add to baked goods or as a salad dressing (mix it with mustard, garlic and olive oil). It is also good on fish and it can be used as a base for cucumber salad.
It can be also added to homemade bone broth as it helps leech the valuable bone minerals into the water. If you use it for therapeutic reason and you do not like its taste, you can consume other fermented foods to get these acids. This will also recolonize the gut with beneficial bacteria. However, the vinegar is safe and easy to use and you can definitely add it into your diet.

You should always choose the vinegar wisely and avoid buying distilled vinegar. The distilled white vinegar is great for laundry and cleaning, but for health purposes you shouldn’t use it. Instead of it, you should use unprocessed, unfiltered and organic vinegar. If you consider taking ACV medicinally and you use it for long-term, it may cause low levels of potassium and can affect the bone density. That is why moderation is very important.

ACV could interact with medicine for heart disease and diabetes, laxatives, and diuretics. If you want to give it a try to ACV, you should talk to your physician to make sure it won’t interfere with other medications you take.

You can also consider using fermented vegetables but instead of acetic acid it has lactic acid. Properly fermented veggies will provide with two benefits, they will improve and replenish the gut

microbiome and it will provide doses of vitamin K2 which works synergistically with vitamin D.

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