Apple cider vinegar has been long been touted as a solid addition to a healthy diet. People have added it to their beauty routines, diets and a whole lot more. Is apple cider vinegar worth the effort? Can it really make a difference? Opinions are mixed and most of the benefits cannot be fully verified. So what do people use apple cider vinegar for? What are the benefits people are trying to achieve? We’ve compiled some of the most common uses for apple cider vinegar below.
It can help to keep to soothe an upset stomach: Sip on a mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Mix one or two tablespoons into water or a mild juice (like apple). A mix of diluted apple cider vinegar and a hint of honey can also cut back on cramps and an upset tummy.
Soothe a Sore Throat: Help kill germs with the acidic properties of apple cider vinegar. Mix about a 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle.
Clear a Stuffy Nose: An easy sinus remedy that can help prevent germ growth and thin mucus. Mix up a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a full glass of water.
Kill Bad Breath: A long-time remedy for bad breath, gargle with apple cider vinegar diluted with water. Remember to immediately brush your teeth afterwards (to remove harmful effects apple cider vinegar could cause to your teeth).
Improve the look and feel of hair: To improve hair volume and shine, after shampooing, rinse diluted apple cider vinegar through hair.
Weight Loss: Apple cider vinegar remains popular for those on a diet and looking to lose weight. CNN reports the most cited study was done with 175 heavy, but otherwise healthy Japanese subjects. The 12-week treatment produced lower body weight, body mass index, visceral fat, waist measurements and triglyceride levels. Nutritionist Lisa Drayer shared her thoughts on the study. “People didn’t really lose that much weight,” Drayer says. “Only 2 to 4 pounds in three months over a placebo. That’s only a third of a pound a week. If you are using apple cider or other vinegars as one part of an overall plan, combining it with a healthy diet, portion control and exercise, it might help, Drayer says. She suggested using balsamic vinegar on salads, in a 4:1 ratio with oil, or adding it to sauces for poultry and fish.