Home remedies don't always work, but apple cider vinegar has numerous health benefits you probably never knew about. From banishing skin tags to reducing dandruff, ACV is a cheap and easy way to improve problems through topical application.
But did you know that drinking the vinegar just before going to sleep can help you lose weight, relieve a stuffy nose, reduce stomach trouble, and more?
The secret is to never drink apple cider vinegar in its pure form or consume it on an empty stomach. A good rule of thumb: Drink a mixture of ACV and water after dinner and 1 hour before bedtime.
Here's What You'll Need:
- 1/2-1 tsp organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Honey (optional)
Add apple cider vinegar to a drinking glass and stir in the water. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink 1 hour before bedtime.
Here's what happens to your body when you drink apple cider vinegar:
1. Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight in two different ways. It contains pectin, a substance that reduces appetite and makes you less likely to reach for a late-night snack. Also, a study by the Journal of Functional Foods showed that ACV slows the body's ability to turn starchy foods like bread, pasta, and rice into calories.
That means while you sleep, your body could be storing less fat than it usually does. "If you're interfering with the digestion of starch, less is being broken down into calories in the bloodstream," said Carol Johnston, PhD. "Over time, that might cause a subtle effect on weight."
2. Decreases Nighttime Leg Cramps
Many of us suffer from restless leg syndrome and nighttime leg cramps. It's no fun to wake up in the middle of the night with a Charlie Horse. There's a very simple solution to this problem. Leg cramps are often the result of low potassium, and apple cider vinegar is very high in both potassium and magnesium. Both are natural muscle relaxants, and once absorbed by the body, you'll feel better in no time.
3. Helps Treat Sore Throat
Are throat sprays and lozenges not doing the trick? It can't hurt to try a natural remedy to soothe your sore throat. Because apple cider vinegar is naturally antibacterial, you're likely to feel better after gargling with a teaspoon in warm water.
Also, because ACV is acidic, it creates an environment hostile to sore-throat-causing bacteria. Make sure to follow the recipe above and drink ACV right before bedtime so you won't lie awake when your throat is at its worst.
4. Clears Your Sinuses
Allergy season is all season if dust bothers you. If you can't breathe through your nose because your sinuses are stuffed up, apple cider vinegar will help you clear them. Just be sure to NEVER to treat ACV as a sinus rinse. Drinking a teaspoon in a glass of water is enough to neutralize mucus due to vitamins B1, B2, potassium, and magnesium.
5. Reduces Bad Breath
Although harmless, the bacteria in your mouth can sometimes give off a bad smell. Apple cider vinegar helps heal sore throat a similar way it beats bad breath. Many bacteria can't survive in an acidic environment, and ACV is both high in acid and antibacterial properties. Eliminate the odor by drinking some ACV in water.
Rather than using a mouthwash, save yourself some money and grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar - you probably have some in your kitchen cupboard anyways.