This Will Happen If You Start Using Apple Cider Vinegar Everyday
Come on, lemonade, unicorn latte and turmeric tea…
Anyone with IBS knows that when your symptoms wreak havoc and interfere with your daily life, you will do everything you can to address it.
During 10 years of trial and error related to IBS, I’ve tried eating activated charcoal, doing hypnotherapy, whispering muscle massage, drinking aloe vera morning and night, and trying about 40 different brands of probiotics. If it promises to ease indigestion in any way, I would never leave it out.
While some may scoff, I’m sure other people with IBS can understand my plight. Because while some people prefer it on top of fries or salads, I started drinking ACV about six months ago – with ice.
Well…technically it’s watered down, so I’m assuming it’s not that hardcore!
Read on to learn how it affected my IBS symptoms and overall digestive health.
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1. My anger has subsided
ACV’s claimed relief of bloating and excess gas is probably what attracted me to trying it in the first place. At the time, I was experiencing severe gas and bloating after meals – especially at lunch and dinner – and despite my insistence on eating bland meals, I always seemed to have to take my pants off and carry a fair amount of discomfort Feeling spent a night. I hope this weird concoction will make me feel more normal – and actually enjoy my food instead of worrying about what it’s doing to my stomach.
After just “one dose” of apple cider vinegar, I’ve noticed a huge difference in how I feel about my bloating after a meal. I feel more relaxed and less burdened. The afternoon slump didn’t come, and instead of craving sugar in the evening, I was so satisfied after dinner that I skipped the usual treats.
A few weeks passed and I almost forgot what bloating felt like until one day I forgot to drink it – and was shocked at the huge difference it made. I no longer have to go to bed with a sore baby!
Why is this? Well, some of the main causes of bloating are a pH imbalance in the stomach, a lack of enzymes and probiotics, an overgrowth of candida, which can lead to other problems. ACV has antibacterial properties and may help treat gas and bloating because it stimulates hydrochloric acid in the stomach and aids in the healthy breakdown of food without the production of harmful toxins. This digestive conditioning can help you reduce bloating!
2. I’m starting to sleep better
The ancient Greeks were the first to discover the rich health benefits of ACV and began to use it as a natural antibiotic and disinfectant. I even use it to descale my kettle!
Later, the effect on insomnia was also noted. Apple cider vinegar can trigger the release of a substance called tryptophan, which is metabolized into serotonin, which promotes overall health. It can help eliminate the “too tired” feeling that sometimes drives our brains crazy when we try to fall asleep. It also promotes deeper, longer, more restful sleep!
I first noticed these benefits when my boyfriend asked me if I was sleeping longer. Apparently I used to complain about feeling tired in the afternoon (oops) and I haven’t mentioned it in weeks. Looking back, I realize that I didn’t sleep longer, I just didn’t want to hit the snooze button to wake up, and I didn’t want to take a nap at 3pm.
3. My skin turned white
I bought ACV at my local health food store a few years ago after a dermatologist mentioned it might be worth a try for my dry skin and rosacea. I was advised to use the diluted mixture twice a day. I didn’t notice any difference other than smelling like an old potato chip shop and gave up.
ACV may help treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema and acne, but more research is needed. I didn’t realize I could only drink it to get the full benefits.
Why does it help your skin? Apple cider vinegar helps produce malic acid that has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It helps balance your pH. So if your skin is too oily or too dry, it can help you get back to normal.
Since I started drinking it daily in combination with topical treatments – I exfoliate once a week and use ACV in my homemade blend – I’ve noticed a huge difference. My skin is almost clearer and easier to manage. The drought has largely subsided, and annoying red spots are rare.
4. My sensitive scalp is healed
Most advice on using ACV to clean sensitive and flaky skin recommends making your own hair mask by mixing it with water and essential oils – which I think will eliminate odors. However, I found that I got the most benefit when I started drinking it daily. The tightness and itching I used to have disappeared within a week and I could remove any residue with a few drops of the diluted solution.
So is it really good for your scalp? maybe! It adds shine to your hair and promotes growth! ACV is also a disinfectant, so it kills any fungus or bacteria that thrive on dry scalp, reduces infection and itching, and kills any internal yeast
How to take it
Most people, including myself, recommend taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water daily before meals. Since it can be bad for your teeth, I recommend a ratio of 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water. Be sure to buy the organic version so it has all the goodness without adding anything!
Whether my story appeals to you to try it yourself, I can’t hide the fact that the taste is hard to digest and the aftertaste is long. So I recommend drinking it all in one go instead of sipping it. To make it a little easier, add some orange juice or liqueur.
While some research suggests that certain conditions may have health benefits, more research is needed to verify all of its claims. This is a personal experience, and everyone is different. It affects you in different ways. Talk to your doctor before trying ACV or any other natural remedy for a medical condition. They can help you weigh the benefits and risks to determine if it’s right for you.