The Secret Health Benefits of Vinegar

Chefs are taking advantage of the benefits of vinegar and we're benefiting from it. If you love to frequent vegan restaurants, you might notice that drinks have gotten quite a bit spicier in recent years, and I love it.

If you prefer to stay away from alcoholic drinks, you often feel left out of the fun cocktail-style, drink scene, and you needn't feel that. What you need to do is choose one of the shrubs, or vinegar drinks.

If you've a long-time Vegan-Nutritionista reader, you probably remember my discussion of raw apple cider vinegar and the health benefits of drinking vinegar.

There are some huge health benefits of vinegar that people report after drinking even a moderate amount of vinegar each day. Some reports of the health benefits of vinegar are corroborated with scientific studies, and others are just old wives' tales, some even dating back thousands of years. What vinegar does is detoxify the blood and organs, working to purify your body and allowing each organ to function better.

Basically, one of the benefits of vinegar is that it cleanses the organs on the inside of your body in the same way as it cleanses your kitchen counters and windows; it removes the scum and greasy buildup and leaves them shiny and clean.

When the vinegar clears its way through the junk and cleans your organs, it allows the kidneys, bladder, liver, and blood to have the proper pH balance an, increases blood's ability to clot and oxidizes it. This new clean environment allows you to digest food better, lowers your blood pressure, reduces blood sugar levels, reduces bad cholesterol levels, and overall makes you healthier.

A few years after I started adding raw apple cider vinegar to my diet, and after I learned about all the cleansing work that vinegar does inside your body, I found a Concord grape juice mixed with apple cider vinegar and fell in love. I scampered home and figured out how to make my own spicy grape juice, and I actually think it's better than the bottled commercial version.

I put together a few great vinegar drink recipes that will help diminish the strong flavor of straight vinegar.


Internal and External Health Benefits of Vinegar

Arthritis and Varicose Veins

You can help decrease inflammation in your joints by rubbing a mixture of vinegar and water onto your hands and veins with a cotton ball. When working on varicose veins, massage in upwards towards your heart twice a day.

If you have arthritis in your feet or toes, you can soak your feet in water mixed with vinegar. And, you can also take vinegar for swollen veins and joins internally by adding a few tablespoons into a few glasses of water each day. When you drink it, the vinegar will help to decrease the pressure on your joints from inside.


Asthma, Hayfever, and Allergies

Vinegar can help reduce the wheezing associated with asthma attacks, as well as the sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes from hayfever. It's important to consult a doctor to make sure you have the appropriate asthma treatment, and talk to him or her about using natural remedies like vinegar as a cure.

To treat the wheezing, add one tablespoon of vinegar to a glass of water and sip on it over the course of 30 minutes, then rest for 30 minutes, and drink another glass of water for another 30 minutes. By this point the wheezing should be nearly gone, but you could use another glass of vinegar water. Hayfever and allergies can be treated with a concoction of two teaspoons of vinegar added to a glass of water, taken three times a day.


Regulating Weight

Whether you are trying to lose or gain weight, vinegar can help you. Stories show that people have been drinking vinegar for thousands of years in order to lose weight. Studies show that vinegar decreases the glycemic response to food enough to make you feel more full and eat less. Others believe that vinegar helps the body to better burn fat away. Still others think that vinegar helps the body to oxidize the blood better.

Vinegar can also help the body to better absorb nutrients, therefore aiding in weight gain if you are underweight. The benefit of vinegar is that it purifies the organs, clearing the way for nutrients to assimilate into the body faster.

Drinking vinegar can also help your body to regulate insulin and glucose levels, which helps diabetics.

The prescription for help with weight regulation is to take two teaspoons of vinegar in a glass of water three times a day. If you are trying to lose weight, you can sip the water while you eat, but it should also be taken before meals and immediately upon waking up. Please do keep in mind that this is in addition to a well-balanced, healthy plant-based diet and exercise.


Skin, Hair, Nails, and Teeth

Vinegar is excellent for helping to treat eczema and shingles, as well as acne breakouts. If you suffer from eczema, it's also important to avoid salt and to make sure you are getting plenty of potassium. You can rub vinegar on the affected areas with a cotton ball as well.

If your nails are brittle or cracking, or if your hair has started to fall out, it might indicate a nutrient deficiency, and vinegar can help to balance the deficiency. It could take a few months for hair and nails to remedy themselves, so you have to give the vinegar time to work. You can add vinegar to a bathtub of warm water to help ease sunburns.

If you suffer from dandruff, you can try applying a mix of water and vinegar to your scalp and allowing it to soak in before rinsing. Some people just let it dry that way, but I find it hard to walk around all day smelling like vinegar, so I wash mine out.

Vinegar can help whiten your teeth, reduce tartar buildup, prevent tooth decay, reduce gum inflammation, and improve the strength of your teeth.


Natural Cough Syrup and Sinus Relief

An excellent benefit of vinegar is that it works as a natural cough and cold remedy. If you are suffering from colitis, coughs, hiccups, mucous buildup, migraine headaches, stuffy nose, runny nose, sinus congestion or pain, ear infections, or sore throat, you can use apple cider vinegar mixed with water as a tonic, as well as a gargle to help improve postnasal drip and sore throats. The same treatment will also help if you develop heartburn after a meal- take a drink of vinegar water once you start to feel heartburn and then for a few days before meals.

Even some of the more serious "everyday" illnesses can be improved with vinegar. A benefit of vinegar is that it helps the blood clot properly, you can stop a nosebleed, hemorrhages, and menstrual cramps by drinking some vinegar drink. Diarrhea can also be prevented and stopped because vinegar helps the body to better digest and assimilate the food you are eating. If you develop food poisoning, one thing that might help is to try drinking vinegar water. Vinegar works like an antiseptic and can interfere with the bacteria that cause food poisoning.


Sleep Disorders

Whether you are suffering from insomnia or constant fatigue, one of the health benefits of vinegar is that it can help jumpstart your system and regulate your sleeping patterns. You can even have a glass of vinegar and water by your bedside to help you fall asleep and stay asleep for as long as your body needs.

You can see that there are numerous health benefits of vinegar, and very few reasons why you shouldn't add it to your daily diet.



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