Apple cider vinegar is the oldest folk remedy with an antibacterial effect, which has an interesting taste and aroma of apples. It is used to this day in cooking and in medicine.
Apple cider vinegar is an acid formed during the fermentation of apple juice. At the first stage, cider is formed – apple wine, and at the second stage acetic bacteria interact with oxygen and oxidize the drink, forming vinegar.
For the first time, it arose accidentally when it got into a bottle of wine with air. Due to the difficulties with hygiene and the lack of boiled fresh water, vinegar began to be used as a means for disinfection and washing. The smell of vinegar quickly weathered, and the skin cleansed. Skin and wound injuries were wiped with vinegar to prevent infection.
Also, sour wine was diluted and drank like a normal liquid. The drink quenched thirst well and disinfected water.
Vinegar retains the benefits of apples in a concentrated form. Apple cider vinegar contains trace elements, minerals, and vitamins: sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus; all B vitamins, as well as C, E, A. But most of all in apple cider vinegar. Apples are one of the main sources of potassium (about 100 mg of potassium in 100 grams), which is also stored in sour juice.
Apples contain pectin, a natural thickener with the ability to improve digestion.
Vinegar contains enzymes and acids: acetic, lactic and citric.
With proper use, it allows you to improve the body and has many beneficial effects:
– improves metabolism;
– favorably affects the immune system;
– normalizes the functioning of the digestive tract;
– Helps reduce blood pressure with hypertension;
– normalizes sugar and cholesterol;
– removes toxins;
– prevents aging processes;
– improves the condition of hair, nail plates, skin.
Vinegar is an acid, therefore, it is used both internally and externally only in diluted form.
Vinegar must be completely eliminated in case of peptic ulcer, gastritis, and colitis of the stomach and intestines since the damaged mucosa is prone to inflammation. It is also necessary to minimize the use of vinegar in food for hepatitis, nephritis, and cirrhosis. Do not give children at least three years old.
Since ancient times, vinegar has been used to cleanse and disinfect, reduce inflammation. Natural acid helps to cleanse the skin, so various cosmetics are prepared from it: peels, lotions. They can be used after consultation with a dermatologist since vinegar can cause the opposite effect on irritated skin. It is always used in diluted form.
To soften the coarse skin of the feet, water baths are made in which vinegar and salt are added.
Rinse hair with vinegar. The acid neutralizes the harmful effects of alkalis from detergents and helps restore the skin’s natural pH, makes hair soft and shiny. Add a spoonful of vinegar to warm water and rinse your head.
Vinegar has also been used to lower fever and relieve fever. Wiping is best done with diluted apple cider vinegar. With reduced acidity of gastric juice, the addition of vinegar to dishes can facilitate the digestion process.