Most people can testify to the goodness of honey. It has a million and one uses and works effectively. Honey is gotten from bees, making it a very natural substance when in its purest form. Honey has uses that range from medicinal to skincare to cooking and even a variety of DIYs.
A lot of people also know about the multipurpose goodness called apple cider vinegar. As the name suggests, ACV is made from apples. Apples are fermented to produce a highly acidic liquid with pH within 2 to 3. Being a highly acidic substance, ACV is usually not ingested undiluted as it could be harmful. Instead, it is diluted with whatever substance complements its wanted effect on the body.
What better substance better complements ACV in taste and versatility of use other than honey? This article is focused on discussing what happens when you mix magic with magic: apple cider vinegar and honey mix. First, let’s discuss why you should mix the two.
Why Combine Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey?
1. To reduce acidity
As stated earlier, ACV is a very acidic substance. Drinking undiluted ACV is dangerous to the mouth, teeth, and esophagus. Surprisingly, honey is acidic too. So you ask, why should you mix acid with acid?
The answer is simple: when mixed together and diluted in water, the acidity of the mix is greatly reduced before it is ingested. In the stomach, both the ACV and the honey are converted into an alkaline form before being put to use by the body.
2. Amplification of effects
There are some benefits that can be gotten from either ACV and honey and so when combined, these effects are heightened. This comes in very handy because one cannot take too much ACV at once without risking some harsh side effects.
But when you have honey to complement and even amplify the effects of the ACV, you get many more benefits in a drink than you’ll get from only taking either of the two. A notable example of this is the bad breath eliminating the effect of the mix.
The honey tastes sweet…very sweet. In fact, a lot of people say honey tastes too sweet. And indeed, honey is sweeter than all other natural sugars including most fruits. ACV tastes strongly acidic. Mixing ACV with honey helps to mask the harsh taste of ACV and the sugary taste of honey remarkably on both sides creating a balance
13 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
There are a million and one and benefits to be enjoyed when you take the ACV and honey mix. Most benefits can be categorized under general wellness, medicinal, or cosmetic.
Effects of the ACV and Honey on General Wellness
1. ACV and honey helps with weight loss
The magic mixture has been proven to assist in weight loss by curbing the appetite, reducing carbohydrate absorption, and minimizing water retention. Most of this is made possible due to the high concentration of acetic acid in ACV.
Honey can also help enhance body metabolism which in turn prevents fat accumulation. All of these effects combined help the body get rid of unnecessary fat leading to weight loss.
The vinegar in the mixture helps to detoxify the body by binding to toxins and getting egested with it. The mother component of ACV also contains good bacteria that help to detoxify the stomach. You may add lemons to the mixture to increase its detoxification effect.
3. Source of energy
Drinking ACV and honey can be a very effective way of boosting your energy. Honey is natural sugar. The body breaks down honey into fructose, glucose, and sucrose which are simple sugars the body runs on. When drank in the morning, the honey component of the mixture serves as a supply of energy for the body leading an energetic, productive day.
4. Remedy for halitosis
Halitosis or bad breath can be caused by a number of reasons including bacterial infestation. One of the most effective cures for bad breath is the ACV and honey mixture. Drank in the morning before any meals and at night before going to bed, the mixture can help to kill the causative bacteria leaving the mouth fresh over time.
Medicinal Effects of ACV and Honey
Due to the countless side effects that different drugs have, doctors all over the world are leaning towards more natural ways of treating disease conditions in recent years. ACV and honey mixture has been tested and trusted to help in the treatment (or even prevention) of the following diseases.
1. Arthritic pain
Both ACV and honey contain anti-inflammatory agents. Drinking a mix of both releases enough anti-inflammatory agents into the inflamed joint helping to suppress pain and promote healing.
This mixture is also a preferred choice since it reduces inflammation without the accompanying ulcer that NSAIDS brings. I have seen ACV and honey work like magic in the case of my father. He suffered from arthritis until he began to drink this mix daily. Soon, his joints were healed and degeneration was slowed.
2. Heart conditions
ACV and honey mix have different cardioprotective properties. It decreases the production of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and stimulates the production of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein). Also, both honey and ACV have been linked with anti-hypertensive activities.
The mixture helps to keep blood pressure in check naturally, maintaining blood pressure at an optimal level. At this level, the heart is protected and the blood vessels are protected from hypertension and the risk of suffering a stroke is at the lowest possible.
3. Treatment of infections
The antibiotic property of the mixture has been known for ages and even confirmed by scientists. The mixture is particularly effective in the treatment of urogenital infections e.g. bladder infections and yeast infection. Apart from treatment, ACV and honey can also help to keep the bacterial flora of the bladder in check, preventing the onset of an infection at all.
4. Sore throat relief
The antimicrobial property of ACV is complemented by the soothing effect from honey to provide a potent remedy for sore throat. The mixture is perfect for treatment and relief of sore throat. It is advised that you gargle on the mix before actually swallowing.
5. Resolve indigestion
Honey is used to treat gastrointestinal conditions that could lead to indigestion. The acetic acid in ACV can help stimulate digestive enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract, aiding digestion. When experiencing constipation, drink a glass of ACV and honey mixture and expect relief in a short period of time.
6. Relief from nasal congestion
ACV helps to break up mucus thereby decongesting the sinuses; clearing the airway. ACV and honey mixture comes in handy on those days when your nose is blocked and you need instant relief.
Cosmetic effects of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
Apart from the countless medicinal benefits of the magic mixture, there are a number of cosmetic benefits to be gotten too. The first one invariably is a body in better shape after weight loss from taking ACV and honey mixture. But apart from ingesting this mixture to reap its benefits, it can be used in other ways including
1. Get rid of acne
ACV helps to dissolve dirt accumulated on the skin and to unclog pores, allowing for proper moisture penetration into the skin. Honey has been proven to help repair damaged skin. Together, they help to combat acne and you can expect visible results within a few weeks.
For the treatment of acne, you apply the mixture directly to your face. The water component of the mixture is much lower than here than if it was to be ingested. You should only put as much water as vinegar into the mixture.
This helps to make the mixture thick. When you apply to your face, use it as a mask. Wait for 20 to 30 minutes before washing off. The mixture also helps to clear the scars and blackheads that acne is known to leave behind so be sure to continue using the mixture for a few weeks even after the acne is gone.
2. Helps with skin conditions
skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis can be improved upon by washing the skin surface with ACV and honey mix twice a day.
The mixture helps to balance the pH of the skin thereby reverting the effects of these conditions on the skin and ultimately getting rid of them. The mixture can also be used to exfoliate. It removes dead cells and improves the overall condition of the skin, leaving the skin rich and supple.
3. Promotes healthy hair
When poured in a spray bottle and spritz directly on the hair, ACV and honey mixture helps to keep the hair healthy and retain its natural shine. The acetic acid in the ACV helps to kill pathogenic bacteria of the scalp and to balance the scalp pH. The honey helps to moisturize the scalp ad hair strands. The locked-in moisture makes the hair grow healthy with a characteristic shine.
How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Recipe
When attempting to make your ACV-Honey recipe, the first thing you want to ensure is that your ingredients are in their most natural forms. Pure, raw honey can be gotten from the farmers’ market and in some grocery stores. Make sure to get the unrefined one as the refined one has already been processed or diluted with water in some cases.
Raw honey is a thick liquid that is unclear at the bottom because of settled lumps. For ACV, watch out for the ‘mother of vinegar’ sign on the label. The bottles with this sign on the label contain the most potent ACV. The ‘mother’ here refers to a visible cloudy pulp that can be seen to settle at the bottom of the bottle of vinegar.
The pulp is from strands of the substance that was used to make the vinegar, in this case, apples. Remember to always shake the ACV bottle to a cloudy consistency before pouring out your desired quantity
For a start, mix
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- in 1 glass (8 oz.) of warm water. The water could have been boiled or microwaved but make sure it’s not too hot at the point of mixing
- Gently steer the mixture with a spoon until the color is even from the top of the glass to the bottom before drinking.
It is normal to be unenthusiastic about the unappealing taste at first but the benefit quickly outweighs the taste. Also, you’ll later get used to the taste and realize that it wasn’t nearly as bad as you thought.
After a while, you can increase the potency of the mixture just as your body tolerates. I recommend increasing the ACV to a tablespoonful at first, then to a maximum of 2 tablespoonfuls when your body has integrated the taste and benefits of the mix. You can also increase the quantity of honey in the mixture to match the ACV concentration and to boost the taste.
When to drink your ACV-honey mix
Now that you’ve learned how to make your ACV-honey mix, you may be wondering when is the best time to drink it and how often should you drink it for the best result. The answer to this question may vary slightly according to your goals. People that take the ACV-honey mix for general body wellness may not need to drink it as often as people that use it to lose weight.
However, it is advised that you drink the mix every morning. For the best result, drink it about 20 to 30 minutes before breakfast. It is important to be consistent in this practice. Inconsistency may delay results which would then cause you to start having doubts about the efficacy of the mixture. When you make it a habit to drink it correctly and consistently, you can expect to start seeing results in about 10 days.
When you get used to the drink or if your goals are really high, you can consider taking it two times a day. Just be careful to only drink it within the tolerance of your body.
Side Effects of Excessive Consumption of ACV and Honey Mixture
It is true what they say, too much of anything is bad. Honey and apple cider vinegar are generally considered safe substances but even when it’s a multipurpose organic mixture, too much of anything, still, is bad.
It is important to mix the ingredients in the right proportions in order to avoid having a mixture too concentrated. It is also important to ration your intake and not take the mixture too frequently in order to avoid the side effects of consuming too much apple cider and honey. Some of the side effects are:
1. Low potassium levels in the bones
Excessive use of ACV results in depletion of potassium in the body which in turn causes osteoporosis. However, you have to be drinking an unreasonable amount of the mixture before experiencing this effect. Follow the instructions highlighted in this article and you can rest assured that you will not experience this side effect.
2. Drug interaction
When taken in little quantities, there isn’t a reason to worry about the ACV-honey mix having any effect on your medication. But when taken too frequently, the mixture can work to counteract the effect of some drugs or enhance the effect of some others by increasing the body’s sensitivity to them.
3. Compromised teeth enamel
Some ACV may linger in the mouth even after swallowing. When unattended, this small portion left gradually erodes the teeth enamel. When this happens frequently, the erosion becomes considerable enough to weaken the teeth enamel, leaving the dentition vulnerable. To avoid this, always rinse your mouth after drinking ACV and honey mixture.
4. Throat burns
When the honey in the mixture is not enough to tone down the acidity of the ACV on the throat, the throat may suffer acid burns. This can be prevented by mixing adequate quantities of all the ingredients. You should also make sure that the honey masks the acidity of the ACV while it goes through the esophagus.
While the proportions stated in this article are safe, it is important to watch out for your body’s reaction to the mixture. Reduce the concentration you are taking if you feel uncomfortable or feel any side effects. If you still don’t feel better after a few days, discontinue use and please consult your doctor.