Like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an amazing multi-tasker for health, household, and personal care. This vinegar isn’t just an ordinary vinegar, it’s got some really awesome medicinal qualities about it that have been scientifically shown to improve all types of health ailments. Let’s talk more about the benefits of ACV.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is made from squeezing apples and extracting the liquid, then by adding bacteria and yeast, the liquid is fermented and converted into a vinegar which has a resulting golden amber color. Most of the ACV you find in the stores are filtered so they have a nice clear appearance, but the raw unfiltered organic version contains a “mother vinegar” which is said to be responsible for all the health benefits it provides.
For general household cleaning, the filtered apple cider vinegar works perfectly, but for health and personal care you should definitely use the organic unpasteurized version with the “mother” for maximum benefit; the most popular brand being Bragg’s. The “mother” will have a stringy-like appearance at the bottom of your ACV, but this is beneficial for your health! You can, and should, drink these enzymes as they contain all the goodies that promote healing in your body.
Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
Besides being an effective household cleaner, there are some pretty amazing benefits to using ACV in your daily life, from diabetes treatment, skin care, weight loss, and more. Here are some of the benefits to raw apple cider vinegar:
1. Helps Soothe An Upset Stomach
Due to the antibacterial, antimicrobal, and antiviral properties, ACV can help kill off any bad gut bacteria that may be causing you discomfort like bloating, constipation, food poisoning, diarrhea, and more.
2. Works As An Anti-Itch Solution
Use raw ACV topically on any itching associated with bug bites, poison ivy rash, or dry skin to help soothe and calm your skin.
3. Soothe A Sore Throat
Coming down with a cold? Mix a 50:50 ratio of ACV and water to gargle with which will create an acidic environment to help kill off harmful bacteria from taking over in your throat. Try a mug of hot tea, ACV, lemon, and honey for a soothing drink.
4. Helps Detox The Body
Because of the natural enzymes in raw ACV, the unique acids can bind to toxins and help flush them out of your body. ACV can also break up mucus, stimulate circulation, and cleanse the lymph nodes to keep your body healthy.
5. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have shown that taking ACV can significantly reduce blood glucose when eating high-carb meals. This is extremely useful for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes, but check with your doctor if you’re already taking medication to lower your blood sugar.
6. Can Help You Lose Weight
7. Vinegar May Protect Against Cancer
Some lab studies on rats have shown that vinegar can kill cancer and shrink tumors. While more studies need to be done, the health benefits of ACV are promising.
8. Relieve Dandruff And Psoriasis
I’ve personally used ACV on my psoriasis flareups and it works amazingly! The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of apple cider vinegar help alleviate the itchy, flaky skin that comes with dandruff and psoriasis. Make a natural balancing hair conditioning rinse to use in the shower for smooth, healthy hair and scalp.
9. Improve Skin Complexion
ACV has been used to pull toxins from the body when taken internally, but it’s also been used as a natural astringent for skin. Dilute some ACV with water and rub on skin with a cotton ball or pad to help kill bacteria and clean out impurities.
10. Works As A Deodorant
I know, this one does sound weird, but it actually works! The anti-bacterial properties of ACV can help kill the bacteria that causes B.O. and keep it at bay. The strong smell of ACV will wear off once it dries, but you can also try making an all natural deodorant for everyday use.
11. Get Rid Of Warts
While there are many different ways to treat warts, why not use a natural method by putting some ACV onto a cotton ball and affixing it to the affected area overnight. Watch your warts magically disappear!
12. Freshens Bad Breath
You guessed it, the anti-bacterial ingredients in ACV can kill the bad breath causing bacteria, giving you fresher breath naturally. Just use a teaspoon to sip or gargle in your mouth to banish bad breath.
13. Deodorizes Feet
If you suffer from sweaty stinky feet, you can use ACV to help neutralize those foot odors. Take a baby wipe or wash cloth with a splash of ACV to kill that funky foot smell.
There are many other benefits to using apple cider vinegar for your health, but there’s no denying that it should definitely be a staple in your daily life. Use a splash of it to make a tangy dressing for salads, or put a 1/4 cup in your green smoothies for a boost of energy.
I love adding a tablespoon to my apple juice and kombucha drink to help aid digestion after a meal, or adding it to a cup of hot tea when I’m feeling under the weather. It’s a great addition to your life no matter how you use it!
Do you use apple cider vinegar in your life? What are your favorite ways to use it?