The magic of Apple Cider Vinegar : Nature’s multi-purpose product

 

Put it in your medicine cabinet, kitchen cupboard, bathroom and everywhere else, because this miracle vinegar deserves an infomercial! As far back as the ancient Egyptians, cultures around the world have been using Apple cider vinegar as a healing elixir, a youth preserver, disinfectant and much much more. This inexpensive multi-purpose product is an absolute must-have for those of us who love harnessing the power of nature. Doctor Hippocrates recommended!

 

Natural cleaning product.

Toss your chemical-laden cleaners! Drains, floors, kitchen worktops, windows, even vegetables! Diluted ACV is a great natural anti-fungal, disinfectant, anti-bacterial. It can cut through grease and act as a deodorizer. Most cleaning recipes call for a mixture of 50% ACV, 50% water.

 

Hair boost

Apple cider vinegar easily amps up your hair’s body and shine! This is a great way to remove residue and build up that come with using products, while also reversing the damage from exposure to sea salt and the elements. By balancing the PH of your scalp, your hair is left shiny and full as its meant to be. After shampooing, spray or pour one part ACV, one part water onto your hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse, then condition. Though the scent is potent, it fades quickly.

 

Make your face glow

This detox concoction improves your overall complexion and has the power to turn back the clock—or at least slow it down! Skin is naturally acidic, so the acid in the vinegar helps to restore balance between dry and oily. ACV works to improve blood flow, reduce scars, acne, fine lines, age spots and just about any skin ailment you might have. This antiseptic and antibacterial is a multi-purpose toner and moisture retainer.

Toner Recipe :

1 part apple cider vinegar

2 parts water

*Note : try this out on part of your face before applying to the entirety as some may be sensitive to its potency. If so, just dilute further.

 

Whiten your teeth

After those few glasses of red wine and that venti coffee in the morning, you might be less than pleased with your smile. Swish 1-2oz of ACV in your mouth for 1-2 minutes and rinse with water. Some will notice immediate improvement, others need to keep up for a month, but theres no doubt about it— this stuff has definite stain-removing capabilities.

 

Soothe sunburnt skin

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate the uncomfortable stinging from sunburn. Its been said that it also helps to reduce the redness faster than when left alone. After bathing, I suggest moisturizing with coconut oil, another remedy for sunburn.

 

Your weight loss buddy

In a 2009 study, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in abdominal fat, body weight, waist circumference and triglycerides. Why is this so? ACV helps to inhibit the digestion of starches, for example potato or pasta. Taking a swig of this powerful stuff, (or using it as a component in your salad dressing) also regulates blood sugar. Inhibiting digestion might sound questionable, but the fact is, the less starch your digest, the less that gets converted to calories . Not all calories are created equal, we want to remember that excess calories from starches contribute to weight gain and weight retention. This isn’t a free pass to down three servings of penne, but it will certainly help.
*Note : Make sure to check with your doctor before regularly ingesting ACV as some people might might need to ween themselves onto this. You never want to do too much of a good thing. Stick to a tablespoon diluted before meals!

 

Balance from the inside out : Detox

Equilibrium is your body’s ultimate and constant goal. Did you know Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level despite it being an acid? Thats right, an acid doesn’t always make for a more acidic environment. Furthermore, ACV can swing either way, and it helps your body in whichever way it needs. Apple Cider Vinegar is such a brilliant form of preventative medicine, and is especially useful after some unhealthy habits like a junk food binge. Naturally, our body strives to be slightly alkaline. If it falls out of balance, the following can result : Lethargy, mucus, infection, anxiety, moodiness, headaches, sore throat, congestion and much more. Try taking a shot of 1:1 ACV and water prior to meal(s) or incorporating it into sauces and marinates! ACV is rich in natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes that bind to toxins and make it easier for the body eliminate. It breaks up mucus, purifies the blood, and cleanses the lymph nodes. Overall, the immune system is a big fan of this stuff!

 

 

Candida killer : Bacteria overgrowth

Rich in natural enzymes, regular use of ACV can help rid your body of excess Candida. A cousin of mold, Candida thrives in various places, and is one of the billions of necessary organisms that call your body home, but with overgrowth comes lots of problems, some of which include : yeast infections, eczema, fatigue, digestive upset, memory problems, sugar cravings and headaches to name a few (there’s a lot more symptoms sadly). How do we keep it at bay? You guessed it. ACV creates a very unfriendly environment for the yeast. Another reason to take this sour shot pre-meals! *Note : sugar and gluten, as well as the rest of the “standard american diet” have been shown to perpetuate and feed Candida.

 

Heartburn and Indigestion : The real answer

Cue pepto bismol jingle! So, you’re telling me to treat an acidic “burn” sensation (as well as other ailments pepto cures) with acid-containing vinegar? Yes I am. You can toss your Tums in the garbage can now, folks. ACV mimics stomach acid, so has the power to correct the true issue behind heartburn : low acid, not excess. Yes its true, we’ve been dooped again by big pharma because natural remedies are not money-making! When your stomach is lacking in its food-digesting acids, the environment gets a little turbulent as it tries to compensate, sending some of its contents into the esophagus giving you that awesome burning sensation. Next time you feel heartburn, give your stomach the pro-acid it needs, not the opposite.

Ok, so why should I not use antacids if it helps with the pain? Since heartburn and indigestion are a result of inadequate stomach acid, anti-acid pills, while they may dilute the potency of the acid that ails you, does nothing more than suppress the true issue at hand : your body needs more acid! If you are suffering from frequent heartburn, your digestion and immunity are very much at risk and you pave the way for costly health consequences. In addition to supplementing with ACV daily (dilute a tablespoon with as much water as needed), we must turn to diet to prevent heartburn in the first place. Refined sugar and excess carbohydrate intake are a few of the causes of low HCL (hydrochloric acid).

 

Ok I’m sold! What brand do I buy?

Just like theres conventional apples and organic apples, the same goes for ACV. You’ll reap more nutritional benefits if its organic and unprocessed! And good news, the best brand doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet. 32oz of Bragg’s Organic ACV runs for around 6 bucks and can be found in just about any health food store, or online. Despite your aesthetic preference, the “dirtier” the better : your cider should be cloudy, not distilled, refined and pasteurized to be perfectly clear. So stray from brands like Heinz or Goya, go for the gold!

 

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