Can one substance actually be used to improve your health, promote good hygiene, beautify your skin, clean your house, and cook delicious meals?
The answer is a resounding YES!
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a highly nutritious and extremely versatile ferment that is both affordable and widely available at most grocery stores. This means you have little excuse for not utilizing this potent panacea in your everyday life!
But before we get to the myriad benefits of this miracle tonic, let us first address what exactly apple cider vinegar is and why, with so many other kinds of vinegar available, apple cider vinegar is so special.
All Vinegar is Not Created Equal!
Crushed apples make apple cider. Alcoholic cider is made by fermenting apple cider with microorganisms that convert the sugar to alcohol. When you ferment alcoholic cider, the alcohol is turned into acetic acid resulting in apple cider vinegar.
Unpasteurized and unfiltered apple cider vinegar includes the live colonies of bacteria and yeast responsible for the fermentation. These colonies are called “the mother.” The mother is the source of many of the health benefits of ACV. This is largely due to the living probiotic (beneficial microorganism) and enzyme content of the mother.
You will know the mother is present by the appearance of a cloudy mixture at the bottom of the bottle.
White vinegar, on the other hand, has been pasteurized and distilled, eliminating all the living organisms and drastically reducing the beneficial properties of the vinegar.
Other vinegars such as balsamic (from red wine) have very high sugar content and issues with contamination from molds and fungus. For this reason, apple cider vinegar is generally considered the most beneficial vinegar that is widely commercially available.
How to Use ACV
A simple internet search for apple cider vinegar will yield hundreds of results touting its endless possible uses. So to make things easier for you we have compiled the uses and classified them into a list of the 5 areas of your life that can be the most considerably impacted by ACV.
1 ) Health
-Apple cider vinegar has been shown to positively impact blood sugar levels and carbohydrate metabolism. This makes ACV beneficial in treating diabetes. Just 2 tablespoons in water before a meal can have a beneficial effect.
-Additionally, single tablespoon of ACV a day has been shown to lower cholesterol and support weight loss! ACV can also help lower blood pressure.
-For those who suffer from digestive ailments such as acid reflux or GERD, apple cider vinegar has proved to be highly beneficial. This is in part due to the naturally occurring probiotics and enzymes which help balance out the microbiome.
-Some people also swear by the use of ACV for sore throat and congestion.
2 ) Hygiene
-Unfortunately, many personal hygiene products on the market are loaded with toxic chemicals. Apple cider vinegar can serve as a natural non-toxic and affordable replacement to many hygiene products.
-Use ACV as a hair rinse in the shower to balance out the PH of the scalp and help combat dandruff.
-Dilute ACV in a small tub of water for an all natural foot soak to eliminate foot odor and nail fungus.
-A dab of ACV under the arms can serve as an effective deodorant by killing underarm bacteria.
3 ) Beauty
-Beauty products are also often riddled with harmful chemicals. For an easy and natural toner put some diluted ACV on a cotton ball to promote clear skin.
-For men, a splash of ACV can be an invigorating (and strong smelling) natural aftershave. Combine with essential oils to combat the vinegar smell.
-In addition to cleaning the hair, ACV can also be an effective conditioner to beautify the hair with a healthy shimmer.
4 ) Household Cleaning
-The antimicrobial action of apple cider vinegar makes it effective as a natural household cleaner. Put some diluted ACV in a spray bottle and clean away! You can add essential oils to the concoction in order to make the smell more pleasant.
-ACV is very effective at cleaning fruits and vegetables.
-ACV can also be used to polish silver, bronze, brass, and copper.
5 ) Cooking
-In addition to all of its other uses, apple cider vinegar is first and foremost a food!
-ACV is perfect for sauces and dressings. A super simple salad dressing can be made with a combination of olive or avocado oil mixed with a splash of ACV and some salt and pepper.
-A couple of tablespoons of ACV is an essential addition to a bone broth recipe as it helps leech the minerals from the bones creating a more nutritious broth.
-You can also add ACV to your rice before cooking for a light and fluffy finished product.
The Miracle Tonic
With so many incredible uses for this amazing liquid, there is really no reason not to always have some around the house.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the options presented here, the best way to start incorporating ACV into your life is with a morning miracle tonic. To create this drink simply add a couple of tablespoons diluted in a glass of water first thing every morning with a squeeze of lemon and a bit of honey to taste. This practice alone is guaranteed to energize you for the day and prime your digestion for optimal functioning.
Do you have any uses for apple cider vinegar that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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