Apple cider vinegar (a.k.a ACV) the amazing, miracle, health tonic.
I have been drinking ACV for the past 2 years and noticed some great results (WEIGHT LOSS, BETTER DIGESTION, CLEARER SKIN) but I had no idea how beneficial it is and how many ways there are to use it, until I began this blog post.
It really is magic in a bottle.
But this isn’t some new trend. The benefits of apple cider vinegar goes way back in history. Even hippocrates was a great believer in its health properties.
A google search can bring up 100’s of remedies and uses for this powerful liquid.
Here are some top picks including how to use each one.
#1 REGULATES BLOOD SUGAR
Studies have shown that ACV lowers fasting and after meal and glucose levels alongside an increase in insulin sensitivity (in those with type 2 diabetes).
Drink 2 tablespoons in a glass of water before meals
#2 ASSISTS WITH WEIGHT LOSS
Ascetic acid, a component found in ACV has been shown to suppress appetite, boost metabolism and curb cravings. Those who consume it regularly have greater fat loss as a result of an over all calorie reduction
Take 1 Tablespoon in water before meals to increase satiety.
#3 CLEARS BLEMISHES
ACV removes dirt, kills bacteria, balances skins PH and improves the appearance of acne scars
Dilute 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon of ACV and wipe face with cotton ball
#4 SOOTHES SUNBURN
Works by neutralising burns while helping to soothe inflamed skin
Add 1/4 cup to cool bath and soak. For extra nourishment follow with a generous slather of coconut oil
#5 MAKES HAIR SHINY
Not only does ACV stimulate hair growth, but it removes product build up making hair more soft and shiny.
Rinse hair with 2 parts water and 1 part ACV. Pour over hair and massage making sure to rinse after….don’t worry the smell will go!
#6 FIGHTS COLDS AND FLU
By relieving sinus and congestion issues. ACV also boosts the immune system
GET THE RECIPE HERE
#7 LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
Studies show a reduction in the build up of plaque in arteries. Also, helps to combat oxidative stress while balancing the good and bad cholesterol in the body
Take 2 tsp in a glass of water x3 times daily
#8 FIGHTS ACID REFLUX
It is common to think that acid reflux is a result from too much acid, however the reverse is true. Too little or ‘weak’ stomach acid is one of the main reasons acid reflux appears.
ACV combats this by adding more acidity which prevents a back flow of acid in the digestive system.
Add 1-2 tBL in a glass of water before meals.
Take 1 spoonful when an attack strikes for immediate relief
#9 BOOSTS DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Balances PH levels in body and contains natural digestive enzymes that assist the digestive system to break down and absorption food properly.
Take 1 tablespoon in a glass of lemon water X3 daily
#10 RELIEVES CONSTIPATION
ACV contains pectin, a fiber that helps to bulk up stools. Due to its high levels of magnesium, it has a natural laxative effect and gently assists with sufficient elimination.
Take 2 tsp in water first thing in the morning and last thing before bed
#11 WARDS OFF ALLERGIES
Allergies stem from multiple reasons. However, ACV is unique in that it boosts lymphatic system, circulatory system and digestive system. All of which are needed for a healthy immunity that can mitigate allergic symptoms.
ACV also helps reduce mucus production
Take 2tsp in water x3 daily
You can also use in a neti pot (link) to clear nasal passage. Dilute ACV with water before using
#12 ECO FRIENDLY ALL- PURPOSE HOUSEHOLD CLEANER
Create a toxin free home with a natural multi purpose solution. ACV contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which fight harmful bacteria.
Mix equal parts water & vinegar. Optional to add lemon juice or essential oils (link to oils)
#13 NATURAL TEETH WHITENER
ACV can even help to freshen breath and naturally whiten teeth.
Rub on teeth after cleaning rinsing mouth after with water. Because ACV can be hard on enamel, aim to do sparingly.
#14 DETOXES ENTIRE BODY
Acts as a powerful detoxifier flushing out toxins from the body. Assists in cleansing the kidneys and liver. ACV also lowers PH in the body making it more alkaline
#15 REDUCES INFLAMMATION
Contains high levels of vitamin c (LINK) which helps boost immunity and fight stress. A rich source of probiotics (LINK), ACV contributes to a healthy micro biome which studies observe a great correlation with inflammatory conditions.
Add juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp ACV and 1 tsp honey to a glass of water. Drink multiple times throughout day
#16 EFFECTIVELY CLEANSES LIVER
For efficient fat burning we need to look to the liver! ACV balances acidity and has a detoxifying effect on the liver, helping to flush out nasty toxins
Enhance liver detoxification with this DETOX ELIXIR
#17 SAFE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CLEANER
ACV boasts a cheap, reliable wash for fresh produce fruits & vegetables.
Mix 4 Tablespoon of ACV to 1 gallon of water. Use when needed
#18 COMBATS UNPLEASENT SMELLS & ODOURS
Acts as a natural deodifyer while freshening air and eliminating odours
Mix equal parts of water and ACV to a spray bottle and spritz around room
#19 ALL NATURAL PET CLEANER & FLEA REPELLENT
Freshens coats, clears ear infections and can even used as a safe flea and tick repellant
#20 SOOTHES SORE THROAT
Because of its acidic environment, ACV helps to kill germs, clears phlegm and mucus and is an al round great immunity booster!
Use as a gargle mixed with salt.
Add 1 tsp each of water and honey and dilute in warm lemon water and drink
#20 LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Acetic acid in ACV has been shown to lower blood pressure and assist in keeping the heart healthy.
Take 1 Tablespoon 3x per day in a glass of water
#21 CURES CANDIDA (YEAST OVERGROWTH)
Candida imbalances cause a whole host of problems including sugar cravings, fatigue & thrush. Luckily ACV contains enzymes that kills of yeast while encouraging healthy bacteria.
1 tsp – 1 TBL before each meal, preferably on empty stomach
#22 IMPROVES/BOOSTS CIRCULATION
Helps varicose veins, fatigue and muscle cramps by stimulating circulation.
Dilute with water and rub in a circular motion on places that need a boost. Optional (but recommended) to add a pinch of cayenne pepper (LINK)
#23 ELIMINATES DANDRUFF
ACV helps by reliving itchy scalp and balancing PH levels essential for assisting with dandruff removal.
Mix equal parts of ACV and water to a spray bottle. Spray liberally on scalp. Wrap hair in towel and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing.
#24 1 SECOND DEODORANT
By balancing PH in body, ACV can be used as a cost effective deodorant.
Simply pat on the armpits for an all natural deodoriser.
#25 ALLEVIATES MORNING SICKNESS
For those of us who have been there (EMOJI) I’m sure you’re willing to try anything!
Add 1 tsp in a glass of water mixed with a bit of sweetener for taste
#26 DIMINISH APPEARANCE CELLULITE
Helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite by increasing circulation and breaking down fat cells.
Rub in circular motions after (LINK)dry body brushing for maximum effects. OR Orally ingest 2 Tablespoons with a glass of water, 3 times daily
#27 CURES RAZOR BURNS AND CALMS REDNESS
ACV is antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti fungal! Use this post shave to soothes post shave redness and spots. ACV is also a
Dilute with water and dab on with a cotton ball.
#28 REMOVES CRADLE CAP
Even though its natural, sometimes that stuff can linger forever! Heres an easy and SAFE alternative
Dilute with water and rub on babies head where the cradle cap is
#29 HELPS WITH PMS & ALLEVIATE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
Relieves bloating, irritability and due to its high calcium content, it is particularly good for cramping
Add 1tsp of ACV to a glass of room temperature water and drink 3 times daily
#30 HEALTHY COOKING BENEFITS
ACV has many cooking benefits and can be used in multiple ways!
SALAD DRESSINGS (in place of balsamic vinegar)
ON COOKED GRAINS (with tamari (link) and spices (link)
MIX WITH BAKING POWDER (to help cakes rise better)
WHAT BRAND SHOULD I BUY?
The key to obtaining these amazing benefits is to make sure you get the right kind of apple cider vinegar
Pick one that is
RAW, UNFILTERED and has “THE MOTHER”…. Yes you read that right!
“THE MOTHER” is the cloudy bit that is at the bottom. The bottle will also be labelled so there shouldn’t be any confusion.
TIP! Make sure you shake the bottle before using to disperse the mother!
WHAT MAKES IT SO GOOD?
Apple cider vinegar contains
So, quite literally its a liquid multivitamin that keeps us healthy, energetic and glowing!
Have I missed one out? Leave me your best suggestion in the comments below! 🙂
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