Apple Cider Vinegar has a variety of useful and medicinal properties. It is a cheap and effective multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad dressings and what is more it provides multiple health benefits as well.
Why Is Apple Cider Vinegar So Special?
Apple Cider Vinegar is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, its various enzymes help with digestion and 1 Tbs is just 3 calories. Read on to find out how you can use this multipurpose liquid.
ACV combined with 2 parts water makes an effective natural disinfectant solution for all surfaces. What is more, it is affordable compared to the commercial natural cleaning products and the smell is really pleasant. You could also add a few drops of thieves oil and you will get a great antibacterial spray for counter tops, the bathroom, the kitchen and a carpet deodorizer.
People nowadays tend to use a very simple method when it comes to washing their hair. They use baking soda as a shampoo and ACV as a conditioning hair rinse. So, instead of spending loads on shampoos and conditioners, this method of hair care works really well and makes your hair super soft.
Dandruff and Thinning Hair
The high acidity and powerful enzymes in ACV kill the bacteria responsible for dandruff and hair loss. In addition, it stimulates our hair natural oils to secrete more effectively and moisturize our scalps better. Apply some ACV on your scalp and let it sit for a few hours. Moreover, you can use the same treatment for thinning hair and itchy scalp.
If your pet suffers from fleas, ACV is a great solution for this condition. It repels fleas from your dogs skin and it’s totally safe to use so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting sick from licking it. It works on pets the same way as it works on humans, reestablishing the proper acid mantle of the skin to repel microbes and other pests. You can also add Apple Cider Vinegar to your pet’s food to keep a healthy pH balance in their gut. What is more, it prevents allergies, deters parasites, ringworm, ticks, fungus and other microbes from invading. A 50 lb. dog can get about 2 tsp per day with food, and if you want to use ACV externally you can mix it 50:50 with water and put it in a spray bottle. Use the mixture by saturating the dogs coat once per day.
Instead of using commercial cosmetic products which are packed with chemicals, you can use ACV for your skin problems. ACV is great because it’s acidity is closer to the natural pH of our skin. Moreover, it protects your skin from germs and foreign bacteria. If you want to try ACV as a toner, just combine one part ACV with two to three parts water. If your skin is sensitive, add more water. Apply this mixture on your face after cleansing and allow it to absorb into your skin.
ACV has detoxifying properties. The unique acids in ACV bind to toxins and allow us to release them more effectively. Moreover, to kickstart your lymphatic system into releasing toxins you can add a cup of ACV and some epsom salt in a hot bath.
Allergies and Congestion
Not only does ACV help break up mucous, it also has a natural anti-histamine effect. So, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, ACV can lessen the uncomfortable symptoms.
Candida is a yeast within the body that can become largely overpopulated when a diet consists of too many refined carbohydrates such as sugar or too much alcohol. What is more, candida overgrowth typically causes low energy, poor digestion, yeast infections, canker sores and other uncomfortable symptoms. ACV is an effective tool if you are trying to get rid of candida. It works by promoting better digestion and an acid/alkaline balance. Vinegar has been used as a cure for foot fungus and is great for killing molds. Since yeast is a fungus then ACV would help in keeping the parasite at bay.
Reduces Heart Burn and Acid Re flux
Acid re flux occurs when we’re depleted in hydrochloric acid (HcL). Moreover, HcL production is low in people who have sub optimal gut flora, meaning they don’t eat enough cultured/fermented foods and have likely taken some sort of antibiotic in the past which has killed off the natural beneficial bacteria. Stomach acid is the first line of defense against microbes, but when the stomach pH isn’t low enough, pathogens may grow around the esophageal sphincter and paralyze the muscle, allowing food to re flux back up the esophagus. By taking a Tbs of raw ACV with each meal you make sure that the stomach acid will be acidic enough to do it’s job in killing off harmful microbes and starting the process of digestion.
Anti glycemic Effect
A lot of people are resistant to insulin which means that their body has had so much insulin secreted that it starts to ignore it and the sugar stays in the blood stream which is not a good thing. This can develop into diabetes and permanent health damages. However, something as simple as vinegar may perhaps be an effective treatment. Vinegar also has the effect of suppressing the appetite and increasing feeling of satiety. What is more, ACV may also lower the glycemic response to starchy carbohydrates.
Apple Cider Vinegar in its raw form is an excellent digestive tonic. It’s rich in living enzymes that help to break food down to its bare components, making it far easier to assimilate. Moreover, it’s an important source of acid which enables the first step of digestion to work effectively. So, by stirring up the digestive juices it helps immensely with the rest of the digestive processes. What is more, the acetic acid present in ACV has also been shown to help with mineral absorption, enabling us to get the most out of the foods we eat.
Prevents Muscle Fatigue After Exercise
Muscle fatigue can often be a symptom of mineral and electrolyte sufficiency. To make sure that the body has ample electrolyte stores take a Tbs of ACV with water before a workout. The natural pH of our bodies when it’s in balance creates an environment where elimination of excess lactic acid in the muscles easily occurs.
Bad breath is really embarrassing and it can be a sign of a deeper problem. One remedy for bad breath is ACV. A folk remedy that many people claim has worked is to gargle with 1/2 Tbs raw ACV diluted with water for 30 seconds, twice per day. Some also say that this helps to whiten teeth and remove stains.
ACV helps control excessive body odor by regulating the pH of the skin. For foot odor as well as fungal problems, soak your feet for just 10 minutes once a week and this will keep bad smells in check. What is more, to use ACV as a deodorant simply wipe each armpit with a soaked cotton ball daily.
Vinegar has been used as a preservative agent since 5000 BC when it was first discovered. This is a great way to eat organic local food all year long. So, instead of making pickles with white vinegar, try using ACV, it gives them a great flavor.
People who are trying to lose weight face a huge problem when blood sugars spike and drop too drastically. The blood sugar roller coaster causes us to crave “high energy” foods like refined carbohydrates. ACV has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, helping to curb cravings and kick extra calories out.
That is why, ACV has become an overnight sensation in the weight loss industry. They even make it in pill form, though most of the experts say it’s better to just drink the real unpasteurized stuff.
What is more, ACV can also help with weight loss by increasing satiety after a meal. A study done on obese individuals who consumed 15mL or 30mL of vinegar per day for 12-weeks, showed a reduction in body fat mass and serum triglycerides.
Prevents Bladder stones and UTI
Kidney stones are extremely painful but at the same time totally preventable. Stones typically form when a persons urine is very acidic and concentrated. Crystals form out of uric acid, calcium oxalate and struvite and have to be passed through the urinary tract. ACV works by alkalizing the urine and even breaking down the kidney stones.
ACV has an alkalizing effect on the blood and urine. Even though ACV is an acidic food, its structure changes to alkaline through the digestive processes. The idea of eating a diet high in alkaline foods is that disease thrives in an acidic environment. Foods like refined sugar, carbohydrates and meat create an acidic environment in our bodies. Thus foods like ACV and lemon water are surprisingly alkaline forming.
Potassium is said to be the mineral of youth. It is an essential mineral in maintaining the soft tissues of the body, keeping everything flexible and resilient. Deficiencies in potassium can cause an array of health problems. If you take a Tbs of ACV daily, you will satisfy the needs of this very important mineral.
Corns, Callouses and Warts
To keep your feet healthy, soak them in warm water with 1/3 C ACV for 20 minutes and rub them with a pumice stone. This treatment for chronic foot ailments helps to correct the pH of the feet and make it impossible for fungus and warts to embed themselves within the skin. What is more, for warts, instead of rubbing with a pumice stone after a soak, simply saturate a cotton ball, apply it to the affected areas and cover them overnight.
Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
ACV can soothe the irritation caused by these poisonous plants. Simply, combine it 50:50 with water in a spray bottle and add a few ice cubes. This cooling spray helps to draw the toxins out of the skin and provide relief from the sting.
All in all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and I think the same goes for a bit of apple cider vinegar a day. There’s no reason not to incorporate this healing food into your daily regimen. It holds great potential in treating diabetes and high cholesterol in particular and on a holistic level it is good for every organ system.