Some may think of vinegar as a stinky condiments for fish and chips, but don’t be fooled. Not all vinegars are created equal, and apple cider vinegar is truly one of our most ancient, pH-balancing, health-boosting secrets!
What is Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (or ACV), used for hundreds of years as a healing home remedy, is a liquid made from fermenting freshly-squeezed apple juice. The fermentation process promotes the growth of healthy, beneficial bacteria that lends a sour taste to the vinegar. Unpasteurized, organic ACV contains “the mother of vinegar” which is a naturally occurring chain of protein enzymes, regarded for its health benefits. The “mother” appears as a cloudy, dark sediment at the bottom of your bottle.
What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar’s benefits range from promoting healthy weight loss to preventing dandruff. It contains natural anti-microbial properties that have been used to treat everything from open sores to jellyfish stings to ear infections and nail fungus.
In terms of weight loss, the acetic acid in vinegar may help boost your metabolism, suppress appetite, and reduce bloating. Also, if you suffer from indigestion or stomach troubles and a bacterial infection is the problem, the antibiotic properties of ACV may be able to help. Naturopaths contest that the pectin from apples may help prevent intestinal spasms, too.
Adding apple cider vinegar to your diet can help control heartburn and lessen joint pain. According a nutritional research study, drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal can help prevent a blood sugar spike, which is especially important for those at risk for or suffering from diabetes. ACV notably contains potassium, calcium, and iron which are key minerals for bolstering cardiovascular health, the nervous system, and muscle growth.
Topically, the acidity of vinegar can help rebalance the pH of the skin, remedying various skin conditions like dandruff, acne, and foot odor.
How to use Apple Cider Vinegar
The simplest way to add apple cider vinegar to your diet is to take a spoonful of it in the morning, and/or before meals. If the tart taste is too much at first, try diluting it in warm water with a spoonful of honey or stevia for a warming, tea-like beverage throughout the day. We enjoy this detox recipe when we want to get our digestion back on track.
Another easy way of incorporating ACV is to add it to homemade salad dressing. Try mixing 1 part ACV with 2 parts extra virgin olive oil, a spoonful of Dijon mustard, and a couple drops of liquid stevia for a healthier take on Honey Mustard vinaigrette!
For dandruff control, dilute apple cider vinegar 1:1 with water and apply to your scalp. Let sit as desired, then rinse out. For healthy, glowing skin, you can apply ACV as a toner before moisturizing. For other skin conditions, experiment with diluting the vinegar in water and soaking at intervals.
The possibilities and uses are endless, what are some of your favorite ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar in your health and beauty regime?