Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is created when naturally sweet apple juice cycles through the process of first becoming hard cider, and then vinegar. It is rich in natural minerals, vitamins, enzymes and acids. When used to improve health, apple cider vinegar should be organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized. It is golden in color and cloudy, for it contains the ‘mother of vinegar,’ the nutritious byproduct of fermentation. To receive the full health benefits of the ‘mother,’ shake the bottle vigorously before using.
Boost your energy
Both exercise and stress can cause a build-up of lactic acid, which causes fatigue. Apple Cider Vinegar counters the condition with amino acids. When taken, ACV has an alkaline effect on our bodies, ensuring pH levels are balanced while also boosting energy with a hefty dose of potassium and enzymes.
Say goodbye to acne Not many people realize that our skin comes equipped with a protective
acid mantle, which can be maintained by using a pH-balancing toner after washing your face. Apple Cider Vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which unblocks pores and keeps acne in check. The malic and lactic acids in ACV also act to exfoliate and soften skin and reduce the red spots known as rosacea.
Here’s how to do it:
• Mix 1 tsp. vinegar to a half-cup of water
• Store at room temperature in a decorative bottle
• Apply to skin with a cotton ball
Dandruff can be annoying. Apple Cider Vinegar can help alleviate the problem. Spritzing your scalp with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water releases malic acid and powerful enzymes that kills the bacillus bacteria that causes dandruff while also altering the pH of the scalp. This, in turn, serves to inhibit the yeast that causes dandruff.
(Soon you’ll be scratching your head as to why you didn’t know this information before!)
Relief from itchy skin
Allopathic medicine treats eczema and psoriasis with steroid creams that only provide temporary relief and can cause long-term damage. Reducing your body’s toxic overload will cure skin conditions once and for all. While you’re waiting for an improved diet to work its magic, ACV is an effective and safe topical treatment due to its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
Here’s how to do it:
• 1/4 cup ACV
• 1 cup water
• Apply with a cotton ball or put it in your bath water for a whole body treatment
No more bad breath
Everybody has experienced bad breath (particularly after a eating their favorite Italian food…). There are numerous causes. Here comes apple cider vinegar to the rescue! Gargling with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water will destroy the germs due to its digestive enzymes that cause bad breath. It will also alleviate the pain of a sore throat.
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Regulate your blood sugar
A study conducted in Japan showed that vinegar inhibits carbohydrate-digesting enzymes. When some sugars and starches pass through your system without being digested, it prevents the spike in blood sugar levels. This anti-glycemic effect is great news for diabetics. And since fewer calories enter your digestive system, that also translates into weight loss.
Have fewer colds and flus
ACV helps cleanse lymph nodes, and its high potassium content breaks up mucus in the body. Relieving sinus congestion is a first step toward reducing susceptibility to colds and to alleviating allergies. Malic acid has anti-viral properties, which helps defend against the flu virus. Already have the flu? Please click here to find some helpful home remedies to alleviate your suffering.
Strengthen your immunity
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in sugar, which results in a flourishing of candida fungus and bad bacteria in the intestines. ACV is rich in acids, which have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Balancing intestinal flora is the precursor to a strong immune system.
Enhance your mood
Taken before meals, ACV helps break down proteins into amino acids, one of which is tryptophan. This essential amino acid helps to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy and relaxed. Continuing the positive domino effect, serotonin can be converted to melatonin, a neurohormone that helps us sleep.
Experience better digestion
Heartburn and acid reflux happen when stomach acid gets into the esophagus. While ACV is acidic in nature, its effect on the stomach is to make it alkaline, which creates a milder acidic environment that allows digestion, but keeps heartburn at bay. If that wasn’t enough, ACV contains enzymes that encourage health bacteria that helps digestion and absorption.