Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is created when naturally sweet apple juice cycles through the process of first becoming hard cider, and then vinegar. 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.
Dandruff can be annoying. Apple cider vinegar can help alleviate the problem. Spritzing your scalp with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water alters the ph of the scalp. This, in turn, serves to inhibit the yeast that causes dandruff.
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. ACV also boosts energy with a hefty dose of potassium and enzymes.
Say goodbye to acne
Not many people realize that our skin came 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 properties, which 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
Relief from itchy skin
Allopathic medicine treats eczema and psoriasis with steroid creams that only provide temporary relief and 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, apple cider vinegar is an effective and safe topical treatment.
Here’s how to do it:
1/4 cup ACV
1 cup water
Apply with a cotton ball
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 that cause bad breath. It will also alleviate the pain of a sore throat.
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 of vinegar 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.
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 acetic and malic acid, 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
Low stomach acid can cause heartburn and acid reflux. By increasing the acidity in the stomach, ACV helps dissolve food and relieve these painful conditions. Apple cider vinegar also helps release food nutrients for absorption by the intestine.