For centuries people have been using natural apple cider vinegar (ACV) as both a food and a medicine. Since 400 BC, even Hippocrates used vinegar and vinegar mixed with honey as an energizing tonic and healing elixir. Acetic acid is formed during the two-step process of making vinegar. It can kill pathogens like bacteria and fungus. You can use it for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice and warts. AVC has also been used as a food preservative because inhibits bacteria from growing in the food.
Not surprising, the health benefits of ACV have not been scientifically proven by the FDA. But it’s the FDA so they will always support big pharma and their synthetic drugs. At the very least, ACV seems to be safe. There are no side effects noted with normal consumption.
To reap the benefits, you need to use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It contains the “mother,” strands of protien, raw enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance. The best way to get the health benefits is by using ACV when making salad dressing, mayo or even drinking it straight or with water. Here are 8 Surprising Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
1. Aid in weight loss and regulate blood sugar
AVC can help you loose weight because the acetic acid suppresses your appetite, reduces water retention and increases your metabolism. Scientists also believe it prevents starch, and therefore fewer calories, from being digested in the bloodstream. Apple cider vinegar helps diabetics by improving insulin sensitivity.
2. Hair rinse to remove build-up
Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, simulate the scalp to promote hair growth, and is a cure for dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.
3. Facial Mask
For a detoxifying, deep-pore treatment, mix equal parts of ACV, bentonite clay and 1 tbsp of raw honey. Apply to skin, and eave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
4. Fight yeast infections, skin and nail fungus
For a yeast infection, add 1 and a half cups of ACV into a bathtub filled with warm water, and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This should be done once a day for the first 3 days of the infection. If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of ACV in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply ACV directly. For children or those with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute the ACV with water before applying to the skin.
5. As a skin toner and acne remedy
ACV kills bacteria, balances skin’s pH level and absorbs excessive oil from our skin. This oily inbalance is a leading cause of acne. Mix one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water. Apply solution directly to your skin with clean cotton pad, and leave it there for about ten minutes. Using cool water, rinse off the vinegar. Repeat this three times a day. For severe cases of acne, the solution can be used overnight without rinsing. As a toner, apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.
6. Mouth wash and teeth whitener
Gargling with apple cider vinegar for 10 seconds kills odor-causing bacteria in your mouth and will whiten your smile. Brush as normal after using.
7. Clears a stuffy nose
Nose stuffed up from from a nasty cold or allergies? Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drink. The potassium helps to thin the mucus and drain nasal passages.
8. Soothes sore throat
Most germs can’t survive the acidic environment that ACV creates. Next time you feel that prickle in your throat. Mix 1/4 cup of ACV and a 1/4 cup of water and gargle about every hour.
Like most things that are good for you, apple cider vinegar tastes horrible. When using apple cider vinegar, you should always mix with water as it is too acidic by itself. Feel free to add a little honey, stevia or agave to make it more palpable.
Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing: 2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day (taken before your meals)
- For treating an acute condition like acid reflux, cough, bronchitis, or sore throat: 2 Tablespoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day (taken before your meals)