By Dr. Justin Marchegiani
You may have heard the buzz about apple cider vinegar; it’s being used for everything from curing the hiccups to even treating cancer! Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is apple cider that has undergone fermentation. Through the process of fermentation, probiotics and enzymes form, which reduce the sugar and calories in the liquid while increasing the healing and health-promoting properties.
Top Apple Cider Vinegar Uses
Apple cider vinegar has been used for millennia for its wide-ranging health and wellness benefits; records indicate its usage dates back to 5,000 B.C. Below are some of the most common and most useful ways to incorporate ACV into your lifestyle.
Sore Throat Remedy Germs are killed off by the acidity of apple cider vinegar, which makes ACV a great contender for scaring off a sore throat. Simply mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of warm water and gargle as needed.
Sunburn Tonic Apple cider vinegar is antiseptic, with the ability to kill germs, reduce blisters, and balance the natural pH of the skin. To relieve the pain of a sunburn and to expedite healing, either add water and apple cider vinegar to a spray bottle or a cotton ball and apply to the affected areas, or, add a few cups of ACV to a bath for full-body healing.
Weight Loss Aid Apple cider vinegar for weight loss works in a couple of ways. Firstly, and perhaps most effectively, the acidity actually suppresses your appetite, so you end up eating less! In addition, apple cider vinegar increases your metabolism and reduces water retention. Apple cider vinegar is most effective for weight loss when used in combination with a healthy diet!
Blood Sugar Regulation A variety of studies have been done on the effect of apple cider vinegar and blood sugar. Type 2 diabetics and those who are insulin resistant took apple cider vinegar with high-carb meals actually had lower blood sugar after eating! The antiglycemic effects of ACV can be beneficial for anyone and can reduce the risk of developing diabetes in the first place.
For Your Skin, The antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar make it great for your skin and efficient at minimizing acne. It can be used as a spot treatment to heal acne and reduce scarring, or it can be diluted with water and used as a facial toner. If you use face masks, like a bentonite clay mask, try using apple cider vinegar as your mixing liquid to stimulate blood flow and awaken your skin!
Digestive Aid If you suffer from acid reflux, try drinking a glass of water with 1-2 tablespoons of ACV before you eat. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar should prevent the acid backflow that is acid reflux.
In addition, the good bacteria and probiotics produced by fermentation make apple cider vinegar beneficial for your gut biome! Consuming apple cider vinegar promotes a healthy microbiome and improves your ability to digest food and absorb nutrients.
Hiccups Cure Many people swear by apple cider vinegar as their tried & true hiccups remedy. Take a teaspoon of ACV; its sourness should stop your hiccups dead in their tracks!
For Your Hair, An apple cider vinegar hair mask is a great way to get rid of build up on your scalp. Using a cotton ball, dab apple cider vinegar all over your scalp and let it sit for 10 minutes before showering it out. If you have sensitive skin, dilute with water.
ACV can also be used to get rid of dandruff by balancing the pH of your scalp, which creates an environment that is unwelcoming towards the dandruff fungus
In order to get all the benefits that apple cider vinegar has to offer, it’s important to look for all of these words on the label: organic, raw (unpasteurized), and unfiltered.
Organic: This will ensure you’re getting something free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other pesticides and additives.
Raw: Raw, or unpasteurized, means the apple cider vinegar has not been heated or processed. It’s important to get raw apple cider vinegar because heat will kill all the beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and probiotics.
Unfiltered: You’ll see sediment at the bottom of unfiltered ACV- this is a good thing! The sediment is all a part of the mother culture; it’s all the good stuff!
So there you have it; apple cider vinegar is used as a remedy all across the globe, now it’s time for you to get some in your pantry!