Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar hit the headlines about a decade ago as the new miracle weight-loss cure – many of us gave it a try and dropped it when those kilos refused to evaporate overnight. In truth, this noble and ancient substance is fabulous for many real health applications. Find out why you need a bottle of cloudy apple cider vinegar on your shelf.
1. Your body
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar can help to balance your body’s pH, keep you regular by stimulating bowel motility and even encourage lymphatic drainage – which makes it a tonic for helping your liver to do its job: detoxing.
2. White teeth and shiny hair
Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and use it on your hair after rinsing out the shampoo – you’ll love the shine! Using a finger, rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth after brushing to remove stains, but remember to rinse with water afterwards.
3. Symptoms and ailments
- Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water and drink it five minutes before meals to relieve acid reflux. Heartburn and reflux can be caused by a lack of enzymes and probiotics or unbalanced stomach pH, and apple cider vinegar addresses both.
- It’s full of probiotics and a specific type of acid that helps to kill candida, so drop sugar from your diet (which candida LOVES) and take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day to get rid of yeast and candida symptoms.
- To soothe sunburn, add a cup of the vinegar, a ¼ cup of coconut oil and a few drops of lavender oil to a lukewarm bath.
- Another use is for allergies. Apple cider vinegar helps to break up mucous in your body, so mix 2 tablespoons in a large glass of water and drink three times daily during allergy season. Do the same when you have a cold.
The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compounds in apple cider vinegar make it a great for tackling skin and toenail fungus - just rub on the affected area twice a day.
5. Preventative health and energy
While the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature, it has a more alkaline effect on the rest of your body. This brings balance which reduces the risk of cancer and other chronic illness. The best part: it can increase your overall energy!
6. Does it help with weight-loss?
Apple cider vinegar can reduce sugar cravings and help your metabolism, but the real benefits are increased energy and just feeling better. Reduce the sugar in your diet and use the extra energy to do something physical that you enjoy - healthy weight-loss is bound to follow.
7. Cleaning agent
As if that wasn’t enough, you can use apple cider vinegar as a natural and chemical-free cleaning product! Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it on glass, porcelain, plastic, tile and vinyl surfaces for a germ-free shine.
8. Are all apple cider vinegars the same?
Natural cloudy apple cider vinegar is made in a similar way to other fermented drinks, such as kombucha, wine and kefir: by combining active yeast with naturally occurring sugar, in this case, from apples. The yeast consumes the sugar and uses it to grow healthy bacteria. The healthiest version is unpasteurised apple cider vinegar with all the active good bacteria intact, so look for organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with a cloudy appearance.
Like with all good things, you can have too much, so here are two things to remember:
- Apple cider vinegar is acidic, so it can irritate your throat if you drink it often or in large amounts, so stick to the suggested dilutions.
- Apple cider vinegar may interact with certain supplements or medication, including insulin and diuretics. This can contribute to low potassium levels.