20 Reasons To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

reasons to use apple cider vinegar

Wow! Apple cider vinegar really is a super ingredient with an amazing number of benefits! It’s not only fab for your body internally and externally, but also has various uses around the house. It’s a total must-have for your kitchen cupboard and also has the added bonus of being cheap to buy, so won’t break the bank!

Read on to discover all the awesome reasons to use apple cider vinegar…

10 Reasons to use apple cider vinegar as a drink

1. Aiding digestion Apple cider vinegar (ACV) contains pectin which is good for soothing intestinal spasms. It also adds more acid to the stomach which eases acid reflux (contrary to what you might think, acid reflux is caused by too little acid in the stomach, not too much).

2. Sinus and mucus decongestion ACV is a good mucolytic, breaking down mucus in the body and helping to clear the sinuses.  The antibacterial properties of ACV also help prevent infection when suffering from head and chest colds.

3. Soothing sore throats ACV can be used as a throat gargle to rinse the throat, killing bacteria and reducing the chances of any infection developing. Make a gargle mixture using one third ACV in a cup of pre-boiled water.

4. Helping blood sugar and diabetes Some studies are showing that ACV has a positive effect on blood sugar, by lowering levels in the blood. In people with Type 2 diabetes it has also been shown to help improve insulin sensitivity when taken before bedtime.

5. Improving cardiovascular health ACV contains chlorogenic acid which is a polyphenol. In studies the healthy acids in vinegar have been shown to help reduce bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

6. Increasing weight loss Another beneficial acid in vinegar, known as acetic acid, is thought to have an effect on satiety and feeling less hungry after meals.

7. Treating warts Try soaking a cotton bud in ACV and applying it to the wart. Then cover it with a plaster and leave it overnight. Once the wart has fallen off, carry on with the treatment for a few days to prevent recurrence.

8. Detoxifying the body – ACV is great for liver detoxification and for cleansing the body of harmful organisms, such as candida.  This can help boost the immune system, as well as easing brain fog and fatigue.

9. Boosting energy ACV contains enzymes, amino acids and potassium which are all good for reducing fatigue and providing an energy lift.

10. Balancing body pH – ACV might be acidic but it is still a great food for alkalising the body! The benefits of alkaline foods are significant and varied, having all sorts of positive effects on health and disease.

Top tip! A good starting dose for apple cider vinegar is to take 1 or 2 teaspoons in a glass of water once a day.

5 Reasons to use apple cider vinegar as a treatment

1. Skin toner Apply diluted ACV to your face using cotton wool, as a natural skin toner and to help kill bacteria that cause spots.

2. Skin soother ACV is really handy for soothing inflamed, irritated skin and can be dabbed onto the area with cotton wool, or a cupful added to your bathwater.

3. Oral rinse Gargling ACV is good for destroying the bacteria that cause bad breath and also beneficial for teeth whitening. It’s important to use diluted ACV for this purpose, so make a gargle using one third vinegar in a cup of pre-boiled water.

4. Hair rinse A once-a-week treatment for cleansing hair is one third of a cup of ACV mixed into 4 cups of water.  This will help to balance the pH of the scalp, remove product build-up and add shine to your hair.

5. Foot hygiene Cleaning your feet with a little ACV is a good way to kill odour-producing bacteria that are on the skin surface.

5 Reasons to use apple cider vinegar around the house

1. Cooking ingredient ACV is really versatile in cooking, being fab as a base for salad dressings and marinades. It can be added to sauces, soups and smoothies and used to tenderise meat and pickle vegetables.  It’s also a vital ingredient for adding to bone broth, to help extract all the goodness from the bones.

2. Fermenting foods Foods that are fermented in vinegar end up with a whole bunch of antimicrobial compounds such as ascorbic, acetic, lactic, malic and citric acids to name a few.  Eating your ACV in the form of fermented foods is also great if you don’t like drinking it in a glass of water.

3. Odour neutraliser Leaving out a bowl of ACV will help to reduce strong, smelly odours in your home. It produces a fresh, apple scent. Leave some in your toilet bowl overnight as a natural detergent and to make your bathroom smell fab!

4. Natural cleaner The antibacterial properties of acetic acid make it an awesome household cleaner. Studies show it has some effect against bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella, especially when combined with lemon juice.

5. Natural weed killer ACV can be used as a base for making a natural homemade weed killer, without the need for spraying toxic, carcinogenic chemicals all over the garden.

Important tip! It’s essential to choose a cloudy vinegar for health purposes. The cloudiness is called the ‘mother’ and indicates the vinegar is full of wonderful amino acids. Cloudy apple cider vinegar that is organic and unprocessed is much more beneficial for your health than the clear, distilled vinegars. (Although clear vinegars are fine for household cleaning purposes.)

For this reason I totally recommend Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as a great product to buy – a hugely popular, good quality apple cider vinegar – check out the awesome reviews…

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Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – Amazon UK

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Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – Amazon US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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