You probably have heard of apple cider vinegar before, and that it’s supposed to be really good for nearly everything. But what is it exactly? What can apple cider vinegar do for you? And how do you use it? Well, let’s find out.
What is Apple cider vinegar?
As the name suggests, apple cider vinegar is a vinegar in which the acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of apples. We’ll be referring to apple cider vinegar as ACV, for convenience.
Apple cider vinegar is available as a filtered and unfiltered version. Filtered ACV is a clear liquid and is easy available. You can find it in most supermarkets at a reasonable price.
The unfiltered version may look al little off, as it is cloudy and has little bits floating around, but it’s said that it is even healthier as it still contains ‘the mother’. And by this we mean the bacteria formed during the fermentation process. Unfortunately, unfiltered ACV is a bit harder to find. You can find it online and at more specialized stores or health stores.
What can apple cider vinegar do for you?
The list of reasons to use ACV is actually quite long and it is believed to have many health benefits. ACV is also widely used in household chores. We will be focusing on the most popular health benefits.
Many people take ACV to help with weight control. For example, taking about 2 tablespoons of ACV before a meal could help reduce blood glucose levels.
Another popular use is to drink a glass of water with the ACV added to suppress ones appetite. This can be useful if someone struggles with snacking between meals or with overeating.
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Because ACV contains many healthy bacteria, it is very good for your digestive system. And a healthy digestive system in turn can have many benefits such as:
- reducing indigestion or heartburn
- preventing candida overgrowth
- strengthening the immune system
Hair and skin
It is believed that the acetic acid in ACV can help the pH levels of the hair and skin. Adding it to your daily care routine, or even replacing some of your regular products, can have beautiful results.
For example, if you have dandruff or an itchy scalp, it may be beneficial to rinse your hair with ACV. You can do this after you’ve washed your hair with a mild shampoo, but there are also people who ditch the shampoo altogether. Of course, the latter will take some time getting used to. If you simply want to add some shine to your hair use ACV as a conditioner.
People who suffer from psoriasis may find relief in the itching and irritation by applying ACV directly or diluted to the skin. It doesn’t cure the condition unfortunately, but it may replace medical cremes. You should make sure to never apply ACV to cracked or bleeding skin!
If you have acne you can try to apply a toner of apple cider vinegar on your skin. To make the toner you dilute the ACV with purified water in equal parts. You want to be careful not to do this too often as the acetic acid also exfoliates the skin.
The best way to use apple cider vinegar?
Well, that’s hard to say. Some people find the taste revolting while others rather enjoy it. Most people however will add it to a glass of water. If you do this regularly, make sure to use a straw to minimize damage to your tooth enamel. And always rinse you mouth afterwards to wash away most of the acid.
We would like to finish with this super easy but tasty little recipe:
Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a mug of hot water, add honey to taste, a piece of fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick and you have yourself a nice and warming beverage that is also good for you!