Apple cider vinegar is a staple in many pantries across the country. It’s a common ingredient in salad dressings, marinades, preservatives – just to name a few. But did you know that apple cider vinegar has a wide scope of health benefits? You might be shocked to learn that apple cider vinegar can be used for a variety of health, beauty, and household applications, that will help you lead a healthier and happy life.
Let’s take a look at 10 ways apple cider vinegar can make you a healthier person.
1. Weight Loss
A lot of recent research has been focused on the effects of vinegar on weight loss. Studies investigating the effects of apple cider vinegar have shown that even when food intake and exercise factors are controlled, daily vinegar consumption promotes healthy weight loss.
The recipe: Mixture 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water and drink before every meal.
2. Hair Cleanse
Do you watch television and envy the lustrous, damage free hair of arguably every character, model, and commercial actor? Maybe you even spend hundreds of dollars every month trying to attain said lustrous hair. Acetic acid – the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar – has been shown to effectively remove build up from hair products so you can enjoy soft, shiny hair. Additionly, acetic acid helps to restore your hair’s pH balance, while promoting hair growth and controlling dandruff. More importantly, apple cider vinegar will cost a fraction of expensive shampoos and conditioners!
The recipe: Dilute 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in 4 cups of water to use as a rinse after shampooing your hair. Leave the dilution in your hair for up to 20 seconds and rinse with cold water – easy peasy!
3. Skin Care
As a facial mask, skin toner, and even moisturizer, apple cider vinegar is a wonder-elixir for your skin. You can create a facial mask with apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay, and raw honey. Apply the mask to your face and allow the treatment to work for 10 or 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water for a detoxifying, deep cleanse like you’ve never experienced before.
The recipe: Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay, and 1 tablespoon of raw honey in a bowl. Mix until it becomes a smooth paste.
Heck, you can even use apple cider vinegar as a skin toner. Vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory making it a great home remedy for psoriasis sufferers, but even healthy skin will benefit from reduced breakouts and blemishes. Just put a bit of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and gently cleanse your T-zone for refreshed, younger-looking skin.
The recipe: Dab a splash of apple cider vinegar onto a cotton ball.
Finally, when it comes to skin care, apple cider vinegar also works well as an acne remedy and moisturizer. Because apple cider vinegar kills bacteria and balances your skin’s pH level while removing excess oil, it is an excellent natural remedy for acne. Likewise, as vinegar draws toxins out of the body, it leaves your skin looking and feeling toned and moisturized
The recipe: Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day. Or use the toner recipe mentioned above.
4. Wart Treatment
We’ve just discussed how great apple cider vinegar is for your skin, but we didn’t talk about using vinegar to treat skin problems. In fact, vinegar is an inexpensive, painless, and effective treatment for wart removal too. Simply soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar and secure it over your wart with a bandage. Leave the treatment overnight and remove it in the morning. Make sure you repeat the treatment every night for at least a week and see the results for yourself.
The recipe: In a small bowl, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Let a cotton ball soak for 1 minute.
5. Yeast Infections
Yeast infections respond particularly well to vinegar treatments as they help to restore your body’s pH. You can even use apple cider vinegar for yeast and fungus infections on your skin and nails. Soak the affected area in a mixture of vinegar and water.
The recipe: Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a bathtub full of water. Soak your body for 20 minutes, for three days.
6. Cold and Flu Symptoms
Sore throats, stuffy noses, and diarrhea are no match for apple cider vinegar. Most germs cannot survive in the acidic environment created by vinegar, so at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms you can use apple cider vinegar to curb your illness. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can also take a shot of apple cider vinegar every morning as a preventative measure for the cold and flu. And finally, for diarrhea, the pectin content in apple cider vinegar helps with the formation of bulk fibrous matter while protecting the lining of your colon to ease diarrhea.
The recipe: For a sore throat, prepare a mixture of 1/4 cup of apple cider vineger and 1/4 cup of warm water. Gargle this every hour. For a stuffy nose or diarrhea, drink 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water.
Just as apple cider vinegar can be used to treat cold and flu symptoms, it’s also an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn. Apple cider vinegar will help restore pH balance in your digestive tract and soothe heartburn. You can even use apple cider vinegar as a preventative treatment. Just consume it 30 minutes prior to eating meals you know will cause indigestion.
The recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. Drink this concoction 3 times a day.
Apple cider vinegar helps bring blood sugar down. Over the past decade, numerous studies have linked vinegar consumption with reduced blood sugar making it an incredibly affordable treatment for diabetes. Obviously, you should always follow the advice of your doctor, but as a home remedy it can easily be incorporated into your already established diet and exercise plan.
The recipe: Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day.
So far, we’ve focused mostly on the health and beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar, but we’ve neglected to discuss these benefits for your pets. Indeed, apple cider vinegar is made up of many minerals and vitamins including magnesium, potassium, and iron and can be used to improve your pet’s general health. Adding apple cider vinegar to your pet’s diet can prevent:
- Skin problems
- Tooth decay
Just like apple cider vinegar is good for your hair, it can also cleanse and take care of your pet’s fur.
The recipe: Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your pet's water bowl.
10. House Cleaning
Finally, apple cider vinegar is probably my favourite household cleaner. It’s:
- Very effective
You can use apple cider vinegar for cleaning household surfaces, windows, and mirrors. It not only leavessurfaces looking clean, but also disinfects. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing your pets and children enjoy a clean environment without the safety hazards associated with harsh chemicals.
The recipe: Mix of 2 parts of water to 1 part apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is pretty much a miracle in a bottle. In fact, this list is just a mere sample of the many benefits of this liquid – it’s just an added bonus that it won’t break the bank.