Apple cider vinegar, or ACV as it’s known, is all the rage of late. ACV is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Basically, it can be used for just about everything! Including home cleaning and pet care! (although I wouldn’t buy the most expensive version for this!)
I first started taking ACV 4 years ago when I first joined the ‘Tone it Up’ community. They advocate drinking 2 spoons of ACV in the morning diluted in water or apple juice. Keep in mind that the ACV you drink should be raw, organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV (only raw organic ACV has the “mother” of vinegar which is made of living nutrients and good bacteria).
Now REMEMBERING to take it every morning is another issue I have! I MUST work on that! Other things I have tried are- lemon water, aloe vera juice and oil pulling- all of which have beneficial detoxification, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties that I desperately need! My husband swears by ACV, my dad swears by aloe vera juice and I prefer lemon water! But in an effort to detoxify my body a bit more, I am going to make an effort and to remember to drink ACV every morning for a month to see if I can notice the difference.
To start you off, here’s a list of its different uses:
- Helps balance your inner body
Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. We all know how I am trying to maintain a healthy pH level through my love of ‘The Alkaline Cure’. Research shows that higher acid levels lead to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection and disease. Our modern diets are full of acidic foods! Sip 2 table spoons of ACV with water in the morning to give you an energy boost and alkaline boost!
- It helps detoxify your body
As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. It can also help to relieve migraines which are often caused by toxins!
- Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss.
For help with weight loss add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a bottle of water. This alkaline water can be sipped throughout the day. It curbs sugar cravings. Research also suggests that ACV can reduce cholesterol too by reducing Triglycerides.
- ACV can help reduce blood sugar levels (therefore will help those with type 2 diabetes)
Sip before bed and before meals to stop your body craving sugar and control insulin levels.
- It helps fight Candida.
This one is VERY important to me as I had a food intolerance test around 7 years ago which told me that I had yeast intolerance. Candida build up was confirmed by my doctor. Candida increases fatigue, poor memory, brain fog, sugar cravings (as that’s what the yeast eats) and yeast infections. ACV is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of Candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. So drinking water with ACV in it will do wonders for Candida sufferers!
- Fighting allergies and colds
ACV helps to break up mucus throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. It can also fight sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.
- Great for cleaning your home.
Use ACV as a cleaner in your home- it works! (due to it containing acetic acid). Apparently it will smell like apples! You pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for the cleaning tablet- toxic free cleaning!
If you mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water you can clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, kettles, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.
- It can make your hair shine.
I’ve never tried. But apparently the girls at ‘Tone It Up’ swear by ACV to make their hair shine! Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair’s body and shine.
Fill a container with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing for glossy locks!
- ACV as a toner and for other skin care
To use as a toner dilute ACV with two parts water, and apply to your face with cotton wool. You can also leave it on your skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.
It can also get rid of warts naturally. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart overnight. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.
- Teeth cleaner
To remove stains from your teeth apply neat apple cider vinegar to your teeth and rinse with water.
- It can soothe sunburnt skin.
I would think it stings…but apparently it doesn’t, so by adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soaking in it for 10 minutes will eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
- Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural aftershave.
Use equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and to the face.
- It can be used during massage
Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to your hands and feet – it probably gets your blood moving and circulation going in them!
- ACV repels fleas on your pets.
Equal amounts of ACV and water mixed together can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in. Continue every day until fleas are gone.
* I haven’t tried all of these uses! So let me know how you find it!
Two brands that I like are Biona and Bragg. We also make some really tasty salad dressing with it! Mix ACV with olive oil and some herbs and you are good to go!
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