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11 Unique Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

11 Unique Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

For centuries, vinegar has been used for various household and cooking purposes. In addition, apple cider vinegar offers numerous health benefits due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

In its raw, unfiltered form, apple cider vinegar is full of beneficial bacteria, also known as "probiotics" which help boost the immune system. Its powerful healing compounds also include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, and enzymes that are the key to many cures.

WHAT IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?

Vinegar is made in a two-step process.

The first step exposes crushed apples to yeast, which ferments the sugars and turns them into alcohol. In the second step, bacteria is added to the alcohol solution, which further ferments the alcohol and turns it into acetic acid -- which is the main active compound in vinegar.

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar also contains “mother”, strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance. Some people believe that the “mother” is responsible for most of the health benefits, although there are currently no studies to support this.

1. FIGHTS BACTERIA

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has traditionally been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating different infections such as yeast, candida, fungus, warts and ear infections. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds in apple cider vinegar make it a great natural cure for the skin. ACV contains enzymes and a type of acid that promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill bacteria. You can consume the vinegar or apply it directly to the affected area.


2. TREATS DANDRUFF

The acidity of apple cider vinegar balances the pH of the scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. This makes it very effective against dandruff. ACV can be used also as a natural hair conditioner to bring shin to your hair. Simply mix with equal parts with water and apply as a rinse after shower.


3. NATURAL TEETH WHITENER

The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth which help to naturally whiten them. Take your finger and rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth for 1 minute. Then rinse mouth out with water.


4. DETOXIFIES YOUR BODY

Apple cider vinegar is a strongly alkalizing substance that helps digestion, especially in those people who do not produce enough hydrochloric acid in their stomach. Apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body. It helps balance body’s pH and stimulates regular bowel movements. If you're struggling with either diarrhea or constipation, drink diluted cider vinegar three times per day to help regulate your digestive system.


5. REDUCES ACID REFLUX AND HEARTBURN

Some of the main causes of acid reflux and heartburn are an imbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics. Mixing 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drinking it five minutes before meals can cure acid reflux and help food to break down.


11 Unique Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

6. SUPPORTS WEIGHT LOSS AND METABOLISM

Numerous studies have suggested that acetic acid, a main component of apple cider vinegar, may be beneficial for weight loss or its maintenance. The acetic acid reduces sugar cravings, increases your metabolism, and improves detoxification.

A small study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005 found that the higher the dose of vinegar, the greater the reported feelings of fullness after a high-carbohydrate meal. Increased satiety should lead to decreased calorie intake and weight loss over time.


7. NATURAL HOUSEHOLD CLEANER

Cleaning with apple cider vinegar is safe and it effectively removes dirt, mineral deposits and bacteria from surfaces. The mild acidic properties of apple cider vinegar work to kill bacteria on a cellular level. It is a nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning alternative and it work on everything from floors to drains. To use fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% ACV. You can even add lemon essential oil for refreshing aroma.


8. SOOTHES SUNBURNS AND BUG BITES

If you suffer from sunburn or insect bites, apple cider vinegar can help alleviate the pain. For sunburns, apply ACV and water (25/75 mix) directly to the skin to cool and relieve pain. You can also soak in a bath of warm water with 1 cup ACV. For bug bites, apply a 50/50 mixture directly to the bite.


9. NATURAL SKIN TONER

When mixed with equal parts of water, ACV makes an excellent firming toner for the skin. It has also been shown to be effective against acne without drying the skin. To use as a toner, keep the mixture in the fridge, and apply with a cotton ball after showering. The vinegar smell disappears completely when dry.


10. REDUCES BODY ODOR

Bad bacteria and yeast are a major cause of body odor. Apple cider vinegar can work to adjust the pH level of the skin when taking it regularly. This reduces the number of odor-causing bacteria which leads to easing body odor. Also applying diluted apple cider vinegar directly to the skin of the armpits or feet can kill yeast and neutralize odors keeping you smelling fresh all day.


11. LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR AND FIGHTS DIABETES

One of the strongest health benefits of apple cider vinegar is its ability to lower blood sugar levels. Medical research has proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve diabetes. Consuming 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%. You can also put it in salads or take with water before meals.

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