Seven Everyday Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
Let's begin by saying this, if you're not using Apple cider vinegar daily, you are missing out! Not only is it a cost effective product that can be used for a multitude of purposes, it can really improve your daily life.
From cleaning and hair care, to health solutions and cooking you will discover how many benefits Apple cider vinegar (commonly referred to as ACV) holds. I began using ACV as a treatment for heartburn and through my research found so many helpful uses!
There are a lot of different brands and kinds of ACV to choose from, it can be hard to know which one to buy. While you can use almost any brand when it comes to certain tasks such as cleaning, it is recommended to buy an all natural brand for other uses like cooking and skin care. Braggs all natural ACV (pictured below) and ACV from The Vitamin Shoppe are both great choices and can range $3-$5 for a small bottle. Purchase glass bottles rather than plastic so that there is no risk of chemical contaminants leaching out of the bottle into the vinegar.
1. Cooking (Obviously)!
Most people know that Apple cider vinegar is great when added to something like a salad dressing, but miss out on all the other ways to use it in their kitchen. The enzymes in apple cider vinegar also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and can help regulate candida in your body. It may even be helpful for diabetics as it lowers glucose levels. So try putting it in a yummy lentil soup, baked beans, or creating your own marinade.
It is important to note that when purchasing an all natural brand of Apple cider vinegar you may notice small floating particles inside. It does not mean it has turned bad or is too old, those are a very important and healthy part!
2. Skin Care and Acne
Not only is Apple cider vinegar shown to help reduce the appearance of age spots and wrinkles, it can help with acne. Dilute a couple of tablespoons in a glass of water and use it as a replacement for your regular face wash. It will help to effectively clean out yucky pores leaving your skin feeling more tight and smooth. For more stubborn blemishes and pimples dab it directly onto the spot (do not dilute) and then let it sit overnight. It will quickly dry up and heal much more quickly.
Do You Experience Frequent Heartburn?
3. Reduce, and even cure your Heartburn
Mixing one tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar in with a glass of water or tea will naturally aid in heartburn, gas and bloating. It seems like an oxy moron, using something acidic to fight heartburn, but it works!
I do this twice a day, once in the morning before eating and then before dinner since I experienced significant heartburn around those times. You can find the right balance for you. Try to avoid drinking ACV directly and then chasing it with water etc, as it is very acidic and could damage your esophagus over time.
4. Weight Loss
There is a fiber compound found in ACV called Pectin, which is responsible for its effects in weight loss. Mixing it with a glass of water and drinking it before meals causes the fiber to expand in your stomach, making you feel more full and eat less. This reduction in appetite along with less water retention (Potassium in ACV helps flush out excess Sodium - which causes excess water in the body) and an increase in metabolism all work together to aid in weight loss.
In early 2009 The Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry magazine published a study about the effects of consuming Acetic acid (found in Apple Cider Vinegar) on a daily basis. Although not 100% conclusive the study did report that participants who drank apple cider vinegar for three months had significant declines in abdominal fat, triglycerides, body weight, and waist circumference.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Regulate and Detox Your Entire Body
The unique acids found in ACV can effectively help rid your body of toxins by binding together and making it easier to eliminate them. This can help improve liver function and your immune system response by cleansing your lymphatic system (think of lymph nodes) of excess mucus, which will also greatly help with allergies.
Apple cider vinegar can help balance your overall PH level and improve your circulation all while tasting great. What have you got to lose?
6. Pet Care
If you have a cat that likes to scratch on things that they shouldn't, dab or spray a little ACV in the area. Cats dislike vinegar and the scratching should stop. For getting rid of fleas in dogs try using ACV diluted with some water as a natural way to help get rid of them without harming your dog. Simply spray throughout the fur twice a day over several days as needed and the fleas will not want to stick around. Plus your little buddy will smell like apples.
I think most of us know that vinegar can be used as a cleaning agent, but always think of white vinegar right away. I use Apple cider vinegar for daily small tasks around the house where I want to avoid a lot of chemicals. Using it as a cleaner in the bathroom leaves it smelling great too!
A Few Final tips
Here are a couple more great ideas and uses for Apple cider vinegar that others have told me about, but I haven't tried yet. Who knows, one of them might just help you out!
- Wart removal can be unpleasant, but many people have reported easily getting rid of their warts by using ACV. Soak a cotton ball and place it over the wart, covering with a band-aid. Leave it on overnight and repeat until the wart dries up and falls off painlessly. Cool!
- Try adding half a cup to your bath. There is just a slight and pleasant aroma of apple cider and this can help regulate skin and PH from the outside in.
- Everybody wants great looking hair, and using ACV can save money on some of those expensive hair care products, while giving it a shining healthy glow.
There are so many benefits to gain from this amazing product, and at such an affordable price.
Have you used Apple cider vinegar for something that is not listed here? Please share in the comments below! You never know who it might help out.
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© 2014 Kelsey Boydston