Food Is Medicine: How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life
21 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life
Apple cider vinegar (or ACV for short) is known as a superfood with incredible healing properties! For centuries, people have been using vinegar as a natural remedy to fight off infections, treat fevers and improve digestion. But what makes ACV so powerful? Well, it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes!
Multiple studies have shown a correlation between apple cider vinegar and lower blood sugar levels. In one study, participants took two tablespoons of ACV before bed and saw their blood sugar drop 4 to 6 percent by the time they woke. The anti-glycemic effect of the acid in apple cider vinegar is what helps with insulin sensitivity.
Consuming apple cider vinegar can help you feel more full, which can help you eat less. A study has also shown acetic acid, found in ACV, slows fat accumulation. If the flavor is too strong for you to sip on its own, how about apple cider vinegar in juices, salad dressing, and even water? It’s a great way to incorporate it into your diet.
In addition to lowered blood sugar and weight loss, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed interesting findings about apple cider vinegar and cholesterol. Lowered VLDL levels and lowered triglycerides were discovered in lab rats who were given apple cider vinegar alongside a high cholesterol diet. The rats who were not given ACV did not see the same drop in cholesterol.
Apple cider vinegar can help detox your home, but it can also detox your body. It can help promote circulation and detoxify the liver. The acid in ACV can also bind to toxins which can assist in removing toxins from the body. Apple cider vinegar’s potassium content helps to break up mucus in the body and clear the lymph nodes. This also aids in the removal of toxins. Learn more about apple cider in your diet and check out these other ways to detox.
Since breaking up mucus is one of the great things about apple cider vinegar, it also helps clear out the sinuses. Since it’s antibacterial, it can also prevent a sinus infection or cold as well. Sip some water and apple cider vinegar to breathe a little easier.
The bacteria fighting properties of apple cider vinegar work just about anywhere. Gargle equal parts warm water and apple cider vinegar at the first sign of a sore throat to keep it at bay, and repeat every hour as needed.
Having tummy troubles or know you’re going to eat something that you might regret later? Sip diluted apple cider vinegar (mixed into water or juice) to help settle that stomach. It’s the antibiotic properties and bacteria-fighting power of ACV that helps. Some say the pectin in apple cider vinegar also helps with intestinal spasms.
Itchy or Sunburned Skin:
I know this is one of my favorite things about apple cider vinegar. It’s great for sunburned or itchy skin. Just apply right to the itchy area for some relief. It also works for itches caused by bug bites, poison ivy, or a jellyfish sting. As for sunburned skin, soak in a bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to help ease the pain.
Over the counter wart removers are anything but natural. A trip to the doctor to remove it can be scary, painful, and leave a scar. Instead, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and cover the wart. Leave it covered overnight (I use a bandaid or medical tape) and repeat every night until the wart falls right off.
Don’t reach for a chemical-filled energy drink if you’re feeling tired. Instead, grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar for an energy boost. The potassium and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help to give you a pick me up. Just add some ACV to a glass of water. I like adding it to my water during a workout to prevent fatigue. The amino acids in apple cider vinegar combat lactic acid build up that can happen after exercise.
Shiny, Flake Free Hair:
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent weekly hair rinse. It leaves hair looking shiny and soft. The acid in ACV helps to remove product build up. It also helps to balance your scalp’s pH level. Mix 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar into 4 cups water and rinse the hair after shampooing, then rinse with cold water. If you are having issues with dandruff, try spraying your scalp with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water twice a week. Place a towel around your head and leave wrapped for up to an hour. Wash your hair as you usually would.
Thanks to the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar, it’s great for cleaning most everything, even your face. It can even help prevent breakouts. Just like with you scalp, it can help balance your skin’s pH levels. Dilute some apple cider vinegar with water and apply to a cotton ball to use as a toner or on blemishes.
Many deodorants are harmful to your health. Nothing about apple cider vinegar is toxic, and it will help fight the odor-causing bacteria without the cancer-causing toxins. Just apply a little ACV under your arms. You won’t be left smelling like vinegar once it dries.
Coming from a long line of klutzes, this was is the best thing I learned about apple cider vinegar. After a bump or the appearance of a bruise, dab on some apple cider vinegar. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and will help to ease the discoloration.
Make those teeth sparkle after swishing around some apple cider vinegar diluted with two parts water. Then brush as usual. The bacteria-fighting power of ACV is an added bonus too.
Eliminate Bad Breath:
Use apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash, and gargle to help eliminate objectionable mouth odor. It kills the bacteria that causes bad breath.
Stop Smelly Feet:
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, apple cider vinegar helps get rid of bad smells, wherever they may be. If that just so happens to be on your feet, try this remedy. Wipe your toes and feet down with a paper towel soaked in ACV to combat the odor. The ability of apple cider vinegar to balance the pH of your feet and eliminate odor causing bacteria is what makes it a great natural remedy.
Consuming organic raw, unfiltered ACV can assist in many of the health benefits I listed above. Try adding it to juices or smoothies if the taste is too pungent for you on its own.
Fluff up your baked goods by adding apple cider vinegar. It adds lift to cookies, cakes, and other concoctions and you won’t taste it in the final product.
I use ACV for my barbecue sauce and it’s perfect for that tangy but sweet flavor. Try it in your favorite marinades or mix it into condiments that are too thick.
Still need more ways to get vinegar into your diet? Try adding it to soups. It can add a bit of brightness and flavor. Don’t worry, it won’t end up tasting like vinegar.
How To Pick Out The Perfect Apple Cider Vinegar
When you’re walking down the aisles of your grocery store in search of the perfect bottle of apple cider vinegar, don’t judge a book by its cover. Rather than looking for crystal clear vinegar, you’ll want to choose one that looks murky. Organic, unfiltered, unprocessed vinegar has a cloudy look to it.
When you look through the murky vinegar, you’ll even notice a cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is actually desired. It’s called the “mother,” which means it still contains the beneficial compounds (including probiotics).