My latest health obsession is most definitely Apple Cider Vinegar (also known as ACV). I’ve recently began including ACV to my diet at the start of each morning.
What’s it made from?
ACV is made by extracting the liquid from apples. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria.
Why is it good for me?
ACV contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, organic acids and polyphenolic compounds (micronutrients known for their role in preventing disease). Basically, it’s a concentrated liquid filled with a lot of beneficial ingredients, that will aid in keeping your body healthy.
The Many Uses of AC
- Acne – ACV is used for clearing breakouts, reducing pores, more even skin and reducing acne.
- Local antiseptic – Acetic acid (one of the main ingredients), is used to disinfect wounds.
- Blood sugar – Studies have shown that the use if ACV can reduce post-meal blood sugar levels, as well as suppress your appetite.
- Candida – It can help you rid the body of candida (thrush) as it makes for a great probiotic drink.
- Cholesterol – Some research suggests that consuming ACV can be good for your cardiovascular health.
- Common cold – Diluted with water it can help alleviate a sore throat. The ACV will also fight against germs that might be making you feel sick.
- Cooking – It can be used to make salad dressings or as a tenderiser when you are cooking meat or poultry.
- Detox – As part of balancing your pH, ACV creates an overall detoxification of the body.
- Flea repellant – A mixture of one part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets’ fur to eradicate fleas.
- Hair – To boost your hair’s body and shine, rinse with ACV after shampooing. It can also be used as a dandruff treatment.
- Heartburn – Studies suggest that ACV works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. (Note that this will not give relief if you have an ulcer)
- Household use – Use it to clean toilets and leave a bathroom smelling fresh and clean. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Also use it to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glass and mirrors.
- Laxative – Loyalists swear by it, but I couldn’t find more proof of this but its worth a try.
- Lymphatic system – It helps to reduce mucus and sinus congestion.
- Massage treatment – Try using ACV to relieve tired hands and feet by rubbing it onto the affected area.
- Sunburned skin – Soaking in a mixture of water and ACV can eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
- Teeth – It can remove stains from teeth.
- Warts – A cotton ball soaked in ACV, then place over a wart with a Band-Aid overnight will help remove a wart.
- Weight loss – It can aid in weight loss if taken consistently as part of your daily diet.
- Weed killer – Use it as an organic weed killer which is kinder to the environment
Not all ACV are created equal
There are several options available but if you are looking to get the best option then choose raw, organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized and has the mother intact. “The MOTHER!!!” I hear you say. In French, the word vinegar actually means sour wine. Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar also contains “mother” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.
Nature’s Choice is my brand of choice (This is not a sponsored post)
Keep in mind
Consuming ACV in small amounts is considered to be safe. It is important to follow the directions on the bottle and not exceed the daily amount. People with diabetes should proceed with caution as ACV can lower blood glucose levels. It is also wise to consult your doctor if you suffer from any chronic diseases. Truth be told I drink a shot of ACV straight every morning but it is also recommended that you don’t drink it straight due to the fact that it is very acidic and can therefore harm your oesophagus and possibly contribute to tooth decay. Make sure that you dilute it before ingesting it or putting it directly on your skin (unless you are removing warts).