Apple Cider Vinegar has numerous benefits both for household and medicinal use. A lot has been written about the greatness of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in dealing with various physical illnesses as well as cleaning and DIY purposes.
ACV is a cheap and effective multifunctional tool to use as a multi-purpose cleaner, it can be added to water, tea and salad dressings for a refreshing scent and bring various health benefits along the way. Research found apple cider vinegar beneficial for insulin function and blood sugar levels. It improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19–34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses. Reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating 50 grams of white bread. Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Using vinegar for medicinal purposes started as soon as it was discovered in 5000 BC. Vinegar was widely used around the worldin the 18th century by doctors to treat multiple diseases. When Columbus sailed to America, he had several barrels of vinegar on his ship. Japanese Samurais drank vinegar to become stronger and it was used by soldiers during the Civil War for disinfection. Hippocrates used vinegar to treat seventeen different conditions ranging from ulcers to fractures. Apple Cider Vinegar is filled with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
1. Cleaning Solution
Combine two parts of water with one of apple cider vinegar for an effective natural disinfectant solution for all surfaces around your house. Unlike commercial natural cleaning products, it is very cheap and smells very pleasant. If you like, add a little bit of thieves oil and you will receive antibacterial spray for countertops, bathroom, kitchen and carpet deodorizer.
2. Hair Product
It’s very trendy today to take care of your hair and get it all nice and shiny with the help of baking soda as a shampoo and ACV as a conditioning hair rinse. Commercial shampoos and conditioners often turn out very expensive or they are of pretty bad quality while using apple cider vinegar for your hair is very affordable and beneficial. Apple vinegar has pH balancing effects that strengthen your hair, make it soft and shiny.
3. Dandruff and Thinning Hair Product
The high acidity and powerful enzyme in ACV kill the bacteria responsible for dandruff and hair loss, bottle bacilli, and stimulates our hair natural oils to secrete more effectively and moisturize our scalps better. I also recommend using coconut oil for a dry scalp treatment. Saturate the scalp with ACV and let it sit for a few hours if you can, use the same treatment for thinning hair and itchy scalp.
4. Pets Product
Apple cider vinegar is a great product to repel fleas from your dogs skin. Even if your dog licks it after the procedure, it will be totally fine since apple cider vinegar is not harmful. The working principle here will be like the one for yourself - the vinegar will build up the acid barrier and consequently repel the insects. Another way to use apple cider vinegar for your pet is by adding a bit to their food - it will restore the normal pH balance and prevent parasites from entering their gut. A 50 lb. dog would get about 2 tsp per day with food, and if you wanted to use ACV externally you could mix it 50:50 with water and put it in a spray bottle, saturating the dogs coat once per day.
5. Skin Toner
Most skin care products are on the alkaline side of the pH scale, we are constantly changing different products but they are all not effective! The problem is that a lot of products damage the acid mantle, a protective layer of our skin. Apple cider vinegar works miracle on our skin because it’s acidity is closer to the natural pH of our skin, which keeps the acid mantle untouched, protecting against germs and foreign bacteria which can be perpetuating the skin problem. If you want to try ACV as a toner, just combine one part ACV with two to three parts water, you’ll want to add more water for very sensitive skin. Apply this concoction to your face after cleansing and allow it to absorb into your skin.
In a world filled with so many toxins, we should all be taking precautionary measures by incorporating protective foods into our diets. The unique acids in apple cider vinegar bind to toxins and allow us to release them more effectively. You can also utilize the medicine of ACV by adding a cup to a hot bath with some epsom salts, to kickstart your lymphatic system into releasing toxins.
7. Allergies & Congestion
Not only does apple cider vinegar help break up mucous, it also has a natural anti-histamine effect. Whether your suffering from seasonal allergies, environmental or pet related, ACV can lessen the sneezy, wheezy, uncomfortable symptoms.
If you aren’t familiar with candida overgrowth, consider yourself lucky. Candida is a parasitic bacteria which cause yeast overgrowth leading to low energy, poor digestion, yeast infections, canker sores and other uncomfortable symptoms. Candida overgrowth occurs often when a person has a poor diet, high in refined sugar and carbohydrates, and it can take over when the gut flora compromised by antibiotic use or birth control. ACV is an effective tool in the kit of someone trying to rid themselves of draining candida. You can also look at lemon water as a possible solution when treating Candida. It works by helping promote better digestion and an acid/alkaline balance more aligned with promoting healthy bacteria to once again thrive in the gut. Vinegar has been used since time eternal as a cure for foot fungus and is great for killing molds. Since yeast is a fungus it makes sense that ACV would help in keeping the parasite at bay, even though to date there hasn’t been any specific analysis of ACV directly as a candida killer.
9. Reduces Heart Burn and Acid Reflux
One of the most common health complaints people have is heart burn. It’s a symptom of the SAD ( Standard American Diet) lifestyle because acid reflux only occurs when we’re depleted in hydrochloric acid (HcL). HcL production is low in people who have sub optimal gut flora, meaning the aren’t eating enough cultured/fermented foods and have likely taken some sort of antibiotic in the past which has killed off the natural beneficial bacteria. Stomach acid is the first line of defense against microbes, but when the stomach pH isn’t low enough, pathogens may grow around the esophageal sphincter and paralyze the muscle, allowing food to relax back up the esophagus. Taking a Tbs of raw ACV with each meal ensures that the stomach acid will be acidic enough to do it’s job in making sure to kill off harmful microbes and start the process of digestion.
10. Antiglycemic Effect
Plenty of human studies have been done on the effect vinegar has on insulin response and blood glucose levels after a meal. I think it’s important that everyone understands what insulin is and does in our bodies. Insulin plays a critical role in the way our body uses food. The primary function is decreasing the concentration of glucose (sugar) in your blood stream. Every time you eat your body begins to break down the food into glucose, which goes into your blood stream. Your pancreas reacts to the surge in glucose by releasing insulin which cleans the sugar from your blood. A portion of the glucose runs through the liver where it’s converted to glycogen to be used by your muscles. Then insulin converts any left over glucose into fatty acids stored in the form of fat cells as an energy source later. Our bodies crave sugar, and so much of what we buy in the grocery store has added sugar as a result. Many are developing a resistance to insulin which means that your body has so much insulin secreted that it starts to ignore it and the sugar stays in the blood stream which is not a good thing. This can develop into diabetes and permanent health damages. Vinegar also has the effect of suppressing the appetite and increasing feeling of satiety. ACV may also lower the glycemic response to starchy carbohydrates. With diabetes being as prevalent as it is today it’s comforting to know that something as simple as vinegar may perhaps be an effective treatment.
Cancer is devastating and debilitating, almost all of us have loved ones who have been affected by this heinous disease. There’s so much research in the realm of cancer prevention, a healthy diet and lifestyle are of the utmost importance. The acetic acid present in ACV has been found in a number of cell and animal studies to have anti-tumor properties. We are in to way claiming that apple cider vinegar is a cure for cancer or tumors, ongoing research and testing is a step in the right direction. The amazing thing is that we can incorporate disease preventative foods like this one easily into our daily regime, there are no harmful side effects, and no risk of overdose, so why not?
12. Improves Digestion
Apple Cider Vinegar in its raw form is an excellent digestive tonic, it’s so rich in living enzymes that help to break food down to its bare components, making it far easier to assimilate. As I mentioned before it’s an important source of acid which enables the first step of digestion to work effectively, stirring up those digestive juices helps immensely with the rest of the digestive processes. The acetic acid present in ACV has also been shown to help with mineral absorption, enabling us to get the most out of the foods we eat.
13. Prevents Muscle Fatigue After Exercise
Muscle fatigue can often be a symptom of mineral and electrolyte depletion. To make sure the body has ample electrolyte stores take a Tbs of ACV with water before a workout. The natural pH of our bodies when it’s in balance create an environment where elimination of excess lactic acid in the muscles easily occurs, this stasis also plays a crucial role in oxygenating our bodies during exercise.
14. Bad Breath
Halitosis, it’s embarrassing and can be a sign of a deeper problem but one remedy for bad breath is you guessed it, ACV. A folk remedy that many people claim has merit is to gargle with 1⁄2 Tbs raw ACV diluted in water for 30 seconds, twice per day. Some say it also helps to whiten teeth and remove stains.
15. Body Odour
Again with the pH, ACV helps control excessive body odour by regulating the pH of the skin, something most commercial deodorants and perfumes can’t claim. For foot odour as well as fungal problems, even just a 10 minute soak once a week can keep bad smells in check. To use ACV as a deodorant simply wipe each armpit with a soaked cotton ball daily.
16. Preserving Food
Vinegars use as a preservative agent dates back to 5000 BC when it was first discovered. People soon recognized that this magical substance could allow them to store food for longer periods. The same rules apply today, saving some of the bounty when our favorite foods are in season is a great way to eat organic local food all year long. Instead of making pickles with white vinegar, try using ACV, it gives them a great flavor as well as the added health benefits.
17. Weight Loss
A huge problem those of us trying to lose weight face is those ups and downs when blood sugars spike and drop too drastically. The blood sugar roller coaster causes us to crave “high energy” foods like refined carbohydrates, to give a short term boost but a long term plummet. ACV has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, helping to curb cravings and kick extra calories out. ACV has become an overnight sensation in the weight loss industry, they even make it in pill form, though most of the experts say it’s better to just drink the real unpasteurized stuff. ACV can also help with weight loss by increasing satiety after a meal, always a good feeling. A study done on obese individuals who consumed 15mL or 30mL of vinegar per day for 12-weeks, showed a reduction in body fat mass and serum triglycerides.
18. Balanced pH
Dr. Theodore Baroody, in his book “ Alkalize or Die,” claims apple cider vinegar to have an alkalizing effect on the blood and urine. Even though ACV is an acidic food, its structure changes to alkaline through the digestive processes. The idea of eating a diet high in alkaline foods is that disease thrives in an acidic environment. Foods like refined sugar, carbohydrates and meat create an acidic environment in our bodies, it’s interesting to note that the pH of a food in its pre-digested state is very different from the chemical processes it will undergo in our bodies. Thus foods like ACV and lemon water are surprisingly alkaline forming.
Said to be the mineral of youth, potassium is an essential mineral in maintaining the soft tissues of the body, keeping everything flexible and resilient. Deficiencies in potassium can cause an array of health problems. Nobel Scientist Dr. Alexis Carrel “was able to keep the cells of an embryo chicken heart alive and healthy for 35 years by daily monitoring it’s complete nutrition, cleansing and elimination. A chicken’s average lifespan is 7 years! Apple Cider Vinegar was given to the chicken embryo daily for it’s full quota of potassium.”
20. Corns, Callouses & Warts
Dr. Scholl was a believer in keeping feet healthy by soaking them in warm water with 1⁄3 of apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes and rubbing with a pumice stone. This treatment for chronic foot ailments corrects the pH of the feet and make it impossible for fungus and warts to imbed themselves within the skin. For warts, instead of rubbing with a pumice stone after a soak, simply saturate a cotton ball, apply it to the affected areas and cover overnight.