There are a couple of products in this world that sit at the top of the totem pole for me and Apple Cider Vinegar is definitely one of them. Remember how the father in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding” used Windex as the cure all – well my Windex is Apple Cider Vinegar. As far as I am concerned, there is not much it can’t do! It is the perfect go to product for almost any need, whether it be for your skin and/or hair, pet, aiding in digestion, or for keeping the house spic & span, ACV can do it all.
Why you ask is ACV so fantastic? First and foremost, it is a completely natural product. The process of making apple cider vinegar goes like this: apple juice (from apples of course!) is fermented to hard apple cider, which is fermented a second time to apple cider vinegar. Now you may be saying, ‘I have heard fermented foods are good for me, but I’m not sure why?’ A fermented food is a food that has had its carbohydrates and sugars turned into alcohol or beneficial acids. Fermented foods, just like living foods, have living enzymes that your body needs for proper digestion, which ensures that your body makes full use of the food you consume.
Below are the many ways that ACV can be added to your everyday!
Use ACV as a rinse in your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine! Mix a tablespoon or two in a glass of water and pour over your head at the end of your shower or bath. Make sure to rinse out well!
ACV can assist in regulating the pH in your skin. It is important that we balance the pH in our skin because the pores of our skin are made up of a combination of oil and sweat glands which help to keep your skin healthy and elastic. Making sure the skin’s pH is in a healthy range will ensure even greater health for your skin.
Dilute 1 tbsp of ACV with a glass of water and use as a toner on your skin after washing your face at night. Also, apply in the morning before putting your daily moisturizer on and try dabbing a little on any darks spots and let soak in overnight!
DIABETES AND WEIGHT LOSS:
ACV lowers glucose levels, which can be helpful for someone that has diabetes. It is also known to help you feel fuller longer so it can aid in weight loss.
Even though ACV tastes acidic, it actually promotes alkalinity in your body. When bodies are in an alkaline state, we are able to fight off major diseases more effectively. Studies have actually shown that cancer cannot live in an alkaline body.
Most household cleaning products are full of unwanted chemicals. Therefore, even if you do not realize it, you will end up ingesting the chemicals. For example, if it is on your countertop, your food is then exposed to the chemicals and subsequently ingested by you and your family. To prevent this, create your own cleaning spray! It’s as simple as this:
Pour ½ ACV and ½ water in a spray bottle and clean away! Your house will sparkle, smell fresh, and be chemical free!
SINUS AND ALLERGIES:
First of all, ACV does wonder for your immune system. Since it is rich in natural minerals, vitamins, and enzymes, apple cider vinegar is a detox-wonder. The unique acids in apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins and help the body eliminate them more effectively as well as aid in stimulating circulation and help detoxification in the liver. In addition, it also breaks up mucus throughout the body and cleanses the lymph nodes to allow for better lymph circulation. A healthy lymphatic system results in the removal of toxins from the cells in your body, while improving your immune system.
So, when you are feeling under the weather or allergies have gotten the best sinuses, dilute 2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water or hot tea, and enjoy!
Of course, it is best to avoid too much sun exposure and a sunburn, but when it happens, dilute some ACV in water and pat the solution on your sunburn, or pour a cup into a cool bath!
Believe it or not, I have other uses for Apple Cider Vinegar, but I think these will keep you busy for a bit! Have a happy & healthy day!