04 Sep Top Tips for Apple Cider Vinegar Use
Apple cider vinegar is one of those go to condiments, which has been popular in the health community for a few years now. So why is that?
Firstly apple cider vinegar (ACV) is produced by the fermentation of apples producing acetic acid, which gives the sour taste of apple cider vinegar. It has anti-microbial properties, which seem to provide a variety of benefits. ACV has been used for centuries and in many different ways. Here are a few.
- Aid digestion – There is some evidence to support the use of apple cider vinegar to reduce acid reflux.
- Reduce blood sugar levels – it seems that ACV may improve insulin sensitivity in people with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes.
- Reduce high blood pressure– Another study of hypertensive rats found ACV successful at reducing blood pressure.
- Assist weight loss– in one Japanese double blind trial, consuming 15-30ml of ACV daily for 12 weeks resulted in weight loss with no other intervention. It was also found that serum triglyceride (TG) levels were also lower (high levels of TG are related to higher risk of several diseases like heart disease.)
- Facial toner– there are several claims that ACV can remedy several skin conditions, but it has been used as a facial toner in a dilution of 1 part ACV to 2 parts water. If you have sensitive skin, dilute further and proceed with caution, as it may act like a peel due to the natural acids.
- Fight fungal nails– a traditional remedy for yeast infections like athlete’s foot and thrush in dilution. Try a footbath with crushed garlic and sage for extra anti-fungal oomph!
- Sprains– I recently made up a vinegar compress with essential oils when my husband sprained his thumb.
- Add to a stockpot– to help draw collagen from the bones, which is great for tissue support and repair.
It is also a natural remedy for sunburn relief when mixed with coconut oil. Use on dull, dry hair as a rinse for lustrous, shiny locks. It is used for sore throats – mix with water to avoid burning your throat. Or as a detox drink. I use it in my glass cleaner for a sparkling shine.
And obviously use it in homemade salad dressings and cooking too. I add a drop to boiling water when poaching eggs, which apparently helps the whites firm-up quicker and help the eggs keep their shape – it seems to work!
ACV is reported to have many benefits and uses; I’d love to hear how you use yours.
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