Apple Cider Vinegar may taste sour, but it’s benefits are so sweet! However, to reap these amazing health benefits, be sure you buy the right vinegar!

Buy Raw and Organic and look for the cloudy vinegar. Cloudy is good.

If you’ve ever had unfiltered vinegar, you may have noticed a film develop that can make the vinegar look cloudy. This film is known as “mother of vinegar” and is the result of bacteria fermentation. Some people dispose of this substance; however, the “mother” is often regarded as the most nutritious part of the vinegar. Mother of vinegar can form in any unpasteurized vinegar, but it’s commonly associated with ACV

1. Regulates Your Bodies pH

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which is acidic in nature but has a more alkaline effect on the rest of your body.  Balancing your bodies pH can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like cancer and can dramatically increase your energy.

2. High in Probiotics

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Mother of vinegar is rich in indigestible carbohydrates called probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning “for life”) according to the authors of a review in Harvard Health. Their very definition is something that affirms life and health which beneficially affects the host. Probiotics serve as food for beneficial bacteria that live in the intestines. When you eat probiotic foods, the good bacteria can grow and flourish. Probiotics crowd out harmful bacteria, and a balanced population of friendly bacteria keeps your digestive system healthy. Probiotics reduce the risk of allergies and gastrointestinal infections, according to the authors of a recent study in the August 2010 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition.

3. Can Treat Acid Reflux and Heartburn

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The next time that you have indigestion problems try an experiment that gives your stomach the acid that it needs. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and chase it with a glass of water. The stomach churning and pain should subside within minutes. Always consult with your physician first.

4. Can Kill Candida (Yeast) and Boost Probiotics

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What is Candida? A fungal type infection. Typically this microscopic organism that lives harmlessly in people. However, if your inner ecosystem is out of balance and your immunity is weakened, you are at risk for a fungal infection, like Candida (also known as a yeast infection).The side effects can be bad breath, lack of energy, UTI’s and digestive issues.  ACV contains probiotics and a type of acid that promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill off candida. Remove sugar from your diet and consume 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar 3x daily as part of a candida cleanse.

5. Natural Teeth Whitener

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Take your finger and rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth for 1-2 minutes.  Then rinse mouth out with water.  The pH of apple cider vinegar helps to remove stains from your teeth.

 

6. ACNE/Skin Toner for Eczema and Acne

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The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it a fantastic solution for pesky skin issues.

Rub apple cider vinegar on an area or use it to wash an area then put coconut oil and essential oils on the area to support further healing.

7. Natural Deodorant 

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What Vinegar for sweet smelling pits? Yep. Since ACV helps adjust the skin’s pH level, it contributes to eliminating odor-causing bacteria. For underarms use a cotton ball to apply, for feet: Add ½ cup ACV to a bowl of water; soak feet.

8. Sunburn Soother

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Bathe in it! Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath along with 1/4 cup of coconut oil and lavender essential oil to ease sunburnt skin.

9. Natural Weed Killer For Organic Gardens

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1/2 Galloon of ACV, 1/4 cup of salt, 1/2 tsp of Dawn Liquid Soap

Vinegar can be applied to plants in two ways:

a. It can be sprayed directly on the plant (used as a contact herbicide), or it can be applied to the soil. (used as a soil drench) Spraying vinegar directly on a plant dissolves off the waxy protective coating on the foliage, making the plant vulnerable to desiccation. The plant will then dry out all the way to the root.

b. Pouring vinegar on the soil lowers the soil pH to a point where the plants can’t survive.

 

10. An All-Natural Household Cleaner

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The anti-bacterial properties and the balanced pH of apple cider vinegar make it a perfect natural household cleaning product.  Fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% ACV then spray windows and counters for cleaning.

A trusted brand is Braggs Raw and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I have not been incentivized in any way to promote this brand. I just researched many brands of Apple Cider Vinegar and this one was my top pick!  You can find it in any health food store and typically most grocery stores as well!

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How Do You Use Your Apple Cider Vinegar! Let Us Know!

 

Disclosure

*Medications and Apple Cider Vinegar

According to the Mayo Clinic website: Although occasional use of apple cider vinegar is safe for most people, it should be taking in small doses.

  • Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. It may irritate your throat if you drink it often or in large amounts.
  • Apple cider vinegar may interact with certain supplements or drugs, including diuretics and insulin. This may contribute to low potassium levels.

As with any new change in your dietary regiment, please be sure to consult with your physician first.

 

References:

Medical Staff of Harvard Health. “Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics.” Harvard Health, Harvard Health Publications, 1, Dec. 2015, www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics

Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. “Drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss seems far-fetched. Does it work?” Healthy Life Styles, 17, March 2015, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/apple-cider-vinegar-for-weight-loss/faq-20058394