Apple cider vinegar has long been utilised for its various health benefits. From lowering cholesterol to cleaning without chemicals, both the scientific and anecdotal benefits of this wonder fluid can be seen.
The effectiveness is believed to be due to its high concentration of acetic acid which aids in natural absorption of minerals from our diet.
When purchasing apple cider vinegar it is important to buy ‘uglier’ organic options. Most options are filtered to remove their powerful benefits so look for bottles that still contain the ‘mother’ – a murky substance usually settled at the bottom of the bottle.
6 reasons to use apple cider vinegar every day
Various studies have looked into the effects of apple cider vinegar consumption on lowering glucose levels. A 2007 a study found that consuming just two tablespoons of vinegar and 30 grams of protein (cheese) before bed, achieved a 6 per cent decrease in fasting blood sugar levels.
The vinegar has been known to break up mucus around the body and assist with the cleansing of the lymph nodes. Consuming the vinegar has also been shown to assist in reducing sinus congestion, helping with allergies and hayfever symptoms.
When taken immediately after noticing symptoms and followed with a glass of water, apple cider vinegar has been known to help alleviate burning stomach acid and reflux.
Sunburn and skin ailments
By adding a cup of vinegar to your bath and soaking in it, symptoms of sunburn can be eliminated. Diluted apple cider vinegar has the ability to regulate the pH of your skin and as such can help reduce the severity of acne scars and be used as a replacement for your usual toner.
As a natural product, apple cider vinegar can replace the harsh chemicals we use throughout our homes for cleaning. Take a bottle to work to keep your desk clean for a healthy, chemical-free option.
Makes your hair shine
By adding just 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to an old shampoo bottle and filling with water, this simple solution will boost the natural shine of your hair. Just wash through your hair after shampooing a few times a week to see results.
It’s easy to get your daily dose of this wonderful superfood but you need to be careful about how you do it, here are four recipes to get you started.