Apple Cider Vinegar aka ACV
Oh, the wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). There are lists out there that say what most people use this stuff for, and then there is my list. I use it for all kinds of things, ranging from home remedies to cooking to cleaning. The uses are limitless, it doesn’t taste bad (I think it tastes good, actually), and it doesn’t have that overpowering “normal vinegar” smell.
So when do I use it?
If you have ever had acid reflux, you know what a real pain it can be. If you wanted a more natural remedy to relieve some of those symptoms, then Apple Cider Vinegar is something you should pick up. By adding a tablespoon of the vinegar to a cup of water, you can dismiss those awful symptoms within just 10-15 minutes. The reason this actually works is because Apple Cider Vinegar has acetic acid which has an alkaline effect on your body. When you have acid reflux, your body has too much acid, and wants to be balanced out, so increasing your alkaline levels and balancing it out creates a great relief. The same effects can be made by drinking higher pH waters more often, which helps your body to balance out those acid/alkaline levels and prevent acid reflux.
It has also been proven that Apple Cider Vinegar can aid in the process of weight loss. It actually reduces sugar cravings and helps detoxify your body. That same acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar that we talked about earlier also helps balance your blood sugar. Now, are you beginning to see the amazing health benefits of this specific vinegar? It’s not only great for your internal health though, it can also be used on your skin to help treat sunburns. After you get a sunburn, try putting a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar into your bath tub, and maybe some essential oils of your choosing. Your skin will accept it and start the healing process right away, not to mention it can help with the bad feelings that accompany a sunburn.
For those of you that currently have eczema, there are many home remedies out there that can help. Apple Cider Vinegar is definitely one of them, and if you suffer from dry skin, you might want to give it a try. The high pH within applied directly or even used as a wash can really boost the healing process. Using more oily lotions or even just oils afterwards will also help in keeping your skin moisturized for longer periods of time.
Wait, there are more uses?!
The last use for Apple Cider Vinegar that we will talk about is using it as a cleaner around the house. The anti-bacterial assets of ACV make for great natural cleansing over the countertops and even on your windows. The acid in the vinegar is what gives it the anti-bacterial properties, but should be diluted with water. You can use 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 part water, or for a lighter mixture, 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 gallon of water. There is no specific amount that you have to use, you are just diluting it so you don’t wear out your surfaces. This is especially true on natural wood exteriors, which the acid can eat into overtime, so be sure to dilute enough and test on certain spots if you have delicate surfaces.
There are many, many other uses for Apple Cider Vinegar, and once you get into using it more often, you will start to realize how great it really is. A simple Google search can get you even more information on other uses, but these are my favorites and I hope you enjoy them! Don’t forget to Comment below with your thoughts and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar!
Kim Shapira MS, RD