Most people hear of Apple Cider Vinegar and think “Yuk! I’m not eating that!” Due to its strong flavor and the unknown wonderful effects of it, many people overlook the many benefits it can have. It is used for many things, from skin care to gut health. It is an alkalizing food, which is important because our diets today tend to be very acidic. Acidic conditions lead to dis-ease in many different forms. You want to have a good balance of acidic/basic foods in your diet; leaning too far in either direction can create issues. You have probably seen all the hype today about alkaline water and some people swear by it. ACV is another (probably cheaper) way to alkalize the body.
How can ACV be used?
-Skin toner (dilution is often needed to avoid a stinging sensation). It helps reduce acne by balancing the skin.
-Hair conditioner. Just add 1 tablespoon to a cup of water and dump on to your hair at the end of your shower. You don’t even need to rinse it if you don’t want to. This can help balance the pH of your scalp and help with things like dandruff or oily hair.
-To stimulate digestive juices before a meal. Swallow 1-2 tablespoons 20 minutes before you eat. You may want to dilute it in water so the flavor isn’t too strong.
-Add it to your smoothies to provide an alkaline ingredient.
-To prevent cold sores before they even start. You know that tingling feeling you get when a cold sore is on the way? When you start to feel that, run to the frig for your ACV! Usually 2-3 tablespoons spread throughout the day is enough to balance your body and stop the cold sore, but you may need to adjust the amount for your body. Do this for a few days to keep the cold sore at bay.
Just make sure you get organic, raw ACV to make sure you can get the most benefit.
Wishing you wellness,