You’ve probably heard the claims. But even if you are aware of all that apple cider vinegar has to offer, you might find it hard to believe that just one food can offer so many benefits. Surprisingly (or maybe not) it’s true! Drinking apple cider vinegar daily is a sure-fire way to improve every aspect of your health and your life.
Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (or ‘ACV’ for short) is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth. It has a wealth of raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which are why its so healthy.
Just keep in mind that you should never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus. Instead, mix one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water. If you don’t like the taste, use a straw to minimize contact with your taste buds. Adding a bit of raw honey can help too.
My reason for taking ACV, I’ve had horrible allergies and sinus issues my entire life. I was the kid that had to go for allergy shots every week. As I got older I did outgrow a lot of my allergies but 3-4 times a year I was hit hard. I thought moving to the south would help but unfortunately, unless I was by the ocean I still had many issues. So I learned to live with taking over the counter allergy and sinus medications. In my 40’s I started to realize that something in the sinus medications was making me depressed so it put me on a mission to find something that I could do naturally. I read tons of articles but what kept coming up repeatedly was add 1 – 2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of water would do the trick. So, I decided to give it a try. It took time getting used to the flavor and I’ve tried all different concoctions which I will share some of my favorites. But I noticed right away that my sinuses were improving and I hardly ever need to take any over the counter sinus medications. And I haven’t had a sinus infection in years.
Here’s a great site about ACV and your sinuses: http://healthycures.org/7-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar-for-sinus-infection
Here are some of the other great benefits of taking ACV every day.
- Apple cider vinegar helps tummy troubles
- Apple cider vinegar cures hiccups
- Apple cider vinegar soothes a sore throat
- Apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol
- Apple cider vinegar prevents indigestion
- Apple cider vinegar clears a stuffy nose
- Apple cider vinegar aids in weight loss
- Apple cider vinegar gets rid of dandruff
- Apple cider vinegar clears acne
- Apple cider vinegar boosts energy
- Apple cider vinegar cuts down on nighttime leg cramps
- Apple cider vinegar banishes bad breath
- Apple cider vinegar whitens teeth
- Apple cider vinegar fades bruises
- Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar
Here are some of the more unique uses:
It can soothe sunburned skin.
Add 1 cup to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
It is used as a natural aftershave.
Fill a bottle with equal parts ACV and water, and shake before applying to the face.
It is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.
Spray one part vinegar and one part water on your pets’ fur and rubbed in generously. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.
Wash your fruits and veggies:
It helps reduce the number of Salmonella bacteria on fresh salad vegetables and was especially effective when mixed with lemon juice. Many people also use a vinegar-based mixture to wash their fruits and vegetables after they buy them from the store. Even if your produce is organic, there are likely still pesticides on it and this is a great way to wash those off and eliminate any germs from your fresh fruits and veggies.
Some great recipes: http://blog.paleohacks.com/apple-cider-vinegar-drink/#
A couple of my favorites are:
Ginger Lemon Mocktail
This invigorating drink is just the thing to sip on during a warm, sunny day.
Recipe: Gnowflins | Ginger Lemon Mocktail
Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
Apple cider vinegar gets a sweet upgrade with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.
Recipe: Kitchen Missus | Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
June 21, 2017
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