1. Detox + Digest
Now that we’ve all hopped on the morning lemon water trend, let’s get a little more extreme. Adding apple cider vinegar to your morning brew is an incredible way to jump start your metabolism, detox, and digest. The unique acids in ACV bind themselves to toxins, and help the body eliminate more efficiently. It helps to break up the mucus built up inside your body, leading to better lymph circulation and an improved immune system. Add 1-3 teaspoons to a glass of water to reap the benefits.
2. Clears Skin
Forget about those expensive toners, when applied topically apple cider vinegar can help alleviate acne prone skin and age spots, replacing your traditional facial astringent (oral consumption has also been shown to help with this). Soaking in a bath mixed with ACV and epsom salts may help soothe skin conditions like eczema by drawing out toxins and cleansing your body.
3. Tackles Tummy Troubles
The antibiotic properties of ACV have been shown to alleviate stomach problems if the issue is bacterial. The pectin in apple cider vinegar helps to treat diarrhea by forming bulk, fibrous material. It also forms a protective liner on your colon to ease discomfort and intestinal spasms.
4. Prevent Illness
Devoted apple cider vinegar users swear by this magical elixir. Starting each and every day with this potent tonic may help to fight off future sickness, ease sore throats, clear a stuffy nose, and keep you in tip top shape. Due to the unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, swallowing a few teaspoons either straight or mixed with water can help to rid your insides of impurities.
5. Help for Hiccups
A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar will restore the acid balance in your stomach, easing irritating diaphragm spasms, and halting hiccups in their tracks.
6. Hair Rinse
Wash away build up from styling products and conditioners with an apple cider vinegar rinse. The acetic acid in ACV will clean and strengthen your hair, leaving you with soft and shiny strands. It balances hairs pH levels, kills bacteria, cures dandruff, and promotes hair growth. Dilute 1/3 cup of vinegar in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. After a few seconds, rinse your head with cold water to seal in shine. Not recommended daily.
7. Wart Removal
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply directly to the wart with a band-aid. Leave on overnight. Continue nightly applications until the wart disappears. Fight through any discomfort – it will eventually fall off.
8. Foot Soak
Suffering from swollen feet or fungus? ACV can help with both. Mix 1 cup of vinegar into water and give your feet some relief (perfect during pregnancy). Can also be applied directly to a nail or skin fungus. Be sure to dilute for children or those with sensitive skin.
9. Controls Blood Sugars + Lowers Blood Cholesterol
The anti-glycemic effects of apple cider vinegar help to improve insulin sensitivity, which is essential in maintaining blood sugar levels. To steady your stomachs rate of digestion, mix 1 teaspoon of ACV into a glass of water, and take 3 times daily. Of course, always check with your doctor first. Those suffering from high cholesterol are also in for some good news. Research has indicated that ACV improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) and increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol).
10. Whiten Teeth
Gargle with apple cider vinegar and water in the morning, and help to remove stains, whiten teeth, kill bacteria and plaque, and freshen your breath.
11. Ease Arthritis Pain + Leg Cramps
The potassium in apple cider vinegar may be beneficial in preventing calcium build-up in joints and dissolving acid crystals in the blood.
12. Extinguish Exhaustion
The build-up of lactic acid in the body, often from exercise and stress, can cause feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. By adding a tablespoon or two of ACV to a glass of water, you’re allowing the potassium and enzymes to help relieve that tired feeling.
13. Natural Deodorant
Blocking your ability to sweat, which most antiperspirants do, can also block your ability to detoxify. Instead of using traditional deodorant, rub a little apple cider vinegar under your arms to absorb and neutralize odors. The vinegar smell will go away as it dries.
14. Sunburn Relief
Relieve the pain of a sunburn and minimize peeling by applying a wash cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.
15. Fight Yeast Infections
One of nature’s strongest antibiotics, apple cider vinegar can kill just about any bacteria, virus, or protozoa it comes in contact with. Even better, once the vinegar fights off the candida build-up it helps to recolonize your body with friendly bacteria.