Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Cider Vinegar is wonderful stuff – it has lots of health benefits and can be used for so many different things too.

I’m actually using it at the moment to help detox, as a toner for my face and to clean the house – there’s not many foods that can claim to do this is there!

When I say Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), I’m referring to the raw, organic version that is unfiltered, unheated and unpasteurized. This type of ACV contains something called the “Mother” (which I’ll explain in a moment) and a number of essential nutrients and enzymes. Regular ACV that you find it the supermarket is heated and pasteurized which means that it has lost most of its beneficial properties.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar is made via a fermentation process whereby the aged apples are crushed and broken down by bacteria & yeast which convert the sugars into alcohol. This alcohol is then converted into a substance called acetic acid which is what makes the vinegar.

The “Mother” of raw ACV is basically the fibre portion from the apples (also called the cellulose) which is produced by the bacteria when they break down the apples. This is what gives the vinegar that cloudy appearance. Most pasteurized ACV has the “mother” removed.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Helps to alkalise and detoxify the body.
  • Has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
  • Is rich in enzymes, amino acids and potassium.
  • Can help balance blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Aids digestion and can help reduce heartburn & reflux.
  • Promotes weight loss by improving satiety so you don’t overeat!
  • High in antioxidants.
  • Has shown to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Can soothe a sore throat and itchy skin.
  • Helps reduce inflammation.
  • Promotes a healthy immune system and can reduce mucous.

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar

  • To aid digestion and help balance pH levels, add 1 tsp of ACV to a cup of water and drink 15 minutes before food.
  • Add to water to make a toner for your skin or a wash for your hair.
  • To help soothe itchy or sunburned skin, add a cup of ACV to a bath.
  • Use as a cleaning agent as it has strong antiseptic properties.   

 

As you can see, ACV is an amazing superfood – it’s certainly a staple in my kitchen cupboard! I buy the Bragg’s brand which is fantastic.

Have you got any great ACV remedies to share? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Michelle is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner who is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and helping others to achieve their health goals. She is also a Jungle Body Dance Fitness Instructor, which not only keeps her fit but also helps her to inspire others to feel confident and get in shape.

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