Apple cider vinegar is often used for natural home cleaning products, but it is also extremely good for you when drinking or eating it.
But what is Apple cider vinegar…exactly? Apple cider vinegar is made by chopping apples, covering them with water and leaving them at room temperature until the natural sugars ferment and form ethanol. Bacteria then convert this alcohol into acetic acid. It is the fermenting that makes the magic happen!
It has a lovely amber color, and a bit of a bitter taste. The best Apple Cider Vinegar is the type with “the mother”. This is is raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar which has enzymes, minerals, and probiotics that may be beneficial for health. Apple cider vinegar is one of those miracle foods that when used properly can improve your health over time.
This versatile acidic liquid can be found in the grocery store, and is somewhat inexpensive. Here are three ways that you can take advantage of the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
Promotes Weight Loss
When you drink a cup of water with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in it, you will create a more suitable environment in your body for weight loss. When insulin spikes, it can trigger fat storage signals which will result in immediate weight gain.
Apple Cider Vinegar can help to keep your insulin from spiking, and raise the presence of a hormone called glucagon that sends messages to the body that it should release fat to be burned for energy. Ingesting a small amount of apple cider vinegar in one cup of water everyday will help to keep your system operating at its most efficient point for fat burning.
To add a little excitement to your ACV water, try Lemon Water ACV Drink. This totally classic drink is probably one that some people have come across, but it’s being included here for people that are coming across this concept for the first time. This drink should do a bit of work once it hits your stomach as many of the ingredients have the ability to trigger metabolic function and arouse parts of the system that control weight loss.
Mix ingredients together and enjoy!
1 cup of water
1.5 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1.5 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Honey or apple juice (optional)
Great for Skin
Apple cider vinegar contains acids that promote circulation and dissolve residues found on the surface of the skin. If you were to dilute a small amount of apple cider vinegar and dip a cotton ball into it, you could dab it onto your face to help promote healing action and gain a more youthful appearance over time. It is also highly anti-inflammatory, so you can use it to treat bites and bruises as well.
You can also try a ACV detox bath to unlock the benefits for your skin. People often forget that your skin is the largest organ of the body. If that’s the case, then that means that it would be a very important organ to take care of in more ways than just rinsing it off every day or so. This is where apple cider vinegar can be very handy. If you want to detoxify the skin, you can make a warm bath and put some apple cider vinegar into the water and soak or about 20 minutes.
This will make your skin soft and dissolve stubborn dead skin. It will also balance the pH of the surface of your skin, making it healthier as a result. The acids in the vinegar will also encourage new skin growth and stimulate better circulation.
Helps With Digestion
One of the most common problems among people who suffer from symptoms like bloating and digestion issues, is that they could overabundance of candida yeast and not even know it. Ingesting apple cider vinegar kills candida yeast and helps your body to promote a more well-balanced population of gut flora.
Many people who suffer from this will think that they have celiac disease, so this could remedy a host of issues. It is highly recommended that if you have an issue with candida that you cut back on sugar intake for a few days while you drink a cup of water with apple cider vinegar at least once a day. This will also reduce bowel inflammation.
Another way to get some apple cider vinegar into your diet is through simple salad dressing. Next time you have a salad, try an apple cider vinegar salad dressing. The following recipe has great flavor, and is super for those of you who would like to avoid eating any kind of sugar with your dressing. Between the apple cider vinegar and the ginger, your salad will be packed full of health beneficial vitamins and minerals, as well as immune boosting nutrients.
Perfect Ginger-Vinegar Dressing
Mix ingredients and enjoy!
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sesame oil
4 tbsp fresh grated ginger
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp minced garlic