Most people have heard of apple cider vinegar.
We are all vaguely aware that we can drink it to help with weight loss and that hippies (like me!!!) use it to detox and keep the body "alkaline".
Personally, I was aware of apple cider vinegar (ACV) for years and I vaguely knew that it was "a good thing" but I didn't truly understand the full scope of ACV and it's health benefits until recently.
Let's Start With the Basics
What it is:
Apple Cider Vinegar is (simply put) fermented apple juice.
Fermented food has recently been linked to numerous health benefits
- Improving Digestion
- Strengthening the Immune System
- Decreasing Allergic Responses
- Assisting with Weight Loss
What it Does:
Apple Cider Vinegar is most famous for
- Alkalizing the Body
But did you know that it also has a host of other, more obscure benefits
- Weed Killer
- Facial Toner
- Natural Deodorant
Currently, I am most impressed with ACVs topical abilities.
As mentioned in previous posts, I have recently experienced issues with numerous skin related problems including:
- Adult Acne
- Fungal Infections
While researching these conditions I came across references to apple cider vinegar's ability to combat these conditions.
I was already experimenting with different facials, aromatherapy and salves with limited success so I thought "Why not try ACV? Let's throw the kitchen sink at it!"
Because apple cider vinegar changes the ph of the skin and is full of probiotics (good bacteria) it is very effective at killing most skin infections and drying out inflammation.
Every skin irritation I was experiencing, without exception, began to clear after application of ACV.
You remember the father in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and how he swore by Windex?
Well, that's now me with apple cider vinegar!
How to Use Topically:
Eyes: When using in the eye area for styes and/or pink eye I mix ACV with warm water and wipe gently with a cotton pad. Place pad on the eye to soak and dip it into warm solution frequently. Warm liquid helps to open pores and allows the solution to penetrate the skin more effectively
Skin: For acne and other infections: Soak a cotton pad with undiluted apple cider vinegar for infections (diluted for acne). Wipe briefly over acne or allow to sit on other infections (such as ringworm) and allow to soak into the skin
Nail Bed Infections: For deeper infections such as cuticle and nail bed, I once again combine ACV with warm water + Epsom salt and antibacterial soap. Soak the infected area in this mixture for 15-30 min 2x a day
General Detox: Pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak entire body for 20-30 min
How to Use Internally:
I love to drink ACV throughout the day to
- Alkalize the Body
- Assist with Detoxification
- Reduce Food Cravings
- Improve Digestion
- Replenish Electrolytes
To make it easy and portable I simply add a couple of Tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1 dropper stevia to my water bottle and sip on it throughout the day.
Recently, some studies have indicated that an excess of apple cider vinegar may lead to health complications such as:
These were all small studies and should not be taken as conclusive evidence.
However, to be on the safe side, when you ingest ACV be sure to
- Properly Dilute with Water
- Increase dosage gradually
- Drink through a straw to minimize dental exposure
- Rinse mouth after drinking and never drink right before bed
- Consume in moderation as part of a balanced diet
ACV has been toted as a health tonic since the time of Hippocrates. Recently, studies have shown that this cheap home remedy has numerous health benefits, both internally and topically, when used correctly.
YAY FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!!
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