We are often asked what apple cider vinegar (ACV) is good for here at All Is Well. Most people have heard that it is good for you, but they are not sure how it will help them. There are so many uses for apple cider vinegar that I thought I would put together a list for everyone.
Many studies have shown a direct link between apple cider vinegar and decreased blood sugar levels. Participants in one study took two tablespoons of ACV before bed; their blood sugar dropped four to six percent overnight. The acid in apple cider vinegar has an anti-glycemic effect which helps with insulin sensitivity.
Drinking ACV before a meal can help you feel fuller resulting in eating less at mealtime. The acetic acid has been shown to slow fat build up. You can add apple cider vinegar to your juice, salad dressing, or water to make it more palatable.
Apple cider vinegar can also lower your cholesterol when incorporated on a daily basis. One study in which rats were fed a high cholesterol diet and given apple cider vinegar showed a decrease in LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides.
Lower Blood Pressure
Apple cider vinegar’s cholesterol lowering and detoxifying properties can also help lower blood pressure if you take it on a regular basis and eat healthy.
ACV can help detox your body. It promotes healthy circulation and helps to detoxify the liver. The acid in apple cider vinegar binds to toxins in order to remove them from your body. The potassium content in ACV helps break up mucus and clear lymph nodes which aids in the removal of toxins.
Apple cider vinegar not only breaks up mucus, but it also clears the sinuses. Because of it’s antibacterial properties, it can help prevent a sinus infection or cold.
Gargling with equal parts ACV and water at the first signs of a sore throat can help kill bacteria and prevent it worsening. Repeat this process every hour as needed.
Sipping apple cider vinegar diluted in water or juice can help settle your stomach or prevent heartburn. ACV helps stimulate digestive juices that breakdown food in the body.
Itchy or Sunburned Skin
Applying apple cider vinegar to your skin can help relieve itching or sunburn. It works well for itchy bug bites, poison ivy, and stings.
To remove a wart, put a cotton ball soaked in ACV over the wart and use medical tape or a band aid to secure it. Leave it on overnight, and repeat the process nightly until the wart falls off.
Apple cider vinegar is full of potassium and enzymes. Just mix some in juice or water for a quick energy boost. ACV is also good for preventing fatigue and lactic acid build up during a workout.
Shiny, Flake Free Hair
Apple cider vinegar is a great daily or weekly rinse for your hair. It will remove any build up and balance the pH of your scalp. It is great for people with dandruff or itchy scalp. Use one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water, pour over your hair after shampooing and conditioning and rinse for shiny, soft hair.
ACV is great for cleaning your face. It can help prevent breakouts by balancing your skin’s pH levels. For a homemade toner, you can dilute apple cider vinegar with water and apply it with a cotton ball to your face. If you have dry skin, start with a small amount of ACV and add more if needed in order to find what your skin tolerates best.
Apple cider vinegar acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Apply some to a bruise, and it will help to decrease the discoloration.
Stop Smelly Feet
If you have smelly feet, wipe your feet and toes with a paper towel soaked in apple cider vinegar to destroy the odor. It will help balance the pH of your feet and the eliminate odor causing bacteria.
These are just some of the benefits of apple cider vinegar. If you’re like most people, you want to try it for all of the wonderful reasons I listed above, but you are probably skeptical about how it will taste. Here is a recipe that I use on a daily basis that makes it more palatable. It has other ingredients that will help you detox further and give you more energy.
Limeade with Apple Cider Vinegar
- Juice of a lime (You can use a lemon if you prefer.)
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (preferable Bragg’s apple cider vinegar with the mother in it)
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 8 oz water
Combine all ingredients and stir well.
You can also make a larger batch of this and keep it in the fridge. I mix all the ingredients in a mason jar except the water, store it in the fridge, and combine a little of it with a cup of water every morning.
Note: You may want to use a straw if you drink this on a daily basis as the acid in it can sensitize your teeth over time.