With a new year comes new goals. What are your goals for this year?
Do you want to get healthier?
Well, when you think of ‘healthier', we usually think of eating better and exercising.
But did you know that you can use one product that you can easily make yourself, and you could be on the way to a healthier lifestyle? You can, and that product is apple cider vinegar.
So I want to share with you all of the different uses and benefits of apple cider vinegar. This could be a simple step you take you to a healthier lifestyle.
However, I need to mention that not all apple cider vinegar is created equally. It is recommended that you either make your own or purchase the kind that has ‘mother’ in it. The ‘mother’ is what contains all of the good stuff that makes apple cider vinegar so effective.
Also, apple cider vinegar that has been unfiltered and therefore contains mother is also full of probiotics which are great for your body.
Here Are The Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar:
1. Kill Bacteria
Apple cider vinegar is obviously a type of vinegar. This makes it great for killing bacteria. You can use apple cider vinegar to clean your home, mop your floors, or to clean surfaces in a natural way.
So if you like to clean your home without harsh chemicals, then apple cider vinegar is a great way to accomplish that.
2. Lowers Blood Sugar
If you take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar a day, it has properties in it that can actually help lower your blood sugar.
So if you are someone that is diabetic or even pre-diabetic, this might be a good addition to your health regiment. Just be sure to speak with your doctor first.
3. Fight Diabetes
Because apple cider vinegar is great for lowering your blood sugar, it is an obvious help when it comes to diabetes.
Since diabetics struggle with higher blood sugar, taking something that could help lower your numbers naturally could be a huge help.
4. Aids Weight Loss
My mom actually puts a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in her water every day a couple of times a day.
The reason is that it can actually help you to feel fuller faster and stay full longer. This obviously helps you to lose weight.
5. Boosts Metabolism
Along with keeping you fuller for longer, apple cider vinegar actually has properties to it that can rev up your metabolism.
So if one of your healthy goals this year is to lose weight, then it might be worth your while to add a teaspoon to your water or just take a teaspoon straight each day.
6. Lowers Cholesterol
If you haven’t already guessed, apple cider vinegar is something that is just very healthy for you in most instances.
Well, it should come as no surprise that it has properties that can actually help lower your cholesterol and help fight heart disease in the process.
7. May Be Able to Fight Cancer
We all know someone that has been impacted by cancer. It is a terrible disease. Which is why, in my opinion, if you can take something daily that might help you fight it off for yourself, then it might be worth your while.
There have actually been studies that show that apple cider vinegar can help ward off cancer. The studies show that it can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors too.
8. Lower Blood Pressure
If you’ve ever had blood pressure problems, then you know it is no fun and can actually be quite frightening. I had to deal with blood pressure issues while pregnant, and it was a petrifying time in my life.
So if you struggle with high blood pressure, then you know that you are at risk for things such as heart attack and stroke because of how hard your heart is having to work. You can try adding apple cider vinegar to your diet since it has been shown to be able to reduce blood pressure.
9. Helps Gut Health
Gut health is super important. A large percentage of our immune system is actually found in our gut. Unfortunately, our overuse of antibiotics and poor diets have left our guts in a mess.
Well, if you want to try and restore your gut health, then consider adding a spoonful of apple cider vinegar into your daily routine.
10. Helps Acid Reflux
You wouldn’t think that something as acidic as apple cider vinegar would help with stopping acid reflux, but it can.
So the next time you feel like your chest and throat are on fire because of acid reflux, try taking a swig of apple cider vinegar.
11. Detoxes Body
I’m big on detoxing my body. We are constantly bombarded with chemicals in the air, through the products we use, and the food we consume.
Which means, our body might need a little help with knocking some of those toxins out. You can use apple cider vinegar in the shower in areas such as your feet, hands, and armpits to help pull out toxins. Or you can add apple cider vinegar to your daily routine so it can work on toxins internally.
12. Helps Condition Hair
I use apple cider vinegar a lot for this reason. When I finish washing my hair, I’ll do an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Then I’ll rinse my hair again. You won’t believe how soft and shiny your hair looks and feels after this. It is inexpensive, natural, and can actually help battle buildup in your hair and dandruff.
13. Clears Up Acne
This is another reason why I use apple cider vinegar so much. Whether you are a teenager or a woman who has hormones that get out of whack every now and then, we often have to battle acne.
Well, instead of buying expensive soaps and creams, just wash your face. Then apply apple cider vinegar to your face. Finish it up by rinsing your face with cold water. It will clear up acne in no time.
14. Helps Cure a Cold
If you have a cold and feel like you are drowning in mucus, then take a swig of apple cider vinegar. It has properties in it that will actually help battle a cold for you.
Plus, it can give your gut a boost which will also help boost your immune system that will ultimately be responsible for kicking the cold virus from your body.
15. Whitens Teeth
This is another one I have found to be true in my own life. I am a big believer in taking a spoonful of apple cider vinegar every day.
Basically, I think if I can take one swig of something natural and it might help me in numerous ways, then why not? In the process, I’ve noticed that the vinegar is not just good at cleaning surfaces, but it is also great with removing stains from my teeth too.
16. Candida Cleanse
Have you ever heard of candida? I hadn’t until about a year or so ago. I was feeling really bad and wasn’t quite sure what was going on with me so I began to research.
Then I came across candida, which is basically a yeast overgrowth from eating a typical Western diet. You can drink apple cider vinegar, and it should help get the yeast in your body back under control.
17. Helps with Hiccups
Nothing annoys me more than getting a case of the hiccups that I just can’t get rid of, and they always come on at the worst time.
Well, the next time they hit you, don’t just wait for them to pass. Instead, take a spoonful of apple cider vinegar. It has been said to be able to calm them down.
18. Soothes a Sore Throat
It should come as no surprise that apple cider vinegar is also great at helping you to get over a sore throat.
So since it can boost your immune system, help with a common cold, and help with other small ailments, it shouldn’t seem that far off-base to think that you can pop some apple cider vinegar in some water to ease a sore throat.
19. Helps Leg Cramps
Apple cider vinegar is actually a great source of potassium. You’ve probably been told to eat a banana when you have leg cramps or to eat one before bed to avoid leg cramps in the night.
Well, now you can add some apple cider vinegar to your diet to help avoid leg cramps since it will give you a solid dose of potassium.
20. Rids Bad Breath
This is another use for apple cider vinegar that I have found to be very true in my own experience. I began adding some apple cider vinegar to my water after talking to my mom. I’m really self-conscious about talking to people and offending them with my breath, and I would sometimes get this weird taste in my mouth that just made me feel like my breath was bad.
So I told my mom about it, and she suggested adding some ACV to my water. I did, and I don’t get that weird taste anymore. I feel fairly confident that apple cider vinegar helped cure any issues I may have had with bad breath.
21. Natural Deodorant
Again, I’ve found this use to be very true in my own experience. I use apple cider vinegar in the shower a lot. I use it for my hair and to detox.
So when I detox my body, I apply ACV to my underarms. I still use deodorant, but I’ve noticed that even when I’m outside working really hard there is no foul smelling odor that comes from me. I think it has a lot to do with the use of apple cider vinegar.
Did you know that apple cider vinegar has properties to it that makes it anti-fungal? My poor grandfather always battled a toe fungus.
Now I wish I had known to tell him to skip all of the expensive creams and just try wrapping his toe in a paper bag that had been dipped in apple cider vinegar.
23. Balance pH
Doctors are beginning to think in order to ward off cancer, it is important to keep our bodies balanced. Meaning we shouldn’t be too neutral, but we shouldn’t be overly acidic either.
So how do you balance your pH? One way is to add apple cider vinegar to your routine. A spoonful of it might help to balance things out for you.
24. Repels Fleas
A lot of insects do not like the smell of apple cider vinegar. When our youngest was smaller, he’d always get eaten by mosquitoes. It didn’t matter what I put on him. Until I tried vinegar. It actually worked.
Also, I used ACV to keep flies out of our chicken coop. So it isn’t far-fetched to think that ACV could keep fleas off of your family pet.
25. Removes Warts
Warts are really annoying. They pop up when you least expect it, and it is so easy to come in contact with the virus that gives them to you.
So if you have a wart that you’d like to get rid of, try soaking it repeatedly in apple cider vinegar. It might be a natural way of removing it.
26. Soothes a Sunburn
This has worked well in my own experience. When I was younger I ‘d play out in the sun all day. Being fair skinned (and before the time that they had sunscreen stronger than a 30spf) I’d often come in sunburned.
So when I had a really bad burn, I’d often put cloth that had been dampened with apple cider vinegar on my sunburn to relieve the heat and pain.
27. Heals Poison Ivy
This makes perfect sense when you think about it. Vinegar has the ability to sanitize, kill bacteria, and dry things out.
So the next time you have poison ivy, try rubbing some apple cider vinegar on it. It might sting a little, but it will probably dry it out too.
28. Gets Rid of Dandruff
I already shared above that I use apple cider vinegar in my own hair. It does condition it well, stops shampoo build up, makes your hair shiny, and yes, it even removes dandruff.
So if you have the little white flaky stuff in your hair, then try rinsing your hair with some ACV and see what you think.
29. Gives Energy
We all get lactic acid build up in our body from time to time. This can be brought on by stress or other outside factors.
Unfortunately, this causes us to feel very tired or fatigued. Thankfully, apple cider vinegar contains certain amino acids that can actually break down the lactic acid build up and restore our energy.
30. Aids in Healing Bruises
Have you ever had a really nasty bruise? They often get ugly and discolored which makes them stand out even worse.
Well, if you don’t want to walk around with a nasty bruise like that then consider placing a paper towel dampened with apple cider vinegar on the bruise. It should help the bruise to fade.
31. Helps with Sprains
This is an old trick my mother-in-law shared with me. When she was young and got a sprain, her mother would take an old paper sack and wet it with apple cider vinegar.
Then she’d prop the sprained area up and wrap it in the wet paper sack. This would help heal the inflammation in the sprain. I’ve used it a few times and always found that it works pretty well.
So you now have over 30 ways that apple cider vinegar can be used to help you and your health. If it is okay with your doctor, this could really help you lead a healthier lifestyle and meet some of your ‘health goals’ this year.
But I’d like to hear from you. How do you use apple cider vinegar?
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