Using apple cider vinegar for health benefits dates back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it as a cleansing and healing agent. But that’s not it! Apple cider vinegar is rich in enzymes and potassium, it supports a healthy immune system, helps with weight loss and digestion, and removes toxins. It can also be used to maintain beautiful and healthy skin, help whiten your teeth, and remove the bacteria that cause bad breath!
So if you haven’t jumped on the apple cider vinegar band wagon, then now is the time, and here’s why:
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Boosts Energy Levels
One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar has 11 grams of potassium, along with enzymes, which can boost your energy levels. It also contains amino-acids that can help break down lactic acid in your body. Lactic acid build up from exercise causes fatigue, ultimately lowering your pH balance. Apple cider vinegar has pH of 3.075, which can help balance out what was lost.
Supports Stronger Immune System
Research suggests that the antioxidants in cider vinegar can reduce the oxidative damage that free radicals cause, and improves the health of our blood and organs.
Promotes Weight Loss and Digestion
If you’re on a weight loss journey, then apple cider vinegar may aid with weight loss, as it keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time.
And if you suffer from type 2 diabetes, apple cider vinegar is known to lower glucose and insulin levels, thanks to the acetic acid level in the vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antimicrobial tonic that kills harmful bacteria, which is why so many use it to ease stomach aches and sooth sore throats. Vinegar binds to toxins and removes them from your body more effectively as the toxins travel through urine, sweat or feces.
Whitens Teeth and Freshens Your Breath
You read that right! The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria that causes bad breath in your mouth and gums. The acid in the vinegar breaks down stains, however using it too often can damage your enamel.
The best solution is to dilute apple cider vinegar with water (half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water) and gargle in the morning. Brush as usual after you gargle.
Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair
Just like apple cider vinegar restores pH levels back in your body, it also restores it back to your skin. The acid in the vinegar will make your skin feel smoother, absorb oil and reduce fine lines. Plus, the beta-carotene helps counter future skin damage.
Your hair can also benefit from the acid in vinegar by removing product build-up and balancing your scalp’s pH level. For recipes on hair care, check out Bragg’s recipe here.
I recommend Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, an award-winning raw apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurised, non-GMO Certified, USDA Organic, and has only 5 percent acidity. We take a shot every day at home, and love it! Bragg lists a variety of recipes you can try, from a drink and salad dressing, to a skin cleanser, toner, facial and a rinse for your hair and body!