Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing ingredient to have in your kitchen - there isn't anything it can't do! It helps with weight loss, detoxing, healthy skin, allergies, the list goes on...
Here are all the details on what Apple Cider Vinegar is, where to get it and what to do with it.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look murky. It is made by crushing apples, squeezing out the liquid, then adding bacteria and yeast to start the alcoholic fermentation process.
I buy the Bragg brand as shown in the picture and it is available at most grocery stores and definitely at health food stores. I store mine in the fridge but you don't need to - you can keep it in the panty - it will last a long time.
Use it to replace balsamic, white or any vinegar in any recipe - especially salad dressing or marinades. You can also pour a splash into water - the taste is bitter so start small - 1/2 or 1 teaspoon into a galss of water.
You can use apple cider vinegar topically to your skin as a toner - mix two parts water to one part ACV and spread it on your face with a cotton ball before your moisturizer. It will balance the PH of your skin and also help fade age spots and acne scars.
Now this isn't going to make you lose 20 pounds tomorrow but data shows limited, yet significant, weight-loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in ACV). Using it in salad dressing or having a splash in water is the best way to get these benefits.
The body constantly strives to achieve a state of balance. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) lead to a lack of energy and an increase of infection. ACV helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level keeping your energy up and immune system healthy.
Overall natural detoxification goes hand in hand with balancing the body's pH therefore ACV creates an overall detoxification of the body. It also can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.
Research suggests that ACV helps with allergies because of its ability to reduce sinus congestion and mucus. It helps break up mucus in the body and cleanses the lymph nodes therefore reducing allergy and sinus infection symptoms.
Strange as it may seem, heartburn and relux are acutally cuased by a lack of acid in the stomach rather than an abundance - although it definitely doesn't feel that way. Research suggests that ACV works by correcting low acid therefore reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts suggest taking 1 teaspoon of ACV followed by a glass of water and you should feel relief shortly after. Please note that ACV does not provide relief if you have an ulcer.
These are some great reasons to make Apple Cider Vinegar a pantry staple in your house. Experiment with it and let me know how it works for you or what recipes you like to make with it in the comments below...