Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been used as a health tonic for centuries. Its healing properties range from remedying skin conditions to aiding in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes. Those who follow a daily ACV regimen boast improved overall health, increased energy, and stronger immune systems.
Choose Unpasteurized ACV
ACV is made by fermenting crushed apples in wooden barrels. As the apples ferment, a cloudy substance forms. This substance contains minerals, enzymes, and natural probiotics. Pasteurized forms have had the fermentation sediment removed and do not tout the same health benefits. Only consume raw and unpasteurized ACV. Here are several unique ways raw Apple Cider Vinegar enhances health and well being.
It Helps Detoxify the Body
Raw ACV is chock full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The fermentation sediment contains beneficial bacteria that help remove unhealthy bacteria from the intestinal tract and aid the process of elimination. Drinking it before meals aids digestion and assists the body in absorbing nutrients from food.
It’s a Natural Antimicrobial
ACV is known to have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This makes it effective against autoimmune complications such as Candida yeast infections of the digestive tract. The high acidity of the vinegar also makes it useful in preventing vaginal yeast infections and Urinary Tract Infections.
It Aids Weight loss and Improves Digestion
Drinking ACV 2-3 times daily helps suppress appetite, rid the body of excess fluids, and improve digestive function. It also prevents water retention that contributes to false weight gain.
Treat digestive discomfort such as indigestion, constipation, gas and bloating by drinking diluted ACV at the onset of symptoms. It neutralizes acid and also works as a mild laxative, making it useful in the treatment of minor constipation. Consuming ACV before meals can prevent gas and bloating by aiding the digestive process.
It Supports Healthy Skin and Hair
Following a daily ACV regimen can help purify the body of toxins that contribute to acne and other skin conditions. The vinegar also cleanses the blood and helps decrease bruising and speeds up the healing process.
For healthy hair, rinse hair with a mixture of half water and half ACV. As an external treatment for acne, use 1/3 cup ACV mixed into 1 cup of water. Wet a cotton ball with the mixture and apply to the face after thoroughly washing.
It Increases Energy and Stamina
High levels of acidity in the body are attributed to many illnesses and complications including chronic fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, and joint pain. ACV helps balance acidity and, along with its combination of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes contributes to increased energy and stamina.
It Helps Lower Blood Sugar
Drinking the vinegar a couple times a day can help manage blood sugar levels. Acetic acid, the main component of ACV, prevents several enzymes that contribute to high blood sugar from becoming active. The acid helps push these enzymes through the intestines and inhibits them from being absorbed by the body, reducing their influence on blood sugar levels.
How to Take ACV
When undiluted, it is highly acidic. Mix 2 Tablespoons raw, unpasteurized ACV with 8 oz warm water and drink 2-3 times daily, preferably before meals. Add raw, unpasteurized honey and lemon to the mixture to improve the flavor and increase the health benefits.