Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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After a conversation with a friend yesterday, and we were chatting about ACV and I was thinking about my routine and how much I use this FANTASTIC product.  So I thought I would do a post on it.

I would label this product a must have in your pantry.  People have been using it for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  In actual fact in 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates (Father of Medicine), used it for it’s healthy benefits.

I actually make my ACV drink each morning by mixing 2 tablespoons of Braggs ACV into a glass of water and drinking.  Dont get me wrong, it is not the most “delicious” drink I have ever had, but I know it’s good for me and over and done with in a few seconds.  You could also try adding in a splash of some fresh sweet fruit juice, honey or a little stevia into the ACV and water mix.  Or I did a post a few weeks ago with more of a “mixture” of a few ingredients, which is a great way to start.  I use ACV in alot of my salad dressings as well.

So here is why I take my ACV each morning, and use in my dressings:

  • Lowers Cholesterol 
  • It can assist in keeping blood pressure down
  • Its a natural diabetes fighter
  • It can help with weight loss – by breaking down fats so that your body can use the fat rather than storing it (and as part of a overall weight loss plan, its by no means a magic bullet)
  • Rich in potassium
  • Has a high alkaline property – this aids your body in maintaining good pH levels for a healthy alkaline state
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Promotes improved digestion
  • Helps to soothe dry sore throats

You can also use use it as a rinse if you want shiny, healthy hair (mix equal parts ACV and water).

Its also good if you have eczema, acne or irritated skin – dilute it with water and use as a toner.

It can removes stains on your teeth – just rub some on your teeth, then rinse.  Or you can gargle with it, but make sure that you do brush your teeth afterwards.

TIPS:

Make sure you ONLY buy the raw, organic, unfilitered kind of ACV – my choice is always the BRAGG’s brand.

Do use what they call the “mother” (which is the sediment stuff at the bottom of the bottle) and always give the bottle a good shake.

Do dilute ACV if you are ingesting it, as it can be harsh on your osephagus.