Apple cider vinegar is one of my top two natural remedies that I use every day along with coconut oil. I recommend it to my patients and take it personally for several reasons including detoxification, improved digestion and for a quick burst of energy.
Also, I use it for personal care reasons like conditioning my hair, whitening my teeth and as a household cleaner.
New medical research also suggests that apple cider vinegar can help cure acid reflux, lower blood pressure, improve diabetes, and support weight loss. The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from it’s powerful healing compounds which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.
Make sure when buying apple cider vinegar you buy it raw and with the “mother” which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics.
Here are the top 20 reasons you should be using apple cider vinegar everyday!
1. Detox Your Body
Apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body. It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage. For this reason it’s one of my key ingredients in the Dr. Axe Secret Detox Drink.
2. Natural Conditioner to Make Hair Shine
ACV can be used as a natural hair conditioner and makes your hair shine! Take an old shampoo bottle, then fill it will 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water. Pour this on your hair after shampooing three times per week for best results.
3. Natural Teeth Whitener
Take finger and rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth for 1 minute. Then rinse mouth out with water. The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth which helps naturally whiten.
4. Can Cure Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Some of the main causes of acid reflux and heartburn are an imbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics. Apple cider vinegar is full of all of these nutrients. Adding 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drinking it five minutes before meals can cure acid reflux.
5. Can Kill Candida (Yeast) and Boost Probiotics
Millions of people around the world struggle with candida and yeast. The side effects can be bad breath, lack of energy, UTI’s and digestive issues. ACV contains probiotics and a type of acid that promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill off candida. Remove sugar from your diet and consume 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar 3x daily as part of a candida cleanse.
6. Regulates Your Bodies pH
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which is acidic in nature but has a more alkaline effect on the rest of your body. Balancing your bodies pH can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like cancer and can dramatically increase your energy.
7. Can Support Weight Loss and Metabolism
A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care found that consuming apple cider vinegar could promote weight loss. There are several reasons ACV promotes fat loss but one of those reasons include that ACV reduces sugar cravings and improves detoxification. Another study found that supplementing with the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar reduced body fat in mice by 10%.
8. An All-Natural Household Cleaner
The anti-bacterial properties and the balanced pH of apple cider vinegar make it a perfect household cleaning product. Fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% ACV then spray windows and counters for cleaning.
9. Soothe a Sunburn
Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath along with 1/4 cup of coconut oil and lavender essential oil to ease sunburnt skin.
10. Balances Blood Sugar and Improves Diabetes
Medical research has proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve diabetes. Put apple cider vinegar on salads or consume 1 tablespoon in water before meals.
11. Heal Poison Ivy
The minerals in apple cider vinegar like potassium can help reduce swelling and inflammation, improving poison ivy. Also, ACV can help detox the poison out of your skin helping poison ivy heal more quickly.
12. Repel Fleas on your Pets
Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar together and soak your pet in a tub. Do this 1x a day for several weeks to rid your pet of a flea infestation.
13. Lower Blood Pressure
In a 2009 12-week study they found that consuming apple cider vinegar lowered triglycerides and blood pressure significantly.
14. Fight Seasonal Allergies
Another miracle cure of ACV is for allergies. ACV helps break up mucous in your body and support lymphatic drainage. It also supports the immune system and can clear your sinuses. Put 2 tablespoons in a large glass of water and drink 3x daily for allergies.
15. Kill Fungus on Toes and Skin
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds in apple cider vinegar make it a great natural cure for skin and toenail fungus. Simply rub on the area of fungus 2x daily. Also, using a mixture of coconut oil and oil of oregano is great for killing fungus.
16. Skin Toner for Eczema and Acne
The pH of apple cider vinegar make it an excellent remedy for skin issues. Rub apple cider vinegar on an area or use it to wash an area then put coconut oil and essential oils on area to support further healing.
17. Ease Varicose Veins
Apple cider vinegar is excellent for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein walls and is anti-inflammatory so reduces bulging veins. Combine apple cider vinegar with witch hazel and rub on veins in circular motion and you should see improvements in two weeks.
18. Natural Deodorant
Bad bacteria and yeast are a major cause of body odor. The armpit can stay damp which also makes it a breading ground for bad bacteria. Simply dabbing some apple cider vinegar on your fingers and running it into your armpit can kill yeast and neutralize odors keeping you smelling fresh all day.
19. Cure a Cold and Sore Throat
Apple cider vinegar is the ultimate remedy to cure a cold and sore throat fast! Because it’s loaded with vitamins and probiotic boosting acetic acid it’s a great natural cure. Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in one glass of water 3x daily to cure a cold.
20. ACV Cures Warts
Put apple cider vinegar topically on wart and then cover in band aide or bandage. Leave on overnight and remove in the morning. You may see results in one week or it could take longer. Thousands have sworn that apple cider vinegar cured warts and other skin issues.
This is only a few of the many apple cider vinegar uses and natural remedies.