You’ll always find a bottle of apple cider vinegar in my home!
Apple cider vinegar dates back to ancient times and was used by cultures that include the Egyptians,
Romans and Greeks.
It’s well known for its uses in salad dressings and marinades, but did you know it’s also an amazing
health tonic as well?
Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, also used apple cider vinegar for its healing properties.
For thousands of years people have used it for everything from treating diabetes to cleaning wounds
to lowering blood pressure.
It could almost be considered a miracle cure in some ways.
Apple cider vinegar is widely known for its culinary as well as medicinal uses.
Because of its effectiveness in battling so many ailments while also contributing to the overall health
of those who use it regularly–you probably have a bottle of your own sitting on a shelf in your kitchen.
Choosing the Best Apple Cider Vinegar
Alas, like many other things on the market, not all brands and types of apple cider vinegar are
made the same.
There are definitely things to be kept in mind to ensure that you are only purchasing the highest
quality apple cider vinegar.
The grocery industry likes to present products that are aesthetically appealing to the consumer.
For this reason you will find brands in your local stores that offer pasteurized and distilled
versions of apple cider vinegar.
While they may look prettier on the outside, they are definitely not better on the inside.
The pasteurization and distilling processes create a subpar product that has had much
of its health benefits destroyed.
The pasteurization process also eliminates what is known as “the mother” – a stringy,
cloudy, brown substance that forms from the naturally occurring pectin and apple residue.
“The mother” contains many additional enzymes and minerals that are not found in the
heavily processed vinegars.
Look for cloudy vinegar; this is the sign that the friendly enzymes and bacteria that
promote healing have not been removed.
Another point to consider is whether the apples used in making the vinegar are organic or not.
Whole, organically grown apples not only add far greater health properties but they are also
grown without the use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals that should not be consumed
Fortunately it is easy to spot whether your bottle of apple cider vinegar has been made from
There will be a label that clearly indicates that the product is in fact organic.
Note: For the sake of convenience, the market also offers apple cider vinegar in tablet or capsule
While it may save time to take a pill, it will not do as much good as the liquid form of apple
The creation of these tablets means a considerable amount of extra processing which robs it
of many of the nutrients for which a person takes it in the first place.
Stick with the natural liquid form and you will not go wrong.
So remember, to get the most out of using ACV, make sure you buy it raw, with the “mother”
intact, which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics.
Select organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to reap its many health and
One of the best brands of that I have found and use regularly is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
Natural Remedies with Apple Cider Vinegar
There are many conditions that exist today that have been helped greatly by the use of
apple cider vinegar.
The natural health community has been especially aware of this.
Here are just some of the many ways to use apple cider vinegar as natural remedies
for common concerns:
1. Kill Pathogens
The acetic acid that forms in the vinegar during the fermentation process helps kill pathogens
such as bacteria.
ACV was first used as an a natural disinfectant (and still is today).
Vinegar is known to have anti-fungal abilities and to kill harmful bacteria and pathogens, so
traditionally people used it to clean their homes, bodies, and to fight off fungus from forming.
Today, many people still use ACV- and other types of vinegar too- for a wide range of cleansing uses.
2. Help Type 2 Diabetics
One of the most widely known ailments known to benefit from the use of apple cider vinegar is
Type 2 Diabetes.
Studies have been done that prove it helps to lower and regulate sugar levels.
As an anti-glycemic agent it blocks some of the starches consumed which would otherwise be
turned into sugar.
3. Help Ease Arthritis Pain
The malic acid in apple cider vinegar helps anyone battling arthritis, a painful condition of the
joints that is especially prevalent in the elderly.
Its ability to dissolve the uric acid that forms around joints provides the much needed pain
relief that arthritis suffers long for.
4. Hair and Scalp Care
Make a natural hair rinse of apple cider vinegar in water to balance oil production of the scalp.
As a natural cleanser, it removes dead skin and environmental contaminants.
It can be used to help control dandruff – mix with equal parts water and spray onto your hair.
5. Ease Sore Throat
Soothe a sore throat by mixing
-1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
-1 tsp of cayenne pepper
-3 teaspoons of honey
in a glass of warm water.
6. Zap Odor
Stop foot odor by pouring one cup of apple cider vinegar over a couple of baby wipes, or use thick
Place inside a zip lock bag and store overnight in the fridge. Use the wipes over your feet each morning.
Can also be used on your underarms too!
7. Digestive Aid
Indigestion and stomach troubles are a frequent ailment that many people complain about.
They can occur for a variety of reasons and no one likes them.
Rather than using a commercially made solution, apple cider vinegar can provide much
Add to distilled water
-2 teaspoons apple cide vinegar
-1/2 inch fresh grated ginger (or a bit of juiced ginger)
to create an effective treatment.
The pectin and the antibiotic properties of the apple cider vinegar contributes greatly to
soothing the stomach.
8. Suffer with digestive issues or gas?
Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of warm water and drink just before
It’s also a great solution for heartburn.
Just drink it as soon as you feel it coming on.
10. Clear Up Skin Problems
Help clear up your skin by using a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar.
This helps to restore the PH in your skin.
You can also place apple cider vinegar directly on pimples, scars and age spots to help minimize
11. Skin Tone and Sunburn Relief
Soak in the tub by adding one cup of apple cider vinegar.
Great for your skin tone and for helping soothe sunburn.
Cleanse your mouth and help whiten your teeth by mixing 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with
water and then using it as a mouth wash.
13. Aids Weight Loss
As part of an overall weight loss plan, apple cider vinegar provides considerable help.
It is known to help the body burn up fat instead of storing it.
Maintaining a healthy weight is vital to a person’s overall well-being.
Consuming apple cider vinegar daily aids in keeping the organs of the body detoxified.
Deposits of phlegm and mucous are broken down and eliminated which leads to organs that
function far more optimally.
14. Weight Loss & Detox Drink
Another great tip that can really help jump start your weight loss efforts is this.
-One 8 oz. glass of warm water
-with the juice of half a fresh lemon
-and 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
If you find this a little too strong, start with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and work up from there.
The lemon juice helps to clean out and detox your liver, which in turn helps to remove unwanted
toxins from your body.
15. Fatigue Fighter
Exercise should be a regular part of any healthy lifestyle.
It provides countless benefits such as weight loss, stress relief and keeps the body physically fit.
Sometimes, however, a person can experience fatigue after a workout.
Apple cider vinegar can help with that as well.
Adding a few drops to a bottle of water can give up much needed energy boost and is also one
more way to add it to your diet.
16. Cardiovascular Support
Numerous other ailments have also been treated successfully with apple cider vinegar.
These include heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, nail fungi, cholesterol and even cancer
prevention just to name a few.
High Blood Pressure Elixir
Mix up a batch:
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 raw honey (or vegan sweetener)
2 cups filtered or distilled water
Store in a glass jar and sip 2 ounces twice a day.
(This drink has helped to lower my father’s high blood pressure.)
17. Cold and Flu Fighter
-1 1/2 -2 cups of water
-10-11 peeled and lightly mashed cloves of garlic
-1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
-4 tablespoons of honey (or vegan sweetener)
Simmer garlic in 1 ½ cups of water for 10 minutes, then strain.
Stir apple cider vinegar, the juice of 1 lemon, and at least 4 tablespoons honey
into the strained liquid.
Sip 2-3 times daily as needed.
Add Apple Cider Vinegar To Your Daily Diet
With all of the health benefits that come with the use of apple cider vinegar, the decision to
incorporate it into your diet on a daily basis is a smart goal.
At first it may seem a little difficult to think of ways to add it, especially every day.
Fortunately, with a little creative thinking, it is not that hard to do.
18. Salad Dressing
As part of a healthy diet, salads should be eaten regularly.
They are loaded with vitamins and nutrients along with adding fiber.
Apple cider vinegar makes a great salad dressing.
With its strong taste, not much is needed for flavor.
You can also add it to homemade mayonnaise for an extra kick.
Many dishes call for a marinade.
Skip the store bought variety and make a homemade concoction.
Adding apple cider vinegar to the mix will give the food a delicious taste.
20. Add to Homemade Juices
Using fresh fruits and vegetables to create homemade juices is a much healthier option than
buying the conventionally made juices that are available at the local grocery store.
They have far more vitamins and have not gone through any pasteurization or distilling
Adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar kicks it up a notch.
These are just a few of the ways that apple cider vinegar can be added into your
Using a little here and a little there without changing your routine means it will not be
difficult at all to add to your daily diet.
Note: There are those in the scientific community who may disagree on the use of apple cider
vinegar but that does not negate the fact that people having been using it for thousands of
years to successfully treat and prevent illnesses.
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