A few years ago, K and I were training really hard at the gym. Eating healthy is always a priority for us, but our diets were on point! We started using apple cider vinegar (ACV) in our smoothies and K started drinking it in his water (gross!). We knew it was good for helping muscle fatigue after exercising and great for digestion, but I had no idea at the time all the amazing, and random, benefits of ACV.
ACV has many important minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium, iron, sulfer and magnesium, just to name a few. All of these minerals are vital for a healthy body.
Now don’t get me wrong, ACV does not have the most pleasant taste or aroma. I use it as a thumb sucking aid for Little A as she can’t stand the smell. Just one threat of apple cider vinegar on her thumb and that thumb is out of her mouth.
If you aren’t familiar with apple cider vinegar, it’s made from crushed fresh, organically grown apples that ferment in wooden barrels. Then bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the fermentation process, where the sugars turn into alcohol. There is then a second fermentation process where the alcohol is turned into vinegar and you get the final product, apple cider vinegar.
After doing a bit more research, I found out that ACV actually has many more benefits that I originally thought.
Some of the uses I found for apple cider vinegar are super random, but some make total sense. Here are a few of my favorites.
People have been using ACV for weight loss for centuries. It helps aide digestion and reduces constipation (as noted above). It has also been known to increase ones metabolism and aide with muscle repair, thus the use of ACV by many in the fitness industry (our personal trainer turned us on to the benefits of ACV for muscle recovery and fighting free radicals).
Use: Add 2 teaspoons to 8 oz of water and drink 1-2 times a day.
Seems counter-intuitive since the smell is so strong, but ACV is actually an effective body odor remedy, since it can balance the skin’s pH level, which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria.
Use: For underarm odor, wipe under each arm once each morning with undiluted apple cider vinegar (using a cotton ball). For foot odor, fill a pan with warm water and add 1/3 cup of ACV, then let your feet soak for 15 minutes. Do this once a week.
Apple cider vinegar contains sulfur, which has been known to fight the effects of aging.
Use: Apply, undiluted, directly to the darkened area for 30 minutes, then rinse. Only do this once daily as the ACV can have a drying effect on the skin.
You can also mix 1 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon onion juice and apply daily. Spots should begin to fade in 4-6 weeks.
Heartburn usually occurs after eating, sometimes up to two hours later.
Use: Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water. Take three times a day before meals.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural cure for acne.
Use: Apply a mixture of 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 8 oz. water with a cotton ball several times a day. This will help the infected area and dry out any inflammation.
This is one of my favorite uses for apple cider vinegar. The ACV helps remove build up on the scalp that comes from use of hair care products. Use ACV in place of clarifying shampoo.
Use: Apply 1/3-1/2 cup undiluted apple cider vinegar to hair and scalp and massage in. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
Some other uses of apple cider vinegar:
- Helps with muscle fatigue after exercise
- Reduces sinus infections and sore throats
- Strengthens the immune system
- Balances high cholesterol
- Improves digestion and reduce constipation
- Improves skin conditions such as acne
- Strengthens the immune system
- Increases stamina
- Prevents urinary tract infections
Do you use apple cider vinegar for any health remedies? I’d love to hear them!