Apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) has been a buzzy health food product for quite some time now and it seems to be making its rounds once again. Reason being, people are discovering more reasons every day as to why ACV is pretty much the best product ever. It might be just as versatile as coconut oil.
So, what is it exactly? ACV is a type of vinegar made from apples or cider… just in case you couldn’t figure that out. Organic and/or unpasteurized ACV contains the mother of vinegar—that’s what you want. The mother is kind of cloudy, kind of gooey, kind of gross, but the key to good ACV. This potent vinegar contains acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes, which is good for… well, a lot of things.
I mean, can we get an AMEN to gut health?! Gut health is all the rage and ACV is pretty much king when it comes to detoxifying, killing bad bacteria in the body while creating good bacteria, and balancing pH. And, what happens when your gut health is in check? Everything else falls right in line.
Very literally this post could be a short novel if I went on and on about all things apple cider vinegar. I won’t do that, but I will let you in on how you can incorporate ACV into your life.
1. Drink it; Mix 1tbsp of ACV with ¼ cup of filtered water and ⅛ tsp of cayenne pepper or cinnamon, or both. Shoot back this tart beverage at least 30-minutes before your first meal to prep your digestion for the day.
2. Cook with it; If you don’t think you can stomach a shot of ACV, cook with it instead. The most obvious way is to make salad dressing—no recipe needed, just make it up! Try adding it at the end of cooking any soup or stew to balance out the acidity in the dish or even add it in your morning smoothie.
3. Tone with it; Yes, you can rub apple cider vinegar all over your cleansed face and it will do wonders for your skin. To avoid irritation, mix ACV with some water and a light face oil in a spray bottle before using.
4. Condition with it; After shampooing, mix together ⅓ cup ACV with 1 cup of water and pour over your hair. Leave it in for a few minutes and rinse. Say hello to shiny, smooth locks.
5. Bathe in it; Add a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath with some Epsom salts for the ultimate detox. This is especially good if you are experiencing muscle fatigue due to the amino acids in ACV.
This is a good start but stayed tune for more to come on this probiotic wonder!