9 reasons to get Apple Cider Vinegar in your day
You’ve heard of apple cider vinegar, right? Speak to any alternative health expert about their daily routine, and apple cider vinegar is always on the menu. It’s spoken about as some kind of magic tonic, meant to be great for your gut with antibacterial, antifungal and odour-fighting properties, and we all know that the gut is the epitome of health these days, right?
Of course, the raw organic and unfiltered stuff is best, preferably containing ‘the mother’, a naturally occurring probiotic bacteria that will give you the most therapeutic benefits. Here’s how to use it.
1. It packs a flavour punch
Apple cider vinegar is undeniably tasty. It’s the ultimate flavour booster and is the ideal base for marinades and dressings. Sometimes I whip one up so good I eat it right out of the jar. With my finger. And I double dip. Don’t panic, I live alone. Next time you make a salad, try substituting balsamic with some apple cider vinegar for a healthier alternative.
HOW: Mix 1 garlic clove, minced, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1-2 tablespoons raw honey, as needed for sweetness, 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste.
2. Improves Digestion
If you’re anything like me you need all the help you can get in the gut department. No, I don’t suffer from flatulence. And if I did apple cider vinegar would be of no use here. It’s vinegar, not the blood of Saint Januarius.
It will, however, improve the quality of the digestive juices in your gut so that you can break down food more effectively. Bodypass nutritionist Rachael Javes, says, “It’s a fermented food and therefore can help maintain the balance of good bacteria in the gut.” A better digestive system leads to increased energy and better health. Win win!
HOW – add 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink each morning to kick-start your gut.
3. Bad breath
The only thing more awkward than suffering from bad breath is having to endure someone else’s. Especially when they’re one of those awkward close-talkers. You take a step back. Momentary relief. They take a step forward. You repeat the process and end up moving around the room in a awkward dance. At least your fitbit is happy! Don’t stress, there is hope. Enter apple cider vinegar on a white horse wielding its remarkable antibacterial/anti-odour properties.
HOW – Gargle once a day after brushing your teeth and wave goodbye to bad breath. Note: make sure you dilute the vinegar (1tsp in 1 cup of water) and don’t use it more than once per day to avoid damaging tooth enamel.
4. Dandruff-free hair
If you suffer from an itchy, flaky scalp then apple cider vinegar can provide much needed head healing. Apple cider vinegar can help maintain a healthy pH balance, soothe itchiness, halt yeast growth and kill the bacteria that causes dandruff.
HOW – mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spritz your hair/scalp and wrap in a towel for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and repeat 1-2 times per week.
5. Facial toner
Want an all natural, toning concoction? Skin breakouts have a variety of causes including clogged pores, dirt, stress, bacteria and hormones. Apple cider vinegar won’t necessarily cure acne, but it can help balance your skin’s natural pH levels and reduce the severity of outbreaks.
HOW – dilute with water and apply with a cotton bud. You can play around with the ratio, but it’s best to start with weaker mixture, start with a 1:5 ratio.
6. Cleaning your home
There’s nothing better than breathing in a lungful of toxic chemicals as you scrub your kitchen, said no one ever. Cleaning is a drag but it doesn’t need to be bad for your health. Swap out your cupboard full of chemical cleaners with apple cider vinegar. Use it to clean your drains, floors, kitchen worktops and bathroom. It’s non-toxic and will leave your house sparkly clean. Note: you don’t have to get the expensive, organic version for cleaning!
HOW – apple cider vinegar can be diluted with water (1:1 ratio) or mixed with other natural cleaning products such as lemon juice or salt.
7. Cleaning your yoga mat
We’ve all been there. You’re blissed out in savasana when you notice a smell that’s a little bit off. It’s your mat. You swore to clean it after the last sweaty Bikram class but instead left it rolled up in the back seat of your car. Or is that just me? When I do get around to giving my mat some much-needed TLC, I find that apple cider vinegar is great for neutralising bad odours.
HOW – combine equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and add a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Spray your mat and wipe clean with a soft cloth. Allow it to dry before rolling it up again.
8. Washing your fruit & veg
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural methods to remove pesticides from your fruit and veg. It’s always better to eat organic produce, but if you’re can’t afford it, like myself, apple cider vinegar is another means of reducing your exposure to pesticides.
HOW – fill a bowl with water and add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar. Place your fruit & veg in the bowl and leave for 15 mins. Rinse thoroughly.
9. Fruit fly trap
I love my fruit but the tiny flies it attracts are the bane of my existence. If your chopstick skills are no match for Mr Miyagi and you’re not a fan of chemical warfare (Mortein) you can get rid of them with a homemade fruit fly trap.
HOW – pour some apple cider vinegar into a jar, put the lid on and poke some holes in the lid. Fruit flies go crazy for fermented fruits and apple cider vinegar is no exception. Once they fly into the jar they won’t be able to get out again.
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