Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), the miracle substance, has been popping up all over the internet as of late. With uses ranging from boosting your weight loss efforts to working as an all-purpose cleaner, ACV is a household item that should be found in every home!
In order to get the full benefits, you need to locate raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. While this may sound like something that would be difficult to locate, it can be located in many grocery stores and big box stores across the country.
When considering ACV for health purpose, it can be taken in a number of ways. Many health-conscious individuals simply take 1-2 tablespoons of ACV and dilute it in a glass of water. Others choose to purchase ACV supplements. It can also be made into a tea, used to make a salad dressing or added to a smoothie. The options are endless!
Here are 20 creative ways to enjoy the many benefits of ACV in your daily life:
- Cure symptoms of acid reflux.
ACV contains a high level of acetic acid, which works as a buffer for the acid found within the stomach. Mix 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water and take it when you feel the symptoms of acid reflux hitting for quick relief.
- Regulate your body’s natural pH level.
Experts have started to point at the health implications of an imbalance in the body’s natural pH level. Taking a shot of ACV each morning will help to ensure that your pH stays balanced throughout the day.
- Beat the hiccups with straight ACV.
If you are battling a case of the hiccups, take a straight teaspoon of ACV. The bitter, sour taste will eliminate your hiccups quickly and effectively.
- Reduce blood pressure and maintain heart health.
ACV contains magnesium which works to relax blood vessel walls, reducing the effects of high blood pressure. It can also balance the sodium levels within the body, which has been associated with blood pressure levels.
- Use ACV as a natural energy drink.
Take ACV several times each day in order to provide yourself with an effective and all-natural energy burst. This is thanks to the enzymes and potassium it contains.
- Battle nausea with an ACV cocktail.
Combine 2 teaspoons ACV, 1 tablespoon fresh ginger water, 8 ounces of sparkling honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and raw honey to taste. The next time you are battling nausea drink this cocktail over ice.
- Relieve the pain and itchiness of mosquito and insect bites.
Apply ¼ teaspoon of ACV to your insect bites for immediate relief from pain, discomfort and the itchy sensation.
- Help clear acne with ACV.
Soak a washcloth in ACV and apply it directly to your skin, using it in the same way you should a facial mask. You can also apply diluted ACV directly to affected areas leaving it on to work overnight in order to battle pimples and age spots.
- Eliminate bad breath.
Mix ½ tablespoon ACV into a cup of water and then gargle with it one mouthful at a time for 10 seconds until the cup is empty to eliminate even the most difficult of bad breath.
- Use ACV as a disinfectant cleaner.
Create a disinfectant spray by combining 1 part ACV and 2 parts water in a spray bottle for use in your kitchen and bathroom. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of ACV will work to not only kill bacteria but also prevent its growth. It can also be added to your dishwasher instead of detergent. To clean your toilet bowl, pour straight ACV directly into the bowl and allow it to sit overnight before cleaning it in the morning.
- ACV has been found to maintain and relieve gastrointestinal issues.
Experts believe that ACV contains pectin which can relieve intestinal spasms and stimulate the digestive system. To fully experience the benefits, take ACV up to 30 minutes before eating.
- Clean clogged and dirty drains with ACV.
If you find you are dealing with a clogged drain, sprinkle baking soda directly down it and then add ACV. Allow it to bubble for 15 minutes, busting up the clog, before rinsing it down with hot water. ACV also works to cut through grease and dissolve mineral build up when used to clean out your sink.
- Blast stains on your teeth.
Rub ACV directly onto your teeth either with your finger or with a cotton pad. Allow it to sit and then rinse your mouth with water. The ACV will work to whiten your teeth, remove stains and kill bacteria.
- Use ACV as a facial toner.
Mix one part ACV with 3-4 parts water. Using a cotton pad or cotton ball, apply your DIY facial toner to your skin both morning and night. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes prior to rinsing it off.
- Relieve sunburn pain.
Did you forget to put on sunscreen when you went out yesterday? ACV has the power to provide relief from the ache and throbbing that you are experiencing. Run a lukewarm bath and add 1 cup of ACV. Allow yourself to soak for at least 10 minutes.
- Use its power to recover from the common cold.
As soon as you start to notice early signs of the cold setting in, take a shot of ACV with water and then chase it with a glass of warm ginger water. The acetic acid and potassium in ACV will work to prevent bacterial growth in the body and clear your nasal passages.
- Boost weight loss with ACV.
Start each morning off with 2 tablespoons of ACV diluted in water. Doing so has been found to reduce obesity, even without changing any other daily habits, such as calorie consumption.
- Beat exercise exhaustion.
Following a workout, the buildup of lactic acid causes a condition known as exercise exhaustion. Add 1 tablespoon of ACV to a glass of water and drink it following your next work out and the amino acids found in ACV will help to break down the lactic acid.
- Make your hair healthy and shiny, and treat dandruff.
Next time that you shampoo your hair, follow it up by rinsing it with a solution of ½ tablespoon ACV and 1 cup of cold water. Repeat this several times each week.
- Cleanse and detox your liver.
Taking ACV daily has been found to stimulate cardiovascular circulation which helps to detoxify the liver and optimize its function.