You Might Want To Start Buying It By The Gallon After Reading This!
There are few foods that have the multitude of uses and benefits that humble Apple Cider Vinegar has! Its versatility ranges from health benefits to uses in cooking, cleaning, gardening, beauty and hygiene!
One of the reasons ACV has so many health benefits is because of the long, slow fermenting process it goes through. Antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, and many other health-improving constituents such as acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin and caffeic acid are produced in the process.
However, to ensure you are getting all of those healthy ingredients, you must choose unfiltered, unprocessed vinegar which contains “the Mother”.
The “Mother” of vinegar is a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar, which gives it a ‘murky’ appearance – but that is where all the good stuff (enzymes, probiotics and proteins) is found!
ACV is so good for so many reasons you’d be crazy not to buy it by the bucket load! Here are our favourite 8 uses of it (but there are so many more!).
Start With This List
1. Digestion and Acid Reflux
Despite what many people belief, acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water daily. (The additional benefits of improved gastric acid is better healthy gut bacteria and elimination of bad breath).
2. Assists Weight Loss
It does this in several ways: it increases satiety (feeling fuller for longer) and reduces overeating; it improves insulin sensitivity reducing blood sugar spiking which can contribute to fat storage; and its alkalising effect reduces inflammation which can impede fat burning.
3. Provides Symptom Relief for Arthritis & Gout
Uric acid accumulation in the joints can be dissolved by ACV. Simply add a cup or two to your bath and soak in it for 30 minutes.
4. Fruit and Veggie Wash
Vinegar is one of the best natural agents for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Try a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce. Just place your veggies or fruit in the solution, swish them around, and rinse thoroughly (don’t use this process on fragile fruits like berries since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins).
5. Vital Ingredient For Homemade Bone Broth
The vinegar helps leech all the valuable minerals from the bones into the stockpot water, which is ultimately what you’ll be eating. The goal is to extract as many minerals as possible out of the bones into the broth water. (It is important to be using organic bones also!).
6. Natural Weed Killer
Vinegar is very effective to control weeds in your garden. Below is Howard Garrett’s (aka The Dirt Doctor) recipe for vinegar-based herbicide (this spray will injure any plant it touches, so use it only on those you want to remove):
- 1 gallon of 10 percent (100 grain) vinegar
- Add 1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene
- Add 1 tablespoon molasses (optional – some say it doesn’t help)
- 1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant (such as Bio Wash)
- Do not add water
7. Removes Warts
Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and tape it to the wart, cover it up, leave it on as long as it takes and let the acetic acid go to work!
8. Natural Cleaning Agent
Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning agents there is, and this is largely due to its antimicrobial properties. You can replace a range of toxic cleaning chemicals in your home with ACV.
For a general surface spray, use 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water in a spray bottle.
For cleaning drains mix half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of salt together, and pour it down your drain, followed by half a cup of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar and baking soda react with each other to clean the drain. After three hours, flush the drain through with water.
To remove build up in your dishwasher and keep it smelling fresh, add a cup of ACV into the bottom of an empty dishwasher and run a normal cycle.
Add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to your washing machine instead of regular fabric conditioner to keep your clothes soft.
Source: Dr Mercola / Food Matters TV
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