Apple cider vinegar seems like a very basic product, but beyond it’s simple exterior it is known to have many great benefits that help aid in the prevention of diseases, the protection of the body and sometimes even as a cure for certain ailments. Humble apple cider vinegar has been used for thousands of years in fact Hippocrates administered Apple Cider Vinegar to his patients in ancient Greece.
This sour human ally has anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. This means, not only can it be used topically (in very small amounts! Please be careful as it is very strong), added to freshly squeezed juices for that kick of healing goodness, or even a little added to your favourite salads as a dressing!
Apple cider vinegar is made from whole apples which are fermented through a several step process to create the final result. Apple cider vinegar contains the “mother” of vinegar which is a jelly like substance that has formed during the fermentation process. This “mother” is crammed full of enzymes the so called good “workers” that are present in our gut. Surprisingly apple cider vinegar retains all the nutrition throughout the entirety of the fermentation process, so it’s almost like eating an extremely sour apple.
Most Common Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Most common benefits of apple cider vinegar are
- Aids in weight loss
- Helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis and helps protect against it
- Helps protect against diabetes
- Great for oral care used as a mouth wash diluted in water
- Gets rid of dandruff
- Fights acne
- Treats athlete’s foot
- Eliminates Candida (yeast)
- Remedies coughs and colds
- Lowers cholesterol
- Reduces acid reflux
- Reduces or even in some cases cures Eczema
What to look for when Buying Apple Cider Vinegar?
When shopping for APV we suggest that buying the most unadulterated brand you can get your hands on. A good apple cider vinegar should be raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized organic versions of apple cider vinegar are the best. A common brand (One we also use regularly) is “Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar”, this brand has all of the previously mentioned properties at an extremely low cost, mostly ranging around the $4 – $6 price range.
How to use Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is most common used orally. Most people usually do a single shot in a full shot glass or close to this amount. Unfortunately this form of vinegar does contain a high concentration of acid, thus having a burning sensation in the throat. This is why we STRONGLY suggest that ONE tablespoon dilated into a glass of water is the best way to consume apple cider vinegar.
To make the taste just that little bit better you might want to add some organic raw Manuka honey or a touch of organic Stevia leaf or powder to sweeten it up. I prefer Stevia as it is quite concentrated and you won’t need as much in comparison to the honey, and also it has ZERO calories so it’s good for the waistline too.
If you are incorporating apple cider vinegar into your daily routine for wellness please let us know in the comments section below or email us at info@eatlivelife(DOT)com
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