While apple cider vinegar may not be the most delicious elixir, it is time-tested for a reason. When purchasing it on its own, look for the traditional bottle that says it comes with the “Mother,” aka those delightful, murky floaties that are where all the cultured and fermented goodness comes from. Raw, organic, and unpasteurized are where it’s at, but ACV comes in many forms if you just can’t handle the taste for the brief moment on the tongue. Read on to learn its many benefits.
Drinking this pungent potion before meals helps to break down proteins into amino acids. This is crucial, because once amino acids are broken down, they are allocated by the body to assist with hormone formation and function, which can help to manage stress hormones. These broken-down amino acids are also a major factor in the production of tryptophan, which helps us release our happy neurotransmitter, serotonin. Serotonin not only makes us feel relaxed, but also elevates our mood in general. The more we can support our own natural secretion of serotonin, the more we can fight against anxiety, depression, and spiked cortisol levels from chronic stress that contribute to disease and aging. And who doesn’t like to feel good?
This living liquid assists with so many bodily functions that it’s hard to pinpoint where to start! Taken before meals, it can not only help with the crucial functions already mentioned, but can also make us feel fuller, assisting with weight loss. The naturally occurring enzymes are excellent for digestion and can help lower glucose levels, which is good news for diabetics.
Diluted in water before meals, it can also help to treat and prevent acid reflux and heartburn, as well as gas and bloating. But perhaps one of the bigger kickers is ACV’s ability to help us alkalize our bodies. Many studies show that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment, so bringing your body to a balanced PH is a great daily practice.
Apple cider vinegar is astringent, making it a great spot treatment for blemishes. But its alkalizing abilities are also useful for odors. Don’t be fooled by its sour smell—ACV actually helps to neutralize bad aromas and work as a natural deodorant—once it’s dry, its own scent is not detectable.
These same pH-balancing properties for our insides and our skin are also effective for our hair health! ACV helps to create shine and soft texture for the hair shaft, detox the scalp, and soothe dandruff. Dilute some in water inside a squeeze bottle with a spout like those used in home hair-dye kits. Apply directly to your damp scalp in the shower and massage in, letting it run down the strands. Let it work its magic for a few short minutes, and rinse with cool water for soft, shiny locks.
Apple Cider Vinegar with "The Mother" 16 oz.
This classic brand always includes “The Mother”and comes in a hefty 32oz glass bottle to last you a while. Dilute with water before consuming or applying to skin or hair, or add to smoothies to mask the taste!
ACV Concentrate Capsules
For when you really can’t get past the taste, make a habit of popping these capsules. They are easy to swallow and you won’t have to choke them down.
Hair Regrowth Scalp Detox
If scalp care is your ultimate goal, use ACV straight, and look for products that use it as a main ingredient. This one is very neutralizing.
ACV Peel Pads
These resurfacing pads are exfoliating and calming for redness at the same time. Great for balancing distressed skin and setting it up to soak in the hydration you’ll layer on after.
Underarm Booster Bar
If you made the switch to natural deodorant, look for one with ACV in the ingredients for extra neutralizing action.
Synergie Skin Perfecting Mask
While this product doesn’t contain ACV, like many other natural powdered masks, it’s great mixed with a little ACV to activate the enzymes, neutralize the face, and provide a little more astringent power. But like all other clay masks, and especially when mixed with ACV, don’t leave it on too long! It will be too powerful, causing dryness or irritation. Dilute with water, and do 10 or 15 minutes max.
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