Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Very few natural health remedies have been around as long as the humble but powerful apple cider vinegar. Its internal benefits are many and include detoxification, improved digestion,  blood sugar control and metabolism support it can also be used for a quick energy boost.

The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from compounds which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, and enzymes.  Acetic acid has the ability to kill dangerous “bad” bacteria, and at the same time to foster the growth of beneficial “good” bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria when it comes into contact with it, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic. This means apple cider vinegar naturally provides numerous benefits related to skin, digestion, and immunity health without any side effects.

By drinking 1-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily you can…

appleciderDetox Your Body

Apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body.  It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility, and lymphatic drainage.

Treat Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Some of the main causes of acid reflux and heartburn are an imbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics. Apple cider vinegar is full of all of these nutrients. Adding 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drinking it five minutes before meals can cure acid reflux.

Can Kill Candida (Yeast) and Boost Probiotics

Millions of people around the world struggle with candida and yeast.  The side effects can be bad breath, lack of energy, UTI’s and digestive issues.  Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics and a type of acid that promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill off candida.  R

Regulate Your pH

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which is acidic in nature but has a more alkaline effect on the rest of your body.  Balancing your bodies pH can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like cancer and can dramatically increase your energy.

 Support Weight Loss and Metabolism

There are several reasons apple cider vinegar promotes fat loss but one of those reasons include that it reduces sugar cravings and improves detoxification.

Balance Blood Sugar 

Medical research has proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve diabetes.  Put apple cider vinegar on salads or consume 1 tablespoon in water before meals.

Fight Seasonal Allergies

Another amazing treatment of apple cider vinegar is for allergies.  Apple cider vinegar helps break up mucous in your body and support lymphatic drainage.  It also supports the immune system and can clear your sinuses.  Put 2 tablespoons in a large glass of water and drink 3x daily for allergies.

 Cure a Cold and Relieve a Sore Throat 

Apple cider vinegar is the ultimate remedy to cure a cold and sore throat fast!  Because it’s loaded with vitamins and probiotic boosting acetic acid it’s a great natural cure.  Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in one glass of water 3x daily to cure a cold.

In order to provide the many health benefits,  apple cider vinegar must be unpasteurized and naturally fermented, containing the “mother”.  The mother has a murky brown appearance and can be seen in the bottom of the bottle. It is actually strands of live yeast that contain beneficial bacteria. Like all fermented products, apple cider vinegar is made using active yeast that is combined with sugar. In this case, it is naturally occurring sugar from crushed apples. The sugar feeds the yeast and the yeast can then grow healthy bacteria, which is how fermentation takes place.

The best apple cider vinegar for therapeutic and health wellness should be made from certified organic apples. Pasteurization is not required and is not recommended for people using it for health benefits, as this kills all of the delicate nutrients and enzymes. When buying apple cider vinegar look for a cloudy appearance, indicating the presence of beneficial bacteria.  At The Granary we recommend and use both the well known Bragg’s brand and the local, Ontario grown, Filsinger’s brand. Both are equally good and available in a range of sizes. For the most enjoyable experience try adding a bit of raw honey to make a delicious drink!

Topical Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Historical records show that apple juice has been fermented into vinegar since before 5000 BC. Through the ages, apple cider vinegar has been used to stimulate circulation, aid in the detoxification of the liver, to purify blood, cleanse lymph nodes, and improve immune system response. Hippocrates himself often prescribed it for coughs and colds, when mixed with a touch of honey.

Organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar also has a number of topical and beauty uses. So after consuming your daily dose in a glass of water – try some of these great DIY beauty tricks!

Natural Conditioner to Make Hair Shine

appleciderApple cider vinegar can be used as a natural hair conditioner that makes your hair shine! Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water in an old bottle.  Pour this on your hair after shampooing three times per week for best results. Make sure to protect your eyes!

Sunburn Soother

Use apple cider vinegar to soothe a sunburn. Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath along with 1/4 cup of jojoba oil and lavender essential oil to ease sunburnt skin.

Natural Teeth Whitener

Take your finger and rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth for 1 minute.  Then rinse mouth out with water.  The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth which helps naturally whiten.

Poison Ivy Relief

The minerals in apple cider vinegar like potassium can help reduce swelling and inflammation, improving poison ivy.  Also, Apple cider vinegar can help detox the poison out of your skin helping poison ivy heal more quickly.

 Flea Repellent for your Pets

Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar together with water and soak your pet in a tub.  Do this 1x a day for several weeks to rid your pet of a flea infestation.

Kill Fungus on Toes and Skin

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds in apple cider vinegar make it a great natural cure for skin and toenail fungus.  Simply rub on the area of fungus 2x daily.  Also, using a mixture of coconut oil and oil of oregano is great for killing fungus.

applecidervinegar2Skin Toner for Eczema and Acne

The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin issues.  Rub apple cider vinegar on an affected area to support healing and balance skin pH.

Ease Varicose Veins

Apple cider vinegar is excellent for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein walls and is anti-inflammatory so reduces bulging veins.  Combine apple cider vinegar with witch hazel and rub on veins in a circular motion and you should see improvements in two weeks.

It is important to note that not all apple cider vinegar is created equally! To get the most out of using ACV, make sure you buy it raw and with the “mother” intact, which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics. It is imperative that you select organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to reap its many health and beauty benefits. For more health be