Apple Cider Vinegar

We all know what vinegar tastes like, but have you ever tried apple cider vinegar?  While bold in flavor, adding this multi-purpose concoction to your daily routine will improve your health and well-being in some surprising ways.

1. Your Hair
Want lustrous locks? After shampooing your hair, apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse.  Try filling an old shampoo bottle with 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water.  Pour the mixture through your hair after shampooing a few times a week for best results.

2. Weight Loss
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid, which has proven weight loss benefits. Spice up your favorite beverage with apple cider vinegar. Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to your water, tea, or I enjoy it mixed with a pure grape juice.

3. Detoxification
Apple Cider Vinegar helps balance your body’s inner systems.  The body is constantly working to create a state of equilibrium.  Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level.  Lower pH levels will lead to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection.  Research has also shown that apple cider vinegar can help detoxify your liver and stimulate your cardiovascular system.

4. Teeth
Remove stubborn stains from your teeth with apple cider vinegar.  Directly rub your teeth with apple cider vinegra and rise with water.

5. Sunburn
While we do not recommend getting sunburned, if the occasion arises that you find yourself a bit red from the sun, soak in a bath for 10 minutes with a cup of apple cider vinegar added to your bathwater.

6. Allergies
Apple cider vinegar works to reduce allergy symptoms by helping break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Not only reducing the effects of allergies, it will also stave off symptoms such as sinus infections, sore throats and headaches.

7. Heartburn
While apple cider vinegar may be acidic, there has been research done proving that it also corrects low acid, which works to reduce heartburn.  When suffering from heartburn, take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed a glass of water and begin to feel relief shortly.  Do not take if you have an ulcer.

8. Skin Care
Natural apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin, as well as helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.  Use it as an astringent by soaking a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar and applying it directly to your face.  Dry out and heal your blemishes by dabbing apple cider vinegar directly onto them.

9. Pet Care
Repel fleas on your pets by using apple cider vinegar.  Spray one part vinegar and one part water onto your pet’s fur and rub it generously to the skin.  The use of apple cider vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.  Use it every day for a few days, up to a week, and saturate the entire coat and the fleas will disappear.

10. Household Cleaning
Decrease the consumption of unnartual chemicals in your home with apple cider vinegar.  It can be used to clean just about anything in your home.  For example, substitute your dishawashing detergent with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water.  You can also use that same solution to clean kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors too.

11. Body Odor
Neutralize unpleasant smells with apple cider vingar.  Rub a bit to your underarms to absorb and minmize body odors.  The vinegary smell will go away after it dries.

Check out http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html for more info and recipe ideas.

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