Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar has versatile uses for health food preparation and domestic cleaning purposes as well. The most valuable ingredients of ACV are enzymes, vitamins and minerals. They help remove accumulated toxins over time. It’s important to get rid of these waste materials in the body before they cause serious damage to the organs inside the body.
How is this detoxification achieved with ACV? Well, the valuable potion improves digestion and bowel movement, detoxifies the liver, improves circulation and breaks down cholesterol. This detox drink has also become very popular with celebrities for its weight loss effects and reducing fat accumulation too.
The main substance in apple cider vinegar-the acetic acid can kill bacteria and prevent them from multiplying and reaching harmful levels. It has a history of use as a disinfectant and natural preservative. It helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes.
Studies have suggested that ACV helps with different allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. Indeed, it proves as a very quick remedial agent for reducing the effects of allergies and staving off sinus infections, and related symptoms such as sore throats and splitting headaches.
ACV helps in maintaining a healthy alkaline pH level to prevent inflammatory processes in the body that are associated with high acidic level in the body. Some health practitioners claim that apple cider vinegar’s healing powers are so amazing that it can cure almost anything!
The most common recipe for making apple cider vinegar detoxifier is:
- 1 glass of lukewarm or hot water
- 1 tbsp. high quality apple cider vinegar
- 4 tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- raw honey (or other natural sweetener like raw maple syrup or stevia)
First you dissolve cinnamon, cayenne, honey and lemon in the hand-hot glass of water. Then you stir forcefully all the ingredients. Finally, you add the ACV to the mixture and drink it while it’s still hot. The beverage can be fairly concentrated, so drink only small cups or pour in more water if it is too strong for you.
To make it less strong you can couple it with your meals once or twice a day. Or you can opt to store the drink in a jar with airtight lid for an iced detox beverage ready any time. It may last up to a week if refrigerated.
ACV is used both as a topical applicant and an overall purifier. When used on the skin it relieves acne and pigmentation and on the hair it enhances follicles. Its acidic properties also prove very helpful in treating topical wounds and cuts.
Revitalizing Detox Bath
Since skin is the largest organ in your body and plays a major role in detoxifying the body you may want to prepare a detox bath. If you aren’t a fan of steam rooms, your body cleansing can start in the comfort of your own bathroom. While the smell of vinegar can be repulsive, the benefits of using it on the skin are abundant. You can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a better scent.
Here’s how you prepare your home detox bath:
- add one cup of raw ACV to your bath
- soak in it for at least 20 minutes
Your skin will be as soft as cotton and your skin’s pH level will be rebalanced. It’s also an effective cure for fungal or bacterial infection or skin irritations, due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. You can do this detoxification bath twice a week.
Rejuvenating Face Wash
Regular use of ACV as a face wash helps to treat age spots, acne and pimples. ACV contains the powerful alpha hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresher and healthier complexion underneath them. Many dear facial washes honk about the tiny amounts of alpha hydroxy acids they’ve added to their products, but ACV is full of far higher levels.
The ‘natural’ ingredients in commercial face products are actually dead and useless by the time they are processed and bottled up. Revive your skin with something alive!
When you use ACV for age spots, apply a little undiluted ACV directly onto the age spots with a cotton bud and leave for about 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Do it once or twice a day for about 6 weeks to see the difference. Instead of buying an over-the-counter pimple cream, why not allow Mother Nature to work her magic on your skin?
Use good old ACV, and keep those pimples away!