Apple cider vinegar is used for a plethora of reasons, from cleaning around the house to curing many ailments. It is definitely one of those items that you should always have on hand in your cupboard or pantry.
Benefits and Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar
Below are some of the many ways in which apple cider vinegar can effectively be used.
1. Improve digestion
Adding one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, and drinking all of it, can help stimulate the digestive juices in your stomach. This also helps to prevent acid reflux and heartburn.
2. Natural house cleaner
ACV has strong antimicrobial properties, which makes it an effective, yet safe, cleaning product.
3. Stabilize blood sugar
Science supports the belief that consuming 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (with a glass of water) before bed can help diabetic patients stabilize their blood sugar naturally.
4. Helps you feel full
Consuming apple cider vinegar with your meal can help you feel fuller sooner and longer, so that you consume fewer calories overall.
5. Natural flytrap
Apple cider vinegar makes for an excellent natural trap for fruit flies. Pour some apple cider vinegar into a jar (you don’t need much), then cover with cling wrap and poke holes in the wrap. The fruit flies will be attracted to the ACV and will go into the jar but won’t be able to get out.
6. Treat sore throat
Dilute one tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water and gargle up to three times per day when suffering from a sore throat.
7. Support heart health
Research suggests that polyphenols found in apple cider vinegar can lower bad cholesterol in the body, and may even prevent heart disease.
8. Foot bath
To remove stinky smelly bacteria from your toes and feet, add a little splash of apple cider vinegar to a tub of warm water, then soak your feet for about fifteen minutes.
9. Natural flea killer
Combine one-part water with one-part apple cider vinegar then spray on your furry friend to kill and prevent fleas. Rub it into their fur for ultimate protection, as well as some natural coat-conditioning.
10. Clean fruits and vegetables
For a natural clean, that’s a little better than just warm water and some soap, try adding in some apple cider vinegar when you wash off your fruits and vegetables.
11. Natural deodorant
Aluminum, which is found in most commercial deodorants, is believed to be linked to Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues. Avoid the risk and use a dab of ACV under each armpit for a natural deodorant.
12. Silky, shiny hair
Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar into your shampoo and you’ll notice your hair will look healthier and shinier.
13. Soothe sunburn
One cup of apple cider vinegar in a cool bath can help soothe a raging sunburn.
14. Natural detox
Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into your diet each day will act as a natural and gentle daily cleanse, helping improve and regulate liver function.
15. Improve your skin
Again because it is a natural antimicrobial element, apple cider vinegar can cleanse your face thoroughly but gently.
16. Protect your teeth
Our mouths are chock-full of bacteria, even if we floss and brush regularly. Combine ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 4 ounces of water and swish around your mouth (then spit out) to kill much of the bacteria and prevent gum disease along with cavities.
17. Keep leftovers longer
Add a small amount of apple cider vinegar to exposed areas of fruits, such as apples and avocados, to prevent them from browning.
The number of things you can use apple cider vinegar is incredible, and this list is certainly not complete. Considering how cheap it is and how useful it is, there’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t be keeping a bottle on hand at all times.