Since I was a little kid, I've had a thing for vinegar. As anyone who knows me can tell you, I like to pour it on my food...it just makes everything taste better. I think I've probably offended a few hosts or hostesses at various dinner parties along the way, but as it turns out, vinegar is really, really good for you, so hopefully that redeems me a little.
Vinegar offers a multitude of health benefits. It's gained a kind of medicinal, "cure-all" reputation over the last few years. The most popular kind, among health fanatics, is apple cider. The unfiltered and organic kind is the favorite. You can see a sediment at the bottom, which is called "the mother" and is said to have therapeutic benefits...so shake it up and make sure you get "the mother" part involved in whatever you are doing. Here are some ways to put vinegar to good use:
The acid in vinegar is a great way to remove product build-up. It strengthens the hair shaft, leaving it shiny and healthy looking, and it acts as a natural detangler too. It will kill bacteria, alleviate dandruff and balance your hair's natural pH levels. Always dilute the vinegar in water...1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Shampoo first and then pour over clean hair. Rinse it out and I promise, once it dries, the smell will go away. Oh, and you can skip the conditioner...your hair will be super smooth.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and enzymes, vinegar does a great job of building up your immune system. It also possesses antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, so people who drink it daily claim that it's the key to warding off illness.
Vinegar helps with common indigestion and gastrointestinal discomfort caused by certain foods and it is said to clear up chronic acid reflux when taken religiously with each meal. This is vinegar's claim to fame, and it happens to work.
Apple cider vinegar is known to stabilize blood sugar for a longer period of time, helping to control your appetite. Try taking 1-2 teaspoons in water before each meal. This little trick may also help with diabetes. In conjunction with a healthy, clean diet, vinegar can be a beneficial part of your weight loss plan. In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects who consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat and waist circumference.
As part of balancing the body's pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. The acids in apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins and help the body eliminate them more effectively.
The multi-tasking vinegar will also help to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Research has suggested that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it in turn helps to stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches. A healthy lymphatic system can remove toxins from the cells in the body, while improving immune system response.
Yes, it's true. Apply the Apple Cider Vinegar straight up to a cotton ball, place on top of wart and secure with a band-aid. Leave on overnight, every night, until it disappears! Who knew?!
and last, but not least...
Drinking apple cider vinegar on a daily basis has been shown to improve skin health, but applying topically can help with acne and eczema prone skin, improving your overall complexion by regulating skin pH. It works similar to an astringent or toner, so dilute and apply gently with a cotton ball. On occasion, I like to mix it in with a little Bentonite clay and Virgin Marula Oil for a quick, detoxifying facial. When used in conjunction with the Drunk Elephant line, you're skin will be happy, balanced and glowing!
And, as it should, my love affair with vinegar continues...