We love apple cider vinegar at Go Vita! Here are our top 12 uses for this centuries old remedy.
1. Digestive And Weight Loss Aid
A 2005 Swedish study showed how sipping apple cider vinegar mixed with water during a meal, helped keep blood sugar and insulin levels lower, helping to reduce cravings and increase your level of fullness after eating. A 2009 study in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry found consuming acetic acid (contained in apple cider vinegar) for 12 weeks led to significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides.
2. Neutralise Stomach Acid
After consuming a particularly fatty meal, take two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water to relieve the nauseous feeling and get your digestion working better! While helping digestion is apple cider vinegars biggest claim to fame, helping indigestion and acid reflux problems have been added to its growing list of benefits. For best results dilute one to three teaspoons apple cider vinegar in warm water and consume before every meal.
3. Help Improve Sleep
Mix one or two teaspoons with a little honey and some water, and sip prior to bed, traditionally this mixture was used to help bring about sleep.
4. Extend The Life Of Fresh Cut Flowers
Add two tablespoons cider vinegar and one teaspoon sugar to each litre of water.
5. Remove Lint From Clothes
Add half a cup to rinse cycle of every wash.
6. Clean and disinfect wooden cutting boards
Wipe with full strength cider vinegar.
7. Remove spots and film from glasses
Rinse glasses in water and cider vinegar.
8. Clean Windows And Floor Tiles
Add cider vinegar to wash water.
9. Keep Pet Fur Shiny And Eliminate Odours
Add cider vinegar to pet’s drinking water.
10. Deodorise Fridge
Place a cup of apple cider vinegar inside the refrigerator for two days.
11. Boost your hair’s radiance and shine
Add half a tablespoon of cider vinegar and a cup of cold water to a clean plastic bottle.Pour solution through your hair after shampooing.
12. For A Fresh, Healthy Complexion
Dilute one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water (make more dilute for sensitive skin) and use a cotton ball to dab on your face after cleansing and before applying moisturiser. Helps balance the pH level of the skin and the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the cider vinegar help prevent acne problems.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar has been used since 5000BC as a tonic and beverage; it is made from the juice of whole apples that have undergone a fermentation process until their sugars turn to vinegar.
My Cider Vinegar Looks Strange
If you notice a slimy layer inside your cider vinegar bottle, don’t worry and don’t throw it out! That’s called the ‘mother’ and is actually cellulose, a natural fibre produced by the vinegar bacteria, and some say this is the most nutritious part of the vinegar! Also because cider vinegar is acidic it should always be stored in glass, not plastic, bottles.
Adapted from Go Magazine March 2014