By Nicole Teh
If you’ve been reading salad dressing recipes lately or spending time in your local health food store, you’ve likely come across Apple Cider Vinegar – but if you’ve yet to try it, we’re here to try and convince you to take a shot of this health food (literally).
Made from crushed fermented apples, natural apple cider vinegar is an unfiltered and unpasteurized murky brown color, often sold with a dark, cloudy sediment that contains enzymes and minerals often destroyed in the processing of other types of vinegar. With a high level of potassium and a host of other nutrients, apple cider vinegar truly is a nutritional powerhouse known for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing health qualities.
So, how can you tap into the benefits of apple cider vinegar? Here are a few ways we’re using it.
Detoxify. Apple cider vinegar breaks down fat, mucous and phlegm deposits in the body, thereby improving the health of your body’s vital organs. Just think of it as the original “cleanse.” But, even better than other nutritionally-questionable cleanses on the market, the unique acids in apple cider vinegar not only bind to toxins to eliminate them from your body, but alsom because of its high levels of natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes, simultaneously replaces the nutrients in your body as you purge out the toxins. And for all of you looking to jump on an alkaline diet, apple cider vinegar can also maintain your pH balance.
Boost Potassium. With its abundance in potassium, apple cider vinegar is believed to help ease the effects of common colds and allergies and can even help to prevent brittle teeth, splitting fingernails and hair loss, all of which are signs of potassium deficiency.
Balance Cholesterol. The pectin found in apple cider vinegar is a form of water-soluble fiber that soaks up (and excretes) fats and cholesterol in the body while the amino acids may help regulate your LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol.
Improve Digestion. Apple cider vinegar helps your body break down rich, fatty and greasy food for proper metabolizing. By taking a little apple cider vinegar before a meal, you can increase stomach acidity and deter the growth of unwanted bacteria in the digestive tract, thereby improving digestion (and bowel irregularity).
Want to detox even more? Try a colonic!
Clear Skin. Organic apple cider vinegar works wonders as a detoxifying skincare tonic because of its ability to regulate the pH of the skin. It contains acids, including alpha-hydroxy acids, which help dissolve the oil and sebum that clog pores while also encouraging skin renewal (like a healthy Retin-A!). Just soak a cotton ball and use it like you would a toner for a blemish-busting spot treatment!
Ready to give it a shot? Try Bragg’s Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, $16.49 at amazon.com
Another healthy apple trick! See it here!