§ ACV kicks digestion into high gear making it great for cleansing and to soothe tummy troubles. It begins by promoting saliva production in the mouth which . Then it stimulates the pancreas and gallbladder to produce bile and other pancreatic enzymes which digest starches and fats. This makes it great to take with meals as it eases digestion. Also, keeping these juices flowing when you’re eating is a great way to detox the body. Just add 1-2 Tbs ACV to 8 oz water and if needed, sweetener to taste. This is great to sip on throughout the day or with each meal. For those of you who fast, adding ACV to your water is a wonderful way to .
§ Rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, ACV is great at promoting radiant and youthful skin. It is also amazing at combating acne. Apply it directly to your skin with a cotton ball or try my . Be aware that it does sting the skin, but only briefly. This is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. The ACV helps , remove dirt, and balance oil levels. It is one of the most simple and effective beauty DIYs around.
§ No one likes a sunburn. Especially kids. This one works great on kiddos, but adults can gain from it too. Add one cup ACV to bath water and soak. The stinging and itching will be and last after the bath as well.
§ The high levels of acetic acid in ACV help to balance blood sugar levels after eating. shows us the positive effects that 1 Tbs ACV to 8 oz water has on blood sugar levels in pre-diabetics. Both the fasting blood sugar levels and the 2 hour post meal blood sugar levels were for those who took ACV with meals. This is one reason why I choose to add a splash of ACV in my water throughout the day. Adding ACV can be beneficial to all of us, not just those with pre-diabetes. Without it we have a poor response to stress, lowered immunity, promotion of body wide inflammation, and in turn leave the door open for chronic disease to set in.
§ When you have a recipe that calls for buttermilk, such as pancakes or muffins, grab your ACV to help you out. (dairy free milk also works). Stir and let this mixture sit on the counter for at least 5 minutes. You will notice the milk starts to curdle. The longer you let it sit the more sour the milk will be. After 5 minutes or more you are good to go. Just incorporate the milk as the recipe calls for.
§ After your regular shampoo and before conditioning, rinse your hair with ACV. Mix 1 quart of water to 1/3 cup ACV. Apply it to your scalp and entire length of hair. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse. You may notice a slight vinegar scent to your hair until it dries. The ACV not only makes your hair shiny but also does wonders to the scalp. Just as it does for the face it balances oil and pH levels on the scalp, dramatically reducing any scalp issues like dandruff, excess oil, itching, and dry scalp.
§ My best friend puts ACV in her dog’s water and it has some amazing benefits. Henry has the softest, whitest fur I have ever seen. Before adding ACV in his water his snow white fur was tainted with a yellowish coarse patch of hair on the top of his back. Once starting the ACV regime that patch went away, his tear stains went away, and his overall fur became much softer. Simply add 1/2-1 tsp of ACV to each bowl of water.
§ The bottle of ACV I keep in my bathroom for a skin toner doubles as an after shave. It works particularly well around the bikini line and on men’s faces. I choose to use it undiluted on a cotton ball dabbed on the freshly shaved area. It stings for about a minute, but then again I have never used an effective ingrown hair product that doesn’t sting. You can also for extra skin soothing effects (witch hazel like you find in the ).
§ I have only gotten poison oak one time, and that was enough for me. I tried just about every natural treatment in the book to ease the itching. Aside from , ACV was the. Applied undiluted directly to the area helped immediately and lasted for a few hours. This also works for jellyfish stings, bug bites, or any other itchy disaster.