While it may sound fancy, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is nothing more than a vinegar made from apples. Vinegar is the result of a fermentation process whereby sugars in the apples (in this case) are broken down by bacteria and yeast. In the initial phases, the sugars transform into alcohol. When the alcohol ferments further, the final product is vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar has been around for years, however it first became popular in the early 50s, and interest in this super product has since grown. Not only does it have fabulous nutritional benefits, it can also be used on your body and hair, as well as to assist in weight loss and detoxification.
Here are some fabulous ways you can incorporate apple cider vinegar into your life:
1. As a weight loss tool
ACV is powerful because it works by correcting acidity levels. The main ingredient in AVC is acetic acid, and this acid reacts in the body and renders bad acids chemically available for the body to use. A 2009 study demonstrated that consuming acetic acid for 12 weeks led to significant declines in body weight, stomach fat, waist circumference and fatty acids.
2. As a detox aid
Research has shown that ACV can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and can also assist the liver in detoxification.
3. As a teeth whitener
ACV can be used as a natural stain remover by rubbing it directly on the teeth and rinsing with water.
4. As a natural massage treatment
Rubbing ACV on your body, with particular focus on your hands and knees, can bring massage-like benefits to weary skin.
5. As a hair thickener
ACV can thicken your hair and add extra shine. For use on your hair, grab an old bottle and fill with ½ tablespoon of ACV and one cup of water. Apply the mixture to your hair after shampooing and rinse. You can do this several times per week for maximum benefits.
I buy Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and use it frequently in salad dressings mixed with a little olive oil and sometimes some tahini for a healthy creamy dressing. Grab some today and try out some its amazing uses.
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