What’s the buzz with Apple Cider Vinegar? You probably have it stocked in your cupboard somewhere, right? Maybe you’ve used it recently to give your salad a needed kick, stove a stronger clean, or hair an added shine? Well, the raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized version of this acidic solution has also enjoyed a long run as the base of many health remedies. Below, we’ve compiled a list of apple cider vinegar uses and benefits for your consumption (pun intended):
1It takes about 36 pieces of fruit to make one gallon of apple cider vinegar.
Guess what? Apple cider vinegar is just a naturally fermented version of apple cider. The fermentation time depends on the season—it’s usually shorter in the summer, and longer in the colder months. You’ll know it’s ready when you see a dark, cloudy, bacterial foam form at the top (otherwise known as ‘mother’).
2Apple cider vinegar has probiotics that help your gut and digestive system stay healthy.
Vinegar contains malic acid, which can assist common digestive issues like occasional constipation or upset stomach. As mentioned, raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar also contains ‘mother’—a compound known to have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
3Apple cider vinegar promotes a healthy, restful night’s sleep.
Our society as a whole is constantly over-stimulated, but when you throw acid-producing foods into the mix (think artificial sweeteners, refined grains, processed sugars, high red meat consumption), it’s no surprise that many of us experience sleep issues. Well + Good recommends a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water with honey before bed, which may encourage peaceful shut-eye.
4Curb acne and minimize peeling by applying apple cider vinegar to affected areas of the body.
Looking for that healthy glow? The antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar may help to promote a healthy complexion. Add a cup to your bath to help soothe sunburn, peeling, bug bites, and skin discomfort.
5Support healthy blood sugar levels with apple cider vinegar.
Elevated blood sugar levels are believed to be a major cause of various chronic diseases, and can be a problem for people. Per Healthline, studies performed on rats and humans have shown that vinegar may help support optimal insulin levels and promote an ideal blood sugar response during meals.
Once you start incorporating this into your routine, the vinegar taste may become slightly more palatable. Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN, CEO and founder of Savorfull, strongly advises against drinking it straight, and instead, recommends diluting one-to-two tablespoons of ACV with at least eight ounces of water. If it still doesn’t float your palate boat, don’t worry—a high-potency capsule option exists! What do you use apple cider vinegar for in your health routine? Leave comments about your experience below!