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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

One of the most useful and diverse ingredients that should be in every pantry is apple cider vinegar. It has just as much value in non- medicinal usage as it does medicinal. So after learning its value, if you don’t have it yet, you may be sure to run out and get some.

The main reason I started buying it was when I began making my own dog shampoo. I noticed that not only was her coat shinier but it was a great flea deterrent. I was able to ditch the poisonous flea sprays and shampoos.

I was so impressed I wanted to know more about ACV. So I learned that there was evidence of vinegar being used as far back as 5000 B.C. for medicinal and household needs. I needed to know why? ACV is highly acidic and loaded with raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria all helpful with your digestion process and has only three calories per tablespoon.

I have to tell you that the smell of it kept me from trying it and once I felt brave enough to down a tablespoon of it I was not thrilled. If you try it make sure you have something to drink right after. I have found that using it in recipes such as ketchup, mouthwash, detox drink, Dijon mustard dressing, etc is much easier for me to handle.

Here is a small list I have found to use it for but there is so much more that can be done with ACV.

  • Detoxifies the body by helping to reduce waste materials. Clears out toxins by targeting your liver and lymphatic system.

  • Aids in managing acid reflux. Mix 1 T. of ACV with 1 c. water and drink before meals.

  • It contains probiotics which aid in eliminating candida and yeast infections.

  • Balances the pH levels in the body. This reduces risk of fatigue, headaches and many other health symptoms.

  • Can help lower your risk of diabetes by improving sugar regulation.

  • Help fend off seasonal allergies.

  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol which in turn improves the health of your heart.

  • Aids in boosting the resting metabolic rate which speeds up the progress of fat loss.

Beware that ACV can erode your teeth over time so don’t drink it without adding it to water. Not all ACV’s are alike. For the best results and the most powerful benefits, make sure to buy the unpasteurized, unfiltered, and organic version.

Here’s a few tips on how to use at home:

  • With its high pH and antibacterial properties it’s great to clean your kitchen and bath areas. Mix 50% ACV with 50% warm water and start cleaning.

  • For shinier hair it makes a great hair rinse. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV with one cup of cool water and rinse.

  • Looking for a daily detox drink try this one:

1 tall glass of warm water

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. lemon juice

¾ tsp. ground ginger

sprinkle of cinnamon

½ tbsp. maple syrup

I never thought I would like this fat burning ketchup but here’s the recipe given to me by my trainer:

1 cup tomato paste

4 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. minced dried garlic

salt to taste

pepper to taste

If you enjoy Dijon mustard try this dressing:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar


2 tsp. Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

I don’t care for cranberries but we all know prevention is the best medicine. If this prevents yeast infections I’m in. I actually received this recipe from a class I was in yesterday. I haven’t tried it yet but here it is:

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

¼ cup cranberry juice

1 cup water

1 tsp. honey

If you would like to learn more about this topic I have listed a few references that I found quite useful and listed them below.


1. Johnston, Carol S., Cindy M. Kim, and Amanda J. Buller. “Vinegar improves insulin

sensitivity to a high-carbohydrate meal in subjects with insulin resistance or type 2

diabetes.” Diabetes Care 27.1 (2004): 281-282.

2. Kondo, Shino, et al. “Antihypertensive effects of acetic acid and vinegar on

spontaneously hypertensive rats.” Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry

65.12 (2001): 2690-2694.

3. Fushimi, Takashi, et al. “Dietary acetic acid reduces serum cholesterol and

triacylglycerols in rats fed a cholesterol-rich diet.” British Journal of Nutrition 95.5

(2006): 916-924.

4. Mimura, Akio, et al. “Induction of apoptosis in human leukemia cells by naturally

fermented sugar cane vinegar (kibizu) of Amami Ohshima Island.” Biofactors 22.1-

4 (2004): 93-97.

5. Hattori, Maiko, et al. “A single oral administration of acetic acid increased energy

expenditure in C57BL/6J mice.” Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry 74.10

(2010): 2158-2159.

6. Kondo, Tomoo, et al. “Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and

serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects.” Bioscience, biotechnology,

and biochemistry 73.8 (2009): 1837-1843.


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