Apple Cider Vinegar has an age old reputation as a great health tonic. This kitchen stalwart is traditionally poured over salads and savoury meals as a delicious natural dressing. However, it has gained a solid stature as one of the most multi-functional home remedies due to its numerous health and beauty benefits. Some of the top benefits of apple cider vinegar include:
1. Natural Weight Loss Aid
Consumption of apple cider vinegar can help to balance your blood sugar levels, reduce appetite and eliminate toxins. These are three key elements to weight management hence the vinegar may be useful for those trying to achieve weight loss goals. Of course, this has to be used in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise programme. Healthy foods such as salads can be spiced up with the rich flavour of the vinegar too, making them more exciting and appealing. The most popular way that the vinegar is taken is diluted in a cup of hot water first thing in the morning with lemon or honey.
2. Conditioning Hair Rinse
It may seem odd, but apple cider vinegar can also act as a natural hair conditioning rise. When applied to the hair after shampooing, it helps to eliminate product build-up and can increase shine (particularly of dark hair!). Be sure to mix the vinegar with a cup of cold water to create the perfect rinse solution. If you are worried about a vinegary scent lingering on your hair, follow use with a fruity scented conditioner such as Lavera Mango Milk Conditioner.
3. Promotes Clear Skin
Apple Cider Vinegar can help to balance pH levels of the skin. When mixed with water, with a 3:1 water to vinegar ratio, it can be used as a natural skin toner. This clever trick can help to reduce the appearance of skin problems such as spots and blemishes. Celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson swear by this beauty tip!
4. Digestive Aid
This vinegar also has naturally alkalising properties. It can help with common digestive issues such as indigestion and gastro-intestinal discomfort caused by particular foods. Aiding digestion is one of the most common uses of apple cider vinegar.
5. Relief of Joint Problems
This vinegar may also aid joint discomfort. It must however be organic, raw and unfiltered, like the Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in order to experience such properties. Apple Cider Vinegar contains alkalising properties which can benefit joint health. It also helps to remove toxins and acid crystals from the body which can hinder joint mobility.
6. Eliminate Nail Fungus
When applied topically, apple cider vinegar may help to eliminate fungal infections on the nails. Fungus survives and prospers in an alkalised environment. The vinegar is acidic enough to remove the appropriate environment the fungus needs to survive without damaging the surrounding area of skin.