What do you reach for when you need to ease an upset stomach? Kill bad breath? Soothe a sore throat? There is one amazing product that can do all this and more… and you might even have it sitting in your pantry right now. (1)
Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is basically just fermented apple cider. It’s most often used in recipes, but ACV has numerous health benefits, which is why it’s a good idea to keep some on hand.
ACV comes in two forms: pasteurized and unpasteurized. The pasteurized version may be the most familiar to most food shoppers. The clear, amber liquid is often used for cooking. Unpasteurized ACV, however, contains the “mother” and has the most health benefits. Mother of vinegar is a harmless organic substance made of proteins, enzymes, and good bacteria which aids the vinegar production process. (2,3) Unpasteurized ACV is growing in popularity and can now be found in most supermarkets.
One of the reasons ACV is so beneficial is because of its antibiotic, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. (4) If you have a bacterial stomach bug, taking some ACV can help fight the bad bacteria in your system and gargling with ACV diluted in warm water can ease a sore throat.* (1) ACV can also be used to treat acne, nail fungus, lice, warts, ear infections, and even reduce bruising. (1,3)
ACV is also an energy booster: amino acids in ACV can fight buildup of lactic acid, which can cause muscle weakness, while potassium can help get rid of tiredness. (1)
Recent studies have tried to prove that the acetic acid that makes up ACV can help us maintain a healthy weight by suppressing appetite and the increase of body fat, as well as boosting metabolism. (5-7)
If you’d like to take advantage of the numerous health benefits of ACV, first check with your doctor. If you are ingesting ACV, always remember to dilute it; about 1-2 tbs in 8oz water should do the trick.
*Though it’s always best to visit a medical professional if you think you are sick.
Here are some ideas for incorporating ACV into your diet:
Use it in a salad dressing: https://detoxinista.com/raw-apple-cider-vinaigrette/
Make a mocktail: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-ginger-switchel-154517
Have it for dinner: https://showmetheyummy.com/roast-chicken-with-vegetables/