December 5, 2017
Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is A MUST In Your Household!
If you haven’t heard already, Apple Cider Vinegar is the most popular vinegar in the natural health community. Not only is it used in cooking and tastes delicious but a good quality apple cider vinegar contains amino acids and antioxidants. Apple cider vinegar has also been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy to cure many things such as earaches, hiccups, cuts, sunburn and commonly used as a natural de-wormer for animals just to name a few benefits.
What exactly is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Simply put, Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV is made by fermenting the sugars from apples. The first step is crushing the apples and squeezing out the liquid, then adding bacteria and yeast to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process. This is where the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (good bacteria).
What is so good about this Acetic Acid – forming bacteria?
Sounds harmful but it’s actually not! Acetic acid is the main substance in Vinegar which acts as a natural antibiotic by killing bad bacteria and preventing them from multiplying and reaching harmful levels, while at the same time increasing growth of beneficial good bacteria. Essentially apple cider vinegar naturally provides numerous benefits related to skin, digestion, and immunity health without any side effects.
Studies have shown that ACV inhibits bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in the food and spoiling it. This explains why it has been commonly used as a natural preservative in foods.
So, you are ready to start introducing ACV to your healthy lifestyle choices but which one is the best?
The best way to incorporate ACV is to use it in your cooking, for salad dressings, chutneys and marinades or add with water and drink as a beverage 1-2 teaspoons to 1-2 tablespoons per day. It is recommended to use organic, raw, unfiltered and unrefined versions of apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ strands as it provides immune boosting properties on it’s own. This allows the vinegar to get stronger over time and maintain it’s beneficial properties. A popular brand with all of the above mentioned is Braggs, which can be bought online or at health food store.
What are some benefits?
ACV helps with all sorts of health problems and all sorts of benefits as both a food and medicine for your whole family and even pets. Now that you know what ACV is and how it is made, you can use it in so many ways. Just check out the following reasons to get you started!
- Cure acid reflux to balance stomach pH
- Liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body
- Support weight loss and metabolism by reducing sugar cravings and improves detoxification
- All natural household cleaner from anti-bacterial properties and balance of pH
- Natural Conditioner for hair shine
- Cure a cold and sore throat with vitamins and probiotic boosting acetic acid
- Natural teeth whitener – The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth, which helps naturally whiten.
Bottom line Apple Cider Vinegar is all harmless, very healthy, chemical-free and this can be highly useful for people who like to live a low-tox living and keep things as natural as possible. Whatever purpose you use ACV for, just be sure to not go above excess consumptions as it may cause harmful affects.