Monday, October 14, 2013

We all grew up with that one thing. The one miracle drug our mother claimed would cure anything. Castor oil. Vaseline. Whisky. Today the go-to cure for clear skin, full hair, bloat and ridding the body of unwanted toxins is Apple Cider Vinegar.

The science behind Apple Cider Vinegar is simple. It's made from fermented apples, which means apples are broken down by bacteria and yeast to form an alcohol of sorts. Think grapes and wine. The alcohol is broken down and fermented a second time to form vinegar, the French word for "sour wine."

While apple cider vinegar was most likely discovered by accident, it has been determined a useful folk remedy for many common ailments. The benefit lies in the acetic acid, an acid found in most fruits and vegetables, but by the process of fermentation it becomes paired with amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins useful to the human body.

So how exactly should you imbibe in apple cider vinegar? It's not like you'll pour yourself a tall glass of vinegar every morning. In fact, drinking vinegar alone can damage your esophagus, stomach lining and teeth enamel. To make apple cider vinegar a part of your daily routine it is recommended that you add two teaspoons to at least one cup of water. You could also add apple cider vinegar to juice, smoothies or other drinks you enjoy.

For hair care, apple cider vinegar has been used as an accompaniment to baking soda. For shiny, luscious locks many women will pepper their hair with baking soda, then wash with apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar baths are becoming more prominent for an easy, at-home skin care regimen. Simply add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a warm tub and allow yourself to soak for 30-45 minutes. The vinegar is said to pull toxins from the body and leave your skin silky smooth.

On a much larger scale apple cider vinegar has been rumored to help prevent diabetes, slow tumor growth in cancers, combat high cholesterol and assist in weight loss.

Like everything apple cider vinegar should be used consciously and in moderation. You don't need to add it to every drink you have or every bath you take. One drink a day and one bath a week should be more than enough for you to experience the preventative benefits this hidden health gem provides.

Have a happy, healthy, delicious day Yummies!



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