Benefits and Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is the most popular type of vinegar in the natural health community. It is claimed to lead to all sorts of benefits, many of which are supported by science. This includes weight loss, reduced cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes. It is also an ancient folk remedy, and has been used for various household and cooking purposes.

Here are 6 health benefits of apple cider vinegar that are supported by scientific research.

Improve your Sleep

Mix one or two teaspoons with a little honey and some water and sip prior to bed. Many people swear by this for a more restful night's sleep.

Neutralise Stomach Acid

After consuming a fatty meal, take two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water to relieve the nauseous feeling and to help aid digestion. Indigestion and reflux sufferers can also use apple cider vinegar to help relieve symptoms. For best results, dilute one to three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water and consume before every meal.

Improve Digestion

Sipping apple cider vinegar mixed with water during a meal helps to keep blood sugar and insulin levels lower, helping to reduce cravings and increase your fullness after eating.

Fresh, Healthy Complexion Apple Cider Vinegar helps to balance the pH level of skin. The antibacterial and anti fungal properties of the vinegar help prevent acne problems. Dilute one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water and use a cotton ball to dab on your face after cleansing and before applying moisturiser.

As a foot soak

There’s nothing like an at-home spa treatment after a long day. And if you’re dealing with cracked heels, foot odour or fungal infections, soaking your feet in unfiltered vinegar could help. To try, add one-part vinegar and two parts warm water to your foot bath. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes for smooth, silky skin.

Keep pet fur shiny and eliminate odours

Add apple cider vinegar to your pet's drinking water and smell the difference

Deodorise the fridge

Place a cup of apple cider vinegar inside your fridge for two days for a fresh, clean smell.

Clean windows and floor tiles

Add apple cider vinegar to your wash water for a sparkly clean.

Extend the life of fresh cut flowers

Make your flowers last longer by adding two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar to each litre of water in the vase.