The Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar

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I have always liked vinegar alright but I wasn’t as huge of a fan until two years ago. I started using Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar everyday and have learned that there are so many health benefits to using it and consuming it.

Consuming apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps rev up the digestion process with its rich enzymes and populates the gut with friendly microflora.  I do my best to have an ounce or two before each meal, you can dilute it with water if you like but I’ve grown to enjoy the taste and don’t mind a quick swig without water. ACV has been known to decrease high cholesterol and blood pressure. It supports our pH balance keeping us alkaline which is necessary for preventing illness (healthy blood alkaline 7.1 to 7.4 and healthy saliva & urine pH is more acidic ranging 6.4. to 6.6), we all want to prevent illness, so here are a few additional ways you can utilize this little gem!

honeyIn food, I love adding it to my tuna or making salad dressings with it. A quick salad dressing recipe is:
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T extra virgin olive oil
finely diced up green onion
dash of salt, pepper

Suffering from a cold or allergies? You are in luck, vinegar can help with that too! It helps break down the mucous that builds up. Who knew?

You can purchase this amazing product at most grocery stores and health food stores from about $3.75-5.00 depending on the store and area. One last tasty treat to look for are these apple cider vinegar drinks that have honey in them, you can make them yourself which would be more cost effective. If you are in the mood for a healthy pick me up, try one of these little treats (pictured right)!

External uses (this won’t aid in creating your healthy pH, but it will help create a healthy home).
ACV can be used for home-made natural cleaning products. Have you ever thought about what kind of chemicals are in our cleaners and detergents? It is frightening. A simple, user-friendly cleaning solution is:
1/2 C apple cider vinegar
1 C water
3-5 drops of essential oil (lemon-scent)
Mix in a spray bottle and it  can be used to clean many surfaces (counters, bathtub/shower, toilet, wood floors, sinks). Seriously, this is a miracle product!

A lot of us struggle with acne and ACV can be used as a natural replacement for your toner. Dilute 1 part ACV with 2 parts water and spread with a cotton ball all over your face. It will help the pH balance of your skin. And to top it off, I just learned that you can even take a bath in it to rejuvenate all of your beautiful skin! Depending on the size of your bath, take 1-2 cups ACV with really hot water and soak for up to 20 minutes. Rinse off in cooler shower water.

And there you have it, one product that with many different awesome functions. Celebrate Apple Cider Vinegar!

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