Superfoods: Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar may seem not very spectacular, but when it comes to the health benefits and diversity it is an outstanding superfood. While it is commonly used for salad dressings and marinades there are so many more uses for apple cider vinegar. It can help regulate blood sugar, improve digestion, clear skin, reduce bad cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. The vinegar also aids to remove toxins and helps with weight loss.

acv1ab.jpgVinegar is made in a two step process, in the first step crushed apples are exposed to yeast which then ferments the sugars and turns them into alcohol. In the second step bacteria is added to the alcohol solutions to ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid.

Although there are not many vitamins or minerals in apple cider vinegar, it does contain potassium, amino acids and antioxidants. Apple cider vinegar contains strands of protein, enzymes, gut friendly bacteria and it is high in acetic acid. Acetic acid has a very alkaline effect on the body, which means it balances the pH of the body which helps to increase energy levels. It kills the bad bacteria while improving the growth of good bacteria, acting as a natural antibiotic.

acv1aApple cider vinegar can kill candida, candida is the overgrowth of yeast in the digestive track. Symptoms of candida overgrowth are bad breath, skin and nail fungus infections, lack of energy and digestive issues. The vinegar promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill candida. The vinegar also helps to relieve from acid reflux and heartburn.

Especially interesting for people with an insulin resistance apple cider vinegar has a very positive effect on blood sugar levels, it helps to keep them stable and reduces the risk of diabetes. The vinegar also aids in weight loss, as it reduces sugar cravings and improves detoxification.

acv2aI also like using apple cider vinegar as a toxin-free household cleaner, I fill half a spray bottle with vinegar and the other with water and clean windows, mirrors and counters.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a beauty product, it works as a toner for acne and eczema and can be used to soothe sunburn. It also works very well as a conditioner for me. I like to rinse my hair with a mixture of 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 liter of water, however there is a smell after using it. Furthermore it has been known to kill fungus on toes and skin, by rubbing the area with apple cider vinegar twice a day.

acv2abWhen I buy apple cider vinegar I make sure to buy organic, unfiltered, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar. I bought my organic apple cider vinegar from Organic foods and cafe, it is also available at most large hypermarkets in the organic section. Organic foods and have has 20% off every 3rd Saturday of the month and the Friday before that. Apple cider vinegar is also available on Iherb, for more information on ordering from Iherb click here.

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