10 Reasons why you need Apple Cider Vinegar in your life.

29 Oct 2014

In today’s world we are bombarded by a vast amount of supplements and super-foods that all have many great benefits, but if I had to choose one out of them all it would have to be apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the sugars turn into vinegar, However your apple cider vinegar must be made from organic apples and also be unheated, unfiltered and unpasteurised to keep the ‘mother’ intact.

The ‘mother’ in apple cider vinegar is visible as floaty, cloudy string like chains occurring from the bottom of the bottle. The mother is full of beneficial enzymes, pectin and trace minerals. Shaking before serving helps to distribute these elements.

This miracle drink has been used throughout ancient history, It has long been known by folk medicine as one of nature’s greatest healing agents. and here’s 10 reasons why.

A key supplement you can use daily to aid in detoxifying your liver. ACV stimulates the parietal cell in your stomach to make hydrochloric acid thus stimulating the digestive reflex after ingestion of food. Complementing with 20ml of ACV first thing in the morning and with a meal if your’e really keen helps this process.

2.Balance PH levels in your body.
Our bodies need a slightly alkaline pH balance to be healthy. In today’s fast and processed food diet with so much red meat, grains and alcohol we shift towards an acidic pH in our bodies, and many health problems can be attributed to this. Drinking apple cider vinegar which is acid but leaves an alkaline residue therefore assists in living a healthier lifestyle.

3.Healthy gut flora.
All disease begins in the gut, 80% of your immune system is in your gut and our microbiome is an integral part of this. Without a healthy gut flora your digestive tract gets dominated by pathogenic disease causing microbes that digest food in their own way producing hundreds of toxic and dangerous substances which are absorbed into the blood stream and get distributed around the body. These may land in the joints thus causing arthritis and similar ailments, they can also land in the brain, therefore impairing the brains functions. It is well known that psychological problems are connected with the gut.

4.High blood pressure.
Evidence suggests that ACV increases nitric oxide production which helps relax blood vessels. ACV is beneficial for your cardiovascular system .

5.Great for skin
As described earlier ACV balances your PH levels. This also applies to your skin PH levels. ACV also helps with dermatological problems such as acne, rashes, bites, stings and skin irritations. When your pH levels are in balance your skin sits at that optimum level between oily and dry. Apple cider vinegar can also help reduce red marks and blemishes, and soften skin. For all-over softness, add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your next bath. Can be used internally and externally.

6.Great for Hair
Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product build-up. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalise your hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off of it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny!

7.Improved digestion
Drinking ACV daily can vastly improve your digestion but it must be Organic, unpasteurised, unfiltered, raw ACV . Commercially produced types will lack the enzymes and other nutritional properties that have a beneficial effect on the digestive process.

8.Prevent Candida, normalise intestinal bacteria.
ACV is full of beneficial acids which are believed to help improve the make up of your intestinal flora. These include acetic acid and malic acid, which have antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties and can help control the spread of the candida fungus in your intestines,  common with high sugar diets.

9.Stamina and energy
Improved stamina and energy are harder to measure subjectively, but raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar has long been considered a general health tonic and more energy and greater stamina are commonly reported when drinking it.
This may be a combination of all the other health benefits of ACV already listed

10.Weight loss
Apple cider vinegar is sensational for those trying to shift a few kilos because of its ability to stabilise blood sugar levels for longer periods of time, while also helping to control appetite. Obviously you won’t lose weight if your diet is unhealthy, but when combined with nutritious foods, drinking one or two teaspoons of apple cider in water before each meal can help you trim down.