Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for medical purposes by many civilizations throughout history. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine and author of the Hippocratic Oath, celebrated apple cider vinegar as a potent elixir for curing fever, peri-pneumonia, and constipation. The Romans used it for water purification and food flavoring. Parisians in the Middle Ages used apple cider as a deodorant and topical tonic for its skin cleansing and anti-aging properties. The benefits that these cultures treasured in ACV are now being confirmed by modern science. Here are just a few ways apple cider can improve your health and appearance.
1. Hair - Alcohol made from sugary substances (apples, grapes, rice) will turn into vinegar with prolonged exposure to the air. This due to a common bacterium that turns sugar and alcohol into acetic acid, which gives vinegar its tangy bite and aids in preservation (which is why humans began pickling things). Ascetic acid also helps cleanse bacteria and fungi that thrive on oils in your hair, leading to clogged hair follicles and dandruff. To use ACV on your head, apply a few table spoons of un-diluted vinegar to your hair and scalp, then wrap your hair with a towel. Wait thirty minutes to an hour to rinse or shampoo it out. This treatment is suitable hair care for any season and will result noticeably softer, more lustrous locks.
2. Skin Cleansing - Apple cider vinegar contains a combination of gentle acetic acid and natural amino acids from the apples capable of washing away oils and restoring balance to your skin's Ph. To prevent acne and breakouts dip a cotton ball in a one-to-one solution of vinegar and water, wipe your face (while avoiding your eyes) and any part of your body prone to breakouts, then let it dry or wash it off with water after fifteen minutes (if you don’t like the smell). ACV’s antiseptic qualities prevent breakouts and the acidity removes oil, dead skin, and fatty deposits, leaving skin fresh and radiant.
3. Weight Loss - Many people who add a dollop of apple cider vinegar to water and drink it throughout the day notice gradual weight loss, but it wasn’t until recently that science began figuring out why. In 2009 Japanese scientist Tomoo Kondo published a paper in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that outlined how the ascetic acid found in ACV helps the liver process fatty acids in a way that suppresses the accumulation of body fat. Another small scale study conducted in 2005 by Swedish scientists at Lund University found that people who ate bread after drinking apple cider vinegar felt full longer than those without, leading many to believe that ACV helps regulates blood sugar levels. Apple cider vinegar also contains chromium which has been proven to balance insulin levels and may contribute to its waist-trimming effects.
4. Healthier Immune System - Apple cider vinegar could by a valuable ally in the fight against the common cold. The sour stuff contains contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid, niacin, and pantothenic acid; and other essential minerals such as sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Un-pasteurized and un-filtered versions of ACV contain the “mother,” an active bacterial culture that has probiotic, disease-fighting effects. Some people believe that if your body’s Ph is balanced between 7.35 and 7.45 you’ll be less affected by allergens and will rarely catch colds. While apple cider vinegar definitely can balance your body’s Ph, there is little research on how this improves immune functions.
5. Sunburn Treatment - Though it seems counter intuitive to put acid on fresh burn, diluted apple cider vinegar can help your skin recover from too much sun exposure. Ascetic acid helps moisturize skin and bring blood to capillaries while amino acids and vitamins aid healing. To soothe burns add one tablespoon of ACV to one cup of cold water, then soak a rag or gauze in the mixture and gently wrap the burn. You can also put the same formula in a spray bottle, spritz skin, then let it dry. A final option is to simply add two to three cups of ACV to bathwater and soak for a half an hour.If you can handle its pungent odor apple cider vinegar use can bring all sorts of benefits to your skin and body. ACV is sold by most major grocery stores in the organic foods aisle or located near the cooking vinegars. Look for bottles containing a murky amber liquid to ensure that the vinegar is unpasteurized, unfiltered, and full of vitamins. If you’re interested in more health tips or want to explore new skin treatments, contact us today. Our representatives will schedule you a free consultation at a skincare clinic in your area.