Vinegar is one of those items that can be useful in just about every room in your house. It can even be useful for pets, as you will read below. Vinegar, which means “sour wine” in French has been around for centuries. It can be made from any carbohydrate that can be fermented like grapes, dates, beets, and the one we are most familiar with, apples.
Apple Cider Vinegar, aka ACV, is created from the fermentation of apple juice and is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – potassium, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin A, C, E, and a few B vitamins just to name a few. One of the most powerful antioxidants in ACV is bioflavonoids which help with metabolism, improved eye sight, increased immune system, anti-aging, and anti-carcinogenic. I recommend keeping a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your house at all times.
(NOTE: since apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, you should always dilute it with water before swallowing).
- Weight Loss – Apple Cider Vinegar helps with weight loss by increasing satiety which in turn reduces the total amount of food consumed. This increase is directly related to theacetic acid level in the vinegar. For daily weight management, combine 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water and sip throughout the day.
- Energy Boost – ACV contains potassium and enzymes to help rid your body of fatigue. It also helps your muscles get rid of lactic acid which prevents additional fatigue.
- Detoxifying Your Body – Apple cider vinegar helps to detox the liver which is the main filtering organ in the body. When our liver gets backed up from things like anti-inflammatories, cholesterol reducing medications, processed foods, alcohol, unhealthy diets, and pollution (just to name a few), toxins are recycled back through our bodies causing increased inflammation and possibly disease. That’s why it is so important to keep our liver clean so it can do it’s job.
- Shiny Hair – apple cider vinegar helps remove product buildup on your hair. Try rinsing your hair with one-third cup vinegar mixed with 4 cups of water weekly for shiny, silky hair. For dandruff, try spraying your scalp with equal parts vinegar and water, wrapping it up in a towel for an hour, and then rinsing it out. Repeat this up to twice a week.
- Acid Reflux and Digestion – Acid reflux is usually caused from having too little acid in your stomach. You can increase this content by taking one tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water daily. It may also help to soothe intestinal spasms.
- Sinus Congestion – Apple cider vinegar helps break up and reduce mucous in your body which aids sinus congestion and infection.
- Heart Health – ACV has been found to lower triglyceride levels and VLDL levels (the damaging form of cholesterol) in animal studies.
- Wart Removal – Soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and placing it on the wart, covered, overnight will help with wart removal.
- Teeth Whitener – Gargling with diluted apple cider vinegar can help whiten your teeth and freshen your breath. Note: Just make sure to rinse your mouth out afterwards since apple cider vinegar is very acidic and can damage tooth enamel.
- Detoxing Your Home – Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning agents around. Replacing most of your household cleaning products that include pesticides and chemicals, i.e. toilet bowl cleaner, with a vinegar solution will decrease the consumption of toxins inside our house and daily lives.
- Sunburn Relief – For sunburn relief, add one cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes.
- Fruit & Vegetable Wash – Vinegar is one of the best natural products for removing pesticides and bacteria from fresh produce. Mix a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce. Just place your veggies or fruit in the solution, swish them around, and rinse thoroughly (don’t use this process on fragile fruits like berries since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins).
- Creative Cooking – There are many ways to include apple cider vinegar in your cooking. It makes a great meat marinade to tenderize your meat. You can use it in salad dressings (Try this Apple Cider Vinaigrette – ¾ cup high quality olive oil, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 2 Tablespoons honey, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon chopped garlic). I pour a Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar on my cooked spinach to give it a little extra zing! It’s also great in sauces, soups, over fish, cucumber salad, tuna fish salad, and making bone broth. Vinegar is also one of the main ingredients in fermented or pickled vegetables which helps in recolonizing the good bacteria in your gut. The options are really endless!
- Cleaning Windows – When I was a young girl one of my chores was to clean the windows inside the house. My mother always gave me a solution of vinegar and water because it cleaned the windows without leaving any streaks. I thought it was magical!
- Flea Repellent – Apple cider vinegar can be used as a flea repellent on your pets. Just mix a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray your pets fur and rub in the mixture. Continue for a few days up to a week until all the fleas are gone. Happy pet, happy owner!