For centuries, humans have used vinegar for countless health and home applications. Apple cider vinegar is particularly popular. That’s because it doesn’t go through the same filtration process as white vinegar. And therefore it retains nutrients that plain white vinegar can’t boast. This makes ACV even more useful for losing weight, preventing disease, improving hygiene and much more. So here are the most useful apple cider vinegar hacks to change your life.
Curbing your appetite isn’t the only benefit to controlling blood sugar. If you have diabetes, it could save your whole ding-dang life. There’s also evidence to suggest apple cider vinegar fights insulin resistance, which is great news for people with prediabetes and Type II diabetes.
Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea? You can drink that disgusting pink stuff, or you can drink equally disgusting apple cider vinegar. According to Earl Mindell and Larry M. Johns, who are not medical doctors but who wrote a book about ACV, ACV can alleviate an upset stomach.
Do you suffer from unsightly, gross scalp flakes that sprinkle your shoulders and make no one want to be around you? Treat that nasty dandruff with the power of apple cider vinegar. Spray a mixture of equal parts ACV and water onto the roots of your scalp, leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour (the thicker your hair, the longer you should let it sit), and then shampoo it clean.
You can rinse or gargle with a solution of apple cider vinegar and water to freshen your breath, but it works even better if you drink it. Drinking a tablespoon or two of ACV in a glass of water aids digestion. And that helps prevent bad breath from the inside out.
Rajani Katta M.D. explained to Men’s Health magazine that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar acts as a keratolytic, i.e., “a substance that acts to break up the plugs of keratin that clog pores.” Drinking ACV can help clear up acne too. Ingesting it can balance pH levels in the body, which is naturally antibacterial.
According to Bonnie K. McMillen, a registered nurse, “apple vinegar contains antiseptic properties that kill germs and relieve pain. Other than that, the vinegar helps to balance the pH of sunburned skin and reduces the blisters after burning. It has agent that is able to soften the epidermis and allow dead skin cells to gently slough away.” So there you have it.