Wellness Wednesday – NURSE FIONA’s TOP 5 USES FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
You’ve probably heard the claims.
Introducing Apple Cider Vinegar into your daily routine is a sure way to increase your overall health and wellbeing.
Organic, raw apple cider vinegar is something I use on a daily basis for several reasons including detoxification, to help digest foods and for an energy boost. I also use this natural remedy as a hair conditioner and as a household cleaner!
This vinegar is rich in Acetic acid, which can act as a natural antibiotic. It has the ability to destroy pathogenic bacteria whilst fostering ‘good’ bacteria (1). This means apple cider vinegar naturally provides numerous benefits related to skin, digestion and immunity health without any side effects.
NURSE FIONA’s TOP 5 USES FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic, which can help detox your body. This vinegar also helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage.
2) Help digest food and reduce acid reflux
One cause of acid reflux is an imbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics to help us break down and digest food. Apple cider vinegar is full of all of these nutrients.
I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink it five minutes before meals to aid digestion.
3) Reduces yeast
Apple cider vinegar contains essential probiotics that can help reduce candida. Candida and yeast is a problem that affects millions of people. The side effects can be bad breath, lack of energy, UTI’s and digestive issues. I would recommend eliminating sugar from your diet and consuming 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water three times a day to reduce candida.
4) pH regulation
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which is acidic in nature but has a more alkaline effect on the rest of your body. Balancing your bodies pH can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like cancer and can dramatically increase your energy.
5) Natural household cleaner
Fill a spray bottle with 50 % water and 50 % ACV and use as a household cleaner. The natural anti-bacterial properties of this product make it an ideal, chemical free cleaning product. This can also be used as a hair tonic/conditioner to help increase hair shine and strength and to decrease dandruff.
Which brand do I recommend?
Ensure you purchase organic, raw and unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. My favourite go to brand is Mr Braggs. This brand also contains ‘mother’ strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a cloudy, unfiltered appearance.
You can find this at Whole foods, Planet organic, Amazon and Holland and Barrett.
(1) Rutala, W., Barbee, S., Aguiar, N., Sobsey, M. and Weber, D. (2000). Antimicrobial Activity of Home Disinfectants and Natural Products Against Potential Human Pathogens. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 21(01), pp.33-38.
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