6 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a fermented liquid made from crushed and aged apples. The healthiest versions contain “the mother” which is a colony of beneficial bacteria with many health benefits.

ACV is naturally high in phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium and other essential vitamins. It has been said to aid with weight loss efforts and can help treat many digestive issues. Apple cider vinegar’s healing wonders date back to the time of Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, as a cure for many ailments.

If you would like to consider using ACV for the health benefits, look for organic, unpasteurized vinegars with “the Mother,” you can find it at most grocery stores. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most popular brands on the market.

There are many health related uses for apple cider vinegar. It has been used as a natural remedy for centuries for many purposes. It isn’t FDA approved but it’s generally considered harmless to try. If you suffer from any of the health issues below, consider trying ACV as an inexpensive natural remedy. As a safe precaution, consult with your doctor before adding ACV to your daily routine.

Here are 6  Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Reduces Heartburn

ACV mimics the acidic environment of the stomach and helps food to break down.  You should experience reduced symptoms of reflux or heartburn after using Apple Cider Vinegar because it is replacing the acid that your gut lacks.

2. Fight Candida (yeast) in the Body

If you suffer from yeast overgrowth in the body ACV can. The acid and enzymes in Apple Cider Vinegar help kill excess yeast in the body. If you want to treat a yeast overgrowth, consider taking 1 tsp- 1 TBSP of ACV in water before each meal or twice a day, ideally on an empty stomach.

3. Relieve Sunburns and Bug Bites

Apple Cider Vinegar can help sooth the pain of sunburn or insect bites. For sunburns, apply ACV and water (25/75 mix) with a cotton cloth or washcloth directly to the skin to cool and relieve pain. You can also soak in a bath of warm water with 1 cup ACV. For bug bites, apply a 50/50 mixture directly to the bite, or soak the area in vinegar water.

4. Kill Foot or Skin Fungus

If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of ACV in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply a 25/75 mixture of ACV and water.  It will burn but will help clear up even the worst cases of fungus. Don’t forget to dilute ACV with water!

5. Natural Skin Toner

When mixed with equal parts of water (and a few drops of essential oil for fragrance) ACV makes an excellent firming toner for the skin. To use as a toner, keep the mixture in the fridge, and apply with a cotton ball after showering. The vinegar smell disappears completely when dry. Try a 24% vinegar/75% water mixture.

6. Treat Dandruff

Apple Cider Vinegar can be very effective in fighting dandruff. Mix with equal parts water and apply to scalp with spray bottle or cloth. Leave on for 1-2 hours with a shower cap and rinse. This can be done 1-2 times a week for best results.