5 Simple Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Often Dubbed “The Golden Liquid” by health enthusiasts, raw apple cider vinegar is one of the best and cheapest health secrets that you can incorporate into your health routine. Starting from as little as 5 bucks, raw apple cider vinegar boasts an astounding number of health benefits ranging from improved weight loss to seasonal allergies. Actually, it is said to effectively treat over 70 different ailments…that’s pretty amazing!
Raw apple cider vinegar is safe to take as a daily tonic for a nice boost of energy or when you’re in need of some mental clarity.
Here are a few of my favorite benefits that raw apple cider vinegar has to offer:
1. It’s Highly Nutritious
First and foremost, raw apple cider vinegar is jam packed with nutrients including important vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. It also contains live enzymes, apple pectin, and essential amino acids which are important for optimal digestion and energy.
Raw apple cider vinegar contains Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, E, and Beta Carotene.
• Minerals and Trace Elements-
Raw apple cider vinegar also contains Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Sulfur, Chlorine, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Silicon, and Fluorine.
It’s important to buy apple cider vinegar RAW! This is because raw apple cider vinegar contains a group of live probiotic bacteria and nutrients called the “Mother”. She’s the one that gives the vinegar its nutrients and beneficial bacteria, not to mention all if its health benefits.
If you buy conventional filtered apple cider vinegar, you’ll find that it has been stripped of nearly ALL of the nutrients that it used to contain before processing. You’ll basically just be buying the flavor, which more than likely, isn’t going to be natural at all. A lot of the time these vinegars will just be white vinegar with apple flavoring and added coloring. I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t sound appealing at all!
Live, raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar is what you want. The best brand that I have found is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. This stuff is amazing! And for just about 7 bucks, you could use it twice a day and it will last for at least a month. Try comparing that price to all of the popular superfood elixers out there, like Goji Berry, Acai, Mangosteen, and Noni Juices. These can easily retail over $50 for a 1 month supply, depending on where you get them. For 1/7 the price of these juices, you can reap the SAME benefits and then some!
One of my go to remedies for acne breakouts is using raw apple cider vinegar as a toner. I did a video about this a while back on how to make your own, and it’s super simple. Be sure not to apply it directly to any open skin as it REALLY burns. You can apply it using a Q-tip on unopened acne legions as a simple spot treatment.
The vinegar acts as a disinfectant, balances the PH of your skin, and brings down inflammation without chemicals. It may smell potent at first, but the vinegary smell will go away in about 10 minutes, so don’t worry!
It is also beneficial to drink apple cider vinegar daily to help with hormonal acne caused by poor digestion. Raw apple cider vinegar contains a lot of apple pectin, an essential form of water soluble fiber that speeds up the elimination of waste, toxins, and chemicals from the body.
3. Candida, Fungus, and Body Odor
So this stuff can also help you balance out your candida overgrowth! Raw apple cider vinegar is very alkalizing for the body, making it difficult for candida to thrive (it loves acidic environments). Taking RACV will also help your digestive system recolonize itself with beneficial bacteria needed for balancing hormones, good digestion, and energy.
Creating a more alkaline body will also eliminate other troubles with bacterial overgrowth like fungus and body odor. You can even apply raw apple cider vinegar to the area itself with a cotton ball. Dilute the vinegar if necessary if it’s too strong to apply to the skin. You should be able to apply it straight onto nail fungus without any issues.
I recommend applying the vinegar at least twice a day to the affected area. To up its effectiveness, try drinking it diluted in water at least once a day to restore your body’s acid balance. I like to put my RACV in my water bottle for convenience.
The ratio I use st 2 TB of raw apple cider vinegar to every 8oz of water. If this is too strong for you (I love vinegar!) you can just use 1 TB. Be sure to shake up the vinegar first so you don’t miss out on any nutrients that may have settled at the bottom.
Raw apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for colds and flu. It breaks up chest and sinus congestion, especially when taken warm, and nourishes a tired body when food isn’t wanted.
You can take RACV as a simple tea with makuka honey or raw local honey, and a slice of fresh ginger to ease coughs and sore throats. Be sure not to add the vinegar when the water it too hot, or the beneficial bacteria might be killed on accident. This tea will also help relieve digestive upset like bloating, diarrhea, and nausea.
Simple Cold and Flu Tea Recipe–
• 1 TB or more if you can handle it stronger of raw apple cider vinegar
• Boiled spring water
• One thick slice or more of chopped ginger
• 1 TB raw local honey or manuka honey
• A squeeze of fresh lemon if desired
• A nice big mug!
Boil the water and then pour over the fresh chopped ginger in your mug of choice. Cover the top with a plate to keep in the essential oils. Once the ginger tea has cooled to a comfortable drinking temperature, add the squeeze of lemon, the honey, and the raw apple cider vinegar and stir. This tea can be potent! So experiment and find out what works best for you. Sip the tea slowly while still very warm.
Did you know that raw apple cider vinegar is also a natural antihistamine? When taken daily, it can reduce or eliminate common allergic reactions like:
• Itchy, watery eyes
• Itchy throat and nose
• Nasal congestion
• Runny nose
This is one of my favorite ways to use raw apple cider vinegar sense I’m a sufferer of chronic hay fever. All I can say it that this works wonders! Instead of waking up with continuous sneezing, my sinuses will be clear and I won’t be feeling miserable and drowsy like I would when taking over the counter meds like Benadryl.
To help prevent seasonal allergies, simply add 1-tsp-1TB raw apple cider vinegar to your daily water as a refreshing and effective allergy tonic.
You may be wondering how long you may have to take RACV, but honestly, the benefits are endless and it has become a daily routine for me. I can tell when I haven’t had my vinegar in a few days. It’s really amazing what a difference it makes.
Love and Light,
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