Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is probably one of my favourite everyday superfoods – not only does it add amazing flavour to food, but it also has incredible health benefits. I’ve commented on the benefits of this wonder liquid it in many of my previous posts and videos, but I’ve yet to highlight it’s other great uses.
Not only is ACV a fantastic digestive aid (perhaps it’s most well known attribute), but it has a slew of other helpful uses that will have you reaching for that bottle much more often.
Whether you’re an avid gardener or want to make sure you have the freshest breath on your next date, here are 8 interesting facts about Apple Cider Vinegar you may not have known about:
It helps balance blood sugar
Apple cider vinegar has an anti-glycemic effect and can block the digestion of some starch, helping to keep blood sugar levels on an even keel. Making sure your blood sugar is balanced is incredibly important for good (joyous!) health and is the foundation for many other health benefits, including my next point.
ACV may help promote weight loss
A Japanese study showed that those who used apple cider vinegar lost slightly more weight than those who didn’t. This may be because components of apple cider vinegar may turn on certain genes involved in breaking down fats.
It will help settle an upset tummy
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains probiotics that help cultivate a healthy balance of good bacteria to help fight whatever nastiness is taking place in your gut. By taking it regularly, it can also promote overall digestive health.
Use it as a non-toxic cleaning agent
Apple cider vinegar is a non-toxic, odor-absorbing, antibacterial alternative to harsh chemicals; just mix 1 part ACV to 1 part water and clean away!
Can be used as a safe herbicide
Apple cider vinegar can kill weeds in your garden while acting as an effective herbicide for plants that like an acidic environment.
Will boost energy
The enzymes and minerals in apple cider vinegar make it a great addition to homemade energy drinks, which are so much better for you than those neon-coloured, additive-filled store-bought ones.
Has detox benefits
Apple cider vinegar may help improve lymph circulation and contains enzymes that support digestion. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that transport important molecules to be cleansed by the lymphatic organs (spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes, liver and tonsils). You can learn more about the lymphatic system here. Another great way to stimulate your lymphatic system is by dry skin brushing.
Will banish your bad breath
The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar can kill the bad bacteria that can cause bad breath. It’s also a much healthier option compared to most commercial mouthwash brands.
Those are my 8 interesting facts for ACV. Have you tried any of these?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE USES FOR ACV?