If you think apple cider vinegar is gross, think again! Sure, it smells hella strong but this acidic can elevate your entire health and wellness routine. From skincare to salad dressing and more, apple cider vinegar will come through in the clutch whenever you're facing one of these five issues.
1. When you want to make your own exfoliator.
Exfoliating your skin is super beneficial. It can unclog your pores, even skin tone, and help you keep that supple, babyface look by stimulating collagen synthesis and hyaluronic acid production. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt to create your own exfoliator.
2. When you need to lose weight.
Apple cider vinegar is full of a short-chain fatty acid called acetic acid which reduces fat storage, burns fat, and suppresses appetite. A 12-week study conducted on 144 overweight Japanese adults showed that drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day resulted in 2.6 pounds of weight loss and drinking 2 tablespoons a day resulted in 3.7 pounds lost. The participants didn't make any changes to their diets or activity other than limiting alcohol.
Be careful not to overdo it, though. Too much apple cider vinegar (like drinking a cup or more a day) can weaken your teeth and other bones, leading to osteoporosis.
3. When your pH balance is off.
We've all experienced unexpected funk from our woohahs (yeah, that's what we call it) every now and then. This can come from bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and other issues. One study shows that apple cider vinegar can help. Add half a cup to two cups of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bath and sitting in it for 20 minutes. Doing so can eliminate yeast and other bad bacteria that result in foul odor.
4. When you want to try a new salad dressing.
If you're looking for a vinaigrette that tastes great and both fruits and veggies, you'll love this apple cider vinegar dressing recipe!
1/3C extra virgin olive oil
1/4C apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl and enjoy!
5. When your hair is dry and flaky.
Dandruff can be super embarrassing and annoying. Get rid of flakes and heal your scalp with an apple cider vinegar rinse. We recommend filling a drip bottle with three parts warm water and one part apple cider vinegar. Add it to your scalp after you shampoo and lightly massage. Rinse with warm water and follow with conditioner. If it's a co-wash day, apply the apple cider vinegar rinse first.