Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is used for so many things, I cannot even begin to count them. It is good for hair care, skin care, cleaning your home, repelling insects and taking care of your pets, just to name a few. In this post I will focus on the health benefits of taking it internally.

Quality Matters

There is apple cider vinegar and then there is apple cider vinegar.

Avoid using processed, filtered and refines ACV, the one that looks clear and “clean”. It will not give you many benefits. Choose organic, unfiltered vinegar that contain the “mother”, the one that looks cloudy and “dirty”.

What Is It Good For

It will be a much shorter list to write what it is NOT good for. ACV is one of those superfoods that have so many health benefits that I recommend to take it regularly.

ACV is made from apples that has been fermented and it is high in beneficial bacteria that aid digestion. It creates a healthy environment in our gut for probiotics and binds to harmful chemicals and waste and flushes them out.

Here are just a few ways that ACV is good for you:
~Detoxify your liver
~Improves your digestion
~Alkalize your body
~Reduce inflammation
~Regulate your blood sugar levels
~Promote healthy bones

How To Use It

• Drink It.

I recommend to my seasonal cleanse participants to add 1 tablespoon of ACV to warm water and drink it first thing in the morning. You can also drink it during the day, 15-30 minutes before meals. Add a teaspoon of raw honey if you need to sweeten it a bit.

• Salad Dressing.

Use ACV instead of other vinegars or lemon/lime juice. I love using it in my Carrot-Ginger dressings.

• In Smoothies.

Add a couple teaspoons of ACV to your favorite green or fruit smoothie for a refreshing tangy flavor.

I’d love to hear about your experience with ACV, share with us in the comment below.

xoxo Rachel