For centuries, people have been using apple cider vinegar in a number of ways. This naturally-produced vinegar is incredibly versatile and can be used in the home, in cooking, and in many other ways to promote a healthy lifestyle. Let’s explore what it is, what it does, and how it can be used in this blog post.
Where Does Apple Cider Vinegar Come From?
Apple cider vinegar is made from the flesh, seeds, and skins of apples. It is preferable to use organic apples to prevent fertilizer and pesticide residues from contaminating the finished product. The apples are fermented, breaking the fruit sugars down until the result is an amber-colored liquid. Raw apple cider vinegar can be cloudy; some producers pasteurize and filter the vinegar, but in doing so remove some of the beneficial elements that make the vinegar so healthful.
What Are the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
The health benefits of apple cider vinegar have been understood for many centuries. In fact, a common remedy for coughs and colds was discovered by the ancient Greeks, who mixed the vinegar with honey. In colonial American times, apple cider vinegar was consumed on a daily basis and formed an important part of the early American diet.
The health benefits are many. Apple cider vinegar has been shown in scientific tests to:
- Stabilize blood pressure
- Detoxify the liver and kidneys
- Improve digestion
- Combat free radicals from environmental and chemical exposures
- Serve as a powerful antibacterial solution
- Promote weight loss
How Can I Use Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar makes an excellent natural cleaning solution in and around the home. Simply mix equal parts filtered water and vinegar in a spray bottle, add several drops of your favorite essential oil for scent, then use as you would glass cleaner or other cleaning products. The vinegar kills germs on countertops, wood, and other surfaces.
Of course, apple cider vinegar can be used in cooking. Use it to prepare salad dressings and used in any recipe that calls for vinegar. The vinegar can also be used to make a refreshing drink – mix vinegar and water for a quick pick-me-up, or get creative with teas and tonics for drinks that promote a healthy lifestyle.
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