Why apple cider vinegar? Because if you buy the right kind, the health benefits are unreal. What you want to get is an unfiltered ACV that contains “The Mother”. I always buy Bragg ACV because it meets both of these criteria and it’s organic. The bottle should say that it is unfiltered on it, but the only way to know for sure is to look at the bottom for a muddy looking residue. That dirty pond looking stuff, that’s the good stuff, “The Mother”. Just give the bottle a good shake before you consume it.
Now let’s talk about the health benefit of this acidic wonder. ACV is rich in enzymes, acetic acid, good bacteria and potassium. Just like probiotics, this stuff is full of enzymes and bacteria that promote digestion and help your digestive system run like a well-oiled machine. The antibacterial properties it has (anti-BAD bacteria) plays a part in the fact that ACV also helps to boost the immune system (something to keep in mind with cold and flu season on the way!). The acidic environment of this vinegar helps ward off illness because many germs cannot survive in that kind of acidity.
It has also been known to aid in removing toxins from the body. If and when I do get sick, or if I’ve had a crazy weekend or came back from a music festival I get double doses of the stuff. One internal in the morning and one external at night. That’s right, I use this murky magic in my detox bath concoction (I’ll share that recipe when the time is right). ACV has been known to draw toxins out of the body as well as relieve muscle pain. On top of it all, ACV is also really great for you skin!
ACV has been known to energize and stimulate. I also take my vinegar to stimulate hair growth, internally and externally. I put a little bit into a tiny spray bottle with some warm water and rosemary essential oil, shake it up and spray in generously onto my scalp, massaging it in. I then tie a plastic bag around my head and let it marinate for 30 minutes or so. Make sure to wash it out, the smell is not pleasant for innocent bystanders. Just ask my husband.
Now, if you ask me, that tiny shot of intense vinegar is totally worth it for all those health benefits. Give it a try and see how you feel!