benefits of apple cider

Apple Cider Vinegar has many wonderful benefits for your overall health. But did you know it can also improve the health of your hair and your skin? By restoring the proper pH levels in your skin and with the help of beta-carotene it can stop future skin and hair damage.

Its beneficial bacteria and high nutrient levels mean that it’s a very worthwhile addition to your regular diet. In addition, it has long been respected as a remedy for a wide range of health problems, including hair and skin issues. Using apple cider vinegar, either in your diet or by applying topically, really can make a visible difference to the health and vitality of both your skin and hair.

Here’s how apple cider vinegar works.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made through double fermentation. First, apples are fermented to produce cider. This cider is then fermented to produce vinegar. This double fermentation breaks down almost all the sugar in the apples and produces acetic acid.

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It is this acetic acid that is responsible for the health benefits of ACV. This acid can lower blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as fight off unwanted microbes. Other types of vinegar, such as malt or balsamic, contain so many yeast and fungal by-products that their health benefits are limited.

Ideally, you are looking for a cloudy apple cider vinegar. This cloudiness means it will contain the ‘mother’. The mother is actually the protein strands of good enzymes and helpful probiotic bacteria created during the fermentation process. A clear apple cider vinegar will have had this mother filtered out, losing its health benefits in the process.

Once you’ve found a good ACV, you can add it to your diet in many recipes in place of any other vinegar, such as salad dressings. You can also prepare it as a health drink. For skin and hair problems, however, you can make some powerful but natural beauty products such as toners or rinses.

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Here’s how to use use apple cider vinegar with skin and hair problems:

Stubborn Acne and Skin Breakouts

The acetic acid in ACV has both antibacterial and keratolytic properties, meaning that it works as an astringent to thoroughly cleanse pores.

The pH levels of ACV (between 3 and 5) suit human skin well, which itself has a similar pH of around 4 or 5. Many beauty and anti-acne products have a pH level way off this, which explains why many feel so harsh and drying on the skin.

To treat acne with ACV, do not apply it directly. Either make a toner for your regular cleansing routine by diluting the vinegar 1:2 or 1:3; or create a face mask by mixing the vinegar with coconut charcoal to form a wet paste. This paste can be applied for around 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Dull Skin

Dull skin can really benefit from a cleansing, brightening toner like the one above. Unlike many toners which can leave sensitive skin red and dry, the friendly pH levels of an ACV toner will leave the skin glowing.

Alternatively, adding apple cider vinegar to your diet can benefit the skin, too. ACV improves the absorption of nutrients, which means more of the nutrients in your food can reach the skin and improve its appearance.

Body Odor

Disagreeable body odor is caused by a reaction between sweat and bacteria found on your skin. This explains why underarms and feet can get rather unpleasant.

Because apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, it can work as a deodorant by neutralizing this reaction. Undiluted ACV is too harsh for the sensitive underarm area (particularly if you have recently shaved the area) so dilute it 1:1 with warm water before applying to underarms or use it as a refreshing foot soak. The smell of vinegar does not linger on the skin for long.

Lackluster Hair

You can improve the appearance of lackluster hair by creating a conditioning rinse using 1:1 diluted ACV. For dry hair, increase the proportion of water slightly. For oily hair, decrease the proportion of water. Leave your ACV rinse in for 2 or 3 minutes, then rinse away with water.

ACV has clarifying properties, meaning the rinse helps to remove any residue from other products away from your hair. Without this grubby coating, the natural shine of your hair is restored.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, the nasty-looking fungal foot infection can be treated with apple cider vinegar as well. The antimicrobial properties in ACV help fight candida — the yeast which is the root cause of the problem.

Make a daily foot soak using 1:1 ACV and warm water, and use until the athlete’s foot is completely gone.

For the Best Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies…

Remember that, for whatever condition you’d like to treat, you are looking for the best quality apple cider vinegar for the best results.

The cloudier and murkier it is, the more of the mother (the most potent part) there will be.

AUTHOR BIO: Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.

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