Let’s talk about apple cider vinegar: what’s the hype about?
Alright all of you natural headed (and relaxed) divas. Today we’re going to talk about a little something that probably all of us have heard about, but not everyone has had the guts to try: apple cider vinegar. Now, for those of you that have tried it, you probably know that it is arguably the most disgusting thing you have ever tasted in your entirely life. For those of you that have yet to try apple cider vinegar, allow me to tell you the cold hard truth: they’re right. The taste of apple cider vinegar can best be described as old, rancid apple juice. Even that may be a stretch. I can’t even lie…it’s pretty terrible. HOWEVER, don’t let the taste deter you from all the good things about it. Now, I know you didn’t think that all these ladies were drinking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis because they enjoyed the torture, did you? Let me stop being so harsh on the ACV. Once you get a look at all of the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar, you learn to not even mind the taste. Let’s talk about it.
What is apple cider vinegar?
In a nut shell, apple cider vinegar is an apple cider that has been fermented for a significantly long time. The idea is that the fermentation makes the apple cider have less sugar and calories than your typical apple juice. If you’re going to get apple cider vinegar, it’s best to get one with the mother still included in it. The mother just means that it (should be) natural and still have the good bacteria attached to it. So now that you have a pretty good idea of what apple cider vinegar is, we can discuss all of the wonderful benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps the Gut
One of the main reasons that many women drink natural apple cider vinegar is because it helps with your digestion. Because it’s highly acidic, it can help settle a belly that is suffering from acid reflux or other types of digestive problems. Speaking of stomach problems, you may have heard that apple cider vinegar can help you drop a few inches in the waist. It’s true that apple cider vinegar does help you to stay full longer and of course cleanse your stomach. Therefore, it’s safe to say that it has the potential to help you lose weight. However, I wouldn’t only use apple cider vinegar as a way to lose weight. You’ll have to exercise and change your overall eating habits to get the best results.
Apple Cider Vinegar is Good for the Hair
Now you know I couldn’t talk about apple cider vinegar without going through how it benefits the tresses! I can actually attest to this one ladies. When I added apple cider vinegar on my hair as rinse, it was more elastic, shiny, and softer than it was before I used it. I literally could not believe that this stuff was so effective on my curls. I used it as a pre-poo/rinse because let’s just be honest—this isn’t something you want to keep on your hair for long periods of time. It’s not that the effects aren’t worth it but having to deal with the smell is not for the faint of heart.
Need some more reasons as to why you should use apple cider vinegar on your hair? Well, for starters it helps to get your hair’s pH back in check. Most shampoos, the foods we eat, and the elements (i.e weather) are responsible for knocking off our hair’s pH level. An apple cider vinegar rinse helps to correct this issue.
Remember when we talked about hair porosity last year? Well, apple cider vinegar helps manage those with high porosity hair. Now, make no mistake. You can’t “cure” high porosity hair, but you can manage it. Apple cider vinegar helps with that.
On top of adding shine, making the hair softer, and ultimately making the hair more manageable, apple cider vinegar also helps with frizz. I mean, could you ask for more out of it? To use, mix 1/2 cup of water with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Test a little bit before putting all over your head. It might burn a bit when you first put it on. That’s because of the antibacterial properties kicking in. Oh, did we forget to mention that benefit too? Sorry, it’s so many that it’s easy to forget one! After leaving the rinse in your hair for 5-10 minutes, remove with luke warm water and continue to shampoo per usual.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps the Immune System
SO, taking a step back from your hair and your gut, apple cider vinegar is actually good for your body in general. When taken (or consumed) at least once a day, different sources state that apple cider vinegar can lower your cholesterol, help maintain the proper sugar levels, and even keep your blood pressure under control. Can you see why you should be adding this to your diet yet?
Best Ways To Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re using apple cider vinegar for its health benefits, the easiest thing to do is to just put it on a spoon and knock it back. Some people, like myself, just can’t do it. The taste is too overpowering. You can opt to add it to your tea, take a pill, or even make it into a gummy form (that one is fun). Do whatever you need to do to get some apple cider vinegar into your system, so you can start to reap the benefits!
Who know that something so simple had so many great benefits! Have you tried to use apple cider vinegar? Tell us about it in the comments!
Authored by Bianca Scott