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Curious About Apple Cider Vinegar? Here Are 24 Ways You Can Use It

Apple cider vinegar is all the rage these days. People are bathing in it, drinking it, and even I am feeding it to the chickens at my farm every morning, mixed in with their water.

At its most basic, apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) is an apple-based vinegar that’s fermented twice and offers an unbelievably high number of health benefits.

ACV is a cure-all that’s inexpensive to buy, even cheaper (and very easy) to make, and it has almost no side effects… except for all the grimacing after taking shots of the stuff. Here are just 24 of the ways you can use ACV to improve your overall health and wellness. And remember, always consult your doctor or a trusted medical professional when it comes to making changes to your health, diet, or treatments!

1. Absorb more nutrients.

Adding ACV raw to things like salads or taking shots of it will help your body absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.  

2. Dress your salad.

A simple ACV vinaigrette will deliver all the health benefits without the intensity of drinking straight vinegar.  

3. Destroy weeds.

Any vinegar sprayed directly on weeds will kill them. No harsh chemicals required.  

4. Cool your sunburn.

For sunburns, wet a cloth with ACV and apply it to your skin. The ACV will supposedly lower the redness and reduce pain.   

5. Clean your home.

Vinegars are natural disinfectants, making them great choices for household cleaners.  

6. Alleviate foot issues.

Do away with athlete’s foot, cracked heels, fungal issues, aches and pains by making a cure-all foot soak.  

7. Get rid of dandruff.

Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water into your scalp, massage in, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing. Use the solution twice a week until your dandruff is gone. (Click here for other dandruff treatments using ACV)

8. Fight acne.

ACV is highly acidic so you won’t want to use it on dry skin. But dabbing ACV on blemishes can dry them out nice and quick.  

9. Solve your throat problems.

Whether you’ve got strep, allergies or just a sore throat, mix one teaspoon ACV with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and three teaspoons of local honey for quick relief.   

10. Boost your pet's overall health.

Adding a little ACV to the water of your dogs, cats, horses, goats and even chickens can repel fleas, solve digestion issues, ward off illness, clear up skin problems, fight bacteria, and function as a de-wormer.  

11. Whiten your teeth.

Gargle with apple cider vinegar every morning to help break up stains on your enamel.  

12. Prevent exercise exhaustion.

The amino acids in apple cider vinegar remove lactic acid buildup following workouts. When you get back from the gym, put a tablespoon of ACV into a glass of water and drink.  

13. Get a rise out of your baked goods.

Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and baking soda to give your baked goods an added lift.  

14. Lower blood-sugar spikes.

Reducing blood-sugar spikes after meals can help reduce food cravings—and your likelihood for getting type 2 diabetes. Just swallow a tablespoon of ACV diluted in water before you eat—studies show blood spikes may be reduced by up to 40 percent.  

15. Get a better night’s sleep.

  Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of warm water with honey for a great night’s sleep.  

16. Bring your laundry game up a notch.

Add a cup of ACV to your rinse cycle in the laundry machine, or use a cup of the magical elixir as a fabric softener stand-in.  

17. Fight heartburn.

Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with honey, water, or a glass of apple juice to alleviate that burning in your chest.  

18. Make your own vegan buttermilk.

For every cup of buttermilk a recipe calls for, combine two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of plant milk. Let sit for 10 minutes before using.  

19. Heal respiratory problems.

Add ACV to your humidifier or diffuser to help with asthma, coughs, and phlegm.  

20. Lose weight.

9:45AM Morning Routine - Every morning I have a cup of black coffee and since week 3 of my weight loss journey I've incorporated Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) twice a day. My whole weight loss journey I haven't taken any supplements, no shakes, no slimming teas, nothing. This has been the extent of it besides counting my food calories. Both of them helped to suppress my appetite. Coffee definitely helped easing into Intermittent Fasting the first week. I know ACV has plenty of health benefits. For me, I noticed it gave me more energy, suppressed my appetite and a significantly decrease in my waist (especially within the first week of taking it, and it was with minimal weight loss.) #whatieatinaday #whatieatinadaywednesday

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Apple cider vinegar is a known appetite suppressant and fat inhibitor—just down a teaspoon before your start eating or incorporate it into your meals.

21. Stop hiccups.

 Will a cure every really be discovered? Some people swear a capful of ACV does the trick.  

22. Marinate your main dishes.

Apple cider vinegar makes a great base for a marinade on tofu, meats, and even vegetables. Combine soy sauce, ACV, cayenne pepper, garlic, white wine and some chopped onion for any easy recipe.  

23. Give your hair a boost.

ACV works as a detangler and shine enhancer for hair—just rinse with it after shampooing in place of conditioner.  

24. Prevent cancer.

Studies suggest apple cider vinegar can kill cancer cells. There’s not a huge body of work on the topic, but with all its other medicinal qualities, this is just icing on the proverbial cake.  

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