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Why You Should Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

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You donít have to drink ACV to reap its benefits. Itís also a natural moisturizer and toner with many uses for face, hair, and body.

ē Combine one-half tablespoon of ACV with one cup of cold water for a natural dandruff remedy that will also add body and shine to your hair, as long as you donít mind the smell. (It will fade Ö eventually.)

ē If youíre prone to acne or age spots, use some ACV on your face as a nightly toner. It will clear up the oil and work as a natural antibacterial, as well as lighten discoloration.

ē Whiten teeth on the cheap by brushing them with ACV. The acid will help break up stains. But donít do this too often, or youíll wear away the tooth enamel (and the stains will get worse).

ē Claims that ACV also cures lice and warts are untrue, but it does do plenty. You can come up with a longer list if you think creatively.

Beware of Snake Oil Salesmen
As with all supplements, you should ask your doctor before beginning to take ACV. Itís not for everyone. Pure vinegar is very acidic and can damage tooth enamel and the tissues in your mouth and esophagus if itís not diluted. It can even cause contact burns on the skin. Long-term use of ACV can lower potassium levels, contributing to osteoporosis, and may interact with certain medications. ACV contains chromium, too, which affects insulin levels, so people with diabetes need to be especially careful when taking it.

Despite its acidity, opt for (diluted) liquid vinegar. You can purchase ACV tablets, but since the Food and Drug Administration doesnít regulate supplements, thereís no way to know for sure what youíre getting. A 2005 study of eight different brands revealed wide discrepancies among their ingredients, and some didnít contain any ACV at all.

No Miracle Cure
Though sorting through conflicting information about ACV can be confusing, adding a tablespoon or two to your salad dressing will probably do you more good than harm. Only now are researchers starting to confirm the liquidís age-old reputation as a restorer and maintainer of health, but while we should all retain some degree of skepticism about its supposed cure-all properties, centuries of history assure us that ACV is no fad.

Related:
10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
23 Ingenious Uses for White Wine Vinegar

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6:50AM PDT on Mar 9, 2015

good stuff..

9:41AM PDT on Mar 8, 2015

I am sure that vinegar may be healthy, but I have no intention of drinking it. I will cook with it, I will use it in a salad as a salad dressing but drinking it? No way. Now if it were apple cider, hard cider, or beer I would drink it then, but vinegar... uh uh.

7:15AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

I use ACV as a hair conditioner.
i tried taking it as a supplement and had to stop as it irritated my stomach.

12:04PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Thank you

2:50PM PST on Feb 22, 2015

Yep, Thanks...

1:53PM PST on Feb 22, 2015

YUCK. I can't even stand to be around or smell any type of vinegar... it's the worst smell ever. Gag!!!! >.

9:00PM PST on Feb 21, 2015

Thank you. Thank you very much

11:06AM PST on Feb 20, 2015

apple cider vinegar always has to be organic to see the benefits!

7:18PM PST on Feb 19, 2015

Thank you.

7:43PM PST on Feb 18, 2015

thank you

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