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Why You Should Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

… and Out
You don’t have to drink ACV to reap its benefits. It’s also a natural moisturizer and toner with many uses for face, hair, and body.

• 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 don’t mind the smell. (It will fade … eventually.)

• If you’re 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.

• Whiten teeth on the cheap by brushing them with ACV. The acid will help break up stains. But don’t do this too often, or you’ll wear away the tooth enamel (and the stains will get worse).

• 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. It’s not for everyone. Pure vinegar is very acidic and can damage tooth enamel and the tissues in your mouth and esophagus if it’s 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 doesn’t regulate supplements, there’s no way to know for sure what you’re getting. A 2005 study of eight different brands revealed wide discrepancies among their ingredients, and some didn’t 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 liquid’s 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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11:44AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

I eat pickles for the same effect...after all they are made with vinegar...and help to balance the electrolites...

9:56AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Thanks

1:08PM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

12:43AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

So many benefits claimed, yet it tastes horrible and the smell gets up my nose.

12:28AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

2:51PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Moted

5:09AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

What about formic acid? :-)

4:36AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Sorry. The smell of cider vinegar makes me totally nauseous. As a child my Mother poured it on my head after hair wash to make my hair shine. I cannot even get near the stuff -- the smell gags me. As for weight loss" --- I have weighed the same for eons.
Under 100 pounds (98) or 100 even -- 5'2" Honestly, I am "too vain" to get FAT.

11:21PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you :)

6:15AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Thank you

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