Apple cider vinegar, heard of it? Lately in the health and wellness world it’s become a bit of a buzzword. Like everything that’s good for us there is always a reason to go organic and this is even more important when it comes to the amazing ACV. Why? Well let me make it a little more clearer.
Non organic apple cider vinegar is made with apples that have been grown using pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. These harsh agents are used to deter pests and increase the resiliency and size of the apple harvest. Unfortunately, these chemicals are also then absorbed by the apples, thus making them contaminated which increases the toxin levels within the fruit.
Another of the main noticeable differences between organic & non-organic apple cider vinegar is the appearance. Organic apple cider vinegar has a cloudy appearance with a sediment-like look on the bottom of the jar also know as the mother. Non-organic apple cider vinegar is clear, without any visible particles.
Non-organic apple cider vinegar also goes through a pasteurization process in which the vinegar is heated and distilled. This is done to increase the shelf life of the product, but in doing so it strips the nutritional value from the product and the end product is not the healthy powerhouse that it’s organic counterpart is!
Using only Organic apple cider vinegar ensures that we gain the full benefits of the naturally occurring bacteria, nutrients and living enzymes within the product and do not ingest any harmful toxins from pesticides or fertilizers.
So how can you use apple cider vinegar?
In salads - It is a lovely dressing to use on its own to give your food a shake up or you can mix it with olive oil and herbs if you want to be fancy ;)
If the fruits and vegetables you buy are non organic then soaking them in acv can help to remove the pesticides on the product.
Apple cider vinegar is also great for cleaning (yes really!) mix 100ml of ACV in a spray bottle with 250ml water and away you go!
Another fascinating use of the product is also how it can help our hearts stay healthy and regulate our blood sugars. Consuming a teaspoon of acv before a meal helps to slow the uptake of sugars in our food into our bloodstream, this is due to the acetic acid in the vinegar. Acetic acid also influences the stomach enzymes that are responsible for breaking down starch after we have eaten, which helps us to not absorb so much sugar from the carbohydrates in our meals.
Drinking acv mixed with water each day has also been found to help ease our digestive systems. This is because apple cider vinegar is considered a prebiotic which are sources of food for the beneficial bacteria that live in our guts. So by helping to maintain the population of these bacteria in our gut we keep our systems healthy.
You can also use acv as an ingredient in a diy toner for your face as it helps balance the natural pH of the skin, and breaks up the bonds between dead skin cells to keep skin pores open. It also can lighten sun and age spots, improve acne and acne scars, and is an all round great skin freshener.
So there you have it, the many wonders and benefits of apple cider vinegar. Why don’t you try it and see what it can do for you? There is nothing to lose!
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