7.Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has become a hugely popular addition to the modern diet, and it’s purported to hold a wide array of health benefits. It’s created by a two-step process, similar to how alcohol is made. The apples are crushed and exposed to yeast, causing the sugars to ferment and turn into alcohol. Bacteria is then added which turns it into acetic acid, the active compound in vinegar that gives it the noticeable, pungent smell. Acetic acid contains antibacterial and antifungal properties and is commonly used as a counterirritant.
Apple cider vinegar is low in calories and can suppress the appetite, making it an effective tool to regulate or control weight gain. It’s been shown to regulate blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes, support a healthy digestive system and raise the levels of good bacteria in the gut. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar contains strands of “mother”, which looks like unsightly cloudy sediment, but is actually full of proteins and enzymes that act as probiotics. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to preserve food, as the acetic acid kills harmful bacteria such as E. coli that grows on food and causes it to spoil.
Apple cider vinegar can treat dandruff, polish wood, improve digestion, tone the skin, and be used as an all-purpose household cleaner. Animal studies have proven its ability to reduce levels of cholesterol and triglyceride, which can minimize risk of cardiovascular diseases like stroke and heart attack, though further research with human studies is required. Apple cider vinegar is an effective facial cleanser as it contains alpha hydroxy acids that help remove dead skin cells and promote new cell growth. It can be used to treat acne, dark spots, clogged pores, wrinkles and other signs of aging, and it also balances the pH levels of the skin, which prevents oil build-up and excessive dryness.
Use apple cider vinegar on scars by diluting organic vinegar with filtered water before applying it to the skin. Dab it on with a cotton pad, then rinse after five minutes. Alternatively, you can make an at-home treatment by combining two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of honey and two-thirds of water. Mix well and massage into the skin, letting it soak in for thirty minutes or more before washing off. Treat scars once a day with apple cider vinegar until results are seen.