Over the course of the last 6-8 months, after making the decision to go 90% vegan as well as making more environmentally and health conscious decisions concerning what I put in, on, and around my body, I have seen and felt tremendous changes in my life. I’ve always stayed pretty toned regarding body size regardless of what I did or ate, but I’ve experienced more energy, positive moods & patience ( even when dealing with customers and different opinions over the recent election), glowing skin, and many more that would take forever and a day to explain. While I have made many great changes, a lot of these benefits have been mainly due to or improved with my use of…you guessed it…Apple Cider Vinegar.

Some of the ways I have used & have yet to try ACV include:

  • Drink- I usually add one to two teaspoons of ACV per 8 oz. of water in the morning and night (or at least in the morning) every day. This is said to help with digestion, cleansing the colon, helping to “treat” or avoid diabetes, heart health, weight loss, clearer skin, improved energy and mood, etc.

 

  • Facial Toner-There are many ways one can use this and the formula will vary per individual. I used 1:1 ratio of water to apple cider vinegar and lightly spritzed a bit on my face after showering. The smell goes away after it dries and I moisturize, and my face is left glowing for the entire day. This helps clear up any acne, old scars, and evens out the skin tone. Some like to use a cotton swab to dab some vinegar across their face and over their scars, blackheads, etc for a more vibrant tone.

 

  • Deodorant-Ok, I’m not one of the brave souls to use this recipe alone as deodorant as I am a pretty hefty sweater year-round, but I do apply the same 1:1 ratio acv to water combo to my underarms before applying my deodorant. After a pretty interesting experience (a story for another time), I decided to switch over to natural deodorants. This mixture not only helps keep me nice and fresh no matter how much I sweat, but it also keeps my underarms even toned (no dark armpits over here!), and keeps me from having a reaction to the baking soda in a lot of the natural deodorants that work the best.

 

  • Cooking-ACV can be used as a salad dressing, baked goods, smoothies, and as an extra boost when seasoning vegetables (especially greens).

 

  • Mouthwash-While I still currently use traditional mouthwash, I occassionally gargle diluted acv in water to add a nice boost to my breath and to help whiten my teeth.

 

There are so many more benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar as well as different ways to switch and swap the recipes and tips above. Experimentation is the key to finding what works best for you. Also, using a darker vinegar with the pulp and “mother” still in the bottle will yield better results than the more clear brands. Many suggest using Braggs, but using any darker, more opaque solution has proved to work just as well at a fraction of the price.

Let me know which one of these tips you have or will try and feel free to share your results and tips of your own! As always,

Live Laugh Love,

~Bianca Tiamera~

Published by Bianca Brown