With all the odds and remedies, we have a finest product that deals with all the skin and hair issues. Interestingly, it also has a ton of different beauty, household and cooking uses. Ever wondered just how good apple cider vinegar benefits for your skin and hair? Is it myth or is there really some science behind it?
The question bogs down to, Is Apple Cider Vinegar available at all the places? If so, what kind should we select?
It is mostly available at all organic stores, considering it is one of the most wanted health products to transform lifestyle and health issues.
Note to self: Brands like Braggs (in the US) or Biona and Raw Health (in the UK) produce ideal organic raw ACV – with the mother – for use in DIY skin care.
As said above we shall look below for more such benefits and advantages it has over skin, hair, gut health and other age-related problems. Apple cider vinegar is 94% water, with 1% carbohydrates and no fat or protein. Its caloric and nutrient contents are negligible (USDA nutrition table).
1] IT LOWERS YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL TO REGULATE.
Studies have shown that, “Some studies have shown that consuming vinegar after a high-Carb meal can improve insulin sensitivity by as much as 34% and reduce blood sugar levels significantly”
Despite its history of use, in traditional medicine, there is no clinical evidence to support any health claims such as for weight loss or skin infections and its use is not recommended in medical guidelines of any major public health organization. There is no high-quality evidence that consuming apple cider vinegar has an effect on blood glucose and cholesterol.
2]MOTHER OF VINEGAR
Is a substance composed of a form of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that develops on fermenting alcoholic liquids, which turns alcohol into acetic acid with the help of oxygen from the air. It is added to wine, cider, or other alcoholic liquids to produce vinegar.
The odds are very less unlike the other acids that do not have there ph levels suiting the HCL (hydrochloric acid – stomach walls) of the stomach walls and thus this stands out. Mother of vinegar, Apple Cider vinegar is completely harmless and the surrounding vinegar does not have to be discarded because of it. It can be filtered out using a coffee filter, used to start a bottle of vinegar, or simply ignored.
3] EXCELLENT PRESERVATIVE
It is mostly found in preserving pickles around the world. Also, an active agent in preparing the pickles. It works by making the food more acidic, which deactivates its enzymes and kills any bacteria in the food that may cause spoilage.
4] ACV FOR WONDERFUL HAIR RINSE
ACV’s astringent properties close the cuticles around your hair. This makes the hair smoother, able to slide more easily and easier to comb. So using the ACV vinegar rinse makes for an effective way to get tangle free hair without a silicone-based conditioner (which can in itself dull and weigh down your hair).
Another bonus of flat and smooth cuticles is that protein and moisture are less likely to escape. If you’re trying to get your hair straighter, I find the vinegar rinse really helps with that too.
Get that Jennifer Aniston ‘Friends’ look, but without the heat tongs!
- SENSITIVE SCALP RINSE
A sensitive scalp affects around 40% of us. Harsh detergents that strip the oils out of the hair and scalp are partly to blame. Shampoos are often alkaline and this adds to the disruption of the scalp’s acid mantle. Balance the acid mantle with your ACV rinse. This helps to de-sensitize the scalp and can also relieve itching caused by sensitization or product build-up.
You can also add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your ACV and water mixture for extra soothing.
- DANDRUFF HAIR RINSE
Apple cider vinegar also helps tackle dandruff by destroying the dandruff-triggering fungi that clog the hair follicles.
Plus, its acidic properties balance pH levels and restore the scalp’s protective acid mantle layer to ward off further fungal growth. To treat the dandruff fungi (malassezia furfur), you need more vinegar than in a standard ACV hair rinse.
Mix together a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. You can add up to 10 drops of tea tree oil to enhance the antimicrobial power of the ACV. As well as using after shampooing, you can use this rinse daily, between shampoos, to keep up the fight against the fungus.
5] CIDER IN A NUTSHELL
Historically all cider was left in its natural state, unprocessed. In time, airborne yeasts present on apple skins or cider making machinery would start fermentation in the finished cider. Left on its own, alcohol would develop and make way for the growth of harmful bacteria. When modern refrigeration emerged, cider and other fruit juices could be kept cold for long periods of time, retarding fermentation.
Any interruption of the refrigeration, however, could allow bacterial contamination to grow. Outbreaks of illness resulted in government regulation requiring virtually all commercially produced cider to be treated either with heat or radiation.
As a result, natural raw cider is a specialty seasonal beverage, produced on-site at orchards and small rural mills in apple growing areas and sold there, at farmers markets, and some juice bars. Such traditional cider is typically made from a mixture of several different apples to give a balanced taste. Frequently blends of heirloom varieties such as Winesap, once among the most sought-after cider apples for its tangy flavor, are used. The FOREIGN government requires that unpasteurized cider and juiceS have a warning label on the bottle.
6] APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HAIR GROWTH PROMOTING RINSE
The nutrients in ACV can stimulate hair follicles and remove dead skin cells to promote hair growth.
To boost the power of ACV’s own nutrients, you can replace the water with nettle juice – boil 100g nettle leaves in 1 litre water and allow to cool before adding 1 tsp cider vinegar. Nettle is rich in silica which stimulates hair growth.
Massaging the ACV and nettle rinse into your hair is also important to encourage removal of the dead skin cells (exfoliation). This will support healthy hair follicles – and maximize the apple cider vinegar hair loss benefit.
7] ACV RINSE TO MAKE HAIR LOOK HEALTHIER
Apple cider vinegar benefits hair and scalp in many ways.
Like using an ACV toner for your face, an ACV hair rinse helps restore the natural pH level of the scalp and its delicate acid mantle. This helps prevent moisture loss from the scalp and boost its function which in turn helps keep the hair healthy and shiny.
And again, like the ACV toner, an ACV rinse gives your scalp a deep clean and helps remove the build-up of styling products, conditioners etc. from your hair which can make it look dull and lifeless.
Use this rinse recipe to give more body, shine and softness after having rinsed out your shampoo:
- 1/2 tablespoon ACV mixed with 1 cup of water
- Pour onto the scalp (or spray from a spray bottle if you have one)
- Massage into the scalp, allow to absorb for 5 minutes
- Repeat once a week
- For best results, always use a good pH balanced organic shampoo before the rinse.
8] APPLE CIDER VINEGAR INCREASES FULLNESS AND REDUCES INTAKE OF JUNK
Apple cider vinegar may promote fullness, which can decrease calorie intake.
In one small study in 11 people, those who took vinegar with a high-carb meal had a 55% lower blood sugar response one hour after eating. They, also ended up consuming 200–275 fewer calories for the rest of the day. In addition to its appetite-suppressing effects, apple cider vinegar has also been shown to slow the rate at which food process in your stomach.
In another small study, taking apple cider vinegar with a starchy meal significantly slowed stomach emptying. This led to increased feelings of fullness and lowered blood sugar and insulin levels.
Gastroparesis, or delayed stomach emptying, is a common complication of type 1 diabetes. Timing insulin with food intake becomes problematic because it is difficult to predict how long it will take for blood sugar to rise after a meal. Since apple cider vinegar has been shown to extend the time food stays in your stomach, taking it with meals could worsen gastroparesis
9] AN EPIC WEIGHT-LOSS AGENT.
Results from a human study indicate that apple cider vinegar has impressive effects on weight and body fat. In this 12-week study, 144 obese Japanese adults consumed either 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of vinegar, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vinegar or a placebo drink every day. They were told to restrict their alcohol intake but otherwise continue their usual diet and activity throughout the study.
Those who consumed 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of vinegar per day had — on average — the following benefits:
- Weight loss: 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg)
- Decrease in body fat percentage: 0.7%
- Decrease in waist circumference: 0.5 in (1.4 cm)
- Decrease in triglycerides: 26%
This is what changed in those consuming 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vinegar per day:
- Weight loss: 3.7 pounds (1.7 kg)
- Decrease in body fat percentage: 0.9%
- Decrease in waist circumference: 0.75 in (1.9 cm)
- Decrease in triglycerides: 26%
The placebo group actually gained 0.9 lbs (0.4 kgs), and their waist circumference slightly increased.
According to this study, adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your diet can help you lose weight. It can also reduce your body fat percentage; make you lose belly fat and decrease your blood triglycerides. This is one of a few human studies that have investigated vinegar’s effects on weight loss. Although the study was fairly large and the results are encouraging, additional studies are needed.
Additionally, one six-week study in mice fed a high-fat, high-calorie diet found that the high-dose vinegar group gained 10% less fat than the control group and 2% less fat than the low-dose vinegar group.
10] THE MOST IMPORTANT ORGAN, SKIN
EASY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FACE TONER – PROTECTING FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
The most important beauty benefit of apple cider vinegar is its ability to restore your skin’s pH. Your skin is covered by a protective layer called the acid mantle which has a pH of 4.5 – 5.5. Not only re-balancing your skin’s pH with a gently acidic toner after cleansing, you can help prevent a lot of skin problems from rashes to dry skin and breakouts.
IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN
I’d recommend taking the more scientific approach with your own pH metre. It’s quite fun and that way you allow for any variations in your water or ACV’s pH and won’t be putting anything too acidic on your skin, which can be detrimental.
Always proceed with care – patch test a bit of the toner on your skin before applying to your whole face:
Step 1: Apply the toner to your skin using a cotton ball or pad.
Step 2: Leave it on for a couple of minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
Step 3: Repeat once a day.
There you have it – an easy DIY organic toner for your face!
A FABULOUS SKIN TONER
If your skin is dull, there’s an interesting twist on the standard apple cider vinegar toner using aspirin. Also, suggest adding five dispersible or crushed aspirin tablets to an ACV and water toner. The salicylic acid in the aspirin does a little peeling and gives a brightening effect. Take care on sensitive skin though – if you have especially sensitive skin, we recommend trying an organic toner to avoid any irritation.
It’s totally impressive. ACV is an incredibly cost-effective way of enhancing your beauty arsenal. The economical benefits are optimal and helps in many age-related issues too, who knew? But a couple of very important things first: ACVs are not made equal. To get genuine apple cider vinegar hair and skin benefits, you’ll need an organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered apple cider vinegar.