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Natural Cure-All: The Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar


Odds are when you think of apple cider vinegar you think of an all-purpose household cleaner or something that you’d mix into your salad dressing, but it actually has a slew of benefits if you drink it or put it on your skin. First and foremost it works wonders if you have food poisoning! I felt awful a few weeks ago from either a seaweed salad or vegetarian sushi (or both), until my mother came over and gave me a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed into a glass of water. The reason it works so well is that it has an acid in it, malic acid, that binds to toxins allowing your to body eliminate them more readily. This is also why ACV is commonly used when people are suffering from digestive issues (again just mix a tablespoon or two with a glass of water).

Many people also say it helps them fall asleep, clears their sinuses, whitens teeth, eases body stiffness/pain (because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), and while I’ve never used it topically on my skin it has been shown, because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, to help with concerns ranging from age spots to acne and it can also be mixed with epsom salts in your bath to help sooth your body – especially useful after sunburns.  Lastly it can work as a complement to your haircare routine. After shampooing and before conditioning mix a few tablespoons with water and then pour it over your hair and rinse. This should help strengthen and add shine to your hair. Not bad for a product that retails for less than $5!


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