While there are universal truths to health and nutrition that have been supported by scientific research, everyone’s experience of health is different. Some types of bodies have more specific needs than others, and these differences can be highlighted by age, race, gender, and much more.
We took a look at one example of this in our article on ‘Green Tea Benefits for Women’. Green tea is healthy for everyone, but it’s particularly important for women thanks to its potential for slowing down the development of breast cancer.
Our article today follows the same footsteps by taking a look at a surprisingly powerful natural ingredient. Here’s apple cider vinegar, and what it can do for you.
Natural Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to haircare, but it’s a pretty powerful natural ingredient. If you’re worried about dandruff, ACV makes for a great solution.
Cosmopolitan states that apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties that help maintain the health of your scalp. Diluting one part ACV with five parts water will create a safe, natural hair rinse that restores natural acidity to your scalp, as well as eliminates the bacteria and yeasts that cause dandruff and other hair problems.
Apple cider vinegar has built up a pretty good reputation as a skincare ingredient, and we’re here to agree. If you have sensitive, acne-prone skin, then you’re in luck. Everyday Health claims that ACV has antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it a crucial ingredient in natural skincare.
Our skin is naturally acidic, so an apple cider vinegar toner can help restore the balance to your skin’s pH. Most experts recommend diluting one tablespoon of ACV in one cup of water to keep it safe for use, but still effective. Higher concentrations of apple cider vinegar are more likely to irritate your skin, so make sure to dilute it properly.
You might have heard a little bit about ACV’s health benefits before. Apple cider vinegar is made via fermentation, and the fermentation process creates strings of enzymes and probiotics that are great for your digestive health. That’s not all ACV can do, either— research shows that apple cider vinegar can actually help lower blood sugar levels, which is great news for diabetics.
With all these health benefits, you’d think more people would be drinking ACV on the daily. Unfortunately, ACV is still acidic, and can damage your tooth enamel and stomach lining over time. Your best bet is to go for Brightcore’s ACV gummies, which are less damaging than liquid apple cider vinegar. These gummies are made from organic apples and contain all the healthy nutrients that make ACV so great, without the vinegary taste.
Dreading that time of the month and the pain that comes with it? You can rest easy now, because it turns out that apple cider vinegar is just the thing you need. According to Elite Daily, the calcium in apple cider vinegar actually helps soothe muscle contractions and ease painful period cramps.
Dilute a teaspoon of ACV in hot water and take the solution for a few days before your period starts to keep the pain levels low. You can also use this same method for other kinds of cramps, including sports-related injuries. Just make sure not to overdo it, and to dilute your apple cider vinegar properly.