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Healthy Apple Cider Vinegar Solutions to Try

By Sandy Schroeder

Many of us keep apple cider vinegar in the kitchen. I like to marinate cucumbers and onions in it and serve it with dinner. Other cooks tell me it works well in sauces or to marinate meats.

But the more you look around, the more healthy uses there seem to be. Here are a few you might find useful.

Heartburn Fighter – According to Dr. Raphael Kellman, it can cut bloating, increase stomach acid, and help to move food through the digestion process, counteracting slow digestion and acid reflux.

Nutrient Maximizer – Tossing your salad with apple cider vinegar could increase the acid your stomach needs to make use of key nutrients such as calcium, iron and Vitamin B6. 

Quick Deodorizer – If you are concerned about foot odor, diluted vinegar has the antibacterial ingredients to neutralize odors.

Treat Jellyfish Stings – For beachgoers, vinegar deactivates a jellyfish sting, along with hot water, better than most other remedies.

Buffer Sugar or Carbs – Using vinegar to modify a sugar spike works, according to nutritionists, because it slows down the rush of sugar into the bloodstream. Holding the sugar down in the first place is still the best policy, but slowing the rush helps.

Fruit and Veggie Cleanup – Salmonella and other dangerous pathogens can be reduced by spraying fruits and veggies with diluted vinegar, which contains antibacterial agents.

Soothe a Sore Throat – Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and three teaspoons of honey in a glass of warm water. Soothing pain and fighting bacteria, this mix for gargling can help a sore throat and relieve sinus congestion.

Shine and Detangle Hair - The vinegar’s natural acidity helps to smooth down the cuticle, making it easier to get the knots out. Others believe the smooth cuticle reflects light, giving hair a natural shine, while it removes hair care product buildup.

Treat Bug Bites or Poison Ivy – Soothe itchy bug bites by dabbing on vinegar for 10 seconds. It can also soothe itching from poison oak and poison ivy.  Keep a spray bottle of the diluted vinegar in the fridge to boost the relief.

Keeping apple cider vinegar on hand is a good idea whenever you want a natural agent to replace heavier chemical choices. It's a handy product to have around the house.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic

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