Here at The Cleanse, colonic hydrotherapy, we love to share with you all any current trends in health, lifestyle and all things digestion!!! Heres our most recent discovery……
You know what they say: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Or is it a spoonful of vinegar helps celebrities stay fit?
Stars like Miranda Kerr and Megan Fox have been vocal about their love of apple cider vinegar for years now, and this trend isn’t going away. Back in 2010 Megan Fox said, “It just cleanses out your system entirely.”
And then there’s Miranda, who likes to drizzle it on her salad. She told Vogue Australia this month that she always makes “a big salad with finely chopped fennel, cucumber, feta cheese, baby spinach, avocado…and a dressing of macadamia oil, apple cider vinegar and Bragg’s amino acids.”
That actually sounds delicious, except for the amino acids part! Miranda also mentions that she uses the potent stuff for shiny hair. “You put on a little bit on in the shower as a rinse, and then wash it out. It stinks a little bit, but then you use conditioner and the smell goes away,” she said.
Also a big fan of ACV is the beautiful Scarlett Johansson. You would think Scarlett, the face of Dolce and Gabbana must pay big bucks to keep her skin flawless. Or that’s what I assumed. As it turns out, the “Don Jon” actress’ beauty secret costs around six pounds!!!.
Johansson opened up about her skincare obsession in the February issue of Elle UK and confessed that she washes her face with — wait for it — apple cider vinegar. The common household product is what she uses to keep her porcelain complexion in check and camera-ready.
Apple cider vinegar is OUR new obsession too!
I recently began taking ACV shots a few times a day for a quick and effective energy burst. However, I’ve since discovered so many other useful ways to incorporate ACV into my daily routine.
It’s effective for pretty much anything — your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets can benefit from its qualities. Raw, organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized, ACV is so much more than a salad dressing!
1. ACV can detoxify your home.
It’s made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It’s then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.
2. It can make your hair shine.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and it will boost your hair’s body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with ½ tablespoon of ACV and 1 cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing. Do this several times a week for dramatic results.
3. Natural ACV regulates the pH of your skin.
Dilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of ACV can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.
It’s also a recommended agent for warts. For warts, soak a cotton ball in ACV, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.
4. It can remove stains from teeth.
Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.
5. It can soothe sunburned skin.
Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
6. ACV can be used as a natural aftershave.
Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.
7. It’s an all-natural massage treatment.
Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.
8. ACV can aid in weight loss.
For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day.
9. ACV will balance your entire inner body system.
This one is really of interest to us all at The Cleanse – the body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) lead to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.
10. It can help you detox.
As part of balancing the body’s pH, ACV creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. – Another of our fave’s!
11. ACV is great for your lymphatic system.
This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucus throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that ACV can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucus and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.
12. It can help your body get rid of candida.
This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida — yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida is also blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.
13. ACV can help you reduce heartburn.
Though it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking 1 teaspoon of ACV followed by a glass of water. Note that ACV will not give relief if you have an ulcer.
14. It’s an all-natural room freshener.
ACV will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour ACV into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix ½ cup of ACV with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses, and mirrors, too.
As you can see, apple cider vinegar is a miracle product that can be used in a multitude of ways. I highly recommend it!
Apple cider vinegar and probiotics
Apples also contain pectin, which is an insoluble fiber found in many fruits and other plant species. As a fiber, pectin contains the health benefits of other types of fiber and also acts as a prebiotic. Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that encourage a healthy gut by supporting the growth of probiotic bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar detox
The liver and kidneys are both major elimination organs and it’s important to support them while they work to process toxins from foods, medications, and the environment. The liver works to clean the blood and transforms toxins and chemicals so we can excrete them. The kidneys follow the liver and flush those toxins out of the body through the urine. Both are essential for maintaining a healthy body.
The toxic load our bodies have to bear is bigger now than ever before and ACV may be able to help protect the liver and kidneys, supporting your body’s detoxification pathways and ability to deal with the constant onslaught of chemicals from the outside world.
Does apple cider vinegar actually help reduce heartburn?
If you walk down the pharmacy aisle, you will see dozens or medications for acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD. These are some of the most common digestive disorders out there, but have you ever wondered why that is and why we have so much acidity? Well, the problem might not be acid at all.
Much of the time, acid reflux is not directly caused by stomach over-acidity, instead it is caused by acid that is supposed to be in the stomach backing up into the esophagus where it causes a burning sensation. When you take conventional acid reflux medication, you neutralize the acid in the esophagus and it relieves the burning sensation. The issue here is that it while it gets rid of the symptoms of acid reflux it doesn’t actually fix the problem.
Many integrative and functional medicine providers suggest that heartburn is actually caused by a lack of stomach acid. Acid is essential when is comes to keeping the valve at the end of the esophagus shut. When this valve stays shut during digestion, it keeps the acid in the stomach where it belongs and where it can do its job of helping with digestion and the absorption of key minerals.
Hydrochloric acid (HCl), the type of acid in your stomach, is essential for your gut health. It helps break down everything you ingest, it keeps your stomach at the right pH for digestive enzymes to work, and it helps attack harmful bacteria that might get into your GI tract.
Holisitc doctors theorize that stomach acid might actually help keep the valvue at the end of the esophagus opening and shutting properly. Therefore, a lack of stomach acid could cause the backflow and uncomfortable symptoms of reflux.
There isn’t much research out there, but even just looking at the amazon review section, you can see that loyalists are very enthusiastic about its acid reflux healing capability.
Try diluting a tablespoon of ACV in water and drinking it with your meals for better digestion and decreased heartburn.
Is apple cider vinegar a laxative?
Another common use of ACV is as a gentle laxative. There isn’t much hard research in this area, but by reading online reviews of ACV, you can see loyalists swear by it. As a totally natural alternative to pharmaceuticals, it might be worth a try to help keep things regular and moving. This is something to bear in mind between colonic hydrotherapy sessions to help you eliminate toxins.
It’s the candida diet tonic
Candida is a type of fungus that, when out of balance in humans, can cause a yeast infection or overgrowth in the gut. When the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut is disrupted by antibiotics or a poor diet, candida can colonize the GI tract and grow out of control. In this case, candida can cause symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, digestion issues, irritability, and sugar cravings. Apple cider vinegar is the only type of vinegar recommended to people on the candida diet due to its prebiotic and gut health enhancing ingredients.
Apple cider vinegar: skin
As we mentioned earlier, using ACV for healthy, glowing skin is favoured by even Hollywood superstars! There are so many different creams, lotions, and potions out there that apple cider vinegar can be an opportunity to actually simplify your routine. Bring a minimalist attitude to your beauty routine by using ACV as great all-natural, simple, and inexpensive addition to your beauty routine.
Apple cider vinegar for acne
Speaking of acne, many people swear by ACV for clearing breakouts. ACV loyalists report smaller pores, more even skin and less acne. Who knows, in a few weeks you could be tossing all those expensive creams, cleansers, and pills in the trash. The idea here is the ACV can restore the skin’s natural acidity, skin that is too acidic or alkaline can lead to breakouts.
Apple cider vinegar as a local antiseptic
Acetic acid, one of the main ingredients in ACV, has been used as a local antiseptic for thousands of years. Acetic acid has been used as a disinfectant for wounds and was even used as an antiseptic agent to fight and prevent the plague. Studies comparing acetic acid to common household antiseptics (like iodine) have confirmed that vinegar can successfully kill a wide range of bacteria. In the age of antibiotic resistance we are always looking for more natural alternatives, so this might just be our favorite things about ACV!
Apple cider vinegar for dandruff and scalp health
Many people also use it as a dandruff treatment; due to its anti-fungal properties, ACV can work against some of the common causes of dandruff like a buildup of oil or a yeast-like fungus called malassezia.
ACV a hiccup remedy
It sounds funny but some people swear by vinegar as a remedy for persistent hiccups. We could not believe that we found research on this but various studies demonstrated the use of vinegar to relieve persistent hiccups.
So… I hope I have educated you all on the subject of ACV. Remember to love your self from the inside out.
Colonic Therapy is an amazing treatment that can help with digestive issues. It can ease constipation, bloating and loss of energy. A course of treatments can really get you back on track. Love YOU from the inside.