Apple cider vinegar is popping up on many different health blogs more and more frequently. It is associated with many beneficial properties and many people are trying to incorporate apple cider vinegar into their diets. While there is some truth to all the claims out there, some are simply too good to be true. It’s important to be aware of what is true and what is not so that you can know exactly what to expect. Today, I want to set the record straight and describe what apple cider vinegar can do for you.

External benefits

Apple cider vinegar has many properties that can be utilized in skin care. The acetic acid and alpha hydroxy acid it contains act like natural exfoliants that can remove any dead skin and make place for the healed skin cells to appear. And they will do it in a much gentler way than your regular drug store facial scrubs. The exfoliation process can help with acne and even out your skin tone. Apple cider vinegar also restores the pH balance of the outer layer of your skin so it can be used as a toner. I often put a splash of it on my face after the shower and before I apply other creams and moisturizers.

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good product to soothe irritated skin. It’s great as a remedy for mosquito bites in the summer because it reduces itchiness and helps dry out the skin and heal the bite mark. Some people even use it to calm down an irritated scalp. If you are prone to dandruff and your scalp becomes easily itchy then a hair toner made out of diluted apple cider vinegar might just be the thing you need. Just like with your face, it will restore the proper pH balance to your scalp.

Internal benefits

Apple cider vinegar is made out of fermented apples and like all fermented products, it contains plenty of prebiotics. Prebiotics are the so-called “healthy” bacteria that we need to have a properly functioning digestive system. Healthy bacteria in the gut is linked with a good metabolism, healthy weight, and overall improved well-being. Apple cider vinegar will also balance out the pH levels inside the stomach which is very helpful if you often suffer from bloating or heartburn. Whenever I feel my digestive issues flare up, I drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water once a day until my gut recovers.

One of the lesser known properties of apple cider vinegar is its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Gargling with apple cider vinegar is a proven way of stopping a common cold from becoming a full-blown infection. I recommend gargling with apple cider vinegar if you feel even a hint of a sore throat as a preventative measure against infections. For this use alone, I purchase the Fire Cider that is a mix of apple cider vinegar with other natural remedies for infections (honey, lemon, garlic, habanero, turmeric). I always feel much better and energized after gargling with it!

That’s all the proven benefits of apple cider vinegar that I know of. It is possible that there are more but there aren’t enough studies to say that with certainty. But because apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy, there is no harm in trying. It won’t hurt you and in the worst case scenario, it simply won’t bring you the effects you were hoping for. Remember to always choose unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to get its full benefits!