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Infographic: 10 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Every once in a while, I get someone asking me about apple cider vinegar… and I thought I’d share this as a little bit of a primer:

I did want to make sure the “weight loss” and “detox” component of this infographic was clear, though, because the last thing I want to perpetuate is people running out there drinking whole glasses of apple cider vinegar or something, thinking it’s the next master cleanse. Don’t do it to yourself.

Apple cider vinegar, when ingested orally, can help neutralize any acidity in one’s diet. Look at it this way – the body has a pH balance, and the “healthy” range is somewhere in the middle, with “too alkaline” falling on one side, and “too acidic” falling on the other. Some foods contribute to excessive acidity in the body, which is harmful to the internal organs. Because your body already knows how harmful the acid build-up can be, it intentionally builds up fat to protect the organs. Eating (and drinking, as it were) things that reduce acidity in the body can help in the reduction of fat as well as making it safe for the body to no longer produce fat for that purpose… hence the detoxing (also with the candida which, when becomes excessive, results in yeast infections) and weight loss. Excessively acidic diets are big big big contributors to that belly fat that people are constantly fussing about and, while you should just drop most of the acidic sources (like processed food), adding alkalinity can help with that.

Apple cider vinegar isn’t the only thing that does this, though – many veggies, namely leafy greens, are great sources for this – but it is another way to get to the same goal. I keep a bottle on deck for my hair, but I’m good for pouring some across my salads.

How are you using your apple cider vinegar?

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Shevy December 3, 2012 - 12:39 PM

When I first started getting serious about changing me eating habits and exercising, I started taking ACV 2-3 times a day. Usually, 1 tablespoon ACV/8 oz of water. I found that it help suppress my appetite along with the many other benefits listed in the infographic. Also, this same solution is great for natural hair. I fill a pitcher with a few pints of the of the same solution that I drink and use it after I was and shampoo. It leaves your hair super shiny and leaves my curls and waves more defined. I know your wondering about the scent. Surprisingly, the vinegar scent actually goes away very quickly.

Jennifer December 3, 2012 - 3:32 PM

I like this post.i didn’t know it was good for aiding a sore throat. Must look into that. Apple cider vinegar hair rinses are a nice addition to my natural hair care. Does anyone know why apple cider vinegar is more beneficial than others when it comes to health cures? I’ve always wondered about thtat.

JazzFest December 3, 2012 - 3:36 PM

Cool! I know precious little about apple cider vinegar. I will have to try it. I had a salad last week with a great ACV dressing, I could try to make my own…

I know this isn’t the point of the post, but how do you use it for your hair Erika? The same way as Shevy posted?

Aisha December 3, 2012 - 5:22 PM

Congestion. I drink 2 TBSP in 12oz of water. Nose running in no time.

Demi December 3, 2012 - 5:45 PM

I put in it a honey mustard sauce! Great article…

Loretta December 4, 2012 - 5:21 AM

I will try it. AVC is such an inexpensive item and it does so much. I believe I will follow Shevy’s lead. I will start taking it 2-3 times a day with a tablespoon and 8 ounces water. I truly hope it helps suppress my appetite and reduce my belly fat. I have natural hair and it’s extremely kinky. Does it work well with all types of natural hair? This product offers a lot of great medical benefits. Thank you!

Erika Nicole Kendall December 4, 2012 - 8:42 AM

It works with all hair, natural or not. A relaxer really doesn’t make a huge difference when it comes to hair maintenance; many relaxed heads should still use products with fewer chemicals, even if they do commit to the creamy cream.

Laura January 7, 2013 - 6:13 PM

I have NEVER seen a painful sunburn clear up faster than by applying apple cider vinegar before bedtime. Ample coverage + ample sleep = mostly faded by day 1 + disappeared by day 2. So I have to imagine this would apply to the other skin conditions listed in the infographic, as well as the other uses suggested. I’m a believer! And love it in my stir-fries and rice, too…

Selah January 25, 2013 - 8:41 AM

I use it as a toner. First, I wash/exfoliate my face with my skin care stuff (aveeno stuff, generally). Then I wet a cotton ball with ACV/water and swipe my face with it. After, I use my facial moisturizer (Aveeno daily moisturizer w/ spf 30) and keep it moving. Yay!

Phylicia Jones January 27, 2013 - 12:35 AM

Does it have to be organic to use as a weight loss aid , toner, and hair rinse. I have a bottle of the regular kind that I would like to use before going out to buy the organic brand??

Erika Nicole Kendall January 27, 2013 - 1:02 PM


ConventionalDee May 23, 2013 - 8:08 PM

I use it as a toner and it’s fabulous! I also started drinking 1 tbs. of ACV with water before meals to aid in weight loss and digestion. I find that ACV damn near empties my colon. I had no idea about varicose veins. I wonder if that comes from drinking it or applying it topically?

Joshua Hampton May 8, 2014 - 6:06 AM

My wife uses apple cider vinegar on her hair. I use it in my salads.

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