For natural health aficionados seeking a fresh element to add to their diets and daily lives, apple cider vinegar is an increasingly trendy option. Made from fermented apple juice, apple cider vinegar first became a popular remedy in the late 1950’s for a variety of ailments from treating warts to killing head lice. Although many of these more eccentric benefits have been scientifically disproven in recent years, apple cider vinegar still remains an effective tool for controlling body weight and preventing conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Recent research also suggests that apple cider vinegar can help lower cholesterol and inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body. And in addition to all of these dietary advantages, apple cider vinegar also serves a number of non-consumption related functions. Here are a few simple ways to incorporate it into your daily routine:
1. Use it for salad dressing: This is, of course, one of the fundamental culinary uses of vinegar, and it’s a perfect way to up your apple cider vinegar consumption without the acidic kick of simply drinking it straight. For the no-nonsense type, drinking an ounce or two a day (alone or diluted with water) works just fine, too.