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Apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful things you can make or buy for use at home. It is good for your health, has a number of culinary uses and it can be used to keep you and your home clean and healthy too. Making your own will go a long way towards helping you to live a more sustainable way of life. Here are just some of its many uses:
Adding just a tablespoon a day of apple cider vinegar to your diet has been proven to help your health in a number of different ways. Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains a web of beneficial proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that can aid weight loss and improve digestion. It lowers blood sugar and aids in the alleviation of type two diabetes, reduces cholesterol and lowers your risk of heart disease. Some studies have also suggested that it can help lower blood pressure. Apple cider vinegar may also have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects and though science has not yet conclusively proven this, there are suggestions that ingesting apple cider vinegar may help to prevent cancer.
In The Kitchen:
Fortunately, apple cider vinegar also tastes great and can be used on salads, in juices and in a number of cooked recipes and in preserves such as pickles and chutneys. In cooked recipes, apple cider vinegar can help to create a deep and flavoursome sweet-and-sour flavour, without overwhelming the flavour the way a white vinegar could do.
In The Bathroom:
Another way in which we often use apple cider vinegar is entirely different to the culinary uses outlined above. Apple cider vinegar can also be used in a haircare regime and, when used as a conditioner, after a natural wash, can leave hair looking and feeling great.
Apple cider vinegar is useful to clean your home too. You can use bicarbonate of soda, apple cider vinegar and a few essential oils for almost all household cleaning needs. Apple cider vinegar is more gentle than white vinegar and has a more pleasant smell. It can cut through grease and grime and kill harmful bacteria just as effectively as the strong, toxic cleaners on the market.
For Pets and Livestock:
Apple cider vinegar can be added to drinking troughs to stop the build up of algae. Although there is no firm evidence of the benefits of adding apple cider vinegar to the drinking water of chickens and other livestock, some believe that it can be beneficial and it is a common folk remedy. Chickens (at least some we know) do seem to enjoy the taste of a small amount of apple cider vinegar in their water – perhaps a half tablespoon per gallon. There is anecdotal evidence that it may aid overall chicken health and some have reported an increase in egg production. For pet dogs, apple cider vinegar is also said to be a beneficial dietary additive. It can also be used to help with fungal infections on the paws and other minor skin ailments, though of course if in doubt you should always take animals to a qualified vet.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar are clear. Make some today (perhaps even from your home grown apples) to save money, improve your health and continue your journey to a more sustainable and self-reliant way of life.