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What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made from apples that consists of “mother of vinegar” that scientifically has a web-like appearance which can give it a condensed look. ACV is made by crushing apples and extracting the liquid. Next, bacteria and yeast are mixed together as a catalyst to initiate the alcohol fermentation process (the sugars are turned into alcohol). Next, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria. If you ever wondered why vinegar has a sour taste is due to the acetic and malic acid.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
There are several health benefits from using apple cider vinegar. One of the most talked about benefit is weight loss (yes ACV may help with weight loss). The theory behind ACV assisting with weight loss may be attributed to the vinegar being able to turn on certain genes that are involved in breaking down fat. ACV can also be useful for helping with diabetes and blood sugar control. The anti-glycemic effect of apple cider vinegar has been shown to block some of the digestion of starches. The reduction of starch intake in return will reduce the amount of blood sugar raised in the body. For hair and skin, apple cider vinegar can help balance the pH levels of the scalp and skin. Balance is the number 1 key to having healthy skin and hair. Our skin has a protective acid mantle layer pH level that is similar to the pH level found in apple cider vinegar. Having a balanced pH level can help reduce skin blemishes (if used as a toner) and can help promote hair growth (if used as a rinse).
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
If you are looking to use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse, here is a quick recipe and guide to make your very own rinse at home!
Apple Cider Vinegar: Can be purchased at any drug or grocery store, recommended:
Distilled Water: Distilled is best to mix because it is free of any additives
Bottle: Any empty drinking bottle or even the bottle the apple cider vinegar comes in can be used
Pour around 2/3 of the apple cider vinegar in the bottom of the clean bottle
Pour the distilled water (can be slightly warmed if preferred) over the apple cider vinegar to top the bottle off
Place the cap back on the bottle and shake well to mix the vinegar and water together
Apply the apple cider vinegar wash to damp hair and gently massage the scalp and hair from root to tip.
It should generally be massaged in hair and scalp for 1-3 minutes depending on hair length
Rinse thoroughly with water
Apple Cider Vinegar can have a strong smell so it may be beneficial to use in the shower to wash off any excess vinegar off the skin. A light-weight conditioner can also be used just in case the hair my feel a little dry.
The apple cider vinegar rinse should only be used 1 to 2 times per week
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