I’ll begin by explaining where apple cider vinegar (ACV) comes from, apples! Shocking, I know… After those apples are all smushed up, they undergo a fermentation process to become vinegar. The main ingredient in ACV is acetic acid, but there are other acids (including amino) and vitamins in there as well. Long story short, ACV is a nifty product that has possible health benefits, and can be used in many different ways. Plus, it’s all-natural – who doesn’t love that?!
We’ll begin with the possible health benefits…
Some studies show that ACV can help the following heath conditions (thanks WebMD):
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
How I Use ACV
- It can be used as a toner – I put two parts water, one part ACV into a little bottle & voila! Take a cotton ball and use in the morning or at night after washing and before putting on moisturizer. It helps balance the pH of your skin.
- I also use it once a week in place of my conditioner – I mix 1 cup water with 1 tbsp ACV, shake it up, dump it on my hair (make sure your eyes are closed), let it sit for a few minutes & rinse with cool water. My hair dries much softer and shinier than usual. And, no, it doesn’t smell like vinegar.
- It’s a totally natural cleaner – once again take two parts water, one part ACV and use it to clean your kitchen surfaces, toilet, even windows & mirrors!
- Weight loss tool? It can be. Vinegar has been shown to help people feel full. You can add 1-3 tsp to a glass of water before each meal. (Just remember that ACV is highly acidic.)
- It’s also great as a salad dressing.
Does anyone have any other tips/ideas for using ACV?
Healthy Girl and the City – Logo Debut
I hope you guys are ready for this (drum roll please…):
What do you think of my new logo?! I’d love your feedback in the comments below. Oh, and a shout out to my awesome graphic designer friend, Catie, for dealing with me throughout the whole “logo creating” process! (you can visit her website here: http://www.catieO.com/)
Here’s to a happy hump day!