You cross paths with an old friend at the gas station to discover she is looking more refreshed than ever, now having flawless skin and shed a few pounds. At this point, you may be thinking- tea cleanses, weight loss supplements, salads for days, or simply, “what is she on and how can I get some?” The answer is simple.

Apple Cider Vinegar. Three popular words, seven scintillating syllables, and one natural product that has continued to dominate the healthy food scene with its bountiful benefits. Whether you’ve seen it adorning the shelves of the local grocery store, or heard of its miraculous benefits from a co-worker on a health kick, ACV seems to be the latest wellness trend reaping the nation. From curbing your appetite to cleaning your entire system of bacteria and other pathogens, Apple Cider Vinegar has the potential to transform your life. All it takes is two teaspoons a day to keep the doctor away, and your fluctuating weight at bay.

  • Acid Reflux and Heartburn Most cases of acid reflux and heartburn are caused by a lack of probiotic or enzymes in the body. ACV offers a sufficient amount of both which can do wonders with the stomach. Simply alleviate indigestion by drinking a glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 30 minutes prior to meal consumption.

  • Weight Loss Your body produces natural acids that fight the accumulation of fatty tissue clumped in the stomach. As an organic acid, ACV speeds up this process while reducing water retention in the body. By stabilizing blood sugar levels and curbing your appetite, it is more likely to have you consuming less calories.

  • Natural Appetite Suppressant Studies have shown that vinegar can curb your appetite and increase feelings of fullness following meal consumption.

  • Oral Health Care→ Bad Breath Be gone Rich in antibacterial properties, the antiseptic in ACV naturally breaks down plaque, while killing bad breath inducing bacteria in the mouth. Pro Tip: Brush your teeth with baking soda paste, then swish a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in your mouth for a quick and efficient means of removing plaque.

  • Lowers Blood Sugar It’s anti-glycemic effect works to balance blood sugar by blocking the digestion of some starches. It has also been shown to lower glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity.

  • Flawless Skin A natural means of clearing acne, ACV is a great natural toner that balances the pH of your skin while reducing red spots.

There are many ways of incorporating ACV into your diet. For the average person, it may be tough on the stomach, or the esophagus, to ingest in its most natural form. You can simply dilute it in a cup of hot or cold water with lemon, or in your choice of a smoothie for a refreshing, all natural blend that is bound to have you feeling more refreshed than ever. Another option is to mix a tablespoon of ACV with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and all natural honey for a delicious salad dressing. Dijon mustard is another great substitute in place of honey, for a more seasoned flare.

Be sure you’re grabbing organic raw unfiltered apple cider for the full health benefits listed above!