TGIVF! This month, I'm happy to feature a guest post from AJ Earley, who drew some of the info from previous Vinegar Friday posts throughout the year.
Here are ten things that you might not have known about the wonderful and endlessly useful vinegar:
Stay Hydrated Through Morning Sickness
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Vinegar can be useful for many aches and pains during pregnancy, but there’s one way it can help that you may not have heard of yet. Women experiencing morning sickness may find it difficult to stay hydrated, especially if water feels harsh in their tumultuous tummies. Dehydration can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and their babies, but adding a bit of apple cider vinegar and honey to a glass of water can help with morning sickness in more ways than one. First, it will help balance electrolytes to make good use of the water you do manage to keep down. Second, it can help replace stomach acid lost from vomiting, which in turn can ease your tummy and make it easier to digest food.
Treats The Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that comes with a host of uncomfortable symptoms, including dry, scaly, or flaky skin, which can itch, burn, or sting. The medications for this disease come with a host of negative side effects, but the good news is that ACV has been used as a remedy for psoriasis symptoms since ancient times. It can help relieve itching and burning, as well as naturally balance the skin’s pH, which minimizes dryness and flaking.
Acne is an problem most of us experience as teens, and many of us deal with well into adulthood. There are chemical-filled acne treatments out there, as well as medications that have horrendous side effects, but did you know that vinegar is a safe and effective acne treatment? Just combine 2 teaspoons of ACV with a cup of water, apply it after you wash your face twice a day. This solution works as a toner that will shrink pores and help you say goodbye to blemishes forever!
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Keeps Your Mouth Clean And Bright
Bad breath is an unfortunate, yet common, problem. It can be especially bad after waking up in the morning or eating strong, smelly foods. ACV can help eliminate bad breath on contact: either drink a tablespoon after each meal, or gargle with a solution of ½ tablespoon to a cup of of water.
Can Detect Cervical Cancer
Did you know that vinegar can be used as an inexpensive and accessible way to detect cervical cancer and pre-cancer? This is especially beneficial in impoverished and war-torn areas, where women either have no access to pap smears, or don’t have the money to obtain one. Vinegar is literally saving lives by providing women in third-world countries with early diagnoses.
Makes The Most Of Your Workout
Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or someone who only goes to the gym occasionally, you definitely want to make the most of your hard work. A tablespoon of AVC before a workout can boost your efforts in more ways than one. First off, it helps balance your pH, which provides better stamina and less of a chance of pain. It helps keep your muscles from cramping and improves their recovery time, and it also gives you more energy naturally.
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Removes Deposits From Water Pumps And Filters
If you own a fish tank, a fountain, a spa, or any sort of water feature that uses a pump or a filtering system, you know that mineral deposits build up quickly. But, do you really need caustic calcium, lime, and rust removing products to get rid of them? No! Vinegar can clean deposits from fountain pumps and filters naturally, and is much safer for any creatures who live in or may drink from the water you are circulating.
Keeps Flowers Fresh
If someone gives you the gift of flowers, you want to enjoy them for as long as possible. The “flower food” packets that often come with a bouquet contain bleach and chemicals meant to keep stems from closing. Neither are safe to have around, especially if there are kids or pets in the house that might ingest the water. But, did you know that vinegar can keep flowers fresh and prevent wilting for longer? Just add a dash of AVC to the water in the vase, and replace the solution every two days.
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Squeaky Clean Spectacles
Those of us who wear glasses (or even sunglasses) know how pesky fingerprints can be. They are primarily made of grease, which is difficult to remove. A simple wipe with a cloth just spreads it around, and commercial glasses cleaners can be wrought with unhealthy chemicals that end up right near your face. But, adding a bit of distilled white vinegar to the cloth before wiping them down will eliminate fingerprints and safely disinfect your spectacles.
Laundry Room Essential
No laundry room is complete without a bottle of distilled
white vinegar. But, did you know that DWV can do more
than just keep your colors from running? Washing brand new clothes with a cup or so of DWV removes whatever chemicals may have been used in the manufacturing process, and works as a fabric softener, too! It softens clothes and helps eliminate static from tumble drying, and won't build up on clothes like traditional fabric softener, which can decrease the absorbency of clothing and make them harder to clean with each cycle.
So, what are your best kept vinegar secrets? Share in the comments to keep the vinegar revolution going!