Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is very versatile and has many all-natural uses in food, household cleaning and health. Many health enthusiasts praise the healing properties of ACV to cure almost everything. I’ve already written about the 16 amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey (research based), and in this article I am to explain specifically how to use ACV to cleanse and detox and I am going to share with you ACV detox drinks.
The Cleansing Properties of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV has great cleansing properties due to its rich content of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It helps the body to remove toxic waste more efficiently before it has time to accumulate and damage the body.
It is known to aid digestion and improve bowel movement. It also helps to detoxify the liver, purify the blood and improve circulation due to its powerful enzymes that break down bad cholesterol and prevent it from clogging your arteries.
ACV also helps in maintaining a healthy alkaline pH level to prevent inflammatory processes in the body that are associated with high acidic level in the body (you can read more about this subject in my article on how to balance your pH and find out if you’re too acidic).It helps to break up mucus and cleanse the lymph nodes and improve lymph circulation which in turn helps to improve your immune system.
There are also claims that ACV helps in weight loss in a subtle way, and while ACV is no weight loss miracle on its own, it can still help you on the way. It speeds up metabolism, helps to break down fats instead of storing them. It is rich in pectin that helps you feel fuller, and the acetic acid suppresses your appetite and reduces water retention. So combining ACV with exercise and a proper nutrition can help in weight management too.
Which Type of ACV to Use
Choosing the right type of ACV is very important if you want to get the best results.
Real ACV is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the natural sugar turns into vinegar. Always choose organic ACV which is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unprocessed and not the clear and refined stuff you find in most stores.
If you really want to use a good quality ACV, it needs to have the “mother” of vinegar, which is the cloudy matter that floats or often sinks to the bottom of the bottle. This substance contains beneficial enzymes, bacteria and trace minerals that make ACV so beneficial for you. Also don’t forget to shake the bottle each time before using the ACV to distribute the good elements.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Detox
1. Internal Use
ACV is very acidic so don’t drink it undiluted as it could harm your tooth enamel and your esophagus (although when we take ACV internally, it has an alkaline effect in our body). The fact that ACV alkalize the body could play a major role in its healing properties as mentioned previously.
Don’t use a lot of ACV – dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons in a large glass of water, and drink it along with your meals once or twice a day. Consuming ACV in (normal) food amounts is likely safe, but in some cases consuming a big amount of ACV is not recommended. Consuming large amount of ACV on a daily basis for a long-term might lead to problems such as low potassium levels and lower bone density. Also ACV may interact with certain medications, such as diuretics, medicines for diabetes and heart disease, so if you take medications and intend to use ACV on a daily basis for a long term, make sure to consult your doctor first.
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2. Detox Bath
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and plays a major role in detoxifying your body. While not everyone likes a steam room or has access to it, your body cleansing can start in the comfort of your own bathroom. While the smell of ACV can be off-putting, the benefits of using ACV for the skin are abundant (and you can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a better scent).
Add one cup of raw ACV to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. ACV is great for softening the skin and rebalancing your skin’s pH. It’s also an effective treatment if you’re suffering from a fungal or bacterial infection or skin irritations, due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. You can do this detoxification bath twice a week and you can also find here more great cleansing and rejuvenating detox baths.
3. Face Wash
Using ACV as a face wash helps to treat age spots, acne and pimples. You can refer to my previous article on why you should wash your face with ACV to get the full details including instructions on how to use ACV to cleanse your skin.
ACV Detox Drinks
Lemon Water with ACV
I’ve already written about the health benefits of drinking lemon water for digestion, weight management as well as other merits. This drink also contains cinnamon, which in addition to its many other benefits, it also metabolizes glucose to prevent fat storage and helps food digestion in a way that makes you feel fuller for longer. Cayenne pepper increases your temperature (thermogenesis) and as a result your body works to cool it down. In this process your body needs to burn more calories as it cools, so it helps in weight management too.
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1 glass of water
1 Tbsp. quality ACV
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Honey to taste (or other natural sweetener like raw maple syrup or stevia)
ttir well all the ingredients and drink right away.
Cranberry ACV Detox Drink
Raw cranberry juice and water help to cleanse the kidneys, the liver, the bowels and the lymphatic system from harmful toxins. Cranberries contain multiple substances that help to remove fat from the lymphatic system, as one of the functions of the lymphatic system is the absorption of fats from the digestive system and transporting them to the blood circulation. When you buy cranberry juice, look for pure unsweetened and organic juice (many of the stuff found in most supermarkets is loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners). You can find more information about the healing powers of cranberries and other berries in my e-book The Healing Berry Guide which will teach you how to transform your health with berries and is a must for berry lovers.
1/4 cup pure cranberry juice
1 Tbsp. quality ACV
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Water to dilute
Honey to taste
Combine the water with the rest of the ingredients. You can dilute it as strong or as weak as you prefer.
Green Tea ACV Drink for Weight Loss
Green tea is known for boosting your metabolism and helps to burn fat faster and I’ve already explained how to use ACV to lose weight.
I have already mentioned in my article about weight loss drinks that, the combination of the medicinal and metabolic properties of green tea, ACV and honey creates a mixture that can help to manage your weight while suppressing your appetite as well.
Don’t expect this mixture to be a weight loss miracle on its own, but it may be helpful for weight loss. When you add the ACV to the green tea, make sure the green tea has cooled down and is not boiling hot as not to destroy the active culture in the ACV.
1 cup green tea
1 Tbsp. quality ACV
Honey to taste
Prepare 1 cup of freshly brewed green tea with honey. Wait for the green tea and honey mixture to cool down before adding the ACV.
If you want to find helpful information about the concept of detox, have a look at my e-book The Detox Guide which will teach you how to cleanse and energize your body naturally and safely.