Celebrities swear by a pre-meal gulp of vinegar. Heidi Klum has said even a sniff curbs her cravings.
Mix with 12-16 oz of water with 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and drink before a meal. If unpalatable, try mixing with a natural sweetener such as stevia, but do not add sugar. Apple cider vinegar cleanses the system and makes your digestive tract more alkaline. Because acid production may be too plentiful in breaking down food, the excess acid causes your body to store toxins in fat and extra weight. This is one reason you can find vinegar used in detox programs, activating the liver to rid your body of the extra fats and proteins.
ACV also helps to reduce cravings. Use unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar (Braggs is a popular brand), where you can still see the mother, or cloudy, brown material floating in the jar. ACV has also been known to improve digestion, clear up acne and reduce swelling.
Do not expect the same weight loss results with vinegar mixed with oil, such as in salad dressings. If the ACV composition is changed, such as heated up or combined with oil, the chemistry of the ACV is altered just enough that it does not have the same affect as with mixed with water.
This traditional and age-old elixir for shedding the pounds has had its supporters and its skeptics. Nonetheless, you can’t argue with the likes of Heidi Klum and others like artist Fergie, who used apple cider vinegar to look as good as they do!
As the face of Dolce & Gabbana, Scarlett Johansson must pay big bucks to keep her mug flawless. Or that’s what we assumed. As it turns out, the “Don Jon” actress’ beauty secret costs just under five dollars. Johansson opened up about her skincare obsession in the February issue of Elle UK and confessed that she washes her face with — wait for it — apple cider vinegar. The common household product is what she uses to keep her porcelain complexion in check and camera-ready.
“A while back, I started researching natural skincare,” she told Elle UK. “It’s a nice way to treat your skin if you don’t want to use all those harsh chemicals that a dermatologist would recommend.” Turns out the acidity of apple cider vinegar balances your skin’s natural pH levels and restores your luminous glow much like toner.
Johansson adds, “If your skin is problematic or you’re having a lot of breakouts, it’s really healing. It’s a little bit stinky but if you’re not sleeping over at your boyfriend’s, it’s really effective!” Maybe Scar-Jo should reconsider a career in dermatology, as she’s serving some spot-on advice. Apple cider vinegar actually has endless beauty benefits: You can use it as a DIY hair rinse to remove dirt and add shine, or use it to treat warts and nail fungus, soothe sunburns, and soften calloused skin.
Have you used apple cider vinegar on your skin? We’ve certainly heard of weirder ways to treat acne. Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.