APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Back in the day, people swore by apple cider vinegar (ACV) – and recently, it has come back in fashion. It is used for a range of things – from aiding weight loss to reducing cholesterol. Some even use it to improve symptoms associated with diabetes. Talk about a miracle liquid! This sour condiment is also high in amino acids and antioxidants, and has been said to stabilise insulin levels and make your heart function better. And it doesn’t end there: ACV, when applied topically, is trusted by many to get rid of skin conditions such as acne, warts, dandruff and fungal infections. A product that can disinfect surfaces, make you lose that spare tyre around your mid-section and banish that recurring athlete’s foot, once and for all? It sounds too good to be true.
THE TRUTH: When dealing with ACV, it is important to remember that it is acidic. This means that it can burn the skin (if not diluted before applied) and irritate guts if taken incorrectly or too frequently. The recommended dosage is no more than a tablespoon or two mixed with water daily.