Lately all I’ve been hearing about is apple cider vinegar and it’s uses. “Drink it with water in the morning to improve your digestive system and aid in weight loss.” “Put it on your face to tighten skin and reduce breakouts.” “Use it on your pets.” “Mix it in the tub with you to help a sunburn.” “Use it in your hair for shiny, smooth hair.” The list goes on and on with a stack up full of benefits all revolving around the use of ACV [aka: Apple Cider Vinegar if you didn’t put that together]. Does anyone remember when coconut oil used to be all the rage? I feel like it wasn’t too long ago when I was hearing about putting coconut oil all over your body, brushing your teeth with it, using it in your hair, cooking, etc. Now I’m constantly hearing about the apple cider vinegar uses.
I’ve certainly tried a few of these things. I drink ACV occasionally in the mornings when I feel a bit run down or, in general, not great, although I used to be quite consistent with it. I’ve also recently experimented with in in my hair by using and ACV scrub [I’m currently testing out different products to find what helps with oily scalps]. But, to be honest, I can’t help but feel like it’s more of a trend than anything else at this point. Kind of like how coconut oil used to be… or still is? I haven’t kept up. Or how about the celery juice cleanse? People swearing by drinking celery juice. I just read an article on how a girl drank celery juice every morning for 4 weeks straight and it “changed her life”. I can’t really say for certain that this isn’t all it’s cracked out to be because I haven’t been consistent with drinking celery juice every morning.
Turns out I’m late to the party though. Apple cider vinegar has been used for thousands of years! Mainly for antibiotics- it was even said to have been used to treat scurvy, according to Harvard. My friends, Stephen and Scot, are very into astrology and they often tell me I’m stubborn and “realistic” aka: pessimistic -which I definitely am- because I’m a Capricorn so it’s in my nature. Maybe my “Capricornism” is coming out in this instance but I really don’t see ACV having all of the benefits people claim it to have. I mean, that’s a lot of benefits for one vinegar, talk about pressure. And turns out, I’m not all wrong either. Also stated by Harvard, ACV has no direct correlation to losing weight, “of course you’d never suspect that was the case by the way it’s been trending on Google health searches. But the popularity of diets frequently has little to do with actual evidence. If you read about a new diet (or other remedy) that sounds too good to be true, a healthy dose of skepticism is usually in order.” Thank you, Harvard.
If the case of losing weight is moot, what about the other benefits it claims to have?