This Is How Doctors Use Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar, one of the staples of the wellness world. We lather it on our skin, use it to whiten our teeth, and swear by it for better digestion and weight management. In fact, there are so many uses for it that it can be hard to narrow it down to the most effective ones. We talked to five health experts to see if—and how—they're using this natural remedy on a daily basis. This is what they had to say:

1. Wendie Trubow, M.D., MBA.

"I recommend using apple cider vinegar for gut support. It is a gentle way to improve digestion and can also assist with improving abdominal bloating. It is great for use in salads and can assist with bone soup formation (it helps degrade the bones into the soup). Lastly, I recommend using it with clay for a face mask, to remove impurities. When ingesting it, it can either be taken straight like a shot (I'm not personally a fan of this but some people like it!) or diluted with water."

2. Tiffany Jackson, N.D.

"I'm a huge fan of Bragg's organic apple cider vinegar and use it most often to make salad dressings, mixing it with olive oil, lemon, herbs, and spices. I also use it to soothe a sore throat by mixing with water and gargling and making a hot drink to sip on by mixing ACV with honey, lemon, and cinnamon in water."

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3. Bindiya Gandhi, M.D.

"I’m personally a big fan of apple cider vinegar. I have been using it for years. I use it for everything from my skin and hair to my daily cooking as well as household cleaners. I love adding a couple of teaspoons in my juicing for the added digestive health benefits. I put it in my bone broth to get more nutrients out of the bones as well. I sometimes take it after meals as a shot to aid in digestion and blood sugar control, and when I’m 'detoxing' I start off my day with a shot of apple cider vinegar mixed in warm water. It’s great for controlling blood sugar spikes and keeps your waistline low. For my skin, I add apple cider vinegar to a homemade face mask to help pull out dirt, oil, and toxins from my acne-prone skin. I mix chickpea flower (channa flower), 1 teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon honey, yogurt, squeeze a little lemon juice, and add one drop of tea tree oil and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. It’s an antibacterial mask!"

4. Will Cole, D.C. and functional medicine expert.

"I love using apple cider vinegar as a functional medicine tool to calm inflammation and improve the microbiome. My favorite way to use ACV is to include it in elixirs. I mix a few tablespoons of Bragg's apple cider vinegar (with the mother part intact, which is extra nutrient-dense), with some turmeric, black pepper, coconut oil, marine collagen, and whatever adaptogen I'm feeling that day, in a glass of water. You can enjoy this warm or chilled."

5. Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D.

"I recommend apple cider vinegar to those with any level of metabolic syndrome or even just poor eating habits. It helps to improve glucose and insulin fluctuations following a meal, especially a meal with carbohydrates. It also helps to make glucose more available for muscle use so it can improve exercise endurance. In some ways, apple cider vinegar works like many of the commonly used diabetic medications. By extension, when we keep blood sugar levels even, we reduce inflammation and glycosylation of cells—including the cells of the skin. Skin texture improves and the skin can glow!"

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6. Aparna Iyer, M.D.

"I use apple cider vinegar as a cleaner, especially in my kitchen. It seems like such a great alternative to all of the other cleaners, which smell noxious to me. I usually mix a 1:1 formulation with apple cider vinegar and water, plus add a couple of drops of essential oil for additional goodness. I spray in various areas of my kitchen and other areas of my house, and I don't have to worry about my cleaner being more toxic than whatever it is that I'm cleaning!"

So, there you have it! That's how the pros are using ACV. For more inspiration read this.

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