Shots Shots Shots: Apple Cider Vinegar Edition

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An interesting, new trend has been on the rise recently within the health and nutrition world: apple cider vinegar (ACV).

Made by exposing crushed apples to yeast then fermenting with bacteria, ACV has been gaining popularity as somewhat of a magical (and sour) potion. Typically known for its use in the kitchen, the kitchen product has recently been promoted by celebrities as an essential part of their beauty routine.  Known for it’s acidic properties, ACV can be implemented almost anywhere within your beauty routine, whether for hair, skin or gut health.

It’s important to note that ACV is highly acidic, and it could cause harm your teeth, esophagus and digestive system when ingested directly. VALLEY highly recommends that your distill it with some water first.

Gut Health

Wellness shots have been a huge trend in regards to gut detoxification and immune health. Rather than throwing your money away on shots from your local juice place, you can easily make your own wellness shots at home with just some ACV and water.

When consumed, ACV can work wonders for weight loss and boosting your immune system. Metabolizing your body’s glucose levels, it prevents your body from over-producing insulin which can leave you craving sugar and other foods that promote weight gain, leaving you feeling fuller longer.

It also helps with detoxing your body by eliminating toxins. Rich with enzymes which stimulate liver function and lymphatic drainage, the bacteria-packed ACV helps filter your gut to aid digestion, making you feel much lighter and more energized.

To make your own, distill 2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and consume before eating. You can take this as a straight shot, but be warned that the acidity is harsh on your system and teeth, so it’s best to distill with water.

Hair Rinse

When rinsed through clean hair, ACV works to repair your pH balance and exfoliate the scalp. The acidic mantle of your hair can become damaged through the use of commercial hair products, building up residue that can offset the pH balance of your hair causing it to become oily and damaged. ACV strips away product build-up and residue, leaving you with shinier, healthier hair. ACV hair rinses can be purchased at a variety of beauty-care specialized stores such as Sephora.

To make on your own, dilute one-third cup of ACV with four cups of water. Massage into hair post-shampoo, leaving it in for 10 minutes. Rinse out with cold water for extra shine.

Skincare

Working to kill bacteria and balance out the skin’s pH levels, ACV helps absorb excess oils form the skins surface. The acidic properties will eliminate dead skins cells, revealing a healthy and vibrant skin layer.

To make your own ACV toner, mix one part ACV to three-fourths part water. Apply the solution directly to your face, leaving it on for 10 minutes. Rinse afterwards, and you’ll see results very soon after.

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