How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Body Odor

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Body Odor

For years, I have raved about drinking apple cider vinegar shots every morning. Not only does it help control my sugar cravings and ease digestion, but I find it also helps boosts my immune system. This past winter where 90% of my team came down with the flu and germs were flying everywhere in the air, I did not get sick once. I actually believe it was thanks to my daily immunity boosts from ACV.

Why I love apple cider vinegar even more is because not only is it a powerful detox ingredient for our bodies, but it’s also very effective at neutralizing odor-causing bacteria on the skin.

 

How Does ACV Work?

 

If you’ve ever sniffed apple cider vinegar, you know it’s not the best smelling thing out there. I’ve heard many of my family and friends say that it smells like feet… Ok now, it does NOT smell like feet and although it does smell strange at first, you do get used to the smell and taste fairly quickly.  

Side note: If you’re struggling to drink ACV, here’s my tried-and-tested tip on making ACV taste delicious:

Add 1 tablespoon of ACV into ¼ cup of organic lime juice (I bought a bottle at Whole Foods), and ¼ cup of water. The lime juice helps to hide the ACV taste and I also have no time to cut limes and squeeze them in the morning, so store-bought lime juice works even better for me!

That unique smell of ACV comes from acetic acid. Acetic acid and other organic acids found in ACV are responsible for killing bacteria. It works by passing through into the bacteria’s cell membranes and neutralizing it.

 

grocery shelf of apple cider vinegar - kaia naturals

Photo by Daria Vokova.

 

It’s like Natural Clorox for Your Body

A study conducted by the Middlesex University London in the UK, tested different bacteria strains in petri dishes with apple cider vinegar and cultured them together at 37 degrees celsius for a 24 hour period.

The results showed that ACV reduced bacterial growth and eliminated bacteria types such as E. coli, C. albicans (which includes Corynebacteria, the type of bacteria that causes body odor) and S. aureus.

This means that apple cider vinegar has the ability to eliminate odor-causing bacteria and create an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow when applied on the skin. The best part is that unlike Clorox bleach which is highly toxic, apple cider vinegar is 100% natural and safe for humans.

Individuals suffering from excess body odor would be able to reap the antibacterial and deodorizing benefits of apple cider vinegar.

 

Photo by Kyle Smith.

 

3 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar on Your Armpits

 

Body Odor Eliminator

ACV’s antibacterial properties will prevent bacteria from growing on your skin and will neutralize any odor-causing bacteria, keeping you smelling clean and fresh. If you’re doing an armpit detox or are naturally a smellier person, try using apple cider vinegar to get rid of body odor in your shower routine.

What to do: Use a natural antibacterial bar soap formulated with apple cider vinegar in the shower like the underarm bar, or apply ACV onto a cotton pad and gently swipe onto armpits.

 

Lighten Dark Armpits

ACV helps to regulate the skin’s pH balance and gently exfoliates away dead skin cells, which works to gradually lighten dark armpits.

What to do:  Mix equal parts water and ACV in a bowl. Soak 2 cotton pads and apply onto each underarm like a sheet mask. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with water water.

 

Armpit Detox

During the transition from antiperspirant to natural deodorant, try an armpit detox mask to help expedite the stages of detox and to pull toxins and aluminum chloride from your pores..

What to do: Mix 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay (I recommend the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay)  with ½ tablespoon ACV until it becomes a paste. Apply onto clean armpits and leave on 15-20 minutes or until dry. Rinse off and pat dry.

 


 

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How To Make An Easy Goji Berry Love Tonic

How To Make An Easy Goji Berry Love Tonic

We all know a glass of wine, or two on Valentines Day is almost non-negotiable. You can turn your glass of Pinot Grigio into a superfood love potion by adding just one ingredient!

What you need to do

Add 1-2 tablespoons of goji berries into 6-8oz of your favorite wine and sip away!

Why are they great

Goji berries go back a long way in Traditional Chinese Medicine for their benefits as an aphrodisiac. These little berries help improve sexual health and drive. It also doesn’t hurt that it is a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, fibre, vitamin A, and iron, just to name a few.

If you find that you have a handful of leftover goji berries, add them to your smoothie bowls, homemade muffins, soups, or simply have them as a healthy snack. Enjoy!

3 Ways to Kickstart Your New Years Detox

3 Ways to Kickstart Your New Years Detox

As hard as it is to believe, the holiday season is just around the corner. For many, this means falling off the healthy eating wagon and slacking on workout routines, because who can resist sugar cookies? Here’s the good news — you don’t have to give those up! We have three easy ways to kick-start your new years detox before the holidays, without cutting out your favourite holiday treats!

 

1. Detox Your Underarms

Switching to a natural, charcoal deodorant is an easy change that makes a great difference for your body.

Antiperspirants, which contain toxic ingredients, including aluminum – block pores, thereby preventing you from sweating. This also traps toxins within the body! By switching to natural deodorant, your pores are free to breathe. Take the 30 day challenge of detoxing your underarms by using the takesumi detox® charcoal deodorant!

Don’t know where to start with natural deodorant? The NEW kaia naturals the takesumi detox® charcoal underarm detox kit has everything you need to make the transition to natural deodorant easy and odor-free.

Available here.

 

2. Detox Your Skin

Don’t just detox from the inside, detox from the outside too! Detox your skin so it glows this holiday season!

Dry brushing is a hidden gem in the detoxing world and is amazing for treating dull, congested skin. It works by stimulating your lymphatic system and expelling waste and toxin build up.

The best part about dry brushing? It’s super easy! Just take it from Province Apothecary founder Julie, who dry brushes her face daily. “Facial Dry Brushing is my favourite morning ritual to effectively detoxify and wake up my face. It takes less than 1 minute to do and the benefits are endless.”

Ready for glowing skin all year long? Try Province Apothecary’s NEW Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush and pair it with their toner and serum, available here.

Your skin will be brighter, toned and detoxified!

*PRO TIP: It’s important that you dry brush first thing in the morning (on dry skin) to kick-start the body’s natural lymphatic detoxification system that has been asleep all night.

 

 

3. Detox Your Body With Matcha

There’s no better way to detoxify your insides than with matcha!

Made with high levels of chlorophyll, matcha works to eliminate unwanted toxins, chemicals and heavy metals from your body. It’s also great for reducing stress, increasing energy levels and boosting memory and concentration!

Want to give it a try? Matcha Ninja powders make trying matcha easy (and delicious)! Simply add some to your water bottle and shake.

Or, if you’re feeling something warm, try a matcha latte:

Ingredients

  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup organic almond/ coconut milk
  • ½ tsp Matcha Ninja
  • 1 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or stevia to taste (optional)

How To

  1. Measure ½ tsp Matcha Ninja to cup
  2. Next, add small amount of warm water to matcha and stir to form espresso like base
  3. Add 1/2 cup hot (not boiling) water to your mug filled with matcha
  4. Add sweetener
  5. Heat & froth your milk
  6. Add your heated milk

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Happy detoxing!