Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV has long been touted as a natural remedy for pretty much anything you can think of. From heartburn and the common cold, to cancer and diabetes management and prevention, for many, ACV is the answer. But have you ever thought to use it for sore muscles? Yes, even that! ACV seemingly does it all. Here are 3 techniques to applying ACV to aid in both the treatment and prevention of aching muscles post gym beast session.

1.) Apply a cloth dampened with apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper directly to the sore muscle for 5 minutes and reapply as needed.

2.) Soak in a warm water bath adding 2 to 3 cups of apple cider vinegar

3.) Take a daily apple cider vinegar tonic before meals. (Mix 2 or 3 teaspoons of ACV in an 8 ounce (250 ml) glass of water)

It’s as simple as that! A bonus reason to use apple cider vinegar in your routine is its touted effectiveness as a weight loss aid. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that ACV aided in weight loss by slowing the accumulation of fat. It is thought that this is the result of the ACV aiding in digestion and speeding gastric emptying. ACV is definitely a must-have natural addition to your fitness plan. So, apply it topically to cure soreness, or ingest it to prevent soreness and aid in weight loss. Either way, don’t leave it out!