Alright folks, Apple Cider Vinegar has been my latest obsession. I have read posts and articles claiming all it’s health benefits and also seen posts with it as an ingredient. I decided to write an article solely devoted to what makes this magic elixir so good for you. ACV can be found in dressing, marinades, vinaigrette, etc and is made by crushing apples to make cider and double fermented for the final product. The best kind to get is the “raw” version because it contains raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promotes healing. The clear version of this vinegar is processed and does not contain these. Don’t buy that stuff. All the suggestions I have seen point to Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, which can be found in many local grocery stores. The main set back (for me anyways) is the potency of ACV. This stuff has a strong odor and I am not a fan. I have seen and heard people drink it straight and kudos to you. So to remedy that little hiccup I have included a quick recipe, at the end of this article, for a tonic that I make that tastes like apple juice made with Granny Smith apples.
Let’s start with your insides, because it’s always good to go inside then out. ACV can help soothe your stomach issues because it contains pectin. Pectin allows for any intestinal issues to harden up and soothe the colon, preventing spasms. It also has been shown that by drinking a little bit before dining can decrease indigestion caused by some foods. Apple cider vinegar can also help regulate your blood sugar. Just like cinnamon, ACV can help increase insulin sensitivity which helps regulate blood sugar levels. It has also been said that this elixir can help keep your metabolism on track and aide in weight loss. Of course, I said it can HELP. This does not mean stop eating well or working out because you think drinking this will do the job for you. The abundance of potassium found in ACV is beneficial in preventing calcium build up around the joints, which leads to joint stiffness and arthritis pain. Along with potassium, ACV contains calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that make this an inexpensive front runner for maintaining bone health. Also, apple cider vinegar has been shown to increase the lipid profile of the blood by increasing the levels of good cholesterol and decreasing the triglycerides and levels of bad cholesterol.
Now let’s work out our way out. If you are feeling a cold coming on or having sinus issues, take a swig of this. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help with sinus drainage and it creates an acidic environment so the germs that cause sore throats cannot survive. Did you know that hiccups are caused by low stomach acid slowing the digestion or protein or eating too much? Well ACV can fix that by restoring the acid levels in the stomach, so drink up. During exercise and extreme bouts of stress, lactic acid can build in the body and cause fatigue. By adding a little ACV to a drink, the potassium can relieve that fatigued feeling. Due to the potassium in this product it can help relieve cramping and the acidic properties of ACV have been shown to eradicate germs and bacteria that cause bad breathe, skin fungal infections, and yeast infections.
That was a lot of information thrown out there as to what apple cider vinegar can do. Let’s be smart about this, I am not telling you to start chugging this stuff because you will healthier. These are some common issues and problems that people I know or I have run into and sometimes the simplest of solutions can be overlooked. I am not one for taking all sorts of medications and pills so if I can rely on my food and nutrition to fix things I am all ears and you should be too. Take care of the little things and the bigger issues will be far and few in between. As stated earlier, I cannot take ACV straight. The smell is what gets me so below is a tonic I found online that has helped me take apple cider vinegar on a regular basis. The more diluted you make this or the more honey you add the less of the vinegar you will taste. With that being said, don’t go crazy with the honey because it defeats the purpose of reaping the health benefits in my opinion. Give this a shot and see if you notice a difference. Bottoms up!
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
|Prep time||5 minutes|
- 8-10fl oz Water
- 1fl oz Apple Cider Vinegar (I use a shot glass which is an ounce. Also the more all natural the better.)
- 2 tablespoons Honey (Again, all natural is best. Add more for sweeter taste.)
|Fill a glass with water.|
|Add Apple Cider Vingar|
|Mix all ingredients with utensil until honey is dissolved.|