I drink apple cider vinegar (ACV) every day. This may sound crazy, but hear me out! For centuries people have recognized the benefits that white and apple cider vinegar have for cleaning, cooking and other household purposes. What some people may not know, however, are the benefits that ACV also has on your health! It’s not some outlandish miracle tonic or sketchy pill; it’s a 100% natural, safe and efficient way to improve your health and aid in the detoxification of the body.
DISCLOSURE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purpose of this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I’m not a doctor, just a health lover sharing my knowledge and experiences.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar? Which One is Best?
Apple cider vinegar is a fermented concoction of active yeast and crushed apples. The naturally occurring sugars from the fruit are consumed by the yeast and are used to grow healthy bacteria (this is the fermentation process).
When looking for the healthiest brand of ACV, there are a few things to consider. I personally love the Bragg brand, the oldest one on the market. However, if you want to venture off to a different brand, there are some qualities it needs to have in order to give you the best therapeutic and health benefits:
The vinegar should be made from certified organic apples.
This is to ensure it contains the “mother” of vinegar, a cloudy, strain-like substance that settles on the bottom of the bottle. The mother is where the nutrients are and where the enzymes are stored.
Pasteurization is a heating process used to kill harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, it also kills healthy bacteria which is needed to make this an effective health product.
What are the Health Benefits?
Apple cider has SO MANY benefits! From being a household cleaning antiseptic to helping aid in digestion they are all over the spectrum. Here are just a handful of health benefits:
Helps Lower Blood Sugar
The most successful results of apple cider vinegar have been demonstrated in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. But whether you have diabetes or not, it is important to keep your blood sugar steady as elevated levels have been linked to many chronic illnesses. Studies show that ACV reduces blood sugar by 34% and 2 tablespoons before bed can reduce fasting blood sugar levels by 4%.  
Balances PH Levels
It helps keep your body alkaline and “regular.” This relieves constipation, reduces the risk of heartburn, keeps skin healthy, increases energy and promotes a deeper more restful sleep.
Detoxifies the Body
Considered a liver and lymphatic tonic, apple cider vinegar helps stimulate the cardiovascular system, balance PH levels, increase bowel movement and encourage lymphatic drainage. It also helps reduce sugar cravings when consumed regularly.
One may think that the acid in the vinegar would cause intestinal discomfort, but it is quite the opposite! It helps slow the digestion of starches which decreases the blood sugar spikes. The fermentation properties help regulate digestion and relieve painful gas/bloating.
Aids in Weight Loss
By balancing your pH levels, insulin and glucose levels are lowered which makes you feel fuller longer, increase metabolism and burn body fat. One study proved that individuals who consumed ACV daily saw higher weight loss, reduced belly fat, smaller waist circumference and lower blood triglycerides. Those who consumed 2 tablespoons daily lost 3.7 pounds more than those who did not.  It was also found that those who drank ACV with a high-carb meal are 200 – 275 fewer calories throughout the day. 
It is also known to reduce acne, help with muscle pain/ache, lower cholesterol, fight seasonal allergies + more!
Apple Cider Detox Recipes:
Now, I love the taste of this stuff. I must have a taste for fermented things … I guess that’s why love Kombucha so much, too! Anyway, the point is, I would have no problem happily sipping on this throughout the day with just a little bit of water to dilute it. But for some this is an acquired taste, so even though this has some additional ingredients, feel free to dilute this down even further by adding some more water as you get used to the flavor. Some prefer it in the morning, some prefer it before bed. You may want to use warm water and make these similar to tea, or you can use cold unfiltered water.
If you’re like me, you enjoy it both morning and night! Here are my go-to recipes.
Mix up the following ingredients and sip away 😉 It is best to drink on an empty stomach when you first wake up to help with the absorption of nutrients and help kick start your digestive system. I use cold water here and take it as a “Morning Shot.”
- 1 – 2 Tablespoon ACV
- Juice from ½ Lemon
- ¼ Teaspoon Ginger
- Dash of Cayenne Pepper
- ¼ Cup Water
- 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey (Optional)
I use warm water here and drink it as a relaxing nightcap tea.
- 1 Tablespoon ACV
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon or 1 Stick (Steeped in hot water)
- 1 Teaspoon Raw Honey
- ½ Cup Water
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
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