A shot of apple cider vinegar that is!
“Apple Cider Vinegar is the icing on the cake. I had always heard about Apple Cider Vinegar… everyone in the world should be drinking this on a daily basis! – Dr. Steven Gibb
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is the bomb digitty yo! I loveeee this stuff. I rather live without my cellphone than my ACV. Yup, I love it that much. I put a shot in my morning drink, and if I’m beginning to feel a little off, or my child has decided to share her germs, I do another shot in the evenings to help my body fight off whatever may be trying to get to me.
ACV is a fermented product made from aged and crushed apples, that is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, calcium, B-vitamins, enzymes and phosphorus to name drop a few. In it’s organic, unpasteurized and raw form, it is a powerful health remedy. Always look for ACV “with the mother” which means it contains all of it’s nutritional properties. My go to brand is Braggs and it says ‘With the Mother” right on the label.
What its awesome for
-Move over Prilosec! ACV helps with acid reflux and heartburn by mimicking the acidic environment of our stomach. Reflux or heartburn is often caused because we have too little of stomach acid and cannot break the food down. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a little water before meals helps aid this food breakdown.
-Keep sickness at bay. ACV contains both antimicrobial AND antiseptic properties making it an ass-kicking-sickness fighter! It’s banging blend of vitamins, minerals and enzymes make it even more of a miracle health tonic.
-Natural Skin Toner. Mix equal parts water and ACV to make an effective skin toner. Keep the mixture in the fridge and after cleaning your skin, apply with a cotton ball just like you would any other toner or astringent. This mixture fights acne WITHOUT drying the hell out of your skin like many OTC products do. Don’t worry about smelling like a salad, as soon as it dries the vinegar smells disappears! Voila!
-Detoxing! Who doesn’t love purging themselves from toxins? I do! I do! The unique acids in ACV, binds to toxins and helps your body eliminate them more effectively. It helps detox the liver, purify the blood, break up mucus, cleanse the lymph nodes and allow for better circulation. What can’t it do?!
-Relieve Sunburns and Bug Bites. To cool and relieve the pain that comes from overcooking in the sun, apply diluted ACV (1/4 cup acv to ¾ cups water) with a cotton cloth or washcloth directly to the skin. You can also soak in a bath of warm water with 1 cup ACV. For bug bites, apply a 50/50 mixture directly to the bite, or soak the area in vinegar water.
-Battle candida (yeast) in the body. Like many people, you may suffer from yeast overgrowth. The acid in ACV helps kill off that nasty excess yeast in the body. For some of you who have a more severe overgrowth, when first taking ACV, your symptoms may get worse before they get better. But do no fret! This is actually a good thing! When the yeast begin to die off, it causes what is called a Herxheimer reaction. This is when the body can’t remove the toxins from the yeast fast enough. Stick with it, you will be feeling better in no time. Take 1 tsp – 1 TBSP of ACV in water before each meal or twice a day, preferably on an empty stomach.
These are just a FEW of the awesomeness of apple cider vinegar. There are entire books and websites dedicated to apple cider vinegar and it’s amazingness. Here’s a few more from the Bragg’s website:
How to take your apple cider vinegar for prevention and health
As I mentioned, I do a shot every morning but you can also add 1-3 teaspoons of to a glass of warm water before each meal. You can also add it to hot water with a little honey and drink it as a tea. It’s just rockin’!