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Apple Cider Vinegar has an insane amount of health benefits. Everything from clearer skin and calming indigestion to boosting metabolism and fighting cancer! Here's a round up why you should be drinking it, and HOW. (Spoiler alert, it tastes nasty on it's own)

 

Several months ago I started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar with my morning meal. I’ve long heard of ACV’s benefits in a very “my grandma always swears it’ll keep a cold at bay!” kind of way, but never cared enough to try it out. After reading up on my Tone It Up Nutrition Plan (I’ve been in the community for a while, I just never really talk about it) I noticed they had suggested drinking it in the morning for a metabolic boost. Then, a few weeks later, my new doctor suggested I start drinking it for its digestive benefits.

Alright, alright, universe! I get it! 

So, I started to poke around the interwebz to find out what was really the deal with ACV?

What are the health benefits of ACV?

ACV is one of those kind of … magical cure-all remedies. You can spend hours online finding claims that it does everything from clear your skin to fight cancer. It seems like there’s a new “superfood” every year, right? Green tea, acai berries, pomegranates, raspberry ketones, on and on. Surprisingly, ACV has been a super-treatments for decades. Like the other foods I mentioned, the actual results are a little cloudy. Could it be helping? Sure! Is it the ONLY thing that’s helping? Probably not. For example: Emily starts drinking ACV to boost metabolism. Emily loses weight. Did the ACV do it? Maybe … but most likely in conjunction with Emily working out and eating healthy, as well. Does that make sense? There have been studies to back up ACV’s superpowers, but there are just as many stating that no one really knows how it works.

Among the most backed-up claims are these:

  • The potassium beats workout exhaustion and helps aid recovery. Some suggest taking it before bed to relieve nighttime muscle cramps.
  • Vinegar helps whiten teeth and kill off bacteria building up in your mouth. Try adding a quick ACV gargle to your teeth-brushing routine!
  • Relieves stomach troubles. The pectin helps soothe cramps, prevent heartburn/indigestion, and the fiber helps keep you movin and groovin to flush out toxins from your system.
  • Antibiotic properties boost immunity to common colds.
  • Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. (link)
  • For thousands of years, vinegar has been used for weight loss. White vinegar (and perhaps other types) might help people feel full. A 2005 study of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread.  (link)
  • Helps break down fats so that your body can use them, and not store them.

 

How do I drink ACV? I heard it tastes gross!

Yup, it’s pretty much true. ACV is, after all, a vinegar. Unless you’re a huge fan of vinegar-based dressings, the taste is pretty sour. I’ve taken to making myself little cocktails in my blender bottles every morning. Believe it or not – I totally crave it now! I feel weird when I can’t have my ACV mix. I put together this little graphic of the top three ways I shake it up!

 

FINALLY, some easy ACV recipes!! >>>> Apple Cider Vinegar has an insane amount of health benefits. Everything from clearer skin and calming indigestion to boosting metabolism and fighting cancer! Here's a round up why you should be drinking it, and HOW. (Spoiler alert, it tastes nasty on it's own)

From left to right

  1. I just discovered apricot stevia drops by Sweet Leaf. HOLY MOLY. It blends perfectly with the sourness of the ACV. This mix is super sweet and refreshing.
  2. This is my favorite. It’s tropical tasting, and the cranberry juice also has great benefits for us ladies.
  3. Hubs calls this the “Apple Pie Mix”, and it tastes just like that! Sometimes I get crazy and throw a little honey in there as well, if I have a sweet-tooth craving to kill.

It’s really up to you! Try experimenting with natural juices, stevia drops, and spices. It’s not that bad once you get used to it. I”m to the point now where I only need to mix it with about 4oz of water. Baby steps! ;)

What kind of ACV should I be drinking?

You want to find the most natural/organic product available to you. If it’s been pasteurized, all the good enzymes, and micro-organisms, or what they call  the mother” will be dead. If it’s not made from organic apples you may have pesticide residue in it, and we don’t want all that crap in our bodies anyway! I purchase mine from our local Amish store, but Bragg’s Organic ACVis probably the best mainstream option, and cheap!

My personal experience:

I don’t know if the ACV is really the ultimate wonder-drug, but let me say this. I’ve been religiously taking it every morning (1-2tbl) for the past four months. My skin has never been clearer (until recently, but that’s a whole different story), by digestion (bloating, cramps, bathroom business) has drastically improved, and I haven’t had one serious cold this year. The last few years I’ve been so sick my eardrums have burst from infections. Multiple times.

So, I’m calling it a WIN. I’m definitely going to keep it up! If anything, it’s a powerful placebo that makes me feel like I”m doing something good for my body and, in turn, leads me to make better choices during the day.

Related Links: 
Web MD
RD.com
FitSugar.com

What do YOU think? Are you a ACV fanatic?

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  • SunflowerSpruce

    Wow, I may have to give this a try! I’ve heard good things about vinegars but I was so hesitant, you know, that gross taste and all. Sounds like you’re really reaping the benefits though!

  • http://www.steveisgettingfit.com/ Steve

    Once upon a time, I used to drink an ACV/grapefruit juice/sweetener cocktail. I was mostly doing it to help curb hunger (which it did), I didn’t realize there were that many other benefits to it!

  • http://twitter.com/megankellly Megan Kelly

    Very interesting! My roommate uses it as conditioner, fancy right? ALSO I have to comment on this… you said “by digestion (bloating, craps, bathroom business)” I am guessing you meant cramps BUT when I read this I was like oh she is definitely talking about pooping and I love things that make me regular. I personally love that you said crap but if you don’t that is your call : )

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      OMG, best typo EVER!! I cannot believe that just happened. Thanks, friend! :)

  • http://ThatMomBlog.com/ Karen Hewko

    I may need to try this! Sounds very interesting!

  • http://twitter.com/SweatyGirl27 SweatyGirl

    I love apple cider vinegar, but not just for the health benefits, just because its delicious! I use it in every dressing I make. Mmm so tasty!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tara.hallgelsi Tara Hall Gelsi

    Awesome! Im going to give it a try!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tara.hallgelsi Tara Hall Gelsi

      So, I had my first glass of ACV and lemon drop stevia (WF didnt have apricot, which I was very much so looking forward to trying). First glass was a bit awkward but I think I can get used to it! Also, I was looking around on the Tone it Up website… what are your thoughts on the membership/nutrition plan?

      • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

        Oooo, lemon drop would be an interesting combo! I’m glad you tried it out. :) I really should do a big post on TIU, but here’s my overall thoughts.

        1) The Pros: I love the TIU attitude. They’re all about positive attitudes and everything in moderation. I’ve never seen two trainers/nutritionist drink that much wine. LOL. I love the fresh and beachy feel to all of their workouts. The Beach Babe DVD is a really geat workout! Their weekly/monthly charts are great motivators and they have a little app that’s fun to use.

        The Nutrition plan, IMO, is worth the money. You get an insane amount of recipes and a really in-depth plan on how to combine protein/carbs/fats to really help your body’s digestion. When you buy the plan, it’s a lifetime membership, so when they release new recipes/challenges/programs, you get thme for free!

        2) The Cons: they aren’t very organized, or at least the way I would like it to be. Most of their products (daily workouts, recipes, the TIU community profiles/message boards) are free and posted in a bunch of different places. I do not participate in the challenges or the TIU community, because I find that’s it’s really full of disordered eating/thinking. I think because the girls are so pretty and popular, you have a lot of young women in the community that are obsessed with thigh-gaps and restricting food. I know that kind of thinking is everywhere, but it sill makes me sad. SO I chose not to participate in the message boards and what not.

        I hope that helped! Feel free to shoot me an email if you want to chat more about it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/lessofless Less of Less

    I’ve been using it as a toner and once a month I use it when washing my hair. I haven’t gotten into drinking it yet, but I’ve been thinking about it.

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      I’ve never used it as a toner – do you think it works well? I might have to try it out! :)

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  • Brandi

    I faithfully drink ACV before each meal everyday! That first one is pretty hard to get down first thing in the morning, but I love drinking it. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.wise.773 Katie Wise

    I just drank my first ACV/Cranberry juice cocktail…have to say it wasn’t bad! Looking forward to reaping the benefits!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Woo! Glad you liked it :D

  • Mollie Lyon

    I was doing this regularly through the fall but then fell out of habit. I loved mixing a few tablespoons or 1/4 cup with apple cider. So yummy! I need to break it out again and make it a habit!

  • http://emilylofgren.com/ Emily Lofgren

    From my experience, it definitely helps clear up blemishes and does contribute to weight loss. Even when I wasn’t watching what I ate as diligently as I should have been, I continued to lose, which wasn’t common before ACV use. Glad to hear about your experiences with it!!

  • pimpy

    my pimples keeps on pooping up..its horrible it leaves a very ugly mark..it is only now that i have a pimple break out..i never experience this before even when i was in my teens..i notice my pimples poops out before and after my periods and during those times im having a great time coping with my depression..im having anxiety attacks..i ask my ob about it and she prescribed some pills to boost my hormones but i dont wanna take it..can apple cider help me with this?

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      From my experience, I would try to stay away from hormonal drugs as much as possible. That being said, ACV isn’t going to help anything like anxiety or depression. You definitely should seek professional advice for those issues. For me, going to therapy and consulting a doctor that specializes in hormones helped with those issues.

      ACV should help with the breakouts, though! I would definitely try it.

  • PinkIce716

    What if I don’t have liquid stevia? I’ve seen this in a lot of ACV drink recipes. Can I substitue it with something else?

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Any liquid sweetener is really your best shot – since sugar granules (or even honey) won’t dissolve into a cold drink. If you have any flavored-water enhancers (like the crystal light or desani squeeze bottles) that would work, as well! :)

      Next time you’re at the grocer – check for liquid stevia flavors! They’re practically everywhere nowadays! :) Good luck!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      oh! and I know “Skinny Girl” makes a liquid agave, too. I found that at Walmart!





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