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!
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- 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.
- This is my favorite. It’s tropical tasting, and the cranberry juice also has great benefits for us ladies.
- 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.
What do YOU think? Are you a ACV fanatic?