I get so many questions about foods. I decided to start a series about SUPER foods! I am excited to share these awesome ingredients over the next few weeks! Here’s our first superhero:
Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
According to my 76 year old dad, ACV cures anything that ails ya! I laughed him off for a while until I did a little research of my own. Turns out dear ol’ dad was right! There are WAAAAYYYY too many benefits for me to list here (some of which are scientifically proven, others not so much).
Not only are there a gazillion and one benefits, evidently people have been tuned in to this truth for ages! Records have ACV showing up on the scene since before 5000 BC!
Turns out, ACV was one of Hippocrates fav prescriptions to hand out (he had his patients mix it with a touch of honey).
So, I am not sure it will raise the dead, or make you immune to rattlesnake bites, but there is solid research out there to back up the multiple claims of “Amazing ACV”!!
Turns out it is a “healthy elixir” after all. Thanks Daddy!
Amazing ACV & the Super Abbreviated Benefits list:
#1 -Aids in weight loss
Amazing ACV is a weight loss advocate! Sending all it’s lovely goodness into your body to: suppresses appetite, increase metabolism, & reduce water retention!!! There are also studies that suggest ACV blocks starch absorption, meaning fewer calories for you!!!
#2 – Helps maintain healthy blood sugar
Studies have shown ACV to decrease blood glucose concentrations by MASSIVE amounts! (I’m still trying to convince Brent of it’s AMAIZINGNESS….he and his diabeetus just ain’t listening)
#3 – Improves nutrient absorption
#4 – Antioxidant properties
#5 – Promotes healthy cholesterol
#6 – Reduces heartburn and acid reflux
#7 – Antibiotic properties
#8 – Cures hiccups
#9 – Eases sore throat symptoms
#10 – Clears stuffy noses
#11 – Natural cure for acne
#12 – Boosts Energy
Let me stop right here and put my RN/PT expertise to work…
Apple cider vinegar is full of goodies like: potassium, amino acids, enzymes, etc. Exercise and stress can cause lactic acid to build up in your body. This causes soreness and total “drag ass” syndrome (aka- fatigue).
Have no fear, Amazing ACV is here with an amino acid antidote for that lactic acid!!
And what’s that? Oh yeah, Amazing ACV is also packing that potassium and those enzymes mentioned earlier…take that tiredness!!!
#13 – Reduces leg cramps
See Potassium reference above…Have cramps? You may be low in potassium!
Amazing ACV is high in potassium!
#14 – Controls bad breath
#15 – Detoxifies body
#16 – Reduces sugar cravings
So now that you have a list of why’s….here’s a how…
How to take it?
ACV has become part of my morning ritual. I typically have 2 Tbsp. mixed in my lemon water in the morning, often sweetened with a little local honey.*
*I also suggest rinsing your mouth afterward. ACV is extremely acidic, I don’t want that hanging out on my tooth enamel all day!
Don’t wanna drink yours in water? Find your own fav way to down your daily ACV!
You can add it to food as you cook. You can dilute it with water. You can add some honey to it. You can pour it in your smoothies. Limitless possibilities folks (just a Tbsp. here and a Tbsp. there…you feel me?)!!