Ok, so what’s the hype all about?
I’ve been doing research for months about the benefits of raw-unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) on your health. It’s creating a lot of buzz and I wanted to know why. Throughout my husband’s professional hockey career he’s been suffering with Ulcerative Colitis. If you’re unfamiliar, google it. It’s not very nice. His stomach is sensitive and his bowls are…well, again google it if you really want to know. My system is fine. I’m pretty regular and feel healthy.
Here’s the deal: after learning the health benefits and advice listed below, I’m intrigued enough to find out how 1 tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar per day can positively effect the body of someone with an unhappy system (my husband, Trevor), as well as someone who feels fairly regular and healthy.
I’ve been having a glass of ACV each morning for the past 2 weeks. I stir together 8oz of water, 1 tbsp of ACV and ½ tbsp of pure maple syrup to soften it a little. I’ll be honest, it’s not good. This concoction is definitely a struggle to get down, especially the first few days, but once you’re taste buds are a bit adjusted, it’s do-able. If you drink Kombucha, then it’s no big deal, very similar acidity. It certainly wakes up my system in the morning (after I eat something first) before I cannonball into my coffee. Think of it this way, it’s only 2-5 minutes out your entire day designated to nourishing your health. Go, you!
The ACV facts + tips:
- Weight loss – the healthy way – it contains acetic acid which helps to suppress your appetite, reduce water retention and increase your metabolism.
- Antioxidant Fix – it contains catechin, gallic acid, and caffeic and chlorogenic acids with are healthy antioxidants to keep your system strong and running smoothly.
- Improves Nutrient Absorption – acetic acid is known for it’s potential to increase your body’s absorption of the important minerals from the foods you consume. Hence why I always opt for ACV in my home-made dressings.
- Acid Reflux + Heartburn Savior – the antibiotic properties of AVC is known to help with acid reflux + heartburn, which is typically caused by a low amount of acid in your stomach.
- Promotes healthy cholesterol – according to a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that if you consume one tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in the morning, you’re naturally lowering your bad (LDL) cholesterol because apple cider vinegar has been shown to increase bile production and support your liver.
- Lowers blood sugar levels – studies have shown that the anti-glycemic properties in ACV play a significant role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
- NOTE – ACV is not recommended on an empty stomach, as it could cause nausea and discomfort. Consume after a snack or meal.
- NOTE – Do not consume more than 2-4 tablespoons in one day.
- NOTE – If you try the ACV challenge to lower your cholesterol, it’s not recommended to replace your current medication(s) with ACV without doctor’s permission. Continue your usual regimen alongside.
My husband and I will be starting a 30-day challenge to test the powers of this magical liquid in June. It’s called the “gcV challenge” (grace + clatter vinegar challenge) and we’d love for you to join us! We’ll keep you posted closer to the time on how to prepare.
Good luck! (I give you full permission to block your nose the first few days)