Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not so great at sticking to a routine, I never have been and, at this point in time, I probably never will be. However there is one thing that I have been doing religiously every morning and that is drinking apple cider vinegar.
Sounds gross right?
Honestly, I love vinegar, I put it on pretty much everything, but the thought of just drinking it is a little too much even for me. So when I was told that a cup in the morning does wonders I poo pooed it and just thought it was another ridiculous trend. But a little while later I actually looked into it and thought why not give it a try.
Now, before you freak out, no, it is not just a cup of straight vinegar – that would be madness. I mix a tablespoon (ish) of ACV with a mug of hot water and drink that, and yes the taste does take some getting used to and if you don’t like vinegar it will probably take you longer to get past the flavour but I promise you, it is worth it. (You can also add a little honey to it, if that helps!)
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
- It promotes a healthy gut thanks to the probiotics found in this simple kitchen condiment which promotes the growth of good bacteria in your gut.
- It regulates your bodies PH and helps prevent acid reflux and cancer as a result.
- It boosts your energy, making it the perfect thing to have in the morning.
- It helps to flush toxins from your body thanks to the antibacterial and anti microbial properties found in each bottle.
- It stimulates your digestive system and acts as a natural laxative, keeping you healthy and regular.
- It helps reduce sugar cravings and stablise your blood sugar levels thanks to the acetic acid.
- It helps with allergies and and colds by breaking down mucus build up and supporting lymphatic drainage.
- It can, as a result, help with weight loss.
So does it work and has it helped?
Well, since January 1st when I started making sure I had it every day I have noticed a few things. Not only have I been sleeping better but I have had more energy during the day, I have also broken out in some of the most painful spots I’ve had in my life.
As a teenager I had acne and as a result was put on a course of Roacutanne, a dangerous medication for acne that can (and did) cause depression, and a whole host of other nasty side effects (so please, don’t take it, find another way). But as a result of that medication I now rarely get spots, so for so many to have come up over the last few weeks tells me my body is doing its best to rid itself of toxins.
Most of the spots have been on my forehead and my chin, signifying my stomach and digestive system – no surprises there, but it tells me the ACV is doing its job and cleaning up the damage done over Christmas.
So which ACV should you be using?
Well, to put it simply, any. But as with anything the least tampered with is best, in fact unfiltered ACV is the best (its cloudy and looks like it is full of cobweb type bits) this has the most gut healing bactiera and enzymes and brings with it the most benefits.
One of the most successful uses of ACV is in people with type 2 diabetes which is characterized by elevated blood sugars, (either as insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin). But elevated blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes… it is believed to be a major cause of ageing and various chronic diseases, meaning everyone can benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels stable.
But, remember, you don’t have to drink it. While this may be the most direct way of getting your ACV fix you can also add it to your food. Personally I put it in sauces, stews, I love it on broccoli and corn, add it to stir fries and salad dressings, it is incredibly versatile and well as super good for you!