A Shot of Apple Cider Vinegar a Day
Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, has made a big name for itself in the past few years. Because of the health benefits associated with ACV, the tart and pungent brown liquid garnered die-hard fans who use it in various ways. From mixing it in smoothies to making salad dressing out of it, people continue to find unique and subtle ways to incorporate ACV into their daily lives in order to reap the extreme benefits of the fermented food.
Growing up we always had a bottle of Bragg's in the kitchen, which was something I reluctantly drank when I was sick. Bragg's, and other ACVs with the "mother" have a chalky substance that sits on the bottom of the bottle, so when shaked is murky. The mother, which contains stands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria are said to be responsible for the various heath benefits associated with ACV.
In an effort to ward off seasonal allergies and just increase overall immunity after fighting a winter of colds that turned into sinus infections, I've tried to make a habit out of taking a shot of Bragg's every day. I've realized the benefits go well beyond just an immunity booster.
I've always suffered from digestion issues, resulting in frequent stomach-aches even from eating the healthiest foods, but ACV notably helps my stomach feel cleansed and upset-free. Although, if taken on an empty stomach, it can make my stomach feel unsettled.
Curbs Cravings & Aids in the Feeling of Fullness
Chocolate is my vice. After almost every meal, I feel the urge to indulge my sweet-tooth, but drinking ACV curbs my cravings for sweets. Not only do I crave sweet foods less, I feel full and satisfied after finishing meals.
ACV, like other vinegars, helps reduce bacteria in the body, which wards off common colds and high levels of yeast in the body. ACV also helps boost immunity, so I've found when I drink it while healthy, I get sick less often. Also, if I feel a cold or runny nose ensuing, I take another shot of ACV with Manuka honey and it often fights it.
Disclaimer: Most mornings I take a shot of ACV and drink a glass of water afterwards. It should be noted that it's been advised to not drink apple cider vinegar on its own, but I prefer getting it all down at once and drink water right after. Some days I also just don't feel like drinking it, so I listen to my body and skip--that is totally ok!
ACV may not be best for everyone, so always check with your doctor or gastroenterologist before taking.