Apple cider vinegar and I have recently become very good friends. As I’ve aged, certain things like fiber, bloating and bowel movements have increasingly become a part of my daily lexicon. I know, its a far cry from beer bongs, pizza and 4 hour afternoon naps. I hate to admit that I’m getting old, but I’m just going to accept it for what it is. These days, I am way more in tune with what my body is telling me, and I now realize that certain foods make me feel terrible after consumption. Actually, even a lot of good-for-you foods make me feel not so good. I turned to the internet for a solution to my bloating and digestion issues. That’s when I discovered the miracle that is apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar boasts a myriad of health benefits. The #1 to me is the way is chases the bloat away. Most people think that an increase in stomach acid will cause intestinal discomfort, but in reality, acid helps slow the digestion of starch which is the cause in blood sugar spikes after meals. Apple cider vinegar works as a detox and will help to break down fats, and improves bowel workings. Not to mention its high in potassium which is great for this banana-hating girl.
Every day I drink a 32 oz apple cider vinegar “cocktail” listed below, and I have never felt better….digestionally speaking that is. Of course if you’re still pumping your body full of greasy fast food, apple cider vinegar is not going to make you suddenly feel like new. Its a small tool to use in conjunction with a clean and healthy diet. Try it for 2 weeks and let me know what you think!
I start with 4 Tablespoons (adjust measurements depending on how much drink you’re making) of high quality, raw apple cider vinegar. Its important to use raw apple cider vinegar that has “the mother”. The mother is strands of enzymes made up of living nutrients and bacteria. It should make the bottle look cloudy. Processed apple cider vinegar is clear and has removed all these healthy enzymes. I use Bragg brand which can be found at most health food stores and on Amazon.
I then add 10 drops of liquid stevia. Its pretty much only for taste. I mean, c’mon, you’re drinking vinegar. It sounds about as good as it tastes. Stevia is an all natural sweetener that helps the drink go down in my opinion. You can also buy this at health food stores or on amazon.
For my own special twist, I then add 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. Ginger has long been known for its powerful digestive benefits and stomach healing properties. Didn’t your mom give you ginger ale when you had a tummy ache as a kid? Its a powerful heartburn blocker as well.
Fill up the rest of the bottle with filtered water, shake, and drink! I take one of these with me to go every single day, and as I said before, my internal mid section has never felt better.