I have done some pretty bizarre things on this journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
- I put oregano oil on my feet.
- I have started taking fermented cod liver oil.
- I ordered grass-fed gelatin to use for cooking and as a dietary supplement.
- I have a freezer full of beef and chicken bones to make homemade broth.
- I drink apple cider vinegar.
It sounds weird, I know. But I have to admit that I LOVE the taste.
Apple Cider Vinegar is essentially made from fermented apples. Yes, I said fermented. The most basic way to make it involves letting the apples turn brown, putting them in a jar and covering them with water. Depending on how you make it, it can take anywhere from 1-6 months to ferment. When it is done, you remove the large pieces of apple and you are left with apple cider vinegar.
Or you can just buy it.
Not all apple cider vinegar is created equal, however. You ideally want unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar (apples are one of the EWG’s dirty dozen with regards to pesticide exposure) with “the mother.” It’s a really strange description but “the mother” are the leftover strands of protein from the apple that are high in enzymes and minerals your body needs. It makes the vinegar look a little bit cloudy, but you really don’t see it when you shake it up.
Fermented foods are gaining more and more popularity. Things like Kombucha, kefir, and sourdough bread are making the rounds in the health-minded communities because of their beneficial properties. The Washington Post even recommends fermented foods in the parenting section of their newspaper: Fermented foods bubble with healthful benefits.
5 Reasons to DRINK Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Fights germs
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic, antibiotic and germ fighter. Its antimicrobial properties can clean surfaces in your home and help fight germs in your body. One of the most prescribed antibiotic drugs, penicillin, is derived from a fungus, it’s not that far off to consider that fermented foods would fight bacteria as well.
2. Promotes a healthy gut
Because apple cider vinegar is a fermented food, it helps support the good bacteria in our bellies much like probiotic supplements. Because the health of your gut determines the strength of your immune system, it can help keep you healthier and helps support your body’s germ-fighting abilities. It can also reduce gas, bloating, and heartburn.
3. Balances blood sugar
Apple cider vinegar lowers glucose levels which can help improve insulin sensitivity causing fewer spikes to your blood sugar levels. This is helpful for everyone because insulin resistance can wreak havoc on our bodies and cause weight gain, but is especially beneficial for diabetics.
4. Clear a stuffy nose
I am not exactly sure why apple cider vinegar helps clear sinus passages but it does. This was the reason I began drinking it to start with. I had read that it can help with clogged sinuses and the first time I took it, it not only cleared them, my sinus headache went away as well.
5. Soothes a sore throat
I have read a few different reasons why this is true. Gargling with apple cider vinegar can help kill the germs causing a sore throat because of its high alkalinity. Germs just can’t survive. I have found that often my sore throat is caused by sinus drainage, so this is a result of the apple cider vinegar helping to clear a stuffy nose. Either way, I noticed a marked improvement.
Those 5 reasons alone were enough for me to try drinking apple cider vinegar, but the health benefits don’t end there.
Apple cider vinegar also:
- Relieves bad breath
- Reduces body odor
- Helps cure yeast infections and reduce candida in the body
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
- Help relieve nighttime muscle cramps
- Fights foot or skin fungus
- Lowers cholesterol
- Reduces dandruff
How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
So you aren’t just going to drink apple cider vinegar straight. Supposedly the high acid isn’t great for your teeth long term when it’s not diluted and I’m not sure it would taste that great.
Here is how I drink my apple cider vinegar:
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (organic, non-pasteurized and with “the mother”)
- 1 tsp local raw honey
- 8-10 oz warm water
- mix together and enjoy
I actually enjoy the taste of this and have chosen it instead of tea some days. I even think I could add the apple cider vinegar to tea, I might try that next time!References: Apple Cider Vinegar – The Wonder ‘Drug’ of Yesterday and Today 28 Healthy & Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Excerpts from Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System 8 Amazing Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
Hey, I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. If you have medical conditions, consult your doctor. None of this is medical advice.