Today I want to tell you about this wonderful Apple Cider Vinegar and how did it change my health. One of my morning routines is to drink a shot of an apple cider vinegar mixed with water or pineapple juice to alkalise my body after the night and get metabolism going for the day. If you don’t like the taste of an apple cider vinegar with water, try the recipe below for this tropical shot. Tastes and makes you feel pretty good!
WHAT IS ACV
Apple cider vinegar is made by crashing apples and squeezing out the liquid. Bacteria and yeast are added in the process to it to start fermentation process, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In the second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria. Takes about 7 month to ferment into the main active compound in vinegar.
WHAT CAN IT DO FOR YOU
ACV has many benefits, here are a few:
- ACV contains Chromium which improved insulin function by improving its sensitivity during carb meal and significantly lowers the blood glucose and insulin responses, stabilizes sugar levels in the blood. (But its still very important to avoid refined carbs and sugary foods at all cost.)
That’s how ACV can help lose weight in some individuals. Several human studies suggest that vinegar can increase satiety after meals, and leads to less snacking around on random food.
- ACV can help with digestion, by stimulating hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, which is responsible for breaking down food. If there is no sufficient stomach acid when the meal is ingested, it can creating underactive stomach and lead to excessive gas, bloating, cramps and abdominal pain. In some cases apple cider vinegar can be a cheaper and fast solution to promote healthy digestion.
- If applied topically the Acetic Acid in the vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. Traditionally it was and still is used to clean and disinfect, treat nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.
Chinese medicine guru and author Dr. Mao was talking about how apple cider vinegar can balance the digestive system. Here’s his take:
“Traditionally apple cider vinegar is used to remedy digestive distress, aid in detoxification, and to reduce intestinal bloating. Mix one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of warm water and drink it in the morning on an empty stomach. The acetic and butyric acids promote gastrointestinal health by balancing your pH and encouraging friendly bifido bacterial growth.”
HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD QUALITY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Best quality ACV made out of organic apples, unpasteurized (unfiltered and raw) and will appear cloudy at the bottom of the bottle with the mother included. Unpasteurized ACV will include some amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and beneficial bacteria.
HOW TO INCORPORATE APPLE CIDER INTO YOUR DIET
You can use it in your cooking, include it in the salad dressings. I also use it to curd the nut mylk into so called buttermilk for baking purposes, by placing 1 tsp of ACV into 1 cup of almond mylk. Diluting the 1 tsp of vinegar in 12 oz of water (including ½ tsp of cinnamon and pinch of cayenne to increase body temperature and boost metabolism). Common dosages per day range from 1-2 teaspoons.
- 1/2 cup of pineapple juice, preferably freshly juiced
- 1 tablespoon organic, raw & unpasteurized ACV
- Fresh juice from ½ lemon
- 1 tsp. raw unpasteurized honey
- *dash of cinnamon & cayenne pepper (watch out, too much of cayenne will be way too spicy)
- Blend all the ingredients on the low speed for couple of seconds, or use a cocktail shaker, works as well and enjoy!
- For best result drink your exotic shot ½ an hour before breakfast.