Why I Drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) on a Daily Basis
Even when I KNOW that something might be good for me, sometimes I just can’t seem to get it into my routine. Can you relate?
For years, I’d been *thinking* about drinking Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), because it’s one of those natural remedies that seems to pop up on my radar as helpful for almost everything. I think the first time I heard about ACV was about 10 years ago when I was first dating my husband. His mother, who has 10 brothers and sisters and knows a thing or two about natural remedies, often shared a story about how they would all take their shot of ACV every day to keep everyone healthy.
I tried it once, and that was pretty much the last time I thought about it for a loooong time! I know some people enjoy the taste, but in my opinion, it is truly repulsive. Seriously the worst taste I think I can imagine ever tasting. Wow, considering I’m writing a post to sell you on the stuff, I’m sure not doing a very good job?! 😉
But hang with me here. After hearing about it from pretty much everyone I follow, from doctors to fellow health coaches, I finally decided this past winter that I was going to find a way to give it a chance.
Since I could never shoot it straight like my husband, I found that by mixing it with water and honey, I was actually able to tolerate it. I combine 2 T. ACV and 1 T. raw honey with a full glass of water.
Make sure you buy the raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, and with the “mother”, which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics. A great brand is Bragg’s.
Similarly, when buying honey, be sure to buy it raw as well. This ensures the beneficial flora and enzymes are still active, and will be beneficial to your immune system. I actually love adding honey not only because it makes it palatable, but because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and therefore a great addition to my stay-healthy strategy.
So, why am I chugging something I find disgusting on a daily basis, you might ask?
Here are some of the many uses and benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar that caught my attention:
Detoxification – This is the biggest reason for me. Apple Cider Vinegar helps break up mucous throughout the body and drain the lymph system, stimulates the cardiovascular system and helps detoxify the liver. It also helps the body maintain an alkaline pH, which is really the ultimate goal. High acid levels leads to low energy, increased susceptibility for infection and a whole host of other miserable symptoms.
Natural Candida Remedy – I wrote about my journey to health last month, and shared about the horrible cycle I experienced of being prescribed too many antibiotics and always getting horrible yeast infections as a result. Why doctors don’t start with food, and natural remedies like ACV, is beyond me! Candida in the body leads not only to yeast infections, but sugar cravings, fatigue, bad breath and digestive issues, all of which I experienced. The natural enzymes in ACV help eliminate the body of candida, and all the nasty symptoms go right along with it.
Fights Reflux and Heartburn – Some of the main causes of acid reflux and heartburn are an imbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics. I very rarely get heartburn (outside of pregnancy), but I did a few months ago and thought I’d try this. Within 10 minutes of drinking my ACV/honey drink, my heartburn was completely gone. Made me wonder if I would have found relief while pregnant…but then again, I’m sure it would have tasted even worse then, so it might not have ever made it down!
Clear, Glowing Skin – Just as ACV helps to lower the pH inside your body, so it does for your skin as well. As someone who battled cystic acne for many, many years, I really wish I’d known about this simple, natural and very affordable remedy earlier. Just mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water, and you’ve got the perfect toner! After washing your face at night, rub the toner over your face with a cotton ball before you moisturize. It helps tighten and tone your skin, as well as helping with brown spots and acne scars.
Shiny Hair – Apply it after you shampoo for a natural conditioner that makes your hair super shiny! Use an old shampoo bottle and add ½T. ACV to 1 cup of water, and pour the solution through your hair up to 3 times a week for best results.
Household Cleaner – Fill a spray bottle with half water, half ACV, and you’ve got the perfect counter and window cleaner thanks to the balanced pH and the anti-bacterial properties of ACV. An easy and affordable way to decrease the chemical load in your home!
Fights Seasonal Allergies – As I mentioned regarding detoxification, ACV breaks up mucous and supports lymphatic drainage, which means clearer sinuses! And as a side not for those who have seasonal allergies, when you add honey, seek out some local raw honey at your natural food store or farmers market, and you will experience additional relief.
And these are just a few of the myriad of ways Apple Cider Vinegar helps our bodies thrive both inside and out. I highly recommend it.
I’ll be honest, even with the honey added, I still don’t enjoy my daily ACV concoction. But the benefits my husband and I have both experienced since we added this routine last September have me hooked. And don’t let my disgust turn you off…my husband is not the only one who likes it….so does my 6 year old! He doesn’t like it straight, but happily drinks my version.
So give it a try…and even if you’re not a fan, stick with it for a while and let me know how it goes!