A personal favourite pre-meal ritual of mine is drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. First of all what is it? Apple cider vinegar is made from apple juice which is fermented into hard apple cider. It then goes through a second fermentation process to become apple Cider Vinegar. Whilst it doesn’t taste like a chocolate milkshake the benefits of this magic potion are worth it-trust me! Here are a just a few reasons why I use apple cider vinegar to maintain good health.
It Will Help Your Body Maintain a Healthy Alkaline pH Level
Numerous components in apple cider vinegar, help to stimulate stomach acid and bile production which play a huge role in digesting our foods. Therefore the digestive qualities of apple cider vinegar can also help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
HOW: I recommend having 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water 15 minutes before a meal.
Improves Nutrient Absorption
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can increase your body’s absorption of important minerals from the food you eat.
HOW: Adding vinegar to your salad dressing may also help you absorb more nutrients from your leafy greens
Washing your fruit & veg
Sometimes it can be challenging having access to fresh organic produce all the time. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural methods to remove pesticides from your fruit and veg. It’s always better to eat organic produce, but if you’re can’t afford it or have access to it apple cider vinegar is another means of reducing your exposure to pesticides.
HOW: Fill a bowl with water and add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar. Place your fruit & veg in the bowl and leave for 15 mins. Rinse thoroughly.
Then there are a whole heap of other benefits like decreasing blood sugar levels, fighting free radical damage, help fighting off candida and aiding weight loss. The list goes on!
Apple cider vinegar can be bought from most supermarkets and health food shops. When choosing apple cider vinegar try picking one that has a cloudy appearance so ideally one you can’t see right through. This means it is more pure and therefore full of nutrients. I personally use CoralTree Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
Hope you enjoy some of these benefits as much as I do!