You’ve probably seen those big jugs of apple cider vinegar at your local health food store and wondered, “what the heck is this stuff good for?” I’m here to tell you that apple cider vinegar, in my personal experience using it, is indeed, a superfood. Here’s a breakdown of what this miracle elixir has helped with in my health and can maybe do for your health.

Weight Loss

If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, apple cider vinegar can help. The acetic acid in vinegar suppresses your appetite, reduces water retention, and helps curtain those pesky sugar cravings. Add a tablespoon or two to a glass of water and drink before meals. You can also use it in salad dressings or marinades.

Boosts Energy Levels

Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that help regulate the acid/alkaline balances in our bodies. This can give you a much-needed energy boost if you’re feeling run down. Mix 2 tablespoons with 8 ounces of water and drink first thing in the morning. Or add it to your favorite smoothie recipe for an extra energy kick.

Fights Infections

The antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar make it a great natural remedy for fighting off infections. Mix 1 tablespoon with 8 ounces of water and drink 3 times per day at the first sign of infection. You can also gargle with diluted apple cider vinegar to soothe a sore throat.

Reduces Inflammation

Apple cider vinegar is rich in malic acid, which has been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the body. This miracle elixir can help relieve pain from arthritis, gout, and other inflammatory conditions. Mix 2 tablespoons with 8 ounces of water and drink 3 times per day for best results.

Encourages Digestion

If you suffer from indigestion or other digestive issues, apple cider vinegar can help by restoring the acid/alkaline balance in your gut. It also contains pectin, which helps soothe intestinal spasms. Mix 1-2 tablespoons with 8 ounces of water and drink before meals to encourage digestion.

As you can see, there are many reasons why apple cider vinegar should be considered a superfood.  I don’t know about you, but the thought of doing shots of ACV doesn’t excite me, despite all of the benefits.  So how do you incorporate this into your diet with minimal effort?  These are some of the ways I get my daily dose of 2 Tablespoons in without too much fuss.

  • Add it to an 8oz. glass of warm water with a slice of lemon, some honey, and a cinnamon stick to make tea and avoid irritating your esophagus
  • Make it into a delicious salad dressing to top your greens These are some of my favourite salads.
  • Stir it into your morning yogurt parfait.  This one is hands down, my favourite parfait.
  • Blend into your smoothie.

 

If you’re looking to improve your health in any way, give this miracle elixir a try!

 

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