I often mention apple cider vinegar in recipes and I would like to take the time to explain to you the benefits of adding it into your diet. My favorite brand is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar because their high quality vinegar is unpasteurized, unfiltered and made with organic apples. This means it is a “live food” which contains natural probiotic enzymes and antioxidants from the apple peel.
- naturally increases energy due to fatigue from exercise by counteracting lactic acid build-up
- lowers cholesterol – only 1 T of ACV needed per day to see the benefits
- reduces blood sugar levels – 2 T of ACV in water before a meal – great for diabetics
- supports heart health by lowering blood pressure
- helps support weight loss by creating acetic acid which improves metabolism, suppresses your appetite and reduces water retention
- supports healthy skin – it contains antibacterial properties that can help to clear up acne
- helps fight acid reflux and GERD
- supports a healthy immune system (Clears stuffy noses and soothes sore throats)
- great source of potassium – helpful in treating muscle soreness and cramps
Ways to add ACV into your diet:
Heat a mug of hot water, add 1-2 t Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-2 t honey, and lemon juice from a fresh wedge of a lemon. Enjoy!
Note: you can also enjoy this drink cold, but skip out on the honey because it won’t dissolve. I like to enjoy a cold ACV drink during the summer 🙂
There are several kinds of ACV salad dressing that you can buy at the store, but if you’re not ready for the commitment you can make some at home! Mix 1-2 t ACV with 1 1/2 T Canola oil. Tip: Add black pepper, cayenne pepper, and/or turmeric to it to spice it up.
Other recipes with ACV:
“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” – English Proverb
Editors, Reader’s Digest, and From the Book Kitchen Cabinet Cures. “Apple Cider Vinegar: 13+ Health Benefits.” Reader’s Digest. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2016.