Whether you are just starting to research nutritional advice for reducing inflammation or are well on your way to your own personalized diet, you've probably seen Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV) pop up quite a bit. Why? It’s an inexpensive, simple way to support of your overall health.
My favorite brand, Bragg's "With the Mother" Apple Cider Vinegar is made by crushing ripe apples to extract the juice. Yeast is added to apple juice to break down the sugars and turn them into alcohol. Bacteria is added which converts the alcohol into acetic acid. This bacteria is what is known as "the mother" because it is the catalyst that gives rise to the vinegar. It does not need to be stored in the refrigerator, but if you are sensitive to it’s bitter taste, having it refrigerated may make it easier for you to ingest.
The Benefits of ACV
Natural probiotic. One of my favorite uses for apple cider vinegar is that it’s a gentle probiotic that encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and discourages the growth of bad bacteria.
Enhances digestion. Using it in the morning before food encourages good pH balance in the stomach cavity and may encourage acid production.
Immune supportive. When someone in my family starts to come down with a cold or flu, the very first thing I reach for is some soothing herbal tea, local honey and ACV. There is nothing more soothing than a warm drink made with tea, ACV, and honey to taste. It feels so good on the throat and stomach. Because it encourages growth of good bacteria, and discourages growth of bad bacteria, it’s a great way to support your immune system during sickness.
Gentle laxative. We are going to talk about bowel movements so please don’t blush. Using apple cider vinegar can help soothe an unhappy digestive system and encourage more optimal bowel movements.
Fights sugar cravings. Another great benefit we can gain from using ACV is it can help our bodies deal with sugar intake. If you are a diabetic, this can be a useful tool.
While I have seen the benefits of ACV first-hand, it is of course not a replacement for any medications your doctor has prescribed. It is always best to check with your doctor to make sure that it is safe to incorporate ACV for yourself.
Have you tried adding Apple cider vinegar to your diet?