I’ve read about the health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar for years now, but had never gotten around to trying it myself.
In just the last couple of months, I have been experimenting with it a bit, taking 2 tablespoons in water, twice a day. Since then, my skin has become more clear, my energy levels are up, and strangely enough, my cravings for “bad” foods – the stuff that cheat meals are made of – have drastically diminished if not all together disappeared.
If you have followed Fitness Blender for any length of time, you know that we are not big on supplements (I don’t even take vitamins) because we believe that you should aim to get your vitamins, minerals and nutrients from real, whole foods. I’m definitely not vouching for ACV as a quick fix potion for every ailment out there, and it might not make a difference for everyone, but I will say that I am going to be adding it to my routine for the longterm, after the changes that I have seen in this short amount of time.
My theory is that if it’s benefitting my health and making me feel better, my husband Daniel should be drinking it as well. Unfortunately, every time I opened the bottle with him in the same room, he would start making gagging noises. So I started combining it with some different fresh juices to make it more tolerable so that he would hopefully start to drink it.
This is what I came up with – still all natural and healthy, but the extra ingredients make the apple cider vinegar much easier and even enjoyable to drink, if the stuff is too potent for you when only diluted with water.
Apple Cider Vinegar Juice Recipe
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Raw Unflavored 32oz
1 Tablespoon Pure Honey
12 Ounces Water
1/2 Orange; freshly squeezed
How to make it:
Add the honey and the ACV into a Ball jar or glass that you can cap and shake well without worrying about it leaking. Next add the water, and then squeeze half of an orange’s juice into the drink. Cap and shake vigorously, making sure that the honey in the bottom has been completely mixed in.
* Important: About the ACV that you use – It needs to be unfiltered, organic, raw, and, it absolutely must have the “mother” in it. This is where all of the health benefits come from, so make sure that you are choosing a brand like the one listed above to make sure that you aren’t missing out on any of the health benefits.
* Also Important: Whatever you do, don't try and down ACV quickly by taking undiluted shots of it. You're very likely to burn your throat and it's not going to make you feel good. At all.
Other health benefits:
Apple cider vinegar is said to help with weight loss because of it’s ability to stabilize blood sugar (which may be why it helps stave off cravings), aid digestion, get rid of heartburn, clear up acne and other skin problems, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, boost the immune system – the list goes on and on, though it should be noted that none of these items has been approved by the food and drug administration.
This stuff is potent! There are consequences that follow each and every single thing that we put into our bodies, and while apple cider health benefits have been talked about for centuries, you will always want to talk to your personal physician before you self diagnose or even consider taking online advice pertaining to your wellbeing.