A few days ago on social media, I posted a daily drink that I have and couldn’t believe the number of questions I got about it.  Almost every day I have 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother, mixed with 2 Tbsp raw honey, in a cup of hot water or tea.  I almost always stir it into my herbal hot tea in the afternoon.  I belong to a lot of fitness groups on Facebook, and I couldn’t believe that almost no one had heard of the benefits of ACV in a few of them.  People were like “You drink WHAT??”.

Our blood is meant to be alkaline vs. acidic. Many of the food we eat today, including fast food, processed food products, coffee, alcohol, and dairy are acidic. These foods are the main culprit in many physical ailments because Americans eat so many of them and they create highly acidic conditions in the body.  Our bodies meant to stay at a healthy pH of 7, and I regularly test mine with pH strips to make sure I don’t get acidic.

Apple cider vinegar helps alkalinize the body.

So how is it made? Apples are crushed and juiced. The juice is then put through a fermentation process using bacteria and yeast. The product is hard apple cider because the sugars produce alcohol. The hard apple cider then goes through a second fermentation process and the alcohol turns into vinegar. Although I buy mine, you can make your own.

When you buy apple cider vinegar, be sure that it’s raw, unfiltered & organic. Clear vinegar doesn’t have any of the health properties of apple cider vinegar. My go-to brand is Bragg’s.

Not only does it help alkalinize our body, it can also help to improve digestion by stimulating stomach enzymes, neutralize stomach acid and intestinal bacteria, improve immunity, stabilize our blood sugar, and is believed to help detoxify the liver.

And that’s just the beginning…

It can be used in many other situations, including:
  • Instantly alleviates heatburn and sour stomach
  • My wife has used it to make her hair shine following a rinse from shampooing
  • Can be added to a bath to soothe sunburned skin
  • May remove stains from teeth when directly applied and then removed with water (I haven’t tried this one, although I have used it as a mouthwash and it kills bad breath germs)
  • Can dilute in water and spray on pets for a natural flea repellant
  • Is useful in killing nail fungus
  • Can be used as a skin toner
  • Helps pull marrow and nutrients from carcass bones by adding a tbsp to the pot full of water used to make chicken broth after roasting a chicken.

Seriously the list goes on and on – just do an internet search and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Apple cider vinegar is one of the ingredients that should be a constant staple in your kitchen. If you don’t have it, get it. It’s cheap and the benefits far outweigh the cost. Enjoy!