If you’re always on the lookout for the “next big thing” when it comes to your health, we’ve got the perfect experiment for you. However, it entails putting down the coffee mug in the morning – gasp – and picking up a glass of water mixed with apple cider vinegar.
We know. Vinegar isn’t exactly the first thing we crave in the morning, but this natural home remedy is touted as a wellness cure-all for a full range of health issues, such as bloating, digestive distress, sore throats and even acne.
Moreover, many people claim it serves as a refreshing and energizing alternative to their usual cup of Joe, allowing them to be less reliant on caffeine. The best part? You probably have this miracle ingredient in your pantry already.
The incredible health benefits
This fermented tonic has been used in different forms for hundreds of thousands of years because it offers a long list of amazing health benefits when consumed in the morning.
- Promotes digestion, soothes the GI tract, prevents bloating, cramps and gas
- Enhances the immune system by maintaining the balance of good bacteria in your gut
- Regulates blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Cleanses your liver and detoxifies your body
- Aids in weight loss by reducing the body’s ability to absorb fat
- Benefits skin by improving the pH balance
- Boosts energy, improves stamina and alkalizes the body
These are just a handful of reasons why sipping this magic potion in the mornings can work wonders for your health. Other benefits include clearing stuffy noses, alleviating sore throats, soothing leg cramps, clearing yeast infections and so much more. And ACV definitely isn't a new trend either as it's been considered one of nature's greatest gifts for centuries. Around 400 B.C. in ancient Greece, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for a variety of illnesses including coughs and colds.
How to make it
It couldn’t be easier to whip up your new morning beverage staple — the hardest part will be training your body not to pour that cup of coffee on autopilot first. Simply combine 1 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and half to 1 teaspoons of honey, and then enjoy with a handful of ice cubes.
When purchasing your bottle of ACV, make sure to buy an organic, unfiltered version, like Bragg’s that also contains the “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that gives the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.