Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar (ACV), seems to be a trending topic in our 30 Clean community. With all of the potential apple cider vinegar benefits, I frequently get asked, “Why all the hype around ACV, Heather? Is it really that beneficial?”
As one of the main ingredients in my ritual morning wellness tonic, it has always just been one of those staples in my diet and health routine. So, I began to ask myself the question too.
“Why and for how long have I been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar?”
To be honest, it was a morning habit I picked up from my grandmother and my uncle. ACV, lemon juice and warm water; I grew up watching them both sip on a mug first thing every morning. My grandmother didn’t drink any other hot beverage. And my uncle, a true health nut of the 60s and 70s, encouraged me to supplement with it because apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, vitamin C, and B vitamins. This is the same guy who tried to get me to eat sauerkraut and kefir at the age of 8 and I turned my nose up to him (ha.. if I had only known then!).
When I made the decision to invest in my health eleven years ago, I realized ACV was something trending in mainstream too. However, truth be known, there is not a lot of scientific data that backs up the uses of apple cider vinegar. What we can find is some medical research regarding acetic acid, which is the compound in vinegar that gives it the sour taste. Acetic acid can increase the body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods we eat. We also have historical data, which shows vinegar was used medicinally dating back to 420BC for treating burns, wounds and even high cholesterol.
Today, when I check for research articles, I am able to pull up a few with scientific investigations documenting that the ingestion of vinegar may reduce satiety by slowing down the glucose response to a carbohydrate load in healthy adults and in individuals with diabetes. We also see that acetic acid may have a positive affect on combating candida with more investigations and research on its ability to clear plaque, leading to a healthy way to support heart health.
While many of these health benefits remain to be backed fully by data, I tend to use personal history and client experience to help me decide how to move forward with something like ACV. Knowing that with moderate use (1-2 tbsp/day), no negative outcomes have been shown – I feel safe using ACV in my tonics to support my health.
Here are some internal and external apple cider vinegar benefits that I have seen personally, and as expressed in many books by Paul Bragg. But one thing, and this is very important, he never claimed that using only ACV alone could cure a person. He lived by a very holistic philosophy, which I believe is a key foundation. Supplements work, when we use them in conjunction with living a healthy lifestyle in nutrition, movement, thought and sleep.
Internal Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits:
- Natural Antibiotic
- Digestion aid
- Immune support
- Support in detoxification
- Soothes sore throat and helps relieve symptoms of cold/flu
- Helps with ear infections
- May help reduce joint stiffness/pain
- Rich in minerals
ACV Household/External Uses
- Dry scalp/balances scalp pH
- Soothe sunburns and bits
- Cleaning aid for your entire home
How to take ACV?
- In a tonic,
- in salad dressings,
- in soups,
- in warm water,
- Or in warm water with lemon. (In fact, just warm water with lemon is a great morning ritual!)
My wellness tonic is a little bit more elaborate than my DAILY ACV tonic. To see a more simple tonic, that really only has 3 ingredients plus spring water, watch my VIDEO!
How to make my morning wellness tonic:
I juice the ginger, turmeric and lemon and then create this super healing tonic:
¼ c. warm purified water
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. of juiced ginger + turmeric
1 tbsp. juiced lemon
1 tsp. RAW honey (local is best when available, but should be eliminated if on a 30 Clean Challenge)
pinch or more of cayenne (what you can tolerate)
pinch or more of cinnamon (to taste)