Apple cider vinegar, or ACV as its sometimes called, is more than an acidic ingredient to add to your favorite salad dressing or baked good. I’m not one to throw around superlatives, but this ubiquitous liquid is as close to a “superfood” as you can get. What makes ACV so special, and in what applications can it be used? Read on to learn more about this very special vinegar and get a recipe for a homemade ACV tonic.
What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is a product of fermentation. Similar to the winemaking process, the sugars in the fermenting food are broken down by bacteria and yeast. In the case of ACV, pulverized apples serve as the fruit and sugar source. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, is rumored to have used the stuff medicinally in 400 B.C.!
What are some of apple cider vinegar’s benefits?
-Supports a healthy immune system
-Promotes digestion and pH balance
-Helps detoxify the body
-Soothes irritated skin and helps to maintain a healthy complexion
-Boosts hair body and shine
How can I use apple cider vinegar?
In order to reap ACV’s benefits, try using it in different applications. Tired, dry hair? Blotchy, red skin? Try out these instructions for a hair rinse and facial toner. If you’re a little late to spring cleaning this year, check out these ideas for using ACV in every dirty area of your home. Finally, if you’re looking for a tasty beverage that will promote overall wellness, look no further than my Homemade Apple-Cinnamon Braggs Drink. If you’ve ever purchased Bragg’s drinks before, you know that that they aren’t cheap. With this homemade tonic, you can celebrate the benefits of ACV for a fraction of the cost.
Homemade Apple-Cinnamon Braggs Drink
-8 oz water
-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-¼ tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp sweetener such as maple syrup, agave, or stevia
-Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper
Place all ingredients in large glass and mix until fully incorporated. Alternatively, place all ingredients in mason jar and shake until combined (this is a great way to enjoy your beverage on the go!).
What is your favorite way to incorporate ACV? Discuss!
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