Friday, February 4, 2011

An Apple Cider Vinegar a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Like ginger and ginseng before it apple cider vinegar seems to be the latest super cure-all food. I've read it proclaimed to cure an assortment of common ailments, including acne, body odor, high cholesterol, and constipation. It's also reported to boost metabolism and strengthen the metabolism. Like other natural remedies the reasons for ACV's curative properties is something of a mystery. But one easy to understand attribute is that the fermentation process creates a liquid full of glorious enzymes (you'll be hearing more about those on this blog... stay tuned). Enzymes help us with proper digestion, which is key when the average modern diet is so devoid of enzyme-rich foods, and full of foods that actually inhibit the ones found naturally in your belly. Another easily IDable factor is that ACV supports a healthy body pH (more on this later, too), and guards against acidosis - a condition which is frighteningly common.

I keep a bottle of Bragg brand ACV in the house because it's actually great for dressings and marinades. This week I started my mornings with a simple mix of about a teaspoon of vinegar, 8 to 10 oz of water and a little less than a tablespoon of raw honey. It's actually kind of delicious (like a light lemonade) and gives me just the right amount of hydration and simple sugar to power my morning workout.You don't have to buy Bragg, but note that to get the aforementioned benefits you need to buy it RAW and UNFILTERED. Also look for one that has "The Mother" and, of course, it's always better if it's organic. Click the below picture for a closer look at the label, which includes some helpful notes and recipes.

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