Apple Cider Vinegar has been touted as a miracle tonic everywhere from Instagram to Good Morning America! I actually drink it every morning to help me detox and hydrate my cells and truly feel “off” when I miss my morning drink. After chugging the mixture shown above my belly settles and I feel ready to take on the day. I also use it to make a simple salad dressing of ACV, honey, mustard and olive oil. It is tangy, slightly sweet and goes with just about any greens you like. I have seen it used as a toner, hair clarifier, a weightless product and like most vinegars ACV has strong anti bacterial properties and can be used to clean wounds or make a homemade cleaning solution.
Like coconut oil, the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar seem to be shouted from the rooftops. The benefits seem endless, but there is honestly not a ton of real hard SCIENCE to back up all of the hype. If I am being honest I love using apple cider vinegar, but learned my lesson the hard way by taking a shot of it which in turn made me immediately bring up my breakfast. I have yet to try it as a toner, but like I said before, I literally have a health tonic of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper every morning and it makes me feel like a new human! I travel with a mixture of it to add to water on my travels, and It is the one thing that works to truly kickstart my day. It will be a mainstay for years to come. The lemon helps to detox and the cayenne pepper revs the metabolism. Most days, I focus on making my gut feel as relaxed and happy as possible and this tonic is my go-to every. single. day.
I wanted to share a little bit of the science behind Apple Cider Vinegar from my friends from Baptist Health South Florida. The article states that the science has proven: “Apple cider vinegar’s effect on the digestion of starch may prove beneficial to diabetes patients and explain the weight loss that has been credited to ACV.” According to a study completed by the University of Arizona, apple cider vinegar has positive effects on those individuals deemed pre-diabetic and those with type 2 diabetes. The study found that a chemical compound found in ACV and other vinegars known as acetic acid helps to decrease the amount of insulin released when consuming starchy vegetables.
When connecting ACV to weight loss the article also states: “this effect of vinegar on insulin production could also prove beneficial to people without insulin sensitivity. “The acetic acid in vinegar limits the absorption of carbohydrates by our bodies,” she said. “That means fewer calories are being consumed and some weight loss may occur.” If you are on medication for diabetes and taking apple cider vinegar make sure to check with your doctor as you may need to lessen your dose of insulin. For more on benefits and other ways to use apple cider vinegar check out this post from Baptist Health South Florida.
Join me in Taking the 21 Day Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge!
If you want to kick-start your day on a healthy note, hydrate your cells and rev your metabolism then I would LOVE for you to take the 21-Day challenge! It takes that long to build a habit and if you focus on doing something healthy for your body first thing in the morning you will continue to put your health first throughout your day!
***This has been a sponsored conversation brought to you by Baptist Health South Florida.