An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so the old saying goes, but did you know a splash of apple cider vinegar could be just as effective?
This fermented kitchen 'superfood' staple has a myriad of all-natural health and beauty-boosting benefits. Beauty bloggers swear that applying it to hair can help boost shine and banish dandruff. And healthy eating gurus praise the positive effect taking just a small amount daily can have on everything from digestion to your body’s PH levels.
1. Can aid weight loss
ACV contains a fibre called pectin, which helps you feel more satisfied with your food, and could therefore assist with weight loss.
The acids in ACV can bind to toxins in the body and help the body eliminate them more effectively.
3. Lowers cholesterol
It is also thought that the pectin in ACV can attach itself to cholesterol globules and remove any excess from the body.
4. Improves digestion
Apple cider vinegar aids in digestion, and can help alleviate the gastrointestinal pain caused by certain foods.
5. Reduces high blood pressure
In addition, pectin in ACV helps with the thinning and circulation of the blood, and in reducing high blood pressure.
6. Full of good bacteria
Apple cider vinegar helps populate the gut with beneficial bacteria, and can help fight off candida.
7. Good for bone health
Research has shown that when vinegar is added to food, calcium absorption is increased, which helps prevent osteoporosis. Apple cider vinegar also has an alkalising effect on the body, and is therefore good for your bone health.
8. Alleviates allergies
ACV helps clear the body of mucous, by breaking it up. This helps those suffering from allergies and cleanses your lymphatic system.
How I take it:
Either, two teaspoons in the morning, mixed with the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water. Or in the evening with a warm cup of my...
Apple Cider Tea
120ml Organic apple cider vinegar
1L Filtered water
100-120ml Organic maple syrup (depending on how sweet you prefer it)
Thumb size piece of fresh ginger
Place all ingredients together in a large saucepan and stir well.
Bring to the boil and then reduce to a gentle simmer for a minimum of ten minutes. I leave to simmer with the saucepan lid on for 45 minutes on a very low heat. The longer the tea is brewed the better it becomes.
Pour tea into a large sterilised jar and once cool, store in the fridge.
Pour a cup as desired and heat gently before serving for a relaxing nighttime drink. Can also be served chilled over ice for a refreshing drink on warm summer days.