3 Apple Cider Vinegar Beverages To Add To Your DietOctober 26, 2017
A type of vinegar made from cider or apple must (freshly pressed juice that contains the skin, seeds, and stems), the apple cider vinegar, or ACV as it’s called, is a health elixir often touted to “cure” everything from indigestion to high cholesterol levels.
While more studies will be needed to conclusively link ACV’s positive benefits on chronic illnesses, drinking ACV can help with the following:
- Regulate blood sugar
A study by Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of ACV and water before a high-carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward.
ACV can be very effective when it comes to relieving indigestion and bloat. The healthy acids found in ACV, including acetic, isobutryic, lactic and propionic acid aids digestion by controlling the growth of unwanted yeast and bacteria in the stomach and throughout the body.
- Fight a cold
Feeling your nose getting stuffy? Drink a teaspoon of ACV diluted with a glass of water. ACV contains potassium, which thins mucus, and acetic acid, which prevents germ growth. Gargling with a solution made from equal parts ACV and warm water can stave off a potential sore throat.
The easy way of consuming ACV is to mix it into a glass of water or fresh juice. However, there are a number of recipes you can follow for a comforting beverage that’s pleasing to the senses and gentle on the stomach. Below, we have four.
1. ACV Spritzer
For when you need a fizzy drink without the sugar and additives.
In a jug, combine all ingredients and stir until honey is dissolved. Pour into a glass with ice cubes and, voila, healthy alternative to soft drinks!
2. Warming ACV Tea
For when you’re feeling “flu-ish” or when you just got in from being caught in the rain!
Dissolve all ingredients in the hot water and sip slowly.
3. The Wa-Sa-Vee Shot
An immunity booster that also works as a fiery salad dressing.
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients from wasabi to ground turmeric. Then transfer the ingredients into a large, wide-mouth jar.
Cover the ingredients with raw ACV. Be sure to leave enough space to agitate the mixture.
Cover the mouth of the jar with a piece of baking sheet before you secure it with the cap. Change the baking sheet if it ever gets wet.
Leave the jar in a cool, dark cabinet for 4 weeks, shaking the mixture gently once a day.
After 4 weeks, drain the mixture and transfer the liquid into a bottle or another jar. Squeezing as much liquid out of the solid ingredients over a sieve. Add raw honey to sweeten the mixture, if you desire.
Take a tablespoon every day as an immunity shot or mix some into your salads.
*You can find fresh wasabi root in a Japanese supermarket.