Discovering Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
I really love the stuff! Its become part of my life, as I use it in cooking, use it as salad dressing, add it to the water, juices and is sometimes I use it as part of my beauty regime. The options are endless for this superstar all rounder!
Including Apple Cider in your life is not a new thing it’s been around since olden times, but has had lots of hype in the healthy and wellness scene and Hollywood for being a miracle cure. Promoted by top models and celebs who swear by it taking two tablespoons of the raw apple-cider vinegar twice a day has gotten it well known as a superfood.
ACV dates back to 400BC to the time of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, where it was mixed with honey, as an energising tonic and a healing elixir, I think it still is today!
What is ACV?
Apple cider vinegar is made from whole apples and not pasteurized or filtered. It contains all these nutrients, enzymes and organic acids produced during the two fermentations needed to make the vinegar. I’ve found ACV a staple in my home remedy cupboard, it’s easy to find, easy to use and best of all natural!
How can I use it?
1. Weight Loss
Most people (especially women) hear about how it can help with weight loss, when taken before, as it helps you feel satisfied/full more quickly, meaning you’ll probably eat less. Natural sour/bitter flavors stimulate the liver and increase intestinal muscle contractions, meaning your food moves more quickly through your GI tract, thus increasing your metabolism. I add a TBS of this to a pint of water and sip on it all day and I find it helps me not to bloat and does seem to help decrease my sugar cravings. I also occasionally add 1-2 TBS to my juices if I want them to have an extra kick. At first I thought the taste was a bit much and over time I actually love the taste and have build up how much I add to my water.
2. Toner and rashes
Apple cider vinegar is great for reducing inflammation and when I’m stressed, eaten too much sugar or eaten badly, my body always tells me off with a flair up of eczema (sometimes one of these spots is on my face). When this happens it’s a wake up call and I apply a few drops to a cotton pad and rub ACV on. Then magically after a good sleep it’s almost gone. You can also use it as a toner on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimise blemishes. Scarlett Johansson swears by this trick! But be warned the smell can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
3. Cooking with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very versatile ingredient, because not only is it good for you it adds a great tang to drinks deepens flavors of numerous foods and I love to use it when making chilli sauce.
As mentioned above Hippocrates mixed with honey and here’s my take on that:
An energizing tonic and a healing elixir
- 2 Tbsp ACV
- 750ml of sparkling water
- 1 TBS tsp honey (add more if you like it sweeter)
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 freshly squeezed
- for an extra kick you can also add a dash of cayenne powder
Mix together, cut up cucumber slices and add in some mint (hello afternoon spritzer), this is so refreshing and great when having friends over.
Where do I get ACV from?
Many commercial apple cider vinegars have been pasteurized, filtered, refined/ distilled in order to make the product look good so it’s more appealing (like the perfect tasteless carrots you get from the supermarket).
The extra processing destroys many of the healthy benefits, so you should look out for ACV that is made from cold pressed, organically grown whole apples, where no chemicals or preservatives have been added.
You could even make it yourself if your brave enough – instructions on how to make apple cider vingear
A constant theme with me is doing a little bit of research and knowing where your food comes from, not only does this show respect for your life, body and health, but also makes you realise that no one else is going to care for you as much as you do!