Apple cider vinegar is often something that I encourage my clients to use as a way of supporting their digestive function.
Traditionally used for hundreds of years it is making a come back in the wellness space in a big way. And I can tell you now, it's here to stay.
Made from the fermented juice of apples, the most important part of any apple cider vinegar is 'The Mother'. The 'Mother' contains all of the beneficial bacteria and enzymes, ensuring that your apple cider vinegar has the 'Mother' is vital.
Apple Cider Vinegar has many health benefits. And while people claim it does a lot of things- some proven and others not so much you can't deny that this vinegar packs a punch.
Within apple cider vinegar is a compound called Acetic Acid. And this acid has strong ant-fungal properties, providing apple cider vinegar with its ability to aid in the remedy of fungal conditions such as thrush, fungal nails and skin conditions such as ring worm.
Studies have also been conducted on acetic acid as a blood pressure modulator and one study even showed a reduction in weight in obese participants, as well as aiding in stable blood sugar levels. Studies have found that ingestion of vinegar reduces the glucose response to a carbohydrate load in healthy adults and in individuals with diabetes. There is also some evidence that vinegar ingestion increases short-term satiety.
Traditionally, apple cider vinegar helps to support digestive function by stimulating healthy stomach acid. This encourages better breakdown and absorption of nutrients and reducing digestive symptoms such as reflux, bloating and constipation.
1 teaspoon in a small amount of water before meals is all that you need, and you can also have this same dosage symptomatically to help relieve bloating.
Alternatively you can decant a small amount of apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, spray a small amount onto your tongue before meals and this is enough to stimulate the bitter receptors and encourage stomach acid production.
How to use-
Diluted - 1 teaspoon in water, can mix with lemon, honey and cayenne for an extra hit.
Dressings - combine with olive oil, lemon and sea salt for a fresh salad dressing.
As a tea- combine hot water and the apple cider vinegar
Topical - diluted and applied to the area. You can also add it to your bath- but be sure to rinse off afterwards. Always do a patch test to make sure that you'r skin doesn't get irritated by it.
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