We’re halfway through the Bikini Challenge with Tone It Up and we have been integrating apple cider vinegar into our morning routine the whole time – There are some great benefits from having apple cider vinegar as part of your daily routine!
To reap the benefits of apple cider vinegar, you’ve going to need the real deal good stuff: raw, organic, unfiltered and made from fermented apples that haven’t been treated with toxic pesticides. You see that dark cloudy sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle? No worries, that’s the good stuff called the “the mother.” What’s the mother? That dark, cloudy sediment tells you that your apple cider vinegar has living nutrients and good bacteria. Just shake it up before you consume. Pop Sugar has put together some great reasons why you should include apple cider vinegar in your daily routine.
Supports weight loss: If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, it’s time to start using apple cider vinegar. Studies have shown that vinegar may help keep you from feeling hungry by slowing stomach emptying; it also lowers the glycemic index of high-carb foods like pasta, meaning it can help you feel fuller longer by slowing the release of glucose into your bloodstream.
Improves digestion: The pectin in apple cider vinegar has been known to move things along when bellies get backed up. Up your fiber intake with a green salad with plenty of roughage, topped off with this honey apple cider vinaigrette to improve your digestion situation.
Adds a pep to your step: Apple cider vinegar is also credited with improving energy levels. If you’re cutting out caffeine at work, just a few tablespoons of ACV mixed with a full glass of water can keep you from feeling cloudy and get you back to work.
Boosts immunity: When you’re adding a lot of healthy vitamins and minerals to your system, it’s going to help your immune system ward off illness. If you’re already sick and in need of a little help, drink hot apple cider vinegar brew that combines cayenne, lemon and honey, which will help open up your sinuses and replenish your body with the minerals it needs to recoup.
Now, we just don’t go chug the apple cider vinegar straight up…and the thought of that sounds horrifying and we just gagged thinking about that. Thankfully, we have found some great ways to make apple cider vinegar a tasteful experience. Check out the recipes below how to enjoy apple cider vinegar.
1.) Meta D from Tone It Up: Very simple – apple cider vinegar, organic apple juice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and splash of agave. Simple and easy go-to in the morning. We like to heat it up during the winters so it’s like a hot apple cider.
2.) Bombshell Spell from Tone It Up: Such a refreshing way to enjoy during the summer months! Check out the recipe on the side.
3.) Fire Cider: This is our new favorite find! A little intense but you definitely feel the benefits immediately. This recipe includes not just apple cider vinegar but other healthy gut remedies such as whole, raw, certified organic oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, habanero pepper, garlic and turmeric. Now that will wake you up!
Have you found other ways to integrate ACV into your daily routine? Share ‘em with us!