A lot of people look at me funny (or scoff!) when I tell them that apple cider vinegar changed my life. I had been suffering for years with chronic fatigue and pain, but after my gut completely gave up on me I got tired of being pushed around by doctors that clearly had no idea how to help me. I couldn’t digest anything at one point! But they were telling me that I had too much stomach acid. After a few months on a PPI, I kept feeling worse and worse.
It was on my 23rd birthday that I had had enough. I tapered off the PPI and I started ACV. After months of living off of bland foods, I actually managed to eat a normal meal without pain the first night I took ACV. I was in shock to say the least! How could just a teaspoon of this stinky stuff help so much?! I added in aloe vera the same week of the ACV and over the next few months, my health completely transformed. You can read my whole healing journey here.
Now, it’s been about 4 years since I started on this natural health path. A huge bottle of ACV has been on my counter this whole time. Not a day passes that I don’t take at least one dose of it. I’m used to the taste, and at times I actually crave it. However, I know that a majority of people cannot stand the taste of it. So I wanted to share these recipes, and some more information about ACV that might convince you to try it if you already haven’t.
Here are some great recipes to use ACV:
- 5 Drinks with ACV
- Ginger Honey Switchel (delicious!)
- Kristin’s “Apple Cider”: Heat up some water or apple juice on the stove, but not to the boiling point. Use 2 tablespoons ACV, 1/2 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon, 1 tsp raw honey, and 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. Mix it all together and enjoy! This is the recipe I use if anyone in my house gets sick- it helps to knock out colds quick!
- Or if you are brave: Just add 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water. Drink 2-3 times a day.
Now The “Why” behind drinking ACV
First and foremost, ACV helps aid in digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. This is what stomach acid is mainly for, but most people are sadly lacking in stomach acid because of nutrient imbalances. It’s quite a bad cycle- we need stomach acid to digest nutrients, but we need certain nutrients to make stomach acid. Using things like ACV, lemon, gelatin, and HCL can help the body get back into balance by digesting foods.
This awesome vinegar helps digest food, assimilate minerals, regulates blood sugar, helps weight loss, detoxes the liver, can kill pathogens and some bacteria (like e.coli), is great for cardiovascular health, and has a role in protecting against cancer.
ACV is usually my first recommendation for my clients because it is food based and very effective.