I’ve had “get apple cider vinegar into daily diet” on my to-do list for the better part of a year. I bought a bottle with the hopes of drinking it daily but yet it has been sitting, cold and lonely, in my fridge. I have used it when I make bone broth, if I’m soaking beans, and little amounts in various recipes. I just haven’t been brave enough to actually drink it every day.
Why? I’m not a huge fan of chugging [daily] repulsive things. The taste of straight vinegar falls into that category. The “apple cider” means nothing when it comes to the taste of this mixture. After putting it off for so long, I knew I had to just get started on finding a way to drink this very powerful and healing stuff. I didn’t want to chug it. I didn’t want it to be a daily chore that I hated doing because I knew it would be an easy thing to skip.
First, I tried mixing it with a glass of water and some raw honey. I sipped it. Not extremely awful, but still a weird tasting drink. It took me all afternoon to finish this drink and I gave up when I still had a tiny bit left. Lots of people advise taking ACV this way, it just wasn’t for me.
Next, I tried mixing it with organic, unsweetened cranberry juice. This way was better. At first, I didn’t realize how strong and bitter pure cranberry juice is, so I had to dilute it quite a bit. If you like cranberry juice, this one is worth trying. I would mix the cranberry juice with water, to your liking, in a small milk glass, then add in the splash of apple cider vinegar. I drank it this way for about a week. It hid the taste of the ACV completely, it was just still a bit bitter and not super easy to get down for me.
After reading about the many, many, many, many benefits of apple cider vinegar, I found so many people who seemed to enjoy drinking it with honey and lemon. I had been meaning to try it with lemon, I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I decided I would give it a try. I filled up a quart sized mason jar with filtered water, leaving a little room at the top. Then I splashed in my apple cider vinegar, [when starting out, I only added in 1/4 teaspoon] followed by an equal amount [1/4 teaspoon] of raw honey. Then I squeezed the juice out of two lemons into the water. I really love lemon water, so you could easy do less if you are not as big of a lemon fan and it would still hide the taste of the ACV.
The first day I drank it, I didn’t know if it was because I was drinking it out of a mason jar or because of the added lemon, but I was loving this drink. Even though it was a bigger glass out of all of the mixtures I tried, it was by far the tastiest and easiest to drink for me. I didn’t expect it to last. I assumed it was because I had so little ACV and it would get increasingly worse. Wrong! The thing about ACV is the more you drink it, the more your body starts to actually crave it. So by starting small, I gave my body a chance to warm up to it and every day following, I found myself craving this drink. Every week, I would increase my dose by a 1/2 teaspoon, give or take a little. This allowed me to not notice any difference in taste by the time I got up to 2 tablespoons.
A word about dosage: apple cider vinegar is in fact a fermented liquid. It has live good bacteria [probiotics] that help support your gut health. This is a good thing. Most people do not get real fermented foods into their diet and most people have poor gut health. ACV is a great way to turn that around. With that being said, it is important to know that if you start at a high dose, even 2 tablespoons, it is possible you could experience some detox symptoms, depending on how healthy you are. Most of the time these are mild and include headache, nausea, body aches, sore throat, etc. I, myself, do not like to mess around with that stuff, so any time I start incorporating a healing food into my daily routine, I start super slow. This gives my body plenty of time to get used to whatever I am consuming and I don’t experience detox symptoms this way.
If you do experience any detox symptoms from this or any other healing good, just remember that it is actually a good thing. Your body is purging the bad stuff and you are greatly improving your health. Yay!
There are sooooooo many good benefits to drinking apple cider vinegar, so don’t let anything scare you off. Your body will thank you.
Just some of the benefits of AVC:
-Promotes good gut bacteria
-Fights acid reflux
-Detoxes the body
-Aids in weight loss
-Balances blood sugar
-Balances PH in the body
-Lowers blood pressure
-Fights allergies & colds
-Lowers blood pressure
-Fights yeast buildup in gut [Candida]
Not to mention you can also use it on your face, as a cleaner, to help whiten teeth, to heal dry scalp, the list goes on!
There are really too many benefits not to be consuming this traditional healing drink. Are there other ways you enjoy taking apple cider vinegar?
*I use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar found here. [Make sure to get it ‘with the mother’ as that is what makes it fermented.]
*Raw, local honey is best if you can get it. There are many good options online as well, however, such as this one.