If you did a poll of the most desired beauty and health changes, a slim physique and clear skin would probably rank pretty high on the list.
While the conventional approach to meeting these goals would be to slave away on a treadmill, starve yourself on a diet, and apply expensive skin products, we take a different tack.
It might sound outrageous, but we believe you can get a flat stomach and glowing complexion from one little bottle that costs less than €5.
It’s all thanks to raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). This vinegar helps control blood sugar, supports a strong metabolism and provides the gut with beneficial bacteria.
As a result, digestion is more effective and the body can detoxify itself effortlessly. Since the health of the gut is reflected externally in the skin, improving digestive health with apple cider vinegar is a reliable way to achieve beautiful clear skin.
Read on to discover ways to incorporate this heavy-hitting yet affordable remedy into your daily regime.
Why you should never drink apple cider vinegar straight
Most people would never want to drink straight vinegar, simply because of the taste! Apple cider vinegar certainly has a strong flavour and leaves an unpleasant sensation in the throat. It’s especially difficult to get kids to drink vinegar because of the taste and burning effect.
Even if you fancy yourself as a hardcore ACV fan, we recommend never taking a swig straight from the bottle — it can be unsafe. One scientific study examined the consequences of drinking undiluted apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Individuals actually suffered tissue damage to the esophagus. For this reason, we would like to share some of the best recipes to make apple cider vinegar not only more palatable, but also safe to consume.
These recipes are so good that you will likely want to take apple cider vinegar daily. You may even convince hesitant family members to jump on the bandwagon.
There are additional benefits too, which can be gained from the other wholesome ingredients in these recipes.
Choose one that best suits your needs and preferences.
1. Sweet and tart cranberry cocktail
The bold flavor of cranberry helps to cover up the sharp taste of apple cider vinegar. Cranberry also delivers a dose of vitamin C and antioxidants.
1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons pure cranberry juice 1 1⁄2 cups water
2 teaspoons maple syrup
Measure the apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice and maple syrup into a glass.
2. Top up with water. Add ice cubes if desired.
2. Grapefruit metabolism booster
If weight loss is your goal, grapefruit is an excellent tool for boosting the metabolism. It’s also a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants and has been shown to help lower unhealthy cholesterol. Try drinking this juice before every meal to improve digestion and to encourage gradual weight loss.
1 cup pure grapefruit juice
1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons raw honey
Measure the apple cider vinegar and honey into a glass.
Top up with grapefruit juice. If you prefer less sugar, use half the amount of grapefruit juice and honey, and top up with water.
3. Immune-boosting kick in the pants
If you are feeling under the weather, this mixture will kick your immune system into gear and bring you right back in no time. This is a great preventative brew for cold and flu season, or can be consumed a few times daily when you are feeling sick.
1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1–2 tablespoons raw honey Thumb-sized piece of ginger root Juice of 1⁄2 a lemon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1. Grate the ginger root, then squeeze the juice from the pulp into a glass or mug. Discard the pulp.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
3. Top up with hot water — ensure the water is at a drinkable temperature, not boiling, so that the living compounds in the vinegar and honey are preserved. Stir to dissolve, and drink.
4. Optionally add 1 finely chopped or crushed
fresh garlic clove for a further immune boost (not for the faint of heart!).
5. Mineral-rich tonic
Were you ever given blackstrap molasses as a child? This age- old remedy is making a comeback. Blackstrap molasses is one of the best sources of minerals in an absorbable form. You’ll get a good dose of iron, magnesium, manganese and calcium from this brew.
1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses Water
1. Stir the ingredients together and consume.
The only type of apple cider vinegar you should ever buy
Now that we’ve covered a few great ways to make apple cider vinegar more palatable, let’s address the vinegar itself. It’s essential that you use high quality vinegar.
We are not talking about those huge plastic “tanks” of low quality stuff. While this may be okay for making barbecue sauce, we want to step it up a notch for health and weight loss applications.