All it takes is 1-3 tablespoons per day of this magic elixir and you don’t even have to order it from a snake oil salesman or pay top dollar. It’s probably as close as your local health food store because what I’m talking about is raw, unfiltered, organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
ACV is made through a fermentation process where yeast converts the sugar from the apples into alcohol. Then the next phase happens, where the alcohol is converted into acetic acid.
This acetic acid supports nutritional ketosis, which is important to Beege and me because that is our preferred nutritional lifestyle. For people eating “keto”, ACV increases the number of energy-producing mitochondria in your cells through stimulation of an important metabolic pathway known as PGC1-alpha.
ACV offers many other benefits such as:
- Improves your gut microbiome.
- Provides healthy beneficial enzymes.
- Lowers the “bad” cholesterol.
- Increases cognitive function.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Improves lymphatic drainage and detoxification.
- Revs up the metabolism.
- Helps you feel more full when taken before meals.
- Can signal certain genes to help you store less fat.
- May reduce the digestion rate of complex carbs.
- Aids absorption of important minerals from foods.
- Increases the acidity in your stomach to support the digestion and movement of food through your GI tract.
- Fights metabolic syndrome.
I’m not a big fan of straight ACV, but if you are, then just take it raw. Otherwise, it’s easy to make a delicious drink. Here’s Beege’s recipe below.
In a 32 oz. container, add:
- .75 cup ACV
- 1 tablespoon liquid stevia (less if you like it more tart)
- 4 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup lemon juice
Fill up the rest of the container with filtered water and shake, shake, shake! And then shake again each time before you take a swig. We usually take 2-4 swigs in the morning and the evening.
You might also consider adding ginger for a little kick, which is another highly anti-inflammatory ingredient.
Bev adds turmeric to hers, for even more anti-inflammatory benefits, but I don’t like the taste, so I take my turmeric in a supplement (capsule) form.
Enjoy and let us know how you like it, or if you have a recipe tweak to suggest in the comments below!
And see our video below with a slightly different delicious recipe!