Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is often touted as a super elixir, capable of aiding in weight loss and improving health conditions to a point where modern medicine may as well stand aside. While this may not be quite the truth, the case for including apple cider vinegar in your daily intake is certainly strong and most definitely warrants your attention. Only problem is, getting it down the hatch is a little bothersome due to the taste and is an immediate turn off for new recruits.
Luckily for us, there is more than one way to consume apple cider vinegar and by combining this miracle liquid with a selection of other (tastier) ingredients, you will have a concoction that will not only taste good but do your body good too.
DIGESTION AID TONIC
As we get older, our bodies natural stomach acidity lowers, meaning our digestion is inhibited slightly. Not good news for gas and bloating. Using ACV as a digestive aid can help mitigate some of the symptoms associated with indigestion such as gassiness and bloating, but as I mentioned above, taking it straight is fear inducing. This tonic made up of ACV, grapefruit, lemon, cinnamon and honey is much tastier and full of added benefits such as:
HONEY: Source of antioxidants, removes free radicals which contribute to damage in the digestive tract, helps relieve acidity. Adds a little sweet to the bitter.
APPLE CIDER: Antimicrobial, killing gas causing bacteria in the stomach relieving bloating symptoms. As ACV is acidic, it may also raise stomach acidity levels which will aid in the digestion process (faster digestion means less bloating)
LEMON: Alkalising. lemon juice helps to loosen the toxins floating around in your GI tract, relieve the painful symptoms that accompany indigestion, and even reduce the risk of burping and bloating resulting from excess gas production in your gut. Lemon water can keep your digestive system purring like a kitty all day long.
CINNAMON: Natural diuretic, helps reduce inflammation which leads to excess gas production and thus bloating. Helps to increase fat burning potential.
** Combine all ingredients with approximately 1/4 cup cold water + 1/4 cup of hot water (depending on your preference) and stir**
Aim to consume this tonic a half hour prior to meals 3 times a day for best results. This will allow the ingredients to prepare the stomach for digestion.
Check out the full recipe below. I can’t wait for you to try this out for yourself and I would love to hear from you if you have.
**When consuming ACV and other acidic beverages, it’s best to practice drinking through a straw to avoid any dental damage. Due to its high acidity levels, do not consume grapefruit with any prescription medications unless instructed otherwise by your healthcare instructor. If unsure whether this tonic may be right for you, please check in with your doctor or healthcare provider prior to consuming.