Morning Wake-up Call

IMG_4058Want to speed up the fat burning process with a simple shot glass?

If you watch my Instagram stories (@fitbetweenthelines), you may have caught a glance of my morning apple cider vinegar shots. ACV has become a habit of mine and definitely has it benefits. I take a shot or two every morning on an empty stomach.

ACV gets things moving. It helps regulate blood sugar, improve heart health, and helps in keeping a healthy Alkaline PH level (which therefore reduces cravings, keeps energy levels up, and helps reduce illness and disease).

Like all fermented products, apple cider vinegar is made using active yeast that is combined with sugar. In this case, it is a naturally occurring sugar from crushed apples. The best apple cider vinegar for health and wellness should be made from certified organic apples. Pasteurization is not required because this process kills many of the nutrients and enzymes. The acidity of the vinegar is enough to prevent unhealthy bacteria (including E. Coli) from developing. After the fermentation process is completed, the result is the formation of acetic acid, the main beneficial compound found in apple cider vinegar.

The murky brown appearance of ACV, as well as the strands of yeast that may be present, actually mean that the cider is good-quality.

Although ACV is made using sugar, the sugar is consumed during fermentation, so you barely ingest any of it in the finished product. ACV has about 3-5 calories per tablespoon, and a little typically goes a long way. So you wind up with a very beneficial drink for virtually no calories or sugar. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of consuming ACV is that it has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, helping to keep them stable and to reduce risk for diabetes or hypoglycemia.

ACV was first used as an a natural disinfectant (and still is today). Vinegar is known to have anti-fungal abilities and to kill harmful bacteria and pathogens, so traditionally people used it to clean their homes, bodies, and to fight off fungus from forming. Today, many people still use ACV , and other types of vinegar, for a wide range of cleansing uses.

It is imperative that you select organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to reap its many health and beauty benefits. Also, look for cloudy vinegar; this is the sign that the friendly enzymes and bacteria that promote healing have not been removed. The cloudy strands is what is referred to as the “mother” probiotics.

It is important to note that not all apple cider vinegar is created equally! To get the most out of using ACV, make sure you buy it raw and with the “mother” intact, which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics.

How do you use ACV?

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