Part of self-care is discovering what works for you and then establishing a routine to support your mind and body. It is all about what works for you!
One of my morning rituals involves getting my gut started on the right track for the day. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a powerful substance that can do wonders to help your digestion and overall health. But know that not all ACV’s are created the same.
Selecting a quality ACV is super important here — you want to look for one that is organic, unfiltered, and still has the “mother.” One trick is to turn the bottle upside down. If you see solid pieces floating in it or a film coating on the bottom of the bottle (as gross as that may sound), it is a good thing because it means all of those good bacteria are in there!
With its ability to promote your health, help your body to fend off unwanted infections, and to clear out waste, consistently consuming ACV is an easy way to take care of your gut to give the rest of your body the support it needs!
Here are my top 5 benefits of apple cider vinegar for your digestion:
#1 – Get a Good Start
When you wake up in the morning, you want to give yourself the best chance at feeling well for the day. ACV is a great way to give your body a jumpstart by setting up your digestive system for success. It can help you feel full longer, so you are craving fewer snacks through the rest of the day. (1)
#2 – Heal Your Microbiome
By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about microbiome health. The colony of bacteria that call your gut their home are so important in helping you to feel your best, and keeping the right balance of bacteria can prevent bigger health issues. ACV can help by killing off the bad bacteria that either cause infections or just steal nutrients away from the good ones. (2)
It is a powerful antimicrobial that can prevent the spread of bad bacteria and the inflammation they cause, which can lead to leaky gut and other significant issues. (3) It can also prevent the growth of Candida, a fungal infection that wreaks havoc in your body. (4) Raw, unfiltered ACV that contains the “mother” offers helpful bacteria to fuel your digestion and keep your gut healthy. ACV is a great tool to have to help the healthy bacteria thrive while ridding yourself of the unwanted intruders!
#3 – Boost Your Liver Health
Your liver’s health is so important to your body’s balance. It affects how you handle the fats and sugars you need for energy and clears out the waste products. ACV keeps fat from forming in the liver, making it sluggish and ineffective. (5)
In addition, regularly drinking ACV can help your liver regulate your blood sugar levels. (6) A normal blood sugar will help you feel full and keep your mind sharp and body in balance. You can be sure that a sluggish or unhealthy liver is affecting your hormones, so keeping your this organ healthy is crucial to you being the best you possible.
Combining a daily ACV shot with your self-care routines and essential oils will give your liver the love it needs to do its best work!
#4 – Metabolize Fat
I know you want all the help you can get in preventing the build-up of fat on our bodies. Regularly consuming ACV helps to cut down on the harmful levels of fats that enter your bloodstream. (7) It makes your system more able to handle the fats you are eating, breaking them down and putting them to use for energy and hormone regulation instead of just storing them in your tissues. This can help you feel more energized, have balanced blood sugar levels, and ward off weight gain when you are combining it with healthy, balanced meals.
#5 – Clear Your Cells
Your cells produce waste substances called free radicals in the course of their daily functions. A build-up of free radicals can contribute to overall inflammation, infection, and even cancer growth. Daily, consistent ACV use increases the number of antioxidants in your body to help to clear your system of these waste products. (8) Inflammation is behind so many of the issues we are facing — gut problems, autoimmunity, brain fog, hormone imbalance, and more — so do yourself a favor by clearing out your system regularly and allowing your body to heal!
Bonus: If you are suffering from PCOS, you may benefit even more from consistent ACV use. Studies find that it helps relieve PCOS symptoms and even helps restart ovulation because it helps your body use insulin effectively. (9)
Daily Dose of Apple Cider Vinegar
In a small shot glass, combine the following:
1 tablespoon raw, organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother”
Juice from approximately ¼ of a lemon
3-4 tablespoons of water
Take daily before breakfast to help you start off your day with a healthy gut that is ready to absorb nutrients and fuel your body to be energized, productive, and strong!
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