One of my ‘better’ lifestyle habits is drinking ‘shots’ of pure, organic apple cider vinegar morning and evening.
There’s a long history as a ‘cure-all’ home remedy, used to treat everything from a sore throat to spots, acne, digestion issues, to balancing blood sugar, reducing cholesterol deposits in the arteries, and supposedly boosting weight loss. But aside from all that – drinking neat apple cider vinegar is simply one of those ‘micro-rituals’ that just feels super cleansing and a positive start to each day!
Don’t get me wrong – I detest vinegar with a passion in every other means: can’t do pickles, balsamic, etc… Yet somehow, the prospect of doing my gut some good…has me mentally prepared when swigging back this stuff.
WHAT’S IN IT?
Pretty much apple juice, but when yeast is added it ferments the fruit’s natural sugar to alcohol. Live bacteria then turns the alcohol into acetic acid, to give the distinct taste and potent smell.
Like many natural rituals, drinking neat apple cider vinegar has been used as a remedy since Cleopatra and the ancient Greeks but many claims aren’t supported by modern research, and many are far-reaching too. However, rich in antioxidant polyphenols, some studies suggest it may curb cell damage that otherwise may lead onto numerous diseases including auto-immune, diabetes and cancer. Japanese scientists also believe that drinking vinegar might help reduce obesity, which leads to many complications in life too.
As a precaution, do be wary if you’re on medication for diabetes or heart disease – although the line ‘check with your GP’ is fast becoming a joke as the majority of GPs, including newly qualified, never study nutrition (though some Cambridge med students are campaigning for this).