The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
I know you've heard many times before that apple cider is good for you, I also know that when you got a whiff of it you likely thought, "No way am I drinking this stuff"! Well, maybe if you actually knew HOW good it is for you, you'll change your mind and you won't think twice about adding this to your daily routine. Not only that but I'll teach you how to make it yourself and how easy it is to always have a supply of it in your home. So, no excuses!
Apple cider vinegar contains healthy compounds such as acetic acid, magnesium, potassium, enzymes and probiotics essential to the body for health and wellness, making it a potent and powerful food. Because of this, here are the reasons you should be taking a shot of this everyday!
- Detoxify the body- it supports the liver in removing toxins from the body and helps with bowel motility resulting in a cleaner and better functioning body.
- Helps with tummy trouble- when taken before a meal, it can promote digestion and prevent bloating. It improves the acid content of stomach acid helping with acid reflux and because of the pectin found in it, it soothes intestinal spasms.
- Supports weight loss-it suppresses your appetite and reduces sugar cravings, it also increases your metabolism and decreases water retention...helping you lose weight!
- Helps prevent diabetes- it balances blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity and insulin responses.
- Helps in prevention of heart disease- it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol by lowing triglyceride levels.
- It is multipurpose- does other great things including whiten teeth, cures warts, dandruff, fungus on toes and skin, fights seasonal allergies, repels fleas on pets, eases varicose veins, treats acne, is a natural deodorant, household cleaner AND can soothe a sore throat.
Isn't that amazing! Here's step by step instructions to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar!
- Glass weight
- Cheese cloth or coffee filters
- Glass jars
- Elastic bands or string
NOTE: When I make this, I end up using my apple scraps, like the peels and cores, from an apple baking day; however, make sure that the skins have been scrubbed clean!
Put the apples into a large glass jar to about 3/4 full. There needs to be some room for the apples to expand as it sits.
Next, make a sugar water mixture. The ratio is 1 cup to 1 tablespoon. So if you are using two cups of water you add two tablespoons of sugar. Heat the water up to dissolve the sugar and let it cool before adding it to the jar. Add enough mixture to fill to the top of the jar.
Add a glass weight into the jar to help keep the apple submerged under water. You can use anything that is glass or ceramic as long as it's clean and it fits.
Cover the tops with either a coffee filter or cheese cloth then secure it with a piece of string or an elastic band.
Place in a cool dark place for a couple weeks and forget about it! It may start to bubble during this time which is totally a good thing!
After two weeks, bring them out from hiding and remove the apples fro the jar. Leaving the liquid behind and cover again with a filter or cheese cloth.
Let it sit again. The vinegar may become cloudy and a scoby(a yeast and bacteria formation) could form on the top but that's totally normal. Taste the vinegar every week util it's to your liking and then stop the fermentation process by putting it in the fridge. That's it!
Get health and feel great by making your own apple cider vinegar!