apple cider vinegarOne of the simplest things you can do for your health is make this apple cider vinegar detox drink. Earlier this year I was on Dr. Oz talking about the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV). To most people, it’s one of those condimental foods you pass by on grocery store shelves, but don’t think to pick up unless you need it for a recipe. A shot of ACV once a day might be just what you need to get your body moving in the right direction. For a couple of bucks, ACV is money well spent. It contains a host of vitamins, minerals and acetic acid. Acetic acid is what makes ACV shine by controlling appetite, increasing insulin sensitivity (a good thing), and helping to produce protein in the body that helps decrease fat storage.

Made from fermented apples, ACV is super versatile. I often include it in my recipes, including this Healthy Detox Salad, which is great for anyone who needs a tasty way to get more veggies into their diet.

Another great benefit of ACV is that it helps to make the blood more alkaline! Our body’s pH should be slightly alkaline, but often times, unhealthy foods and stress create a more acidic environment. ACV turns the tables.ACV has also been shown to improve blood pressure and acid reflux.

TIP:  Only buy unfiltered ACV containing the “mother” to get the greatest benefit. Filtered vinegar just doesn’t do the same thing! My favorite is Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, pictured above.

I usually have a shot of ACV first thing in the morning, as a shot, with a glass of lukewarm or warm water (never cold). If you’re new to ACV, it can take some getting used to. This very simple recipe can help make the benefits of ACV easier to get down.

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Recipe

12oz warm or room temp water (never cold)
2 – 3 tsp apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg)
1 tsp honey or 1 packet stevia (optional)

Mix and enjoy.

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