Why I Took Two Teaspoons of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar This Morning.by Ellen DuBois on 09/14/16
This morning I decided to down two teaspoons of Bragg's apple cider vinegar straight from the refrigerator.
It wasn't easy.
"Vinegar, which means "sour wine" in French, can be made from virtually any carbohydrate that can be fermented, including grapes, dates, coconut, potatoes, beets, and, of course, apples."
Wow. It sure is, "sour wine"!
Initially, I had to force it to stay down. No, I had to force it to GO down. My gag reflex was on full throttle. I couldn't wait for my coffee to brew so I could get the taste out of my mouth. Perhaps mixing it with warm water would have been a kinder, gentler way to go. But, I drank it straight and it was quick. Kind of like pulling off a band-aid.
Down the hatches!
But, why did I do it? Believe me, it didn't taste good. But, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Apple cider vinegar is good for me. Those two teaspoons will assist my digestion and help in my journey to lose some weight. I drank the very pungent liquid to boost my immunity, (I'm sleep deprived because my fiance is coughing much of the night), and to help clear my stuffy nose. Oh, and I made myself drink it to give me a much needed boost of energy after the relatively sleepless night I just mentioned.
As reported in Medscape General Medicine:
"The slow methods are generally used for the production of the traditional wine vinegars, and the culture of acetic acid bacteria grows on the surface of the liquid and fermentation proceeds slowly over the course of weeks or months.
The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, known as the mother of vinegar."
Speaking of the mother of vinegar, make sure you consume an organic, unprocessed "mother" vinegar like Bragg's, (my personal choice), and not the clear vinegars you see on the shelf. What is the mother, anyway? What does it mean?
"Distilled white vinegar is excellent for cleaning and laundry, but for health purposes, you'll want to avoid the perfectly clear, "sparkling clean" varieties you commonly see on grocery store shelves. Instead, you want organic, unfiltered, unprocessed vinegar, which is murky. As mentioned, that murkiness is caused by a cobweb-like substance called the "mother," and it is indicative of a high-quality product."- Mercola.com
Well, here's to your health. This post is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the heath benefits of organic, raw apple cider vinegar. It's actually pretty amazing, and very cost effective.
Caveat: If you're going to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily health management, check with your doctor first to make sure it doesn't affect any current medications you're taking.
Oh, and if you're going to drink it straight like I did, get ready. You can do it, but do it fast!
Ellen DuBois: I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Host of MiscarriageHelp.com. I've also been published with Blue Mountain Arts, and am a contributing author to several books including: Soul Matters for Teens, Sisters, (Blue Mountain Arts gift book), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders- Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News, Romancing the Soul, More God Allows U-Turns. Additionally, I'm also known as "Miss Ellen"- a piano teacher to students from 5 to tween and beyond-
I love it!