I remember shot glasses…
When I turned 21 (and I must admit a little before) I would be lying if I said I hadn’t learned how to throw back a shot. Never did I think that a few years later I would be throwing back a whole different kind of shot to keep myself healthy instead of making me a weirdo.
There is a lot of info on the web about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV for future reference) and you can read about some of that at these sites:
Mind, Body, Green
The benefits I am most interested in seeing are improvement in energy, strengthening of my immune system and increasing metabolism wouldn’t hurt either. I will be keeping track of any improvements that I see as well as any negatives I experience.
When I started looking into this, I quickly found out that not all ACV’s are created equal! If you are going to be adding ACV to your diet expecting to have any health benefit at all, you need to get Certified Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar that is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar. What the heck is Mother of Vinegar? (Consequently, when I was reading about ACV and the “Mother” I kept singing the Danzig song of the same name over and over… I am weird… find the video here). Mother of vinegar is the living enzymes and bacteria that make ACV so beneficial for the body, you can actually see it settle to the bottom of the container and it makes the vinegar cloudy. Pasteurized vinegar has none of the Mother and therefore none of the health benefits. But bacteria is bad, right? Well as we will learn together, NO… There are many bacteria that are not only good for us, but absolutely necessary to our bodies.
When I asked the group of wise ladies that I am privileged to be a part of, they directed me to Bragg ACV as the best to buy, so I did. Their website is very informative and you can check it out at Bragg.com. I went down to my local health store and got myself a bottle. I put it in my spice cupboard when I got home and periodically stared at it for a few days as I opened and closed the cupboard to get other things. What was it going to taste like? What if I can taste the “Mother”? Will it be absolutely disgusting? Lots of thoughts like that.
One morning, about a week later, I decided that I had waited long enough… I took the bottle out of the cupboard and poured my self a shot.
After talking to my boys in their respective high chair and booster seat while I made breakfast and tried to delay as much as I possibly could for fear of the taste of Mother of Vinegar, they both looked at me and called me a sissy and told me to get on with it (ok that didn’t actually happen), so I did.
Immediately afterward I kind of understood why Renee Zellweger has that look on her face all the time…
Maybe she is a closet Crunchy and always has the after taste of Vinegar Mother in her mouth.
It was pretty tangy.
I wanted to do the shot of vinegar straight so that anything I mixed it in after that would be an improvement and it was. I now put ACV in two of my bottles full of water a day with a small amount of honey. It actually tastes pretty good to me and its nice to drink more water and have it taste like something tangy and sweet that isn’t a powdered mix of chemicals and turns pink.
I have been doing this for 2 weeks now and so far I have experienced the following benefits:
Energy Increase – I really could tell a difference the first day. I was outside with the kids more and overall felt more energetic than I usually do. It surprised me to feel effects that quickly and noticeably.
Metabolism- I don’t know if this can be attributed to the fact that I am just drinking more fluids in general but I have noticed slight weight loss. Very slight so don’t think that this is some wonder weight loss potion.
Now here is where it gets serious. I told my hubby that I didn’t want to write about this part because, well, it’s about flatulence. You know, that thing that we all do, but blame on someone else? Yeah… So… in the interest of keeping this blog “real” and telling you the good, the bad and the smelly, here goes nothing.
I have been known to be pretty gassy… nearly all the time. According to some medical standards, excessive flatulence starts around 20 “episodes” a day. On a particularly fun day, I can double that easily. So, anything that changes anything about my ability to produce world-record breaking wind (see what I did there?) has my attention. ACV really helped! Even my husband noticed! LOL It of course didn’t get rid of it all together, but it did decrease it A LOT and frankly, it didn’t smell. I mean it! Now I could riddle you with jokes about how my $*%# no longer stinks but that is just juvenile. So, ACV in small amounts daily really made a noticeable difference in my gut health, in the end. Ah, I couldn’t help that one!
All things considered, I would say that it does have considerable health benefits and that it is a great, affordable alternative to many crazy things that people will take to show a little bit of improvement in these particular areas of health. So try it!! Get your Mother of ACV on and report back to tell me your experiences. You can even tell me about your farts… no one is reading this anyway, right? 😉