My friends, while coconut oil may be my top food hero, apple cider vinegar is probably a close second. Apple cider vinegar is an all-natural remedy for just about everything. No, really. For one thing, it helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, which means that drinking it can help boost your energy by helping your body maintain the equilibrium it tries so hard to achieve. So you might as well help it out.
I recently took a bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar mixed in to help get rid of a nasty sore throat, and while I don't want to sound like a nut: it kind of helped. Coconut oil and apple cider vinegar are both wonderful agents for drawing out toxins.
Want to know some cool things about apple cider vinegar? Read this.
People swear by apple cider vinegar. In my own experience, I have found that using equal parts ACV and water as a skin toner have had wonderful effects on my skin--specifically, making my pores smaller. (I told you about it, remember?) So naturally, I wanted to know what taking it internally would do for me.
I began taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water, twice a day. I read about all of the benefits, and then decided to forget about them so I could give an unbiased report on the results. I noticed two things: my cold/sore throat was going away, and my clothes were a little bit looser. So naturally I kept reading, and kept drinking (still talking about ACV...just to be clear).
These days, I take about four tablespoons in 16 ounces of water, and sip on it throughout the day. I am not sick anymore, but since I have a daily problem of never bringing enough food with me to work, this little habit has really helped keep my energy level up, and satiate my appetite until I get home (it naturally stifles hunger, and aids with digestion, so drinking it before meals is a great idea!).
Although the taste may take some getting used to, I am finding that it gets better the more I drink it. So, do you drink? Will you try it? I kind of want to buy it by the gallon.
Edit: Thanks, Amanda, for reminding me to include this important information: While apple cider vinegar is super inexepensive at about $3.50 a bottle, it is important to buy the right stuff. It needs to include what is called "the mother" (it gives the liquid a kind of "cob-webby" look when held up to the light), or else the effects are not the same. Don't bother with it unless it has a mom! Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar is great.
P.S. I broke down and created a facebook page for Jeneric Generation and if you wanted to "like" it, I certainly wouldn't hold you back. I am hoping it becomes a great little place to communicate, especially with non-bloggers who are not able to comment on the blog. Thank you!
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