Apple cider vinegar -–our my new favourite (non-smoothie!) beverage. Now I know, you’re probably thinking… “Ewww! who wants to drink vinegar?!” Trust me, with the number of health and beauty benefits this superfood possesses you’ll be begging to drink it.
In its raw form, apple cider vinegar not only alkalises your body, but also promotes healthy digestion, cellular cleansing and the growth of healthy bacteria. Many celebrities and beauty influencers are said to drink it daily to promote weight so it’s no surprise that people are interested.
Plus, apple cider vinegar is a beauty superpower too. You can use it as toner, it helps relieve acne and irritation, you can rinse your hair with it after your regular wash for mega-watt shine (plus it helps get rid of dandruff), use it to remove nail polish stains on your nails, relieves sunburnt skin, helps heal bruises quicker…. and the list goes on!
One thing you can’t do is boil apple cider vinegar. You’ll want to use it raw and unfiltered so it’s unpasteurised and retains its original enzymes. Basically the rule of thumb is, the “uglier” the apple cider vinegar the better. You want it brown and murky as the clear and pretty stuff has been through more filtration processes and has removed the “mother” – the brown strands that rest at the bottom. This is a good bacteria that your body will love you for consuming. You can use it as a dressing over salads, in detox drinks or mix into your favourite recipes for a superfood hit (I sometimes sneak it into my smoothies too).
APPLE CIDER DETOX DRINK
|What you’ll need:
|What to do:
|2 glasses of water
4 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother, the chunks of stuff floating in the jar)
4 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
4 tbsp honey (raw honey if possible)
|1. Dissolve cinnamon, cayenne, honey, and lemon in hot water (stir well).
2. Add apple cider vinegar to the mixture.
3. Consume right away for a hot tea, or cool and store in an airtight jar for an iced detox beverage ready at any time.
4. The beverage will be rather concentrated, so drink small cups or mix in water if it is too strong for your liking. Will last for up to a week in the refrigerator.Note: ‘You don’t want to boil the raw apple cider vinegar, since you don’t want to cook off the acidity nor kill the active cultures.
*Makes: 4-8 cups