Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV as it’s affectionately known has changed my life.
7 years ago I started to suffer from a burning sensation in my throat coupled with a hunger even after eating … The burning quickly moved from a mild dose after food to pretty much continuous throughout the day. I got rid of coffee, bread and alcohol, cut down on meat and ate more veggies but I couldn’t leave the house without a bumper pack of Rennie or sleep without a bottle of Gavison by my bed.
6 months later my GP tried to give me a prescription for an even stronger antacid. No thanks. With a little research I cam across the wonder that is ACV - an age old cure for a hundred things. How could drinking something so acidic possibly help with the acidic burn in my throat and stomach?
24 hours later and I was free! It turns out that like most people today with digestive problems, an overproduction of acid wasn’t my problem - my stomach wasn’t acidic enough - it had been struggling to digest my food and hence throwing the little acid it had around. My food had just been sitting in my stomach and the antacids were neutralizing the little that I had…
ACV is acidic right where my body needs it but after it goes through the digestion process it leaves an alkaline ‘ash’ in my body helping to balance my blood pH.
This little insight helped me to better understand the way the body works and started me on the road to where we are today.
Apple Cider Vinegar promotes digestion, bowel movements, encourages the growth of friendly bacteria, its high in minerals and potassium and it’s antiseptic.
Most vinegars are pasteurised which damages much of it’s healing properties. Look for ‘raw’ apple cider vinegar or ‘with the mother’ - if the bottle is clear you can see a cloudy swirl at the bottom - that’s the ‘mother’!
How to use it
- salad dressings and other sauces, adds a tang to salsa verde
- drink one tablespoon mixed into a glass of water 20 minutes before a meal to help with digestion
- for a bout of indigestion take a more concentrated version i.e. 1 tablespoon to as little water as possible so you don’t flood your stomach
- for acid-reflux add 3 tablespoons to a pint glass of water and sip throughout the day