To know me is to know my affinity for Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV for short). It is is one of my kitchen and cosmetic staples. This tangy vinegar (redundant) is something I recommend to friends, family, co-workers, and anyone who will listen.
There are numerous benefits. It’s definitely a good, effervescent potion to incorporate into your regimen. No, this is not a quick fix for weight loss, though when you consume the raw version, it will help populate your gut and help that good bacteria to flourish and thrive. Our gut environment is shown to be a key to our overall health, our immunity and mental wellbeing.
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple juice. Fermentation is a cool thing that happens in the absence of oxygen (anaerobic) where bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms breakdown compounds of another organism or substance.
ACV that is “Raw with the mother”
I advise people to purchase ACV that is “raw with the mother”. The “mother” is that murky goodness sitting, which is strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that collects towards the bottom of the jar. Before you consume, it’s best to give the bottle a good shake.
The reason you want it raw is that should the vinegar be pasteurized, that means the vinegar has been heated, which kills off the good bacteria. This also means that if you do cook with it, the good bacteria will also be killed off.
I add to my lemon water in the morning, I sometimes just take a shot, I have used it as an ingredient in both face and hair masks (and will smell like salad for a bit after). It is a good toner for skin and removes product build up in hair.