Superfood Spotlight: Apple Cider Vinegar

What you should know: Thanks to the famously healthy Bragg family, apple cider vinegar has gone from a traditional home remedy to a mainstream tool for health. Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh, crushed apples which are then fermented in wooden barrels, turning them into a versatile health aid. ACV – as we health nuts love calling it – is a natural cleansing-and-healing elixir due to its high probiotic content, natural acidity and its ability to alkalinize the body.

Why you should try it: It is apple cider vinegar’s acidic nature that is the key to its health-promoting benefits. It helps to stimulate the natural production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is essential for the proper digestion of foods, and the protection against ingested pathogens. By improving digestion, it offers relief from acid reflux, and leads to healthy skin and metabolic function. In addition, apple cider vinegar has shown to improve blood sugar levels, thereby aiding in natural weight loss, while also reducing inflammation and pain in the body.

Let’s get together: The best way to reap the benefits of this ancient remedy is to consume only undistilled, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. This ensures that it still contains the live enzymes and acid, which are the healing components of the vinegar. Since we love to use ACV for its cleansing and digestive-promoting properties, we add it to Pressed Juicery’s Citrus 1. By combining ACV with cayenne and lemon, you create the perfect supercharged cleansing tonic. Lemon jump-starts the adrenal glands, cayenne gets the blood moving, and ACV activates the digestive system and metabolism. Try drinking this ACV tonic first thing in the morning for best results. Editor’s Note: watch those pearly whites! To protect your enamel, sip ACV, Citrus 1 and lemon water through a straw.

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