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It's September, embrace the power of apples.
All About Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has been around for centuries. It is one of the oldest forms of fermentation to date. The word itself means "sour wine" and the process of turning apples into vinegar began way back in 5,000 B.C.!
This bitter liquid has been tied to benefits in wellness since the time of Hippocrates. He used the Apple Cider Vinegar as a tonic. As time progressed, more civilizations hopped on the ACV train. In Japan, Samurai would drink it to give them a boost before battle. In Rome, it aided as a tool to navigate the Alps by breaking down rock.
Today, it has become a household item and pantry staple. It not only adds taste to dishes, it can also be used in myriad ways within the home and body.
To expand on what Apple Cider Vinegar is...
It is a weak form acetic acid made from crushed apples that are combined with yeast and sugar that is fermented into alcohol then fermented once more into sour vinegar. Every bottle of ACV has a "mother". To recap on what that is, here’s a brief explanation: "Mother" refers to the cloudy substance found in organic apple cider vinegar formed by naturally occurring pectin--it's a great source of nutrients.
A Little On Its Top Benefits
Apple Cider Vinegar is a powerhouse liquid.
The liquid itself boasts a high profile of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other substantial compounds. It is one-stop-shop for beneficial ingredients.
Outside of its nutritional content, this vinegar is virtually limitless in use application. Since our post includes a delicious tonic, let's quickly review its benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a fermented substance. This means that like other fermented foods, such as yogurt, it has naturally occurring probiotics. As a result, when it’s consumed the enzymes, and helpful bacteria can play a positive role within the body.
Since Apple Cider Vinegar is extremely acidic and potent, it must be diluted no matter its use. Never ingest or apply the vinegar directly. Always use a 2:1 ratio of water to help ease the effects on the body.
Apple Spritz Tonic Drink
Now that's that, let's hop to the fun part -- the recipe!
For this recipe, you will need:
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. 100% Wildflower Raw Honey, 1 lb (454 g) Bottle
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 cup water – heated
Simply add the ingredients into a glass or mug, stir until dissolved, and drink up!