UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK THE PAST FEW YEARS, YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT APPLE CIDER VINEGAR—OR ACV, AS IT’S AFFECTIONATELY CALLED BY ITS DIE-HARD FANS. ACCORDING TO ONLINE BUZZ, THIS ANCIENT REMEDY REDUCES INFLAMMATION, PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS, AND RELIEVES EVERYTHING FROM ARTHRITIS TO LEG CRAMPS.
Some fans claim it does pretty much everything except solve our country’s current political woes. (Check out the many uses for apple cider vinegar and how it promotes better health.) Natural remedies (like, um, snake oil?) that supposedly fix everything that ails you are often too good to be true, so I was skeptical. But then my sister began taking ACV on a daily basis. At first, it was merely to serve as an immunity booster. But she swore it also helped her digestion, allergies, and simply made her feel better. So I decided to jump on the ACV bandwagon for 30 days straight—here’s what happened.
The Month Long Experiment
Before starting this experiment, my thoughts were simple. My mom cooks with ACV, I love apples, and I like vinegar on my salad. How bad could it be? Well, just as bad as taking a regular shot is my answer.
The first week and a half I had to get used to taking a pungent shot of vinegar every morning. In the beginning it felt like I was getting my day started with a shot of alcohol and I wasn’t into it.
#SpoonTip: Take the shot before you brush your teeth, so you can brush the taste out after.
At the end of week two, I was finally used to the taste and not gagging anymore. This was when I finally started feeling and seeing the results. The small shot would actually fill me up so I didn’t need to eat as much. My skin also got significantly “glowier”.
#SpoonTip: Don’t take the ACV out of a shot glass. Take it out of the bottle or pour a bit in a cup, so it feels less like pregaming your day.
Week three and four were simple. It became part of my morning routine and the taste became familiar. Also, when you start seeing positive results from something it becomes easier to do.
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