Did you hear? I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 33% hippie. I freaking love all those holistic home remedies and I’m a true believer that if you face west during sunrise while squeezing a lemon over your right shoulder you’ll be blessed with an extra ten years added on to your life. Or something like that.
But seriously. Two natural remedies that I absolutely swear by are elderberry (I’m literally obsessed, you can ask my boys.. it’s not unusual to find me chasing them around the house with elderberry at the first sign or symptom of a cold), and apple cider vinegar.
Even though I worked in healthcare for over 10 years, I don’t like turning to medications or a doctor’s visit unless it’s for something serious. I think all too often we over medicate for things that can be fixed with simple lifestyle changes, or alternative therapies. Okay.. I’ll get off my soapbox. And in case you’re wondering because I’m sure by now that you are, yes we did vaccinate Coop. These two lifestyle choices are totally unrelated.
Reasons Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is So Good For You
The benefits of apple cider vinegar are abundant. Here are just a few reasons why you should start introducing this superfood into your diet on the regular:
- Improves digestion
- Helps with weight loss
- Reduces bloating
- Reduces belly fat
- Strengthens your hair
- Anti-aging properties
- Improves heart health & lowers cholesterol
- Kills bacteria
- Helps you feel full
- Helps prevent acnes
- Balances your body’s pH levels
- Helps relieve heart burn & nausea
- Improves immune response
- Detoxifies the body
- Can help relieve migraines
- Helps ward off the flu
- Jump starts your metabolism
- Reduces inflammation in the body
- Is full of antioxidants
I used to start off every morning with this quick little shot:
- 1 tablespoon ACV
- 4-6 ounces of water
- 2 ounces of apple juice or pineapple juice
- 1-2 shakes of cinnamon
- 1-2 shakes of cayenne pepper
If you can stomach it, good on you! (I’ve been wondering lately why people say “good on you” vs “good for you” so I thought I’d try it out. It feels weird).
It’s not a bad shot, but you definitely have to acquire a taste for it, and the first few times may leave you wide-eyed. I would recommend cutting back a little on the cinnamon because that bothered me more than the cayenne pepper, truthfully.
Or, if you’re like me and you’re getting a little crotchety as you age and you just don’t have time for the drama, then you can also get Goli Gummies which taste NOTHING like the morning shot I mentioned and instead, taste like fruit snacks.
Goli reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying their gummies, and while I agreed, I was completely skeptical. But then they arrived and I tried them, and I can honestly say these gummies have replaced my morning ACV shot. I take two gummies every single morning with my breakfast.
Goli Gummies are made with beetroots, apple cider vinegar, pomegranate, vitamin B12, citric acid, and vitamin B9. They don’t contain any preservatives, chemicals, or artificial ingredients, and they’re made in a USA based facility that is certified organic, allergen free, and kosher.
So.. how about them apples? (am I the only one who finds myself funny?)
And, because I honestly love them so much, Goli has given me a discount code that I can share with you in case you happen to be interested in trying them too. Code ‘tashf‘ will save you 5% on every order every time, plus – with every purchase, Goli will donate a six month supply of vitamins to a kiddo in need. You can also click this link and the discount code should automatically apply. Goli didn’t ask me to write a blog post about their products. I’m doing it because that’s how much I genuinely like the product.
So, I know that probably got really salesy on you really fast. Not interested – don’t buy them. BUT, if you’re someone like me who is looking for easy ways to make simple changes to improve your health, then I highly recommend checking out these gummies.
If you have another way that you take ACV then let me know! Maybe I just picked the wrong shot to drink every morning! ha! 🙂
Natasha Funderburk is a wife, #boymom, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and ACE-Behavior Change Specialist. When not watching her son play baseball, she can be found on various writing platforms, coaching her clients to live their best lives, drinking all the coffee, and conducting living-room dance parties.