Friday, February 3, 2017

One week update: Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge

If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen us post about incorporating apple cider vinegar into our health routine every day. We had a patient in the office and we got to chatting, as we do, and she asked us if we had ever tried it. It was funny she brought it up at that time because I felt like everywhere I was reading, I was learning about different benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar. It seemed like fate, so we agreed to try it and compare notes two weeks later when she was in to get adjusted.

All of the research I had done before starting was a little inconclusive. It seems that there is actually little science to back many of the claimed benefits. The benefits people say they experience range from less bloat, curbed sugar cravings, weight loss, immune system boosting, improved digestive issues, and more. It sounds too good to be true, but with 1 bottle costing $5.50 at my local Vitamin Cottage, I figured we really didn't have that much to lose. If I experienced even one of those benefits it would be worth it! Also worth noting, I had thought you could just take a shot and call it good, but thankfully my reading also advised diluting it with water (I also added a touch of honey!) to avoid burning your throat. Whew! There are fancy concoctions you can create as well, but I figured if we were actually going to do this the more simple we kept it, the better.

So, today marks one week of drinking the apple cider vinegar. How are we feeling? Actually, pretty great. BUT, I can't say that it's because of only the ACV. This week we've also happened to do really well with our eating, sticking to our plan, and really only putting good fuel in our bodies. At the same time we've also been doing great at sticking to our workout plans. So is the ACV helping? Maybe! Chris had read that it takes 60 days to really notice a difference, so I'm sure that time will tell. As much as we would like, our eating will not stay perfect every day over the next couple of months.

I do think ACV is responsible for us starting everyday with the intention of doing something great for our health. And do I think when you start the day focused on that, you are more likely to make smart, healthy decisions throughout the day. We'll post again in a couple weeks to let you know how it's going, but so far, so good!

- Kristen

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