Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Jury's In: Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

So 8 weeks ago, we took a challenge with a patient to drink apple cider vinegar daily to see if the benefits we had read so much about were actually true.

One of the things we had read was that it takes 60 days to see the full benefits of ACV. So we buckled down for the long haul and here we are. Was it worth it? and will we continue to drink it?

The answer is 100% yes.

Since we've started our daily drink neither of us have gotten sick. This says a lot, during what is traditionally known as "cold and flu season," and having a toddler bringing super kid germs home everyday.  We definitely believe in the immune boosting power it brings.

Both of us feel like its definitely helped with our gut health. Dr. Chris describes it as more of a "stable stomach" and for me its been more fighting acid reflux and burning stomach. I have a history of ulcers and when I started to feel stomach burning coming back on, I stopped drinking it for a few days. But after a little bit of research I learned that it might actually be the best thing for it and when I started drinking it again, along with a few other smart eating decisions, the burning stopped. And has stayed away with starting my day with ACV.

I'm not sure if anything can really curb sugar cravings completely, but we have both noticed a decrease, and honestly, any decrease I can get is a good thing! In terms of weight loss, there's nothing dramatic to report, but definitely a sense of overall feeling better.

It's also worth noting that we've been doing pretty well at sticking to our eating and workout plans while doing this. Both of those, I'm sure have played a part in all of the benefits we've experienced, but also can't say that one or the other is all to thank. Just another reminder that one thing won't fix it all. I still think that there's something about starting each day doing something that's great for your health, that sets your frame of mind, and day, up for a healthy success.

So, I encourage you to do your own research to see if apple cider vinegar is right for you, and this is a great place to start. We'd love to know what you think of apple cider vinegar and how you chose to enjoy it!

- Kristen

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