Vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and was most likely discovered by accident when some kind of fruit beverage fermented and turned into the sour substance. Apple cider vinegar has a long history in traditional medicine, and is still used today to cure a variety of ailments.
If there’s one thing you should always have in your pantry — for both food and medicinal purposes — it’s most definitely ACV!
The History Of Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s said that Hippocrates (460 BC – 360 BC) used vinegar to treat wounds, and in the 1700s it became popular as a treatment for everything from poison ivy to stomach aches.
It’s not clear when and how vinegar itself was exactly discovered, but since almost any starchy food can be fermented (potatoes, dates, grapes and apples are just a few examples), it was most likely a happy accident. Before Hippocrates and others realized it was a natural medicine, vinegar was initially used to preserve food.
Typically, there’s a long cultivation process to turning fermented carbohydrates into vinegar.
Unpasteurized, organic vinegar is cloudy with a “mother of vinegar” substance floating around inside it. While it may not seem appealing, this substance (made of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria) is completely tasteless and harmless, and usually dissipates when the bottle is shaken.
Cloudy ACV is actually better quality ACV, because any kind of pasteurizing process takes out the healing properties that are created during natural fermentation.
Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a weight-loss remedy, with a few small studies showing that it helped subjects feel satisfied for longer periods after eating. It also helps ease glucose and insulin spikes, giving the body more time to digest simple sugars into energy. This means it may also be a great natural way to help treat diabetes.
The antibacterial properties in ACV mean that it’s perfect for fighting back against sore throats and sinus stuffiness. Gargle a tablespoon with honey for a sore throat, and add a capful or two to hot water and honey for a super-charged sinus remedy.
Since acid reflux is usually caused by not having enough acid in your system, a capful or two of ACV a day will help mimic the natural, healthy acidity of our stomachs and ease symptoms.
Because of its potassium and amino acids, ACV is also used as a natural energy booster.
If you’re dealing with frequent urinary tract infections, daily consumption of apple cider vinegar is a famous natural remedy.
Smoothies With ACV
Because we’re such fans of apple cider vinegar, we frequently put it in our smoothies. And don’t worry, even though ACV has a decidedly tart vinegar taste, it blends seamlessly in these recipes!
Spiced Apple Cider
Fall is in the air, and what better way to kick it off than with a seasonal smoothie? As the temperature drops, adding in warm foods and beverages can help your digestion adjust accordingly; cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are three superfoods that do the trick. Apple cider vinegar is a great boost to both digestion + metabolism. Enjoy this slightly sweet treat as an afternoon snack in lieu of relying on carbs or caffeine to power you through.
Apple Cider Basil
Apple cider vinegar is a health tonic that millions swear by. Many people take a tablespoon in the morning mixed into water. It’s an excellent way to detox, cleanse, and get a shot of energy. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acids, and may have an alkalizing effect on the body. Strawberries and basil mix together for a refreshing summery taste, and banana and hemp seed combine to mask the acidity of the vinegar and make this smoothie extra filling.
Spiced Cinnamon Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been hailed as one of most helpful alternative medicines out there, doing everything from controlling blood sugar spikes, to aiding digestion and weight loss, to even helping cure UTIs and sinus issues. Cinnamon is a tasty anti-inflammatory, and zucchini adds a touch of summer flavor to this decidedly fall-ish smoothie. Did you know that zucchini is actually classified as a fruit? Or that it’s obscenely low in calories for its volume? It also has a very mild taste, often taking on the flavor of whatever its mixed with. Drink in the last days of summer and the first days of fall, all in one healthy green glass!