A few years back, apple cider vinegar was all the rage -- even those of us who stay away from green juices and can't be bothered with supplements were hopping on this wellness trend.
It wasn't for nothing; even though you may only know of ACV as a salad dressing ingredient or a way to trap fruit flies or soothe bee stings, it's been hyped as a health benefit, too.
For one, apple cider vinegar is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so that's two for two right there. The most-touted use of ACV, though, is for gut health. Besides acetic acid, the main component of apple cider vinegar, mother (which gives it that murky look), is made up of proteins, enzymes and good bacteria. Which -- you guessed it -- means unfiltered ACV is a probiotic!
Now, you can go classic and simply dilute apple cider vinegar with water and drink it straight (about a tablespoon per day), but I wouldn't blame you if that wasn't your vibe. If you still want to try out ACV, though, there are luckily some options out there.
For example, you can add other things to your glass of water with the apple cider vinegar -- try honey, lemon, a dash of ginger or cinnamon or all of the above.
You can even make a mocktail out of it with some seltzer water and muddled fruits and herbs.
Some apple cider vinegars are even already flavored, like this one from Giusto Sapore.
Or how about a smoothie? Simply add a spoonful of your favorite ACV to your morning strawberry-banana.
Forgoing the drinks, ACV also comes in tons of different supplements:
Like with anything else, make sure any supplements you're choosing to take are right for you -- do your research and speak to a medical professional or dietician if you need some advice!