Are You Ready to Drink Vinegar?

By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Vinegar drinks have been labeled one of the top health trends for 2017, but do they live up to all the hype? You might be wondering about their health benefits and if they are okay to drink on a Reboot. Here’s what you need to know.

These drinks are now popping up everywhere with a long list of health claims to boot. They are designed to be tasty, refreshing and consumed with meals.

The virtues of vinegar have been revered in the health industry and throughout history going back to 5000 BC. Particularly, apple cider vinegar, made by exposing apple cider to yeast and mixing it with bacteria, is contains an array of vitamins, minerals and probiotics that help support your digestion.

Some drinking vinegars are great while others may contain excess sugar and additives that aren’t so healthy. To make sure you are getting the most out of this trendy beverage, you can become familiar with the best ingredients

The Benefits

Vinegar is a great addition to a healthy diet or even to a Reboot. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce carbohydrate absorption so it has been associated with weight loss, improved satiety with reduced cravings, improved blood sugar levels, helpful for diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, arthritis and can be used for a variety of other health associated problems.

Vinegar also helps to support digestion, reduce bloating, flatulence, skin health, detoxification support and it has been shown to improve gut health and support a healthy microbiome.

Adding vinegar drinks to a Reboot is certainly a great addition to our wonderful Reboot Plans. You can simply add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 to 3 juices per day or add it to water before you juice to enhance the benefits of your Reboot.

I recommend starting slowly to allow yourself to get use to the flavor, the sourness and the benefits that are associated.

These drinks can be purchased from many health food markets, supermarkets and they can even be found in health-based cafes and stores. They are designed to be drunk as they are, with no dilution needed unless stated.

Vinegar drinks come in different flavors for palatability as many people may find straight vinegar and water too strong or they may not particularly like the taste at first. Adding natural fresh fruity flavors is a great way to get people onto the health benefits of vinegar.

What to Watch Out For
Be mindful of the sugar content when buying and consuming vinegar drinks. It’s better to choose a drink that is naturally low in sugar with only natural sweeteners added such as stevia or honey.

Avoid vinegar drinks with bright colors from food coloring, and only choose drinks that contain 100% fruit and vegetable additions such as natural juice. A good vinegar drink won’t be sweet but rather it will be tart, tangy and maybe sour much like vinegar.

Look at the type of vinegar that they are using. It’s better to purchase an unpasteurized, organic vinegar to get the most benefits. Be mindful of the serving suggestion so you don’t drink too much vinegar as it is acidic. Remember that it is ideal to consume it 20 or 30 minutes before your meal or during to get the most out of the digestive and weight loss benefits.

Make Your Own

Making your own vinegar drink may be easier on your wallet and super simple and quick to make, simply add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water which can be still or sparkling and add a dash of your favorite freshly made juice with a little optional sweetener such as honey or stevia.

A great tummy tamer is 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of sparkling water, with optional honey to taste or try this recipe.

Pineapple Vinegar Drink

Ingredients:

  • ¼ of a pineapple
  • small handful of mint
  • 4 cups of water (still or sparkling)
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Optional: sweetener (such as honey or stevia) to taste

Directions:

    1. Juice pineapple and mint, add it to 4 cups of water (still or sparkling) mix with apple cider vinegar and sweetener (you may not need it).
    2. Drink 1 cup 1 or 2 times per day.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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