I know, I know… it’s vim and vigor but vinegar will get you both in good amounts. Today let’s talk about two of the ways that vinegar brings you good health.
Patients often ask about ways to do a gentle detox. My long-time favorite answer includes a daily dose of…you guessed it- vinegar! First thing in the morning, before you do anything else, take a small amount of apple cider vinegar, maybe 4 tablespoons, and add in 3 equal amounts of clean water. Be brave and drink it down.
Then, for those of you who shower in the morning, follow up the vinegar drink with some dry brushing before you step into the water. What’s dry brushing? I’m glad you asked. Find a natural-bristled brush. Start at the shoulder of an arm brushing toward your heart but while moving down the arm. Eventually you will get down to your hand. Make sure to get the top, bottom and both sides. Repeat for the second arm. You will do the same motions for your legs; start at the hip brushing upward toward your heart while moving down toward your feet. On your upper torso, brush toward your armpits and use a circular motion at your tummy. Dry brushing removes the flaky surface skin which is one of the ways the body detoxes. Dry brushing also moves blood and lymph in the body therefore increasing toxin removal.
And, just when you thought that vinegar was terrific enough just for detoxing, there’s more! Using vinegar in a meal slows the glycemic response (meaning how fast the body takes in carbohydrates into the blood) by 20%! This is great news for anyone with diabetes, or metabolic syndrome or anyone wanting lessen the effects of too much sugar in the blood at once. Do you get tired fairly soon after a high-carbohydrate meal? Add some vinegar to your next meal and see what it can do for you!