Morning ACV Drink
My daily meals change pretty frequently, but one thing I aim to have consistent is my Morning ACV (apple cider vinegar) Drink. Contrary to how most of us feel as we're just waking up, our bodies and brain don't require caffeine first thing in the morning. When we wake up our bodies automatically produce cortisol which helps us naturally feel awake and alert.
However, if you've been with me for any stretch of time you know how much I love coffee! Bulletproof, americano, iced cold brew with heavy cream. Yes! I love it all! So, when is the perfect time to consume coffee? According to the circadian rhythm the best time for us to consume caffeine and get it's maximum health and energy benefits is around 9:30-11:30am, 1pm, and 5pm. After learning this, I made the switch from having coffee first thing in the morning to starting my day with a short intermittent fast and enjoying my Morning ACV Drink instead. My energy and brain function has sky rocketed and I'll explain how in just a second.
A typical morning for me looks like this... I wake-up between 4:30-5:30am. I get dressed and make my Morning ACV Drink and sip on it while I return emails and create new content. I hold off having breakfast and coffee until about 9:30am or after my morning workout. If I get an energy slump later in the day I might have another cup of coffee or matcha green tea around the one o'clock hour.
What is the Morning ACV Drink and what are the benefits?
This drink is a powerhouse! It's jam-packed with nutrients to take your health and brain function to a whole new level. The main purpose of this drink is to help aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, reduce cravings, and promote fat loss. It's the perfect drink to have while fasting because it acts as an appetite suppressant turning off your hunger hormones and signals to the body to pull energy from its stored tissues. Basically that means that it tells the brain that you're full, but it tells the body that you're hungry so your body starts to pull fat from your body to use for energy.
Let's breakdown each ingredient...
Apple Cider Vinegar:
The health benefits of ACV is endless, but the main reason why I love it so much is the acetic acid that is in the apple cider vinegar helps you digest faster and promotes gut motility. Anyone else want less bloat?
Kills harmful bacteria
Huge digestion booster
Improves blood circulation
Decreases menstrual pain
Treats kidney infections
Helps control blood sugar levels
Good source of vitamin C (boosts immune system)
Supports weight loss
Helps prevent kidney stones
*You can also add a pinch of Redmond's Real Salt to turn off your hunger hormone.
MORNING ACV DRINK
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 TBSP
Ginger Juice, 1-2 TBSP
Juice from 1/2 Lemon squeezed
Liquid Stevia, 1 full
Real Salt, pinch
Mix everything in a large glass.
This doesn't have to be just a morning drink. I recommend having it in between meals, before breakfast or lunch or dinner. It's a great way to prevent yourself from snacking all day long.
Start with half a serving of the acv + ginger and build up your taste tolerance over time.
For more information and scientific research on this drink CLICK HERE.
I asked those of you on the gram if you liked apple cider vinegar and 57% of you said you HATED IT. It made me laugh because it took me back to the first time I ever smelled acv. Ewww! I thought "how in the world could anyone ever drink this stuff?!" If you're like I was and skeptical about it, use my tip (above) and start with just a little bit of everything, but a lot of water. Your tolerance should build up quickly. And if it doesn't...well at least you tried. LOL! Tag me in your pics on IG. I love seeing you try my workouts and other health tips.