Apple Cider Vinegar As An Internal & External Health Tonic

We all know that An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, right? Well, here's another one you might not be aware of: A shot of Apple Cider Vinegar a day or even a shot before each meal is known to be one of the best cleanses for your body as well as one of the best health boosting habits! 

I have previous shared how I use this natural goodness as a magical remedy for cleaning my yoga mat or rinsing my veggies. Here I'm going to share with you which ACV you should use as a natural supplement to your diet in order to improve and heal your health, boost your energy and potentially start shining on the inside as well as the outside.

It is very important that you drink the right kind of ACV in order to obtain any of the desired health benefits. The right kind is the real kind: Organic, Raw, Unfiltered ACV which contains the "mother" of vinegar. You can find many ACV on the shelves with different labels and fancy adjectives but not to worry you can easily recognize the right one as the liquid is not transparent but kind of foggy and brown'ish. My good friend and food expert Lou (known in Shanghai as Loueatsmore) has always recommended me to use BRAGG's Apple Cider Vinegar and I recently went to the amazing Sprout Lifestyle in Surpass Course 570 Yongjia lu to pick up a bottle (approx. RMB 70). 

The list of benefits provided by this drink is long and to mention the most important (in my opinion) ACV is known to: 

  • Improve digestion (why I like it before meals)
  • Prevent constipation (why I like it in the early mornings before breakfast)
  • Strengthen your immune system (why I like it hot in the winter)
  • Get rid of bad breath (which you can almost feel when you sip on it)
  • Detoxify your system (why I really like it as a daily detox after a toxic weekend)
  • Be anti-bacterial and anti-funcal (why I love it as a supplement when I live in dirty Shanghai)

If you want to read more about the research behind and ACV's additional benefits just hit google and use your common sense to find valid sources (which might not be personal blogs like this written by an Apple Cider Vinegar FAN). Or just head down to Sprout Lifestyle, grab a bottle and try for yourself. I was convinced about this historic elixir after the first sip!

Directions

Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV in a cup of hot water and sip on it. I love the flavor but if you don't try to add some honey.  

Aceto di Mele was around RMB 20 in O'le and I use it for cleaning. The bottle in the middle  was a bit more due to an "organic" label but as the ACV liquid is see-through it's clearly not raw and unfiltered. I currently use this for cleaning fruits & veggies but I would use the cheaper one for this as well. The BRAGG's to the right is famous for being the "real" Apple Cider Vinegar containing the "mother" of vinegar and this is the one I drink. 

Some weeks I use APV as a daily detox and drink it as the first thing in the morning. I swear I can feel a difference. I like it so much that I sometimes have it later in the day when I feel like something to sip on - don't overdo it though.  

Share and spread the healthy word - and don't forget to subscribe to Shanghaihabits:

Apple Cider Vinegar Solution for Cleaner, Healthier & Safer Greens

Before I moved to China I rarely gave a lot of thoughts to food safety. In Denmark I would choose organic if the price and availability were reasonable and I would buy local whenever possible. I love the thought of eating Danish fruits & veggies.

Still, I would classify my attitude towards organic, local and safer products as "comfortable". Thus if it were convenient for me I would get it, if not I would choose imported or cheaper products. 

When it comes to cleaning my fruits & veggies the story is the same. Yes, I would always wash my apple and soak my baby spinach. But rinse, scrub or use anything else but water to clean it have never crossed my mind. 

Then China happened.

Being a vegetarian, a salad-lover and a smoothie-addict I consume a looooot of fruits & veggies every day. So when I discovered the local Chinese Veggie Markets with good prices and good selections (as oppose to the outrageous priced international supermarkets) I was a very happy rabbit: Buying local & saving money. Every weekend my boyfriend and I would do a mission to the market and get bags and bags of greens, yellows, reds, pinks and more greens for the forthcoming week. We did sometimes talk about the safety and cleanness of everything but we are not too fuzz about things in general. I mean we all eat out in Shanghai so often and believing that any eatery here can use anything but the cheapest to stay competitive would be a naive belief (in my opinion). Still I often found myself with a wondering taste in my mouth thinking about how many pesticides and how much hidden dirt from Chinese soil I had just consumed. 

Then I heard about Apple Cider Vinegar Solution as a natural remedy to properly clean all kinds of fruits and veggies (I have previously used it as a natural and efficient way to clean my yoga mat and other gym tools which you can read about here).

I made a google search and lots of articles and food blogs popped up with great proof that there is something to this natural miracle solution. Tiffany from "Don't waste the Crumbs" have a great post showing actual pictures of the dirt-left-overs from Strawberries soaked in ACV solution - check it here - it speaks for itself. 

Commiting to Apple Cider Vinegar Solution

My philosophy is that it's very possible to live healthy in Shanghai. It just demands a few things like planning, research & commitment. So after realizing that there is a way to feel better about buying and consuming local here in Shanghai I decided to commit to following this way and soak all my fruits & greens in Apple Cider Vinegar Solution.  

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Solution: Apple Cider Vinegar can be bought in most International Supermarkets here and I've both seen and used non-organic which cost around RMB 20 - 30/bottle. Organic is around RMB 70. I use approximately 1/10 Apple Cider Vinegar and 9/10 water mixed in a big bowl. I soak fruits and veggies for 10 minutes in the solution (I find that stirring is effective) and dry them in a clean kitchen towel.    
  • Fruits: Most of the time I will wash fruits as soon as I bring them home so that when I'm craving an apple it will be ready to eat. I will clean watermelon, grape fruits & avocados in the solution even though I don't eat the peel or the shell. Why? Because if you think about it these fruits' outer layer will be all over your hands and chopping board when you are preparing them.
  • Veggies: I normally clean my veggies when I'm preparing a salad or something else where I plan to use them - I find it too difficult to dry properly when I'm not using them straight away and you don't want to put cleaned fruits or veggies back in the refrigerator before they are dry.      

But, what about on the inside?

The next question is what about these fruits and veggies on the inside and all the cra* from the polluted Chinese soil they might have absorbed and grown from? That is a really good question and I can't say I'm not concerned. But, I am a realist not an idealist and this might be why I as a healthy lifestyle addict can still live in this place without being too frustrated or paranoid. 

I myself is currently looking into safer options than the Local Veggie Markets. I'm doing research and talking to people from the healthy & "safer food scene" in Shanghai in order to figure out if other options like buying through online suppliers (i) is affordable/reasonable (ii) has proof that it's actually safer and healthier. The polluted soil is the same I would say but of course if we can avoid additional chemicals and pesticides at least that is one step in the right directions, don't you think so?

Subscribe and I will make sure to keep you updated with whatever I come across during my search: 

I would love to hear from anyone with opinions, inside information or healthy & safe tips! Let's help each other with Healthier Habits! 

    

The Secret To a Clean & Healthy Yoga Mat

Yoga is super healthy for both body & mind. But what about your yoga mat - is it healthy?

Old sweat, dirt, bacterias and other stuff we don't wanna talk tooo much about may be hidden from the eyes but that doesn't mean it's not there. More likely, if you use your mat just relatively often it probably has at least a few skin disease causing bacterias stuck to it. Yuk. The good news is that it is easy to do something about it and I will tell you how.

If you don't have a mat because you're just using you yoga center's mat Stop It Immediately. Buy you own Mat. And Start Cleaning it. Properly.

Here's my secret to keeping my yoga mat clean & healthy   

Apple Cider Vinegar is easy to find in Shanghai. I've seen it in most international supermarkets

Apple Cider Vinegar is easy to find in Shanghai. I've seen it in most international supermarkets

1. after one sweaty use

I wipe my mat with Apple Cider Vinegar solution. Approximately 1 l of hot water and 1/3 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar. Afterwards I wipe it with clear water and endwise I dry it with a clean towel

2. once in a while

I soak the whole mat in Apple Vinegar Solution. I use a bucket and turn the mat over after 10 minutes. Afterwards I rinse it in the shower and let it dry until the next day

3. I hear

that you can clean you mat with an alcohol solution - simply disinfect it. I did not try myself (but I did once clean the bottom of my handbag with hand sanitizer after realizing how many places I put it down outside - it may be similar to this).

The solution is very ideal to clean any other workout equipment you have a home and which just goes straight under the bed after use!  

Your yoga mat is part of your foundation when doing yoga so it should be clean & healthy. I hope this post make you agree and inspire you for some summer cleaning! 

Share with your healthy friends and don't forget to subscribe so I can keep you posted with other tips, tricks & healthy habits!