Morning Battle: Sweet or Sour?
Nowadays, we are educated enough to know that our morning shouldn’t be started with a cup of coffee or a glass of orange juice on an empty stomach. As glamorous as it looks on the outside, it doesn’t look as good on the inside as both of these drinks can quickly overwhelm the digestive system and cause indigestion and heartburn. Orange juice is high in fructose which can’t be processed by the small intestine during fasting. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach will not only give you shakes and other withdrawal effects but also will make your stomach produce an excessive amount of acid that can damage your stomach’s lining.
Healthy Habits are not Always Tasty
If you are serious about your health, you should consider changing up these bad habits for some other less enjoyable but tremendously more beneficial for you.
For years I have been starting my morning with a glass of water
religiously. For some period, I have been taking a spoon of flaxseed oil on an empty stomach as I was suffering from hair loss due to lacking in omega-3 fats and stress-related factors. After a while of taking the oil and some other vitamins, I grew my hair back as long and healthy as never before. Since then I’ve stopped taking flaxseed oil as the taste wasn’t very pleasant and I wanted to start taking coconut oil.
All of the benefits of coconut oil can be found all over the internet, in any magazine, on most wellness blogs where health gurus tell you all about it as its just something people seem to know. We already learnt that its best to cook with coconut oil, its best to apply it on your hair, on your skin and even brush your teeth with it. Literally, anything you can do with that magic oil even consume it.
When I first found out that coconut oil was meant to be taken first thing in the morning, I started to research the topic, and that is where I came across a couple of articles that mentioned coconut oil is best used with an apple cider vinegar. It caught my attention as apple cider vinegar is another popular ingredient that has been used for years to improve health and well-being. The mixture of these two ingredients has been proven to be extremely beneficial if consumed in moderation consistently.
As I am going through my second course now, I thought that it’s time to share my experience and my thoughts on this experiment of mine which became my everyday morning habit.
First lets quickly go through the benefits of each ingredient.
Benefits of Coconut Oil:
Helps fight bacteria.
Coconut oil is very rich in Laurie acid which has anti-viral properties.
This acid is also found in mother’s breast milk which our bodies use to immunise babies. Thanks to these properties, coconut oil helps to destroy bacteria in our stomachs and inside our mouths.
Helps to control blood sugar levels.
Coconut oil can help to prevent type 2 diabetes. The fatty acids in coconut oil can help to balance insulin reactions while also improving glucose reactions.
Helps to lose weight.
Coconut oil helps in weight reduction because it promotes proper functioning of the thyroid which is critical for our metabolism. Consuming this no-carb oil can help to burn more calories by decreasing your appetite.
Coconut oil has a high level of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation.
It’s great for our skin and hair.
Thanks to its high levels of fatty acids, coconut oil is used to moisturise our skin and can reduce dandruff.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):
Helps to lower blood sugar levels.
ACV can help to lower blood glucose and improve insulin sensitivity. ACV often used by people who fight diabetes.
Its a weight loss tonic.
By balancing our insulin levels, it helps to prevent you from overeating during the day.
ACV can help to remove numerous types of bacteria thanks to Acetic acid in it. Also can be used for detoxification.
ACV has been used to treat fungus and different types of infections in our bodies.
Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to prevent unwanted breakouts and balance skin’s PH.
A Power Mix
From the lists of benefits, we can see how much in common these two ingredients have. Due to these fantastic benefits, eating only a spoon of ACV and coconut oil ( one spoon) daily, can help to boost gut immunity. This mixture can help to reduce inflammation, lose weight and benefit our skin, hair and nails.
Personally, I don’t like mixing these two as I prefer to have 10-15 minutes break in between. Every morning I start my day with a glass of water mixed with only one spoon of ACV. In 10-15 minutes I have one spoon of virgin organic coconut oil. I like to have another spoon of coconut oil during the day if I start to feel a bit hungry but have no time to have a snack.
Moderation is Key
When I just started drinking ACV, I was following the popular instruction to mix two spoons of ACV on a glass of water with honey. They also recommended to drink it 2-3 times a day which I found it way too much for my body. When I was drinking too much ACV I’ve started to experience stomach pains, and overall I was feeling weird. Also, I wasn’t enjoying honey in it.
From my research, I found out that there are some side-effects from taking too much ACV. Side effects include worsening symptoms of gastroparesis, nausea, low potassium levels, erosion of tooth enamel, throat burns etc. All these should be considered when taking ACV and coconut oil.
As I’ve figured out where my stomach pains were coming from, now I only take one spoon of ACV once a day first thing in the morning, and I feel great! The key is to find the balance and use everything in moderation.
The apparent benefits of drinking ACV and coconut oil I’ve experienced on myself so far:
A boost of energy.
Decreased appetite and fewer cravings for sugar.
More clear and moisturised skin.
So if you want to give a boost to your immunity, now you don’t have to choose which one is more beneficial for you. Combine these two for the best results.
I hope you found this useful.
Disclaimer: All of this information comes from a mixture of my own personal experiences, my training in beauty therapy and my own research. I am not a medical professional and I encourage you to do your own research into anything I publish before implementing it into your personal routine.