Better digestion, check!
Healthy weight loss, check!
Decreased brain fog and more energy, check!
We’re certainly not shy about our love of intermittent fasting around here! After all, with so many reported benefits, it’s no wonder more people are trying out fasting to improve their overall health.
We want to help you amplify your fast with a tasty tonic recipe that will bring you faster, more pronounced results. Today’s recipe combines two powerful superfoods: green tea and apple cider vinegar that work in tandem to provide an energy boost while also supporting your body throughout your fasting schedule.
What is ACV?
Apple Cider Vinegar, or “ACV,” for short, is made from crushed organic apples that are placed in wooden barrels to ferment. The outcome is much like kombucha– an acidic beverage with a live ‘Mother,’ aka ‘Scoby’ inside. We recommend only using high-quality ACV which is organic, raw and undistilled–guaranteeing the most nutrient bang for your buck!
Trivia fun-fact: Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar and comes from the Latin word for “vinegar.”
Why Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Intermittent Fasting?
It’s no secret that we’re partial to tea, but we can’t deny the healing qualities of apple cider vinegar as well. ACV has been used in traditional folk healing for thousands of years, it contains almost no calories, and as a result, it won’t break your fast.
Here are the top reasons ACV is the secret weapon for boosting results both during and after your fast:
Off the Charts Nutrient and Mineral Levels
During a fast, the body is able to more productively flush toxins, but you may also be losing some beneficial nutrients and minerals in the process. ACV contains moderate amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6, biotin , folic acid , niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin C , along with smaller amounts of potassium, iron and, magnesium . ACV can help keep your minerals and electrolytes in check while in a fasted state.
Added Probiotic Boost
During a fast, your body is able to take a break from the complicated task of digestion. ACV can help increase gut health and digestion by ridding the body of bad bacteria like E.Coli and Candida overgrowth,  and creates digestive enzymes that support digestion when you break your fast.
Clean Energy Boost
The acetic acid, potassium, and enzymes in ACV also help your muscles turn carbs into energy  which counteract lactic acid build-up and relieve fatigue, which fuel your body for exercise . Or, in this case, it may help if you’re feeling sluggish during your fast and want a cleaner substitute for coffee.
May Aid in Weight Loss
We’ve talked at length about the ability to lose weight with an intermittent fast, but adding ACV may help you reduce your waistline more significantly . In fact, even without a fast, ACV has been proven to decrease body weight, as concluded in a 2009 Japanese study which linked vinegar to reduced body fat mass, weight and triglyceride levels in obese study participants .
Studies involving ACV use have shown to reduce fat storage , stabilize blood sugar , and act as a natural appetite suppressant to stave off hunger pangs . While we need more human studies to prove these theories, adding ACV during intermittent fasting may elevate these effects since the body is under less strain of digestion.
Benefits of green tea for fasting
We’ve talked in depth about the benefits of green tea to overall health, but when added to an intermittent fasting program the effects may be even more amplified.
Drop pounds the healthy way
The number one benefit of drinking green tea during a fast is increased weight loss, primarily through a decrease in appetite, along with a high concentration of EGCG, a type of catechin that blocks the body from absorbing all available carbohydrates . Not only was weight loss achieved but also decreased cholesterol and plasma levels with no side effects .
According to Dr. Jason Fung, our resident intermittent fasting expert, “the optimal (green tea) supplement would provide high doses of catechins with a smaller dose of caffeine. This would have all the benefits of hunger suppression, increased energy expenditure, and fat oxidation.
Controlling hunger is one of the keys to long term weight loss. Most calorie restriction plans ignore this factor, pretending it’s all about will power. According to Dr. Fung, “You can’t ‘decide’ to be less hungry. Fasting, on the other hand, tends to reduce overall hunger. Green tea, with its small effect on decreasing ghrelin, is a great complement to fasting .”
Some people have trouble drinking ACV on its own, we admit, it can be an acquired taste. However, the combination of earthy Sencha green tea, cucumbers, ginger, and lemon provide a great balance of acid and basic flavors resulting in a refreshing blend that’s great for hot or cold days and perfect during a fast.
- 1 Pique Organic Sencha Japanese Green Tea
- 8 oz Cold Water
- 1 in Thumb Ginger
- ½ Cucumber
- ½ Apple
- 1 Rib Celery
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- Juicer or Blender
- Nut Bag
Dissolve Pique Organic Sencha Japanese Green Tea crystals in water.
Slice up and juice ginger, cucumber, apple, celery.
Alternatively, add ginger, cucumber, apple, and celery to blender and blend on high until well blended.
Add contents to nut bag and squeeze out juice.
Add tea, juice, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to large glass and stir to combine.