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Fall’s Almost Here! Let’s Talk Cider

September 10, 2013

Those of you who have been coming to our 7:30 a.m. classes or getting up early for another reason have felt the cool, almost crisp air that hints at fall. For me, fall conjures up images of leaves turning brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow, of light jackets, of warm apple pie, and of trips to the cider mill.

Fall!

Fall!

As it turns out, that cider might have been better for your health than you realized. Since cider includes the skin of the apple (part of what makes it cloudy in appearance), the drink contains a greater amount of polyphenols, which have many health benefits. Simply eating an apple is the healthiest way to consume these polyphenols, but if you are going to drink them, then grab a glass of cider.

Derive the benefits of those polyphenols by eating an apple or indulging in a glass of cider!

Derive the benefits of those polyphenols by eating an apple or indulging in a glass of cider!

One way that apple cider can be preferable to the fruit itself is to help ward off the chill in the air. Apple cider can be warmed, spiced, virgin, or liquor-enhanced*. In fact, if you are thinking of heating it to warm yourself up, make sure to add cinnamon. Cinnamon is both delicious, and helps prevent blood clots and regulate blood sugar.

Mm... hot cider.

Mm… hot cider.

On a related topic, apple cider vinegar also has a myriad of health benefits.

You can use apple cider vinegar for homemade spa treatments, helping everything from your hair to your skin to wart removal! Really, make sure to grab a bottle if you do not already have apple cider vinegar in your arsenal, and check out this link for pampering tips.

Apple cider vinegar - 1 small bottle = health and pampering benefits!

Apple cider vinegar – 1 small bottle = health and pampering benefits!

Apple cider vinegar also has some healing possibilities. Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water or apple juice could help with:

  • stopping hiccups
  • an upset stomach
  • preventing indigestion
  • alleviating congestion
  • lessening leg cramps in the evening

And my favorite:

  • alleviating exhaustion and acting as a remedy for lactic acid after a good workout!
Get that heart rate racing! You have apple cider vinegar to help assuage the lactic acid buildup.

Get that heart rate racing! You have apple cider vinegar to help assuage the lactic acid buildup.

Do you know of any additional benefits of apple cider or apple cider vinegar? Please share it/them in the comments below!

*If you are of legal drinking age, of course.

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