Poor Man’s Kombucha


Apple Cider Vinegar (organic, unfiltered) mixed with water or seltzer may be the most revolutionary elixir I can offer your arsenal of Digestive tips. An old American folk remedy, apple cider vinegar is known to treat constipation and skin issues, among other things. Like kombucha, apple cider vinegar is a fermented product that essentially moves gas through the system, and aids digestion. However, unlike Kombucha, apple cider vinegar is MUCH cheaper to drink on a regular basis. A 16 ounce bottle of apple cider vinegar costs roughly the same as a 16 oz. bottle of kombucha ($3.50-$5), but used as a concentrate and diluted with water or bubbly water, it will provide approximately 16 times more servings. And will save on glass bottle consumption/recycling too.

I first began to drink apple cider vinegar as an antidote to morning sickness many years ago. It soothed my nausea and general stomach issues then. After my kids were born, I began to drink it as a cheap alternative to kombucha. I advise drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water or seltzer after and between meals, in this proportion:

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar: 4-6 ounces of water/seltzer.

The proposition of sipping sparkling vinegar may really turn you off. If so, add a little apple juice to the mix, until you get the taste balance you like. I’ve gotten so used to it, the taste does not bother me. Everyone should find their own balance of sweet & sour. I tend to like salty and sour foods like olives, capers, and pickles. When eating dessert or foods that are extremely sweet, drinking a little apple cider vinegar and seltzer alongside, serves to balance my palate.

However, woe be the spouse who downs your stinky brew thinking it is water or a sweet drink….To preserve harmony in the family, alert the troops in advance!


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