The holidays are undoubtedly a season of gluttony for most of us, bringing many joyous excuses to eat, drink, and make merry. Yet, for those who’ve indulged far too much over the past weeks, you (and your belly) are probably feeling a little worse for wear. Luckily, a distended stomach doesn’t have to put an end to the revelries—not when you have this:

What you’re looking at is apple cider vinegar, that tart, fermented liquid every wellness and health blog writes praises about. And, if you’re an avid reader of Bloom Magazine, you probably know how much we love the stuff, too! (Click here, here, and here to read more on ACV.)

The long and short of it is, ACV keeps your digestive system moving smoothly. Just a few tablespoons a day helps stimulate the release of gastric enzymes, and, in turn, prepares your stomach for the all food it’s about to digest. And what better time than our annual marathon feast, A.K.A., the holidays?
But, beyond the ingredient’s ability to reduce bloating, it can enrich the “good” bacteria in the gut, which studies have shown to improve overall health and prevent the development of diseases in the long run. The only problem is that in order to reap the benefits, you have to taste it.

While it’s pungent, sour flavor is a far cry from champagne, ACV doesn’t have to taste all that bad. Here’s a simple recipe that will have you mistaking the elixir for a “mocktail.” (And if you wanted to, you could add in a nip of alcohol to make it a party.)

HONEY AND APPLE CIDER ELIXIR

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2-3 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey

PROCEDURE:
Mix together and enjoy!

While this might not help you lose weight or uncover a hidden six-pack, it will help deflate that little air balloon in your stomach after eating and drinking too much—something we’ll be doing a lot of during the holiday season. All you have to do is take it twice a day before you feast!

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