The answer to this question isn’t cut & dry. All of these liquids have stupendous merit and definitely do the job of bitch-slapping hunger. Yet as a veteran-slurper off of all three of these, I’ve discovered something quite interesting…
OMG, plain water is so dang boring. Ya, I do drink it in impressive (forced) amounts, and we all know how important water is, but when drank-en for the purpose of curbing hunger, it gets last place marks. In my personal experience, making a concerted effect to slurp on water to curb hunger has mostly led to bloating and the necessity for me to strap a Porta-Potty to my back. I’m not discouraging you from getting in your hydrationfication through plain water, but for the sole purpose of battling hunger, you have better options.
HOT OR COLD TEA
I get it. Not everyone is a tea drinker. But here’s why it’s better than plain water: Tea is an experience. It gives you that fanciful feeling. And since tea is most times slurped slowly opposed to being gulped profusely, in my own unscientific experience, tea is digested in a way that makes you not have to run to the bathroom in excess. One can argue that you can simply slurp water in the same slow manner to avoid the bathroom problem, but the fact still remains that water can get boring real fast. Tea seems to fill you up in a more slow, controlled fashion, allowing for greater hunger-curbing longevity.
I’m currently in love with The Republic of Tea, Ginseng Peppermint Tea. It is ahhh-mazing. Each teabag contains a mix of cinnamon, Echinacea, panax ginseng, peppermint, licorice, and other fanciful ingredients.
Tea delivers the waters you need while also pumping your sexy body with other healthy ingredients. If you’re intrigued, check out my easy recipes for Homemade Citrus Sweet Tea and Easy Homemade Detox Tea.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV)
I stumbled upon ACV’s hunger-curbing superpowers by accident. I add 4 teaspoons of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar to a bottle of plain water (approx 16 ounces). My initial and continued purpose for adding ACV to my water is to promote alkalinity in the body (yes, vinegar does create an alkaline state). I’m greedy for all the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, but never thought it might curb my hunger as wonderfully as it does.
Apple Cider Vinegar has a strong reputation as a weight loss aid and natural healing agent. I’ve written about its effectiveness at keeping the stomach flu away. Just be sure to NOT get the basic, crystal clear kind you find in the stores. Get yourself some Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar since it contains the “mother”. Many stores are now carrying this in the natural food aisle.
Tea-slurping has a tiny edge over ACV when used to curb hunger, but Apple Cider Vinegar is still the best choice because of its weight loss benefits. ACV contains acetic acid, which helps breakdown and prevent the accumulation of body fat. Here is additional reading you can do to explore the subject further:
- Vinegar May Aid in Fat Loss
- Vinegar Can Fight Diabetes and Promote Weight Loss
- Acetic Acid…Fatty Acid Oxidation Enzymes in Liver To Suppress Body Fat Accumulation
Whatever healthy methods you use to stay hydrated and curb hunger, consider adding apple cider vinegar to your regimen. It’ll do ‘yo body good. Now drink it up!