You may have heard of apple cider vinegar being hailed by health nuts as a go-to remedy. If you’re reading this article, you may be wondering what the heck apple cider vinegar is. Similar to white vinegar that you may have in your pantry, apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is simply vinegar made from apple cider. Besides drinking it, you can use it as a baking ingredient, and as a topical toner for the skin, balancing your pH levels. You may notice it has a slightly more sour taste than white vinegar, due to the acetic acid in the apples, which consequently has been found to deliver a lot of health benefits. But as it is not very palatable to most, you may want to mix it with some water. Take 1 Tbsp. of ACV and mix it in an 8oz glass of water, then drink the water in the morning or at night for a healthy, cleansing effect:
Beat the Bulge
ACV can actually help you lose weight. A study in Japan found that those who drank ACV lost weight over a 12-week period compared to those who drank a placebo. So the next time you’re reaching for a snack in the cupboard, reach for your baking supplies instead. Of course, ACV is no magic pill. You should still eat a well-rounded diet of vegetables, fruits, complex carbs, and lean protein to help you along your weight loss journey, if that’s your goal!
Stabilize Blood Sugar
As you may know, when you consume starches (which are a type of carbohydrate), your body will convert it to glucose, which is then used by your cells to make energy. But if you’re drinking a sugary soda beverage and eating bread, your blood glucose levels might rise significantly at one time. Some research shows ACV can actually help block the absorption of starch in your body*, so when you consume too many carbs, you may want to sip on a glass of ACV and water to help combat the effects.
*If you have diabetes, please consult with your physician.
Help Your Gut
Organic or raw ACV will contain a cloudy substance called the “mother,” which is extremely healthy for you. This blobby substance contains probiotics and other healthy bacteria, which can help with any intestinal issues you may be having. There is a lot of developing science around healthy gut bacteria, proving that it helps with digestion, your immune system, and more.
In a recent study, mice fed with a high-cholesterol diet were found to have a lower blood lipid level when also consuming ACV. Cholesterol is a type of blood lipid, and as you may know, when your cholesterol level is high, it can build up plaque in your arteries, possibly leading to a heart attack. So challenge those blood fats, consume ACV and water after a heavy meal.
Whatever benefit you want to capture, just make sure to consume ACV with a full glass of water. The acetic acid in ACV can eat away at tooth enamel, which will leave you more prone to cavities. Water will cut the acidity, and make it taste a little better, too. So if you want to lose some weight, balance your carb intake, digest easier, and lower the fats in your bloodstream, pour some ACV in your glass and drink up!