Most of us have at least one bottle of apple cider vinegar in our kitchen cabinets. We drizzle a little over our salads or add a dash of it to give our recipes that delicious tang.
It may have an overwhelming aroma, but you’d be surprised by what that tablespoon of vinegar every day can do for you. While we may not know it, the unexpected bonus is that we also benefit from the therapeutic properties of apple cider vinegar.
Not too long ago, people have started drinking a little bit straight for the sake of trimming the waistline, and despite some people dismissing it as an old wives’ tale, it seems to actually work!
Even if you are not looking for your waistline to shrink, you should still consider the underlying health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Before launching into the details, there’s one important point I would like to emphasize at the outset. If you are looking to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar, it is important to use the ‘raw’ variety that contains the ‘mother’. The mother is that thick sludge you see at the bottom of the bottle. It’s the part that holds all of the goodness of the cider vinegar.
This particular brand is the best of all I’ve tried.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Apple cider vinegar has been used for a long time to help Type 2 diabetics treat their symptoms. It works because apple cider vinegar is a major source of acetic acid. This facilitates the digestion of starch and breaks down sugar into something more useful to your body.
Cautionary note: This is only for a short period of time. Do not use apple cider vinegar as a long term strategy for diabetes management.
Having apple cider vinegar before you go to bed prevents sugar spikes in the morning. This makes it a vital tool in keeping Type 2 diabetes at bay, but this is something that all bodies can benefit from. Wouldn’t you like to wake up one day feeling more alert and less irritable?
While the effects of the vinegar can be felt overnight, your best results will be if you make it a nightly regimen. By the end of a week, you will start to feel the results much more reliably.
If you tend to hit the snooze button every morning, taking some apple cider vinegar before you go to bed will help you get your day started just a little bit early.
Because it reduces your need for insulin production, you won’t feel the desire to have as much sugary goodness in your life. That means you’re not as likely to reach out for empty calories. This will go a long way to keeping those extra pounds off and let your body access what it’s got. In addition to keeping your sugar levels down this will also help you lose some weight.
That doesn’t necessarily mean you can expect the fat to just drop off, but it gives you a powerful tool to get yourself to where you want to go.
Lowers Blood Pressure
In addition to altering your sugar breakdown and reducing your need for insulin, acetic acid is also extremely helpful for clearing clogged blood vessels. This is because apple cider vinegar breaks down the cholesterol buildup and slowly dissolves it.
Several studies have shown that those who had apple cider vinegar regularly had clearer blood vessels. This is because cholesterol did not stick to the sides of the blood vessels so there was no thickening of the walls which would otherwise narrow the blood vessels). As a result the subjects’ hearts didn’t need to work quite as hard.
Cleans Out Your System
Ah yes, one of the tried and true forms of ensuring health is the good old-fashioned detox. A detox is exactly what it sounds like: you are removing the toxins that your body doesn’t need so that you can start afresh.
While you are detoxing, you will go through a variety of emotions, especially if you are doing the juice detox, and that’s where apple cider vinegar comes in. Since it is useful for helping reduce cholesterol and reducing the need for insulin, that makes it a pretty obvious choice to reach for during your detox.
Acetic acid is enzyme-rich, which helps stimulate your liver and promote lymphatic drainage. Apple cider vinegar also helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria, which would otherwise be damaged during your detox. Gut flora is vital for keeping the weight off and digesting things properly, so the less damage that you do to it, the healthier you will feel and be able to recover from the detox in the long run.
Prevents Bone Loss
Osteoporosis is something that is taken extremely seriously and is borderline scary for the majority of the popular. It’s why we have young kids drinking milk and why there are so many adults are careful about their calcium intake. Still, even if you are careful, statistics are showing that over half the population over the age of 55 has been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
There is a unique trait in apple cider vinegar that results in your body being able to absorb minerals even better than it had before, and the more than you use it, the longer the effects last. The only thing you got to be aware of here is that long-term vinegar consumption may actually lead to osteoporosis if you are not careful to get the calcium you need while doing your regimen, so don’t worry about getting too much until your doctor tells you to cut it down.
A nice, easy way to get the balance going is to make a stir-fry of some of your favorite vegetable along with spinach or kale and use apple cider vinegar as your coating of choice. If it’s a little much at this point for you, rice vinegar is a traditional choice and a good stepping stone for moving to apple cider vinegar, as it is a lot less “sharp” to the senses. If you love rice vinegar, know that some of your favorite recipes can use apple cider vinegar in place of it to bring it to a whole new level.
Experiments in the kitchen are always the most fun, so have a lot of fun trying it out according to your taste!
Helps Your Body Find Balance
What it does is react to your hydrochloric acid and “boost’ it, making digestion a lot more effective and the breakdown will lean toward extracting everything it possibly can.
Just don’t drink too much of it. You can expect your body to tell you when enough is enough on this aspect, and it’s important that you listen to it. Too much of it will mean that it IS coming up again, and you just don’t want to try cleaning up the mixture of stomach acid and any vinegar.
If you can keep the balance, though, you might find yourself reducing heartburn significantly. Anyone with heartburn and other acid reflux issues will probably reach for apple cider vinegar the minute you tell them about this. It’s painful at best, and debilitating at its worst, so sufferers will thank you for the advice