Health Benefits Of Consuming Apple Cider Vinegar Daily
Proven Health benefits of consuming Apple Cider Vinegar daily
Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (or ‘ACV’ for short) is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth. ACV contains a wealth of raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which are responsible for the majority of it’s health benefits.
Here's a list of some of the health benerfits of consuming Apple Cider Vinegar daily;
- Maintains a Healthy Alkaline PH Level
Research indicates that high Acid PH level leads to lack of energy, and higher incidences of infection. To avoid this, the acid-alkaline balance of the body is important, many functions in the body occur only at a certain level of acidity or alkalinity. Unfortunately, most of the meals we love to eat are acidic. To increase and maintain alkaline PH level, The first step towards great health begins with helping the body become more alkaline. Did you know that when ACV is consumed it becomes alkaline?
- Reduces Candida overgrowth
Candida has been blamed for many different health issues, including poor memory, fatigue, headaches, depression, sugar cravings and yeast infections. While it’s naturally occurring yeast, it can quickly grow out of control if the body becomes too acidic from eating too many processed foods or too much sugar, or if good bacteria is killed off from antibiotic use. ACV rescues your body from Candida overgrowth.
The fermentation of Apple Cider Vinegar makes it a beneficial yeast that serves as a pre-biotic for healthy bacteria in the gut. ACV helps good bacteria grow as you eliminate those harmful foods that feed detrimental yeasts like Candida.
- Accelerates Weight Loss
Adding two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 16 ounces of water and sipping it throughout the day may help boost weight loss efforts. A study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry showed that participants who consumed ACV for 12 weeks managed to achieve significant declines in body weight as well as abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides.
Another research out of Japan found that overweight participants who drank Apple Cider Vinegar every day for 12 weeks had less visceral fat, lower waist circumference and a lower Body Mass Index as compared to those who didn’t drink ACV.
- Kills many types of bacteria
The main substance in vinegar, acetic acid, can kill bacteria and/or prevent them from multiplying and reaching harmful levels. It has a history of use as a disinfectant, natural preservative, and treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.
Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.
- Vinegar has been used as a food preservative, and studies show that it inhibits bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in the food and spoiling it.
- There have also been anecdotal reports of diluted apple cider vinegar helping with acne when applied on the skin, but I didn’t find any research to confirm this so take it with a grain of salt.
- Maintains blood sugar level
The most successful application of Apple Cider Vinegar is in patients with type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in situations of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. However, elevated blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes. It is believed to be a major cause of ageing and various chronic diseases. So, pretty much everyone should benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels stable.
Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:
- Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19-34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses.
- Reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating 50 grams of white bread.
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%.
- Numerous other studies, in both rats and humans, show that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood sugar responses during meals.
For these reasons, vinegar is useful for people living with Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, or those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low to normal for other reasons.
If you’re currently taking blood sugar lowering medications, then check with your doctor before increasing your intake of Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Detoxifies the Liver and other Organs
While Apple Cider Vinegar is maintaining the body PH level, it also helps detoxify the body. Research indicates that ACV specifically detoxifies the liver, and that it can help stimulate circulation. ACV helps to boast a variety of healing processes for the skin and blood, helping to remove harmful environmental toxins that build up in the body, especially in the liver. It helps to flush it out and improve the natural blood filtration process while boosting energy levels.
Another way ACV helps to detox the body is by breaking up mucus and cleansing the lymph nodes, which allows for better lymph circulation. When your lymphatic system is healthy, it can remove toxins from cells and improve the immune system response.
Just keep in mind that you should never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus. Instead, mix one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water. If you don’t like the taste, use a straw to minimize contact with your taste buds. Adding a bit of undiluted honey can help too.