I like to consider myself as a healthy and well balanced individual, but my morning drink routine could probably change a bit. You’d think with how much water I drink a day (about a gallon), water would be my first drink of choice in the morning. I’m guilty, it’s not. I’m typically grabbing a full mug of coffee sprinkled with Stevia and some Sugar Free French Vanilla creamer. Not that coffee is bad for you, it has it’s benefits as well, but with today’s Shamrock Smoothies and Caramel Lattes, I want to make sure I can have the best morning routine possible.
Early in my college days, my drink of choice was (ehem) less than healthy to say the least. But as a nutrition student, I learned early on the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, (or ACV) for short. That was almost 10 years ago and to be completely honest, I totally forgot about Apple Cider Vinegar and what it could do for me. So I decided to dig up my past research papers and do a trial and error for myself, to see what it did for me.
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Lets start with the basics before we get into the benefits.
How to drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Okay, so Apple Cider Vinegar isn’t the best tasting thing in the world. You take one whiff of it and your taken back and making faces like you just ate a whole lemon. I suggest not to drink it straight. Not only does it not taste good but it is so strong and acidic that you can potentially burn your esophagus and hurt your teeth enamel. Not ideal.
Instead, add 2 Tablespoons to 1-2 cups of warm water. If it’s still too bitter for your taste, try adding a Tablespoon or so of raw honey. It helps balance it out.
I myself just stick to the 2TB/1-2C ratio.
There are so many different types, which one do I buy?
- Always chose Organic and Raw
- Always chose an ACV that has “The Mother.” The mother is a cobweb-like substance in apple cider vinegar that gives it a cloudy look. When the vinegar appears clear, this is a sign that it has been pasteurized. The Mother culture has been removed and so it doesn’t have the nutritional benefits. The Mother culture consists of good bacteria, minerals & much more !
- Always chose unpasteurized
The Best Brands of Apple Cider Vinegar
- My number 1 go to is Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Vitacost Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (this is a discounted website for supplements. They have AWESOME stuff. I’ve been getting things from there for years.)
- Eden Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dynamic Health Apple Cider Vinegar
- Viva Naturals Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Now let’s get to the 6 benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Helps your body maintain a healthy PH level
Your body’s ideal number for Ph level is 7. Not too alkaline, not too acidic. (One being higher than the other will start causing health problems.) As the acidic-alkaline balance is essential, the body is constantly trying to achieve a state of equality.
Acid forming foods include processed foods, alcohol, sugar and other simple carbs. This doesn’t mean don’t consume them, just limit them 🙂
While Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic, when consumed, it becomes alkaline ! How neat!
So keeping your body more alkaline will help with your energy and also be able to fight off illnesses. Win win !!
2. Helps Improve Heart Health
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar can help increase HDL, or your “good” cholesterol levels, according to a 2006 study reported in Medscape General Medicine. Another journal published in 2011 confirmed these findings and can also help control triglycerides. (the main constituents of body fat.)
3. It Promotes Healthy Detoxification of the Liver and Other Organs
Apple Cider Vinegar works to help detoxify the body, specifically the liver, which can help stimulate circulation. Good news for those who like to enjoy an extra (or 2) glasses of wine..
It also helps healing processes of the skin, blood, and remove harmful toxins that build up in the body. Flushing the liver out, improving the natural blood filtration process and boost energy levels !
Another way that ACV helps detox the body is by breaking up mucus and cleaning the lymph nodes, which allows for better lymph circulation. When your lymphatic system is healthy, it can remove toxins and improve the immune system. Again, helping fight off illnesses.
Yay! No winter colds for me 🙂 !
4. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Eliminates Candida Overgrowth
Since Apple Cider Vinegar is natural in enzymes, it can help eliminate candida in the body. Candida has a bad rep for many different health issues, including poor memory, loss of energy, headaches, depression, sugar cravings and yeast infections. It is a natural occurring yeast but it can grow out of control if the body becomes too acidic from eating too many processed foods or drinking to much alcohol.
Candida thrives off of those types of foods. Some natural health experts believe that a sugar addiction may even stem from yeast overgrowth as the yeast needs those foods to survive.
You then crave more sugar, EAT more sugar, BECOME SUGAR! Haha just kidding. But it is a vicious cycle that you can avoid, or at least help by drinking ACV !
5. Eases Digestive Ailments
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to stimulate digestive juices in the tum that can breakdown food. It can help indigestion, bloating, gas and even heartburn.
Some theories say that heartburn starts because of low stomach acid levels, and ACV helps bring those levels back up to normal.
*Note: While it is effective for digestive issues, it won’t bring relief if you have an ulcer or other uncontrollable stomach issues. See your Doc !
6. It Helps Promote Weight Loss
Yes ladies and gents! It can help with weight loss !!
Adding 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 8-16 oz of water may help boost weight loss efforts. All types of vinegar actually can have some affect on weight loss but ACV in particularly is better considering it’s umpteen health benefits.
There was as study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry showed that people who consumed ACV for 12 weeks had declined in body weight, belly fat, waist circumference and triglycerides! Just what we want, right !?
Now I just listed only 6 benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar consumption. There are many more benefits to consuming ACV every day but I decided to narrow it down to the ones that were mostly “cared” about I suppose.
I mean… I could explain why ACV helps fight Free Radical damage, but that’s boring and most people don’t even know what that is haha.
My Experience So Far
So like I said before I’ve only been doing this for about a month or so. I can’t necessarily “feel” the benefits from the inside yet but I can say my skin is healthier already, my hair is healthier already and my energy has had a pick me up.
I am excited to update this page in another month-ish or so, so I can see if there has been any more great benefits. The facts are there, the studies are there, so let’s do this together and start drinking Apple Cider Vinegar !
Share your experiences with me in the comments or shoot me an email ! I’d love to hear about it 🙂