Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits and How to Take It
ACV - WHAT IS IT?
ACV is made by pulverizing apples and squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Bacteria and yeast are added to the apple liquid to start a fermentation process.
During the fermentation process the sugar from the apples turn into alcohol, also called acetic acid (not the type that will get you drunk haha, about the same amount of alcohol in a very ripe banana).
During a second fermentation process, the alcohol byproduct is converted into vinegar by bacteria. It's a pretty neat process!
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like the one shown above) contains "the mother" enzymes and good bacteria that give it the murky-ness.
BENEFITS OF ACV:
Taking ACV internally (ingesting) has amazing health benefits!
The sour taste from the vinegar can help stimulate the digestion system
(your salivary glands, digestive enzymes, stomach acid and bile)
The most effective way to stimulate digestion from taking ACV would be to take it straight up in a little glass of water.
1 tbsp ACV + 2 tbsp filtered water
You can take it straight up with water or add it to dressings, smoothies etc.
Probiotics for Digestion
ACV also contains prebiotics (also seen on the bottle as with the mother)
After the fermentation process happens, prebiotic bacteria can be found in the vinegar.
- enhance and strengthen the immune system
- help feed the good bacteria in your gut
- improve gut hormonal changes (better-controlled weight and appetite).
Since ACV is beneficial for the digestive system it can also be beneficial for the immune system!
It's linked that a large amount of your immune system is actually found in/connected with the gut.
Like I mentioned ACV can help improve digestion (by feeding good bacteria and stimulating secretions, etc.) - in my opinion it will also help boost and strengthen the immune system.
Another way apple cider vinegar can improve immunity is by breaking up mucus in the body - which further cleanses the lymph nodes to allow for better lymph circulation.
If you didn't know, the lymphatic system removes toxins from the cells in the body while improving the strength of your immune system.
Balancing Blood Sugar
ACV has shown to have benefits for lowering blood sugar and insulin levels, according to some studies.
Taking it can be beneficial for those who are wanting to keep their blood sugar levels low for overall health.
Taking ACV during a high-carb meal can significantly lower blood sugar levels and insulin responses.
2 tablespoons of ACV before bed can reduce fasting blood sugar in the morning.
Always check with your doctor before increasing the amount of ACV you consume if you're taking blood sugar medications.
CAN IT HELP WITH FAT LOSS?
ACV being used for fat loss is currently a health trend! But can it truly help you loose a few extra pounds?
I believe yes! Along with a balanced nutritious diet, daily exercise and a slight calorie deficit.
In my opinion having a healthy and properly functioning digestive system is key for fat loss and weight loss - since ACV has benefits for digestion and clearing out excess mucus in the body I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a supplement to be taking for fat loss and overall health.
Vinegar has the ability to kill pathogens, including bacteria.
It can be used as a cleaning product, to treat external problems like lice, warts and ear infections. If you're looking for a natural way to clean your home or yourself haha, give ACV a try!
Diluted with water is always a good idea, add more vinegar if you need.
Vinegar is also found in food products as a preservative. I always add a splash of ACV to my homemade salad dressings to keep it stored without spoiling for up to a week or two!
HOW TO TAKE ACV:
The most effective way to take ACV would be in a little glass of water in the morning before your first meal.
1 tbsp ACV + 2 tbsp filtered water
Some take it 2-3x a day to replenish themselves with the benefits. Especially for the blood sugar balancing effects after a meal.
1 tbsp ACV + 2 tbsp filtered water after your meals (for blood sugar balancing effects)
You can also add it to your salad dressings, smoothies and homemade concoctions!