We all know that there is no magical product when it comes to health and that the key to good health is an overall lifestyle and being persistant with good choices, but if there were a magical product when it comes to being healthy and fixing ailments, this would hands down be your guy! or girl I suppose. Anyway, Apple cider vinegar has endless health benefits and although it may not yet have the glory it deserves, there are many studies and benefits seen from this product. Are you interested?
Background: Apple Cider vinegar is made from crushing organic apples and squeezing out the liquid, then adding bacteria and yeast to cause the fermentation that turns the sugars into alcohols and then the next step creates the vinegar with acetic acid forming bacteria. Sounds simple enough right? But what does that mean for us?!
The answer is BENEFITS!!
Antimicrobial effects: The first and most renowned thing ACV is recognized for is for it's ability to kill bacteria and prevent them from multiplying. It has previously been used as disinfectant or to preserve food. So if its tough enough to be used as a disinfectant, but mild enough to ingest, looks like we could be on to something! Here's where that plays in; there have been many "suggestions" that if you drink a TBS or 2 of ACV after consuming something spoiled (god forbid that happens) it can actually kill the bacteria, specifically E.coli before it actually makes you sick! Now my claim here is from past experiences along with reviews and theories read online, no real scientific evidences can prove this, but I can name a few times that I was 99.95% sure that my last meal was coming back up for a visit and I choked down a shot or 2 of ACV and within 20 minutes it went away. I am a very very firm believer of this use for Apple cider vinegar!
Antiglycemic affect: Apple cider vinegar has been proven to have a positive effect on blood sugar levels. This is a great natural way for people dealing with diabetes and blood sugar issues to help regulate and lower their levels. ACV blocks some of the digestion of starch which creates lower spikes in blood sugar.
Weight loss: Now I am not going to tell you that apple cider vinegar alone will make you lose weight; I am far from believing there is a secret recipe to losing weight as you will probably hear about my thoughts on this later on. Actually Im positive you will hear much more ranting on that topic, but any way there has been studies that show apple cider vinegar taken before meals caused people to consume less throughout the day. Many people that did this reported higher satiety levels and many losing an extra few pounds than placebo groups! That's a small victory we can all appreciate right?
Acid Reflux: I am bringing up this topic mainly because I am seeing more and more cases of this oming about these days. And I dont want to say it's because of the way we eat and how much crap is in our food, but it is definitely because of how crappy we eat! What most people dont know is that it is a result of TOO much acid in your stomach and taking ACV has been shown to greatly improve this! Taking a few TBS a day can really make a difference! So if you are battling acid reflux or heartburn, skip the ant-acids and get on the vinegar wagon!
Topically: Not only does ACV do great and beautiful things inside your body, but applied topically it can make a world of difference as well! Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help clear up acne when applied to affected areas daily. It has also been shown to help with warts and other blemishes that occur on the skin such as poison ivy and bug bites. Also it works great to cleanse your hair, rinse out any build up and balance your scalps pH level!
So here's the bottom line: I have given you just the few top benefits of apple cider vinegar that I have personally seen work before my own eyes. There are many more benefits you can read about online, but here is just my piece to open your eyes to this product, I really really hope you consider it because this stuff is just sitting at the store waiting to change your life for just about seven little dollars, you cant beat that!
What to buy: Coming from me, I would recommend Braggs unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, which is the one I posted up at the top of the page. There are other brands, but that is just the one I always use. Just make sure it is unfiltered, organic and has "The Mother" which is the most potent part of it and it should say on the bottle.
How to take it: This is really up to you! I like to mix it in water with a little lemon and drink it in the morning. It also is pretty yummy in warm water with some honey. Sometimes, if I'm feeling sick and want instant relief I just take 2 TBS of it straight, but i will warn you, if you aren't used to very strong acidic liquids running down your throat, you might want to stick to diluting it in water. But I enjoy it! I would recommend probably drinking it anywhere from 1-3 times a day.
So if you have taken away from this but that apple cider vinegar exists and is possibly life's secret little miracle then my day is made. :)