People will do some pretty unusual things to improve their health and fitness, including myself. As long as it’s legal and kind of safe, I will do or try almost anything to stay on top of my game. There are so many varying opinions on health out there, it’s tough to navigate through the crappy advice and absorb some useful information. At the end of the day, what works for one person may not work for the next person. It’s all about trying new things and finding a system that works for you.
With that being said, I’d like to introduce you to something new and invite you to try a secret weapon that I’ve been using for long time now: Apple Cider Vinegar. Drinking ACV is completely safe and is probably one of the most unusual and unconventional substances in my daily regimen of vitamins and supplements. There is a method to the madness, consuming ACV has been proven to increase health and wellness in numerous ways. Below are the top 3 reasons I believe you, or anyone, could benefit from drinking Apple Cider Vinegar.
-Soothes sore throat
-Clears stuffy nose
All of the above uses for Apple Cider Vinegar are more immediate, quick fixes for health issues. While those may come in handy, I’m much more interested in long term health effects of this natural elixir.
#3: Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Control Blood Sugar
Apple Cider Vinegar has been involved in several studies over the years in relation to its effect on a person’s blood glucose levels. In a 2007 study by the American Diabetes Association and the Arizona State University Department of Nutrition, individuals with Type 2 Diabetes who were not taking Insulin were given two tablespoons before bed time. The studies showed that Apple Cider Vinegar favorably impacted the glucose concentrations of the subjects, lowering their glucose levels in a positive manner during their sleep .
Another study, also done by the ASU Department of Nutrition, showed that the antiglycemic effects of the acid in Apple Cider Vinegar lead to low blood sugar when taken immediately before a high carbohydrate meal .
A few tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar a day could go a long way for you, especially if you’re having issues managing your blood sugar. Even if your blood sugar levels are completely normal, this is a great precautionary method of use. In the long run, it will surely help you out in many more ways than controlling glucose. Which brings me to reason #2…
#2: Apple Cider Vinegar Could Aid In Weight Loss
Another great reason for people to consume Apple Cider Vinegar daily is because of its potential to help you lose weight or maintain a lean body type. The Acetic Acid in ACV has been linked to weight loss because of it’s ability to suppress appetite, increase metabolism and reduce excess water retention. As mentioned in the study above, Apple Cider Vinegar has the ability to control blood sugar, which in turn, can reduce the amount of sugar that your body stores as fat .
A lot of people would consider this to be the #1 benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar, but it falls at #2 on my list due to the lack of concrete scientific data. While I absolutely believe that ACV can assist people in losing weight, I have to be responsible with my advice. Don’t expect this to be a magical potion that shreds 20 lbs of fat in 3 weeks. This is more of a holistic weight management approach that can get you on the right track for weight loss.
#1: Apple Cider Vinegar Helps With Digestion
This is the reason I added Apple Cider Vinegar to my daily regimen: Digestion. Back in 2011, I found out I have Celiac Disease and it changed my life forever. One thing to note about Celiac Disease is that it’s an autoimmune disorder in which long-term damage occurs inside your gut flora over many years of undiagnosed gluten-eating. It’s not a quick fix, you don’t magically heal by eating gluten-free. Actually, you don’t heal ever, but you can manage the condition with diet and exercise. Your gut [flora] is a complex of microorganisms and bacteria that live in your digestive tracts . These are often referred to as “good bacteria” and there are more than 100 trillion of them inside you working hard to help you fight illness, digest food and absorb nutrients.
When you eat a bad diet, you can ruin your gut flora and digestive system. When your digestive system is out of whack, your immune system could follow in the same trend and lead to diseases, illnesses and many unwanted complications. The Acetic Acid, Pectin and Malic Acid in Apple Cider Vinegar contain antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties which can help prevent the build up of bad bacteria and promote the growth of good bacteria .
Long story, short… Apple Cider Vinegar will undoubtedly help you with any digestion issues that you may have. You can use it for immediate use or for long-term benefits, whichever situation suits you the best.
BONUS: Apple Cider Vinegar Helps With Allergies
I know I said this was the top 3 reasons, but I had a mid-article change of heart. I’m giving you this bonus benefit. Apple Cider Vinegar can help with allergy relief as well. According to Melissa Gallagher, M.S., CWC, CNHP, the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar are just as effective as Zyrtec when trying to treat allergy symptoms . I can fully vouch for this. I was prescribed to Singulair, Flonase, Claritin and/or Zyrtec from the time I was 10 years old until about 2 years ago when I decided to holistically treat my allergies and I feel better than ever! Shameless self-promotion: Look out for my upcoming blog on my daily allergy regimen I use to treat my pet, environment and seasonal allergies.
The moral of the story is that Apple Cider Vinegar would be an incredible addition to your diet. If not for one of the reasons mentioned above, consume ACV for any of the other benefits such as:
– Increased Stamina / Energy
– Blood Pressure Control
– Healing Bruises
– Freshening Breath
If you’re looking for a way to improve your general health in a cost efficient manner, Apple Cider Vinegar should be your go-to. You can pick up 32 fl oz for about $8-10, which will last you at least 1 month, depending on your intake. The methods of Apple Cider Vinegar consumption vary, but I would suggest starting off your morning with 2 tablespoons diluted with about a 1/2 cup of water. Chug chug chug! You’ll feel the energy boost immediately!
Try it out and let me know what you think! Here are 26 more genius ways to utilize Apple Cider Vinegar.
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