The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
The brand of ACV I use is the Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. This raw, organic, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar from health food brand Bragg is bottled with the “mother,” meaning that it’s unpasteurized and contains live cultures.
It is beneficial because of its compound that includes acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.
How I Use ACV
So when I first saw that it could help with weight loss I wanted to guzzle it by the barrel. Instead I acted like a responsible adult and took the recommended 2 tablespoons a day. I saw that it basically eliminated my usually ravenous appetite and did help reduce belly fat, in turn I did lose weight. I now use it as a part of my attempt to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis.
Let me first say that I do dilute this with water before I use it. I do recommend that before using it on your face you try it on a test patch between your jaw and cheek. I found that it reduce breakouts and clear up dry skin patches.
I know that some of you may struggle like I do with dry scalp. Before I started to use essential oils to combat this issue ACV worked very well to help alleviate this as well. The only reason I switched my routine was because I was able to add the essential oils to my the oil I use on my scalp with adding more time to my wash regimen. I do still use once a month to get rid of buildup on my hair and scalp, and to increase shine. (I always use a diluted solution for my hair.)
I love a good detox and I think doing one at least quarterly is good for the body, skin, and your overall well being. I don’t do the crazy Beyonce detox for two weeks with nothing but ACV, water, honey, and cayenne pepper (you can also do that with lemon juice) I just take it in addition to the two teaspoons with a plant based diet and an 8ounce cup of the ACV concoction mentioned above for anywhere from 3-14 days. It helps to clear my skin and reduces any indigestion or stomach issues I may have due to eating food that doesn’t agree with me.
**Aside from all the other body cleansing benefits already listed, drinking diluted raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is believed to help detoxify and cleanse your liver. One tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before each meal is often recommended as an effective dosage for daily detoxification.
Here are five other benefits of ACV
For Fatigue, Aches And Pains
If you frequently experience achy, swollen feet, then apple cider vinegar may become your new best friend. ACV contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it a perfect addition to foot baths that can ease pain, swelling and discomfort. Just soak your feet in a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar, two parts water and a couple tablespoons of Epson salt for about 20 to 30 minutes to help your feet feel soft, pain free and relaxed.
Balances Blood Sugar and Improves Diabetes
Medical research has proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity and insulin responses. You can receive these benefits through apple cider vinegar ingestion. Try organic, raw apple cider vinegar on salads or consume 1 tablespoon in water before meals.
Lower Blood Pressure
In a 2009 12-week study, they found that consuming apple cider vinegar lowered triglycerides and blood pressure significantly.
If proper brushing and mouthwash doesn’t do the trick, try the home remedy of using apple cider vinegar to control bad breath. Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odor-causing bacteria.
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis
Obviously, preventing this disease before it ravages your bones is key, and as ACV aids in the nutrient absorption of calcium, an essential mineral for preventing osteoporosis, it’s one of the best tools you can use to reduce your risk. By drinking it along with each meal, it will help to ensure proper calcium absorption to strengthen your bones.
The Downsides of Using ACV
Did I mention it’s highly acidic? Drinking a lot of apple cider vinegar can damage your teeth, hurt your throat, and upset your stomach. Also:
- Though some studies have been promising, there’s still little evidence that drinking apple cider vinegar helps you lose weight.
- It may also cause your potassium levels to drop too low. Your muscles and nerves need that nutrient to work the way they should.
- Another study of people with type 1 diabetes found that apple cider vinegar slows the rate food and liquids leave the stomach to be digested. That makes it harder to control your blood sugar level.
- It might also affect medications that treat diabetes and heart disease, as well as diuretics (medicines that help your body get rid of water and salt) and laxatives.
- And of course, its strong taste might not be for everyone.
In short, apple cider vinegar probably won’t hurt you. Enjoy it in your diet because it’s calorie-free, adds lots of flavor to food, and has health benefits. But it’s not a miracle cure.
How to Make ACV Taste Better
I usually chase the teaspoon that I take with cranberry juice or apple juice. However when I’m feeling fancy and I want to pretend like I am drinking cocktails in the morning here is a lovely concoction I make. I have made this a few times and it actually tastes pretty good.
1 tbsp ACV
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of ginger
Add some ice
**You can also add a splash of your favorite all natural juice as well**