Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
One of the fitness industry’s biggest and best kept secrets may have been hiding in your pantry all along!
Apple cider vinegar has many beneficial properties that have been proven to aide in both overall health, and weight loss. It’s no wonder Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago and is still used today.
There are many reported health benefits to using apple cider vinegar, however keep in mind that most claims are not scientifically proven. Today, we will be focusing on the health benefits associated with apple cider vinegar drinks that are scientifically proven to help you improve your overall health.
Scientifically Proven Benefits
Apple Cider Vinegar can Help Regulate Blood Sugar
A study published in Diabetes Care researched the effects of consuming two tablespoons of vinegar with water before bed. The study showed that participants who consumed 2 tablespoons of vinegar had lower blood sugars in the morning compared with the participants who had only water before bedtime.
Apple Cider Vinegar can Aid in Weight Loss
In 2009, scientists in Japan conducted a double-blind study on obese adults. The obese adults had similar BMI, weight, and waist measurements. They divided the participants into three groups. One group received a beverage with an ounce of vinegar, one with half an ounce of vinegar, and one with no vinegar every day for 12 weeks. Following the 12-week study, the participants who consumed the vinegar drinks had less belly fat, lower triglycerides and waist measurements, and a lower body weight and BMI, compared to the no-vinegar group.
Now, you may be wondering how regulating blood sugar affects your overall health or weight loss. When we eat carbohydrates, our body converts the carbs into blood sugar known as glucose. Glucose is our bodies main source of energy and determines whether we burn fat or store it.
Our pancreas creates a hormone called insulin which carries blood sugar into our body’s cells where it is used for energy. When we eat carbohydrate rich foods lacking fiber such as sugar, the pancreas produces higher amounts of insulin (the pancreas is always producing a small amount of insulin). The high amount of sugar being eaten causes our blood sugar (blood glucose) levels to rise and therefore causes insulin levels to rise as well. This leaves you feeling lethargic and hungry. When your blood sugar drops, we crave more sugary foods and the process is repeated.
Insulin is known as the fat storage hormone so when your insulin levels are not stable, the body cannot burn fat. (This is also why it is important to eat every 4 – 5 hours.) Overall, keeping our blood sugar levels stable and consistent is the best way to get the weight off, but a daily apple cider vinegar drink can also help.
Apple Cider Vinegar Facts
You’ll burn your esophagus if you drink apple cider vinegar straight! Always dilute with at least one cup of water.
Buy ACV that is raw, organic, and “with mother!” The “mother” in apple cider vinegar contains a ton of nutrients like digestive enzymes, good bacteria, iron, and vitamin B.
Drink with a straw! This helps to minimize the chances of the acid in ACV eroding the enamel of your teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
Now, last but not least, here is Paige’s go-to apple cider vinegar detox drink!
1 cup warm 💧
2 tablespoons raw organic ACV with mother (see above)
½ lemon juice 🍋 – Lemon juice contains pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight-loss struggles, can also stimulate digestive tract and give you some vitamin C
1 dash of cinnamon – boosts metabolism, controls blood sugar, decreases insulin levels, can fight off candida yeast infections
1 tablespoon honey 🍯 – contains anti-bacterial properties, powerful antioxidant, aides with digestion and immunity
1 dash of cayenne pepper 🌶 – boosts metabolism