Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Weight Loss? Is It Safe To Drink?
- Benefits Of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
- How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Created
- How Much Apple Cider Vinegar To Take Daily
Almost six months back, I was looking for ways to lower my coffee intake. I wake up somewhere around 5 am and don’t have my first meal until 1 pm. That’s 8 hours with no food.
Earlier, I used to rely on at least 5 cups of coffee to help me sustain until my first meal. But having followed this ritual now for a few years, I felt that my adrenal could use a break.
See, if you are having organic black coffee and consume it without any sugar or just a pinch of stevia or unprocessed honey, then you are alright; studies have shown that coffee has many health benefits. But if you add milk, sugar etc, you lose those benefits. Either way, I never felt good after my third cup.
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I wanted a liquid that would sustain my fasting and provide me with the energy to start my day well, and help me detoxify. I started doing my research, and one name kept cropping up again and again. So I thought I should give it a try.
The first time I tried it, honest to God, I didn’t like the taste, but then after reading about its amazing health benefits, I thought I will give myself a month, and if I still didn’t like it, I would stop using it.
It didn’t take me long enough to absolutely start cherishing this fabulous liquid which some say is more than 2000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, gave it to his patient to help them heal their bodies.
Ladies and Gents…<<Drumrolls>>
…Its Apple Cider Vinegar
This is the liquid that I am going gaga over. There are many brands of apple cider vinegar out there, but what you should look for is raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, and I feel Dr. Bragg’s is the best brand out there.
Benefits Of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
The top benefit of this apple cider vinegar is that it helps stabilize your blood sugar. For example, let’s say you have 2 slices of white bread. Now white bread is pretty high on the glycemic index and will raise your blood sugar quickly. But if you have apple cider vinegar along with it, you can lower your blood sugar by 34%!
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A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition proves this fact. 1https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7796781/ A few other studies support this fact by confirming that apple cider vinegar helps by lowering your blood glucose and improves insulin sensitivity. 2https://diabetesjournals.org/care/article/27/1/281/26582/Vinegar-Improves-Insulin-Sensitivity-to-a-High
This is good news for people who have type 2 diabetes or anyone who is pre-diabetic. I have always stressed that managing your insulin levels is a very significant step towards lowering your weight.
Besides weight loss, ACV also helps lower your cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. 3https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17485860/, 4https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20387813/ This is because of a compound called acetic acid.
How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Created
The process of creating apple cider vinegar involves fermenting the sugar naturally present in apples by adding yeast and bacteria to the cider. Over time, the cider turns into alcohol and then vinegar.
The distilled variety looks clear in the bottle. Still, raw, unfiltered, or unpasteurized apple cider vinegar contains cloudy bits that float around in the mix and are called the ‘mother‘ and are formed by natural enzymes during fermentation. It is gut-friendly and safe to be consumed.
Apple cider vinegar doesn’t contain any vitamins or minerals besides a minimal amount of potassium, calcium and magnesium. However, apple cider vinegar does contain amino acids and antioxidants like gallic acid, catechin, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid. 5https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S175646461930605X
How Much Apple Cider Vinegar To Take Daily
Start by adding 5 ml apple cider vinegar to 100 ml water. Then, slowly sip it for 30-60 minutes. After that, you can gradually increase the quantity to 15ml added in 250ml of water.
If you want to consume more, you can add another tablespoon to your salads, especially when having a high-carb meal. Lastly, never drink it straight up; obviously, you would hate the taste, but it may just burn your food pipe, so always dilute it with water or pour it over your salad.
What’s your experience with Apple cider vinegar? Let me know in the comments below!
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I also added matcha tea to this ritual and my coffee consumption is down from 6 cups to 2-3 cups now:)
not true. Just dilute it with water before you drink it….
Nice article! This article would be really helpful to know about the great benefits of apple cider vinegar for health. I really like this article so much. Thanks and keep sharing.
I have noticed a reduction in appetite when I mix 1 TBS ACV with honey and water every morning before meals.