I’m a tad late to the party on the apple cider vinegar trend but nonetheless I’ve arrived and I’m out on the dance floor.
I immediately loved the benefits of ACV but is it worth the terrible taste that comes with it?
The apple cider vinegar process begins with yeast being added to crushed apples which ferments the sugar into an alcohol solution. Bacteria is then added to the alcohol which creates an acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main ingredient in vinegar.
P.s. I love that I get to use my science background for once.
So what does it do?
Vinegar has commonly been used as household cleaner because of it’s bacteria killing abilities. This is true for your body as well - Hippocrates actually used it to disinfect wounds thousands of years ago. It’s the antimicrobial effect that ACV has that makes it a healthy option for your gut. It can help create a stable microbiome and boost immune function by killing bad bacteria in your gut. This is likely why people say ACV has improved their heartburn and stomach pain.
Another remarkable aspect of vinegar is its ability to lower blood sugar levels. I’ve always struggled with my blood sugar levels a bit, and I noticed a big difference in how I feel after meals.
ACV can also lower cholesterol, improve heart function, and my favorite - reduce belly fat. This is partly due to the stabilization in blood sugar levels, but also as a result of increasing your metabolism.
Cory, and I both noticed weight loss within the first week of taking 2 tablespoons a day. I’ve always struggled with bloating in my stomach, and this is the first thing I’ve tried that I notice a major difference.
But how do you take it?
You want to consult with your practitioner before adding anything new (I feel obligated to say that) but most recommendations are to take 1-2 tablespoons daily. Some people strongly recommend taking it as a shot in the morning on an empty stomach, but other research shows it doesn’t matter when you take it - just take it.
We take 2 tablespoons before bed every night. You can also mix it with water, and local honey to cut the taste. It is a terrible taste, and doesn’t get easier but the discomfort does subside within a few minutes.
You can also do a lot of things with ACV besides ingest it. You can use it as a dandruff treatment by mixing it with equal parts water into a spray bottle and spritzing it onto your scalp. You can also treat acne, red spots, and even bruises by using it as a toner. Be sure to dilute it first with water because it is quite strong. You can also gargle with ACV as a mouthwash to banish bad breath, and whiten your teeth.
What is “mother”?
You may see this term when you start looking at different brands. Some apple cider vinegar contains “mother” which means strands of proteins, and good bacteria. This is what is causing the solution to look a little murky sometimes, but don’t be scared because it’s got it’s own slew of healthy benefits.
What companies should you trust?
The leader in this space is Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar - which does contain the “mother” element. It’s well known, and organic which is a plus. A company close by to us is Vermont Village and they offer a great selection of vinegar based products.
But is it worth it?
My vote - yes. I hate the taste, and painfully choke it down everyday. However, I have definitely observed the benefits and I think the weight loss speaks for itself. I recommend getting into a daily routine with it, and make sure you take it at the same time. This will help with consistency, and allow you to monitor how you feel. Like anything give it at least a week before you bail!Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments!