Apple cider vinegar (AVC) is becoming quite a popular subject today, but is it all it is cracked up to be? Does it do what it has been claimed to do?
Firstly what is it? ACV is basically apple juice which is fermented into a hard apple cider that then goes through a second fermentation to produce ACV. When choosing an ACV you should go for an organic one that is cloudy in colour. Unfiltered organic ACV contains strands of proteins, enzymes and good bacteria this is known as ‘mother’ this is what gives it the cloudy look and is the most beneficial type of ACV.
Is it worth adding to your diet? I think so. There are many health benefits that you can gain through taking apple cider vinegar each day, these are..
• Good quality ACV contains amino acids, antioxidants and a little potassium.
• Vinegar kills pathogens including bacteria. Traditionally it has been used to treat ear infections, warts, nail fungus and lice.
• ACV been found to be able to stabilize blood sugar levels and can improve insulin levels, which is highly beneficial for those with diabetes.
• There have been studies that show ACV can help with weight loss by creating feelings of fullness. As well as lowering glucose and insulin levels.
• It’s a great daily detox as it balances your bodies P.H. levels.
• It could help to prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure. In studies ACV decreased triglycerides and cholesterol in rats.
• ACV is awesome for the lymphatic system. It has the ability to drain the lymph nodes and reduces mucus and sinus congestion. This can help with allergies and symptoms related to allergies such as headaches and sore throats.
ACV can be taken on its own as it has a tart/ sweet flavor, although it is highly acidic which makes it a good idea to take it with water. There are a number of different ways to take.
• ACV can be taken by the teaspoon full followed by a glass of water after meals, this can reduce heartburn and help with low stomach acid.
• ACV can be taken as a drink. One tablespoon diluted in a cup of warm water with some honey can make a nice drink.
• Adding ACV to you daily cup of warm broth is also an option also adding it to salads pickles and other foods is a good option. Just make sure not to take more than two tablespoons a day.
ACV also has a lot of others uses that don’t include taking it. Here are some more uses
• Rinsing your hair with ACV twice a week can leave it with a nice body and shine
• ACV makes a good disinfectant when used to clean around the house.
• Rub ACV on you teeth the rinse with water to make your teeth whiter.
• Need relief from sunburn? Add one cup of ACV to your bath and soak for ten minutes to help sooth it.
• Add one part vinegar, one part water to a spray bottle. Spray this on pets once a day and rub in to get rid of fleas, continue this for around one week.
Maybe now will be a good time to have a go at including Apple Cider Vinegar in your diet, with so many different ways to add it to your diet there’s no need to cringe at the thought of taking it by the spoonful. (That’s unless you like to take it that)