I drink one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar every day — and you should too.
Vinegar has been around for ages — literally. Since 5000 BC, vinegar has been used for cooking, cleaning, garden care, and hygiene. Vinegar, which means “sour wine” in French, can be made from virtually any carbohydrate that can be fermented, including grapes, dates, coconut,potatoes, beets, and apples.
Traditionally, vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process, leaving it rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, caffeic acid, and more, giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, and many other beneficial properties.
Recently, I came across how beneficial vinegar — specifically Apple Cider Vinegar — is for health remedies. Following the old cliché, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” apples are one of the oldest, most nutritious foods on earth. They are rich in potassium, a mineral many of us are deficient in, and a deficiency that causes old age to creep upon us sooner. Calcium maintains our hard tissues such as bones, and potassium is the equivalent to the body’s soft tissues, keeping the body’s flesh and arteries soft and resilient. Besides being a natural stimulant for vitality, Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself.
1) Diabetes: Apple Cider Vinegar is said to be anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. It’s thought that the acetic acid in vinegar may lower blood sugar by preventing the complete digestion of complex carbohydrates, which is accomplished either by accelerating gastric emptying or increasing the uptake of glucose by bodily tissues. One theory is that vinegar might inactivate some of the digestive enzymes that break down carbohydrates into sugar, thus slowing the conversion of complex carbohydrate into sugar from a meal into your bloodstream. This gives your body more time to pull sugar out of your blood, preventing your sugar levels from spiking. Quite a bit of research supports the use of vinegar as a diabetic treatment as well.
2) Heart Health: Vinegar supports heart health in multiple ways. One study showed that vinegar could lower cholesterol in laboratory rats, while another study on rats found their blood pressure could be lowered by the acetic acid in vinegar. Vinegar has also been found to decrease triglyceride levels and VLDL levels (the damaging form of cholesterol) in animal studies.
3) Weight Loss: Apple Cider Vinegar appears to have an anti-obesity effect by increasing satiety and reducing the total amount of food consumed. In addition, separate research found taking vinegar along with bread not only lowered glucose and insulin responses, but also increased levels of satiety. The rating of satiety was directly related to the acetic acid level in the vinegar.
4) Sinus Congestion: Apple cider vinegar helps to break up and reduce mucous in your body, helping to clear your sinuses. It also has antibacterial properties, making it useful for infections.
5) Sore Throat: The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may be useful for sore throats as well. Gargle with a mixture of about one-third cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water as needed.
6) Digestion and Acid Reflux: Acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water daily. The pectin in apple cider vinegar may also help to soothe intestinal spasms.
There are no official guidelines concerning taking apple cider vinegar internally. It is generally suggested to take one to two teaspoons a day, mixed in a glass of water, before meals or in the morning.
Why did I start taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a 8 ounce glass of water each day before I eat lunch? Recent blood work has showed I have developed higher cholesterol levels and a possible pre-diabetic condition — both results of aging. I was not keen on taking new medication for these developments and told my doctor that I wanted to try this natural remedy to see what effect it might have. She agreed it was worth a try.
Also, why wouldn’t I want to try something known for aiding weight loss and boosting energy?
Some people complain about the taste of apple cider vinegar. Lucky for me, I love the taste of vinegar so that hasn’t caused any problems. I just make sure I don’t drink it on an empty stomach. I eat within a half hour after drinking the apple cider vinegar so as to not bring on any digestive issues.
I have been doing this hit and miss since January. When I am around the house, it is easy to remember. If I am traveling, I haven’t been able to stick with it as well. I need to figure out how to do that better. While I haven’t noticed any huge differences yet, I do feel energized and can’t wait to see what happens the next time I have my blood work done.
I know that there are no magic remedies for extensive health issues. But I firmly agree that a balanced approach of eating well, exercising, and adding natural remedies like apple cider vinegar to my lifestyle habits is a boost in the right direction towards healthy living for a lifetime.
Have you tried apple cider vinegar?