The Use of Apple Cider Vinegar
The use of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) dates back to the days of Hippocrates who used this himself for the natural health benefits. The main benefit for which I recommend and take it myself is that helps stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes. For this effect, it is recommended to take a ½ to 1 teaspoon before meals. If you forget, you can still take it with your meal, but less water is preferred as you will dilute your stomach acid needed to breakdown food.
Other benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar are:
1. It contains enzymes which aid in the digestion of protein.
2. It increases the alkalinity of your blood pH. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is very acidic.
3. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids which benefit the skin giving it a vibrant look.
4. It has aided in weight loss. (1/2 oz three times a day in my experience)
5. It helps reduce or eliminate distention, bloating or even reflux in certain individuals.
6. It contains polyphenols which have anti-oxidant properties.
7. It has been shown in a recent clinical study to reduce fasting blood glucose in diabetics.1
The best part about ACV is that it is dirt cheap. It can bring about changes in a healthy therapeutic fashion without paying for and relying on toxic pharmaceuticals. Whether it provides noticeable results to a chronic problem or not, it is still adding health to the body. One of the mistakes many people make is deeming it worthless simply because they tried it a few times and still suffer from the same symptom. The expectation that you are going to create changes in physiology over night when it took months or years to create the problem is simply unrealistic. Impatience is one of the leading reasons why natural therapeutics fail many people.
When buying ACV you want to make sure you buy the kind with the “Mother.” It is the dark stuff which floats around at the bottom. The mother gives it the medicinal value. If you buy Bragg’s you can’t go wrong.
With regards how to take it, often times people will write to take it with an 8 oz. glass of water. There is no proper way to take it with respects to how little or how more much of water you mix it with. I personally don’t like drinking 8 oz. of diluted ACV. I find it more palatable to put it in a shot glass and fill the rest with water. I’ve never said afterwards, “that’s awesome”, but it’s certainly not a bad experience for me and most other people.
References: 1.Carol S. Johnston, Samantha Quagliano, Serena White. Vinegar ingestion at mealtime reduced fasting blood glucose concentrations in healthy adults at risk for type 2 diabetes. July 23, 2013
Written by: Dr. Chris Fucci