Apple cider vinegar is vinegar that is made from pressed and fermented apples. It has a light golden-orange color. The mother is the murky stuff that you find in unfiltered versions. The mother is praised as having a lot more health benefits than the purified versions. For this reason, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a better buy if you can choose between the two. This vinegar (along with other vinegar types) is used as a significant ingredient in condiments like ketchup, marinades, chutney and salad dressings. It is also used in pickle juice. The acidity of the vinegar gives it that sour, zingy taste that we associate with vinegar. It contains acetic and malic acid. A lot of vinegar's cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing benefits come from its acid content.
We investigate how apple cider vinegar can improve your physical health.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Assists weight loss
Draxe.com quotes the Journal of Diabetes Care as concluding (through trials) that consuming apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss. One of the ways it does this is by reducing sugar cravings. This will help you to eat less of the food that makes you fat. It also detoxifies your body (more on this below). When there are fewer toxins in your body, it is better able to break up fat for energy. One of the ways detoxification leads to weight loss of through the liver. Imagine that it can only do a certain amount of work at any given time. If it spends more time dealing with toxins in your body, it has less time to perform its other vital role of breaking down fat cells and turning them into energy.
A different study proved that acetic acid consumption reduced the body fat of mice by 10%. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of this acetic acid and therefore you can have the same benefit through regular consumption. One more study had some participants drink vinegar with high carbohydrate meals, while others didn't. On average, the participants who drank vinegar consumed 200 - 275 less calories for the rest of the day.
Detoxifies the body
Healthy and Natural World confirms the fact that apple cider vinegar detoxes your body. According to them, the vinegar cleans the body so well because it is rich in nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It assists the body to rapidly eliminate toxins thoroughly. Getting as much toxins out of the body as soon as possible prevents damage and alleviates strain on your filtration systems. The filtration systems that benefit the most are your kidneys and liver. It also helps with digestion and efficient bowel movements. This keeps your body clean and therefore more capable to focus on other important tasks. These actions purify your blood of impurities.
Another effect of regular apple cider vinegar consumption is improved blood circulation. The better your circulation, the better your body can cycle nutrients and waste products through your bodily systems. The enzymes assist in breaking down bad cholesterol, reducing the way it blocks your arteries. It also deals with too much acid in your body by maintaining a good, alkaline pH level. This reduces overall inflammation. Furthermore, it breaks up mucus and cleans the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are glands that carry fluids, nutrients and waste products throughout the body. Lymph nodes are extremely important for immune function. This is one of the ways that apple cider vinegar improves your immune system.
Fights bacteria and other germs
Kris Gunnars from Authority Nutrition lists the anti-bacterial properties as one of the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Bacteria are one of the many kinds of pathogens that apple cider vinegar kills. This is mainly due to its acidic nature. Vinegar is often used to clean and disinfect household surfaces and appliances for this reason.
Finger and toe nail fungus is also a common problem that people use vinegar to treat. Ear infections and warts are other issues that vinegar is often used to solve. Even Hippocrates (known as the father of modern medicine) used it for cleaning wounds. Vinegar is used as a food preservative because of how well it combats bacteria growth.
Gargling with a mixture of vinegar and water will help you relieve a sore throat. It will also prevent germs in the mouth from building up plaque, causing bad breath and cavities. It is also popularly used to keep candida at bay. Regular consumption will therefore help fight off the tiny germs that we want to avoid.
Lemon juice has very similar benefits for weight loss, blood sugar regulation, germ protection, pH maintenance, improved energy and more.
- Don't overdo it. Too much of anything is a bad thing. Limit your vinegar intake to 2-3 tablespoons a day.
- Since vinegar is acidic, it can wear away at your teeth. Gargle with water afterwards and don't drink vinegar too close to brushing time to avoid weakening of teeth.
Adding vinegar to your diet might help you achieve your body transformation or health goals. It also makes a great substitute for adding flavor to salads and boring food dished. STAY STRONG!