There are dozens of reasons to love apple cider vinegar -- in your food,
on your body, or standing on its own. Below are just five of the health
benefits that this super food provides, with even just a small dose. To
achieve any of the health benefits, simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the
vinegar to a glass of water and drink it before a meal -- preferably first
thing in the morning, or right before a meal heavy in starches or white bread.
Even though vinegar itself is acidic, apple cider vinegar is actually an
alkaline compound, which helps to
keep your body in balance. Healthy bodies have been shown to have a mildly alkaline balance, which
works against the typically acidic Western diet. Working apple cider vinegar
into your daily routine can restore balance and alkalinity while killing
off harmful toxins. One more benefit of a balanced pH? Studies have shown
that people who eat higher alkaline diets, often thanks to the addition
of ingredients like apple cider vinegar, have a healthier bone mineral density.
Apple cider vinegar is a proven
appetite suppressant, keeping you fuller longer and curbing those daily snack cravings. This
can be a major aid on your weight loss journey. In a recent study by Lund
University in Sweden, participants that drank a vinegar mixture before
a high-carbohydrate meal felt fuller than their vinegar-less counterparts
nearly two hours after eating.
This super food helps to
regulate your blood sugar levels, keeping them from drastically spiking and plummeting over the course
of the day. Avoiding this is essential to keeping your body lean, as it
prevents your body from storing the fat from simple starches and other
In addition to helping with overall health and weight loss, apple cider
helps keep your body healthy by fighting off bacteria. It can soothe a sore throat, ease stomach discomfort, prevent indigestion,
and even clear a stuffy nose. The acetic acid it's made up of prevents
harmful bacteria growth, which helps clear up your sinuses, and creates
an inhabitable environment for some infections, stopping them before they
can set up camp in your body.
Not all of the benefits of apple cider vinegar come from consuming it.
Using this vinegar once or twice a week as a hair rinse will
leave your hair with significantly more shine and volume. Just pour some in your palm and run through your hair directly after
rinsing out your shampoo to get the full effect.
With all of these health benefits and more, it's no surprise that apple
cider vinegar has made itself a household name. Just remember to always
dilute it in water or juice before consuming, as it could harm your tooth
enamel or esophageal lining in its pure and concentrated form.
Do you have any go-to recipes for apple cider vinegar, or want to share
how it's helped you achieve health and nutrition goals? Speak up in
the comment section below!