Apple Cider Vinegar: What You Should Know About It
Probably the most renowned health item made socially famous via among the health influencers, Apple cider vinegar or ACV has been shown to have anti-fungal benefits. But that is not all! It has anti-yeast and antiviral properties that contributes towards the supporting the body’s overall immune system.
ACV has been shown to delicately lower the growth of bacterium like Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. These types of bacteria colonies have higher bacterial endotoxins especially one called the lipopolysaccharide or LPS. If levels are high, LPS links to leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory health problems.
Gut health benefits are promising when it comes to ACV. It appears that the vinegar improves cases of indigestion and heartburn. Many people swear by taking some apple cider vinegar with the meals help to improve the acid reflux and their digestion. Take that Pepto Bismol!
Let me make something clear: Ingesting ACV requires knowing how to ingest it as there are health consequences (i.e., wearing out tooth enamel over time and drug interactions especially diabetic meds) to drinking too much of it.
But before I make a recommendation, let me give you one more great fact about ACV: This potent liquid has an awesome natural antihistamine effect. The vinegar lowers symptoms of allergies like sneezing and wheezing. I used it when my asthma took a severe hit after my trip back home from New York.
I heard of the best results by using raw, unfiltered ACV with the mother included. The mother is the beneficial bacteria colony seen floating in the bottom of the bottle. Not the most appetizing idea, I get it but this colony is the good guys to your body. So, let them get their float on.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is the most common brand to buy quality ACV but I am sure there are other competing brands as well. Just be sure to look for raw, unfiltered and a label that specifies that the mother is present.
Since ACV is already acidic, I recommend diluting it with water or juice before swallowing. For example, take 1 to 2 tablespoons for every 1 ounce of water.
ACV has many benefits including detoxification and promoting weight loss by stabilizing the blood sugar for extended period of time. But one should proceed with caution as this is by no means a substitution for weight loss. This vinegar and no other weight loss product will not work if your diet is atrocious. ACV should be the accompaniment to a healthy, balanced diet. I recommend introducing more vegetables onto your plate and more strength training to your exercise regimen to see fat loss results.
Here is an alkalizing drink recipe to try at home using ACV:
Quick and Soothing Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
¾ cup organic apple juice
juice of ½ organic lime
1 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
Combine and mix ingredients in a glass container. Best served chilled. Store in the fridge for up to week. Makes 2 (8-ounce) servings.
So what is my take on the beloved vinegar? The antimicrobial benefit is very helpful to the body because it cleanses. However as much as you dilute ACV, it is acidic to overly sensitive body systems and the effects can be a bit too much. Use precaution and remember that a little does go a long way!
If you are still paranoid about using ACV or just not the interested in using the liquid, then just disregard it. There are a multitude of alternatives to keep your gut health in check. For instance, use high quality probiotics to ensure that your gut health is getting the good bacterial attention it deserves. Alternatively and if you just looking more for a cleansing benefit, you can use the pulp of lemons in room temperature water.