10 Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar daily has a myriad of benefits however in order to reap those benefits it is important to consume this wondrous product correctly. The safest and most effective way is to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar to one glass of water and drink it on an empty stomach immediately before eating. So 2 tablespoons is all you need!
1) Apple Cider Vinegar reduces bloating.
Vinegar increases the acidity in the stomach, which allows it to digest the food you’ve eaten and helps propel it into the small intestine, according to Raphael Kellman, MD, founder of the Kellman Center for Integrative and Functional Medicine in New York City.
2) It increases the benefits of the vitamins and minerals in your food.
“When your stomach isn’t producing enough acid, this impairs the absorption of nutrients as well as B6, folate, calcium, and iron,” Dr. Kellman explains.
3) It also softens your energy crash after eating lots of sugar or carbs.
Consuming vinegar before a meal can help by slowing the rush of sugar to your blood stream, so your blood sugar spike resembles a hill instead of a mountain and you don’t crash quite as hard.
4) It keeps you full longer.
In a small but thorough study, researchers found that people who consumed vinegar before eating a breakfast of white bread felt more satisfied 90 minutes after eating compared to people who only ate the bread. (Worth noting: Two hours after eating, both groups were equally hungry. It just goes to show why white bread doesn’t make a stellar breakfast food—with or without vinegar.)
5) It can help your muscles produce energy more efficiently before a major push.
Endurance athletes sometimes drink diluted vinegar before they carb-load the night before competing because acetic acid can helps the muscles turn carbs into energy to fuel intense exercise, according to well-regarded research conducted on animals.
6) It cleans fruits and veggies.
The best way to clean produce is with diluted vinegar. Research suggests its anti-bacterial properties can significantly reduce pathogens such as Salmonella. Just fill an empty spray bottle with diluted vinegar and spritz your produce (salad stuff, fruits, etc.), then rinse in regular water before serving.
7) It kills bad breath.
The anti-bacterial properties of vinegar can kill micro-organisms responsible for bad breath.
8) Deodorizes smelly feet.
Just wipe down your feet down with a paper towel dipped in diluted vinegar. The anti-bacterial properties of vinegar will kill the bacteria and alleviate any odour.
9) Balances your body’s pH levels
Although vinegar is obviously acidic, it actually has a neutralizing effect once it’s inside of you which means that it makes your body’s pH more basic (i.e. alkaline).
10) Heart-burn can be alleviated
Vinegar’s effectiveness depends on the source of your heartburn: If you have erosive heartburn caused by lesions in your esophagus or stomach ulcers, a dose of vinegar will only aggravate the problem. But if your heartburn stems from something you ate, adding acetic acid to your stomach can help neutralize the acid in there and help fix the problem, providing you with at least a little bit of comfort.