5 health benefits of apple cider vinegar
Yes, apples are delicious. And yes, cider is a fantastic thirst quencher on a hot summer’s day. But vinegar? Well, I wouldn’t say it’s top on the tasty list, would you?
That said, the combination of these three words – apple cider vinegar – actually appears to create a miracle liquid of sorts. Why? Well, it has a whole heap of health benefits and is often touted as a cure-all remedy as a result. But what can it do for you? All this, actually…
5 BENEFITS OF DRINKING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DAILY
#1. Weight loss
Apple cider vinegar is sensational for those trying to shift a few kilos because of its ability to stabilise blood sugar levels for longer periods of time, while also helping to control appetite. Obviously you won’t lose weight if your diet is unhealthy, but when combined with nutritious foods, drinking one or two teaspoons of apple cider in water before each meal can help you trim down.
Apple cider vinegar is high in minerals, vitamins and enzymes, which makes it a great detoxifying tool. Its acids also bind to the toxins within your body and break down mucus, helping to eliminate them from the body more effectively. It also helps cleanse your lymph nodes, which in turn boosts your immune system and its ability to respond to an attack.
If you suffer from indigestion or stomach upsets, apple cider vinegar can help lessen the discomfort by clearing acid reflux. To utilise its ability to do so, drink a mix of one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with water before each meal.
#4. Clear skin
Not only will apple cider vinegar help clear acne-prone skin when taken orally on a daily basis, it can also be applied topically to help kill bacteria and germs, and also draw out toxins. Got eczema or acne on your chest, back and other body parts? Mix this vinegar with some Epsom salts and add it to a warm bath for an all-over skin cleansing, healing and detoxifying treatment.
#5 Lower blood sugar
High blood sugar can effect anyone, but people with type 2 diabetes, in particular, have seen great success from apple cider vinegar being introduced into their routines. While nothing will beat avoiding carbs and refined sugars altogether, apple cider vinegar has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal, reducing the effects of a blood sugar spike. But like all things health, do consult your GP before making any lifestyle changes.
An important sidenote...
Want to introduce apple cider vinegar into your life but don’t understand how? As previously mentioned, it’s best taken when mixed with a glass of warm or cool water (one to three teaspoons will do), but you can also drink it with some hot water and a little honey like a tea; mix it with oil and drizzle it on salad as a dressing; or quickly drink it straight-up from a shot glass if you can stand the zingy taste. (If you’re opting for the latter method, be sure to brush your teeth soon after, as the acid could erode your tooth enamel.) We recommend Bragg Certified Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains the all-important "mother" that holds a majority of apple cider vinegar's nutritional goodness.
Did you know apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits? Do you already drink a few spoonfuls of this miracle liquid every day? Or will you be introducing it into your diet from now on?