Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for many different purposes throughout most of recorded human history. It has been used for the treatment of pneumonia, detoxification, and various skin treatments. It’s also claimed that that the ancient Greeks also used it to treat several diseases.
In addition to its popular detox, antifungal, and antibacterial uses, apple cider vinegar can also be beneficial to weight loss. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, give the apple cider vinegar diet a try.
I’ve been taking apple cider vinegar for nearly a decade, and I would definitely recommend taking raw, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother.
Details of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
The apple cider vinegar diet has also gained a lot of popularity in recent history because of the host of benefits it offers to the body. All you need to do is add a little apple cider vinegar to your diet.
There are many different ways to add the apple cider vinegar to your diet, but the easiest way is to simply drink two or three teaspoons of it before eating your meals. You can also add it to meal ingredients. For instance, you can make homemade salad dressing with apple cider vinegar.
My preferred way to take apple cider vinegar is to mix a two or three teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar into a glass or bottle of water. I’ll drink the mixture with at least one of my meals each day.
Benefits of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
The apple cider vinegar diet is beneficial because it contains enzymes, natural minerals, acids, and vitamins. By adding apple cider vinegar to your diet, you’re taking advantage of several health benefits that have been linked to these ingredients.
Helps in Killing Several Types of Bacteria
Apple cider vinegar can assist in killing pathogens including bacteria. The acetic acid contained in apple cider vinegar helps to kill bacteria. It also helps in preventing the bacteria from multiplying and reaching levels that can be harmful to your body.
I mentioned in my article, 3 Tasty Carrot Juice Recipes for Weight Loss, that I had a candida overgrowth a while back, and that drinking carrot juice was an important part of my recovery. Taking apple cider vinegar was also one of the major candida killers that I relied on.
Fights Diabetes and Lowers Blood Sugar
If you have type 2 diabetes, this diet can be of great help because it helps reduce blood sugars levels. It’s also good to note that even if you do not have this disease, a high blood sugar level is not healthy. Elevated blood sugar levels can make you age faster and could bring on several chronic diseases.
If you’re taking blood sugar medications, you should ask your doctor before you start regularly adding apple cider vinegar to your diet.
Assists in Weight Loss
Excess weight is one of the major health issues many people are trying to fight worldwide. The apple cider vinegar diet can be of great help to you if you have been looking for a way to lose your weight. Due to the fact that the diet helps lower insulin and glucose levels, ACV is a great addition to any weight loss program.
It has the added benefit of increasing satiety, which means you’ll feel more full. This can help you reduce your overall caloric intake. Combine this with the overall lower insulin and glucose levels in your body.
Reduces Cholesterol and Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Stroke and other cardiovascular illnesses are major causes of death globally. These are diseases that are linked to having high cholesterol levels. The apple cider vinegar diet helps to reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Apple cider vinegar also contains chlorogenic acid which is a strong antioxidant that protects LDL cholesterol particles from oxidization. It’s worth noting that oxidization of these particles is a major cause of heart diseases.
Lastly, apple cider vinegar helps to reduce blood pressure which is also important in preventing cardiovascular illnesses.
Fights Cancer and Strengthens the Immune System
Unfortunately, cancer affects many people. I’ve known several people that have had it, and I even lost a good friend to it. Recent studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can actually kill cancer cells and help to reduce tumors.
As an added benefit, apple cider vinegar is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic. It kills 98% of all germs. All of this can be very beneficial to a cancer patient because cancer and its tradition treatments (chemotherapy and radiation) lower the strength of the immune system.
Apple cider vinegar has pectin, which is a water soluble fiber. This pectin helps in promoting bowel movements, thus making the diet appropriate for treating constipation. All you need to do is to add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink it three times daily.
Boosts Your Energy Levels
Apple cider vinegar contains amino acids that act as an antidote to lactic acid build-up, which can be caused by strenuous exercise and even stress. In addition, it contains high-level potassium and enzymes that help boost your energy levels. I can personally vouch for feeling a noticeable difference in my energy level when I’m taking ACV regularly.
Helps With Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Although it seems like it would have the opposite effect, it has been said that apple cider vinegar can be used to treat acid reflux and heartburn by balancing the pH levels in your stomach. I have not personally used ACV for these problems, but many people swear by it.
Helps in Detoxification
Taking ACV regularly helps in enhancing circulation and detoxification of your liver. The acid contained in apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins and help you eliminate them from your body more effectively.
Assists in Balancing pH Levels in the Body
Despite the acidic taste, apple cider vinegar actually helps to balance the pH levels in your body. A more balanced pH level in your body is good for a healthy digestive system, a strong immune system, and even stronger bones, just to name a few health benefits.
Helps in Clearing Stuffy Nose
The apple cider vinegar diet is helpful if you’re suffering from a cold. ACV contains potassium which helps in thinning mucus. In addition, the acetic acid helps in preventing the growth of germs which can lead to nasal congestion.
The bottom line is that the apple cider vinegar diet has many health benefits. It’s generally considered safe to take small amounts of ACV for most people. If you have any questions or you’re taking any medication, you should ask your doctor before adding apple cider vinegar to your diet.
Are you trying to lose weight? Have you used the apple cider vinegar diet for other health benefits? Let us know about your experiences with ACV. Leave a comment below.