How Does ACV Support Weight Loss?
First let me say that apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product, resulting from the fermentation of apple juice to hard apple cider followed by a second fermentation to apple cider vinegar.
This natural product retains all the nutritional goodness of the apples from which it was made plus it is fortified with the extra acids and enzymes produced during the two fermentation steps.
It’s the sum of all these ingredients that give apple cider vinegar its amazing health benefits.
Apple cider vinegar supports weight loss by tapping into several physiological mechanisms. Below we have provided a detailed description of various benefits of taking ACV for weight loss.
Types of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is available filtered or unfiltered. Filtered apple cider is a clear light brown color. Unfiltered and unpasteurized ACV (such as Bragg’s apple cider vinegar) has a dark, cloudy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Known as “mother of vinegar” or simply “the mother,” this sediment consists mainly of acetic acid bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar doesn’t sound like much, and it doesn’t look like much either. Vinegar is vinegar, right? In this case, wrong.
There are tons of ways to incorporate ACV into your daily routine, as you’ll see below (near the end of the post). One of the most popular ways to add ACV to your diet, specifically, is by making a tea or other drink. For example, check out this recipe for homemade Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar Ginger Spice Drink or look below for the perfect drink recipe for new users of apple cider vinegar.
Check out all of the awesome and creative ways to add the benefits of apple cider vinegar to your life, and let us know if you have any other creative uses!
Is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Better than Regular Vinegar?
Two decades ago, raw and organic apple cider vinegar was typically only found in health food stores. Now it is easy to find raw and organic apple cider vinegar at stores and markets everywhere, and as much health as is packed into that bottle, it is generally worth the extra expense for this product.
Pectin in raw acv is a prebiotic and helps with digestion. Nutrients and enzymes are in raw apple cider vinegar, whereas they have largely been filtered out and possibly destroyed by heat in the processing of regular vinegar.
All vinegars contain acetic acid. Acetic acid is a weak electrolyte.
In the end, raw and processed apple cider vinegars both have health benefits and uses. But because of the additional benefits of raw apple cider vinegar, it is ideal for regular use. Typically, in a pinch, the regular (not raw) vinegar works for many health problems quite nicely, fortunately. In an emergency, even white distilled vinegar works in some cases.
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Improved Digestion
Drinking apple cider vinegar in water can help to naturally improve your digestion. Take a tablespoon of ACV in a big glass of water around 15 minutes before a meal to stimulate digestive juices for better breakdown of your food.
2. A Natural Teeth Whitener
Vinegar has been touted as a great cleaner that you can use to replace chemical cleaners but did you know that you can also use those same cleaning properties to whiten your teeth naturally? ACV is a natural cleaner that has antibacterial and disinfecting properties
3. Clears Stuffy Nose
ACV has been touted in a number of articles as a great home remedy for clearing a runny nose because it contains potassium which helps unclog mucus and acetic acid that prevents bacteria growing
4. Bad Breath
The natural acids in real apple cider vinegar, like acetic and malic acid, can reduce the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath.
Using apple cider vinegar for halitosis, you would make it a bit stronger than when drinking it. Add one tablespoon to a third of a cup of water and gargle it for around 20 seconds to minimize bad breath.
5. For Hair
Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize your hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off of it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny!
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
1 part apple cider vinegar
1 part water
To revive your hair to its days of smoothness, mix the apple cider vinegar and water together. After shampooing, pour the mixture into your hair. If you have a spray bottle, that works even better. That way you can spritz your hair with the mixture and massage it into your scalp. Let the apple cider vinegar concoction sit for a few minutes before rinsing fully with water. No need to use conditioner! The apple cider vinegar will leave hair feeling smooth and soft.
6. For Skin
This simple vinegar can help improve your overall complexion. Because skin is naturally acidic, apple cider vinegar can help restore your skin’s natural pH balance. When your pH levels are in balance your skin sits at that optimum level between oily and dry. Apple cider vinegar can also help reduce red marks and blemishes, and soften skin. For all-over softness, add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your next bath.