What if we were to tell you there was probably something in your pantry right now that could help you lose weight, control bad breath, and help you control your blood sugar levels? Well, there is such a thing. The kicker is that it’s all natural and has been used for thousands of years. It’s Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV for short!
This ancient elixir has been known for its healing properties all the way from the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates. It was used for personal hygiene to fight things like bad breath or body odor (remember, they didn’t have toothpaste of deodorant back then). More medicinally, it was used to clean wounds on battlefields, to help soothe coughs and sore throats, or as a home remedy for calming an upset stomach. And it’s been found in Egyptian urns from 3000 BC, so people have been using this stuff a long time!
Recently, modern-day doctors, like Dr. Oz, have helped bring this amazing substance back into the spotlight. Since then, countless celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, Scarlett Johannsson, and Katy Perry, to name a few, have hyped the amazing benefits they’ve discovered for themselves by adding ACV to their daily routine.
If Ancient Greeks and Hollywood elites are all into it, it must be pretty great! Well, we here at JUCI definitely think so and we’ve put together this guide so you can experience the same amazing health benefits yourself by taking Apple Cider Vinegar.
First, we’ll explore the many, many health benefits of apple cider vinegar that it has for our bodies both externally and internally. After that, we’ll briefly go into the dosage and how to best take ACV for maximum effect.
Let’s get right into the power of ACV!
<h3>It Helps With Weight Loss</h3>
This is the big ticket item here and why a lot of people initially get into Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s definitely a great benefit, but just be sure to keep in mind that it’s still not a magic pill. ACV can definitely assist you on your weight management journey, but it’s just a tool to help you along the way.
What Apple Cider Vinegar does exactly is that it makes it so the food stays in your stomach longer. The slower your stomach empties, the fuller you feel for longer. If you aren’t feeling hungry, then you end up consuming fewer calories throughout the day. Basically, ACV helps you stretch a set number of calories for longer, thereby indirectly helping you lose weight.
Minimize the snacks in between lunch and dinner and watch the body weight melt away!
<h3>It Keeps Blood Sugar Levels in Check</h3>
For very much the same reason as Apple Cider Vinegar helps with weight loss, it also helps keep blood sugar spikes to a minimum. When you eat something super carb heavy, say a giant banana split slathered in hot fudge (yummo!), especially on an empty stomach, your blood sugar shoots up suddenly. Once your body has time to react, it releases insulin to bring this down. So your blood glucose levels shoot up suddenly and then fall fast. This is especially bad for those with Type 2 diabetes to have these huge variations in blood sugar, but really it should be kept to a minimum for everyone.
By enabling the stomach to empty slower, ACV helps give your body the time it needs to release insulin and keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range. Not only this, but if you incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet it can help reduce insulin sensitivity by enabling the glucose to move out of the bloodstream and into the cells easier.
Last, but not least, studies have shown ACV to be effective in reducing fasting blood sugar level when taken before you go to sleep.
So make sure you’re taking your ACV when you go out to that AYCE buffet or right before bed to maintain your nighttime blood sugar.
<h3>It Controls Cholesterol Levels</h3>
A major concern for a lot of people and a big reason why they look into new diets or supplements is because they’ve been told they have problems with heightened cholesterol levels. The good news is that Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol) due to the acetic acid in it. Acetic acid has a lot of great properties and is what gives the ACV its tart taste.
Further, there was a study done on animals using Apple Cider Vinegar that showed promising results with lowering triglyceride levels. This led to a higher level of HDL and a lowering of LDL (bad cholesterol). Keep in mind this study was done on rats, so it’s not necessarily true for humans. We’ll have to keep an eye on more studies in the future.
<h3>It’s Good for your Gut</h3>
We’ve recently learned that much of our immunity and health condition fighting capabilities originate in our gut. Having a healthy balance of good bacteria in our intestinal tracts means our bodies are more able to fight off diseases. This is why foods like kimchi, yogurt, and kombucha have become so popular in recent years. Not just because they’re delicious, but because fermented foods have probiotic properties that help ensure your gut flora is balanced.
Apple Cider Vinegar that contains the Mother, or the culture of bacteria that ferments the ACV, is like a probiotic bomb and amazing for your belly. Maintaining good digestive health can promote healthy intestines, reduce your likelihood of developing heart disease, and even help alleviate symptoms of depression.
<h3>It Increases Energy Levels</h3>
One of the most talked about effects of ACV from people who recently added it to their daily routine is the boost of energy it provides. A lot of people decide to take their daily dose, or sometimes a second dose, right before lunch in order to help them prevent that post-meal slump we often fall into in the afternoons.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also great for helping you get your pep back after a long or strenuous workout. It helps you clear the lactic acid that builds up around your muscles after exercise that causes that burn and ache. This allows you to stay active, rather than lounging around after leg day!
<h3>It Can Help When You’re Sick</h3>
It was used since ancient times for the purpose of soothing a sore throat, but now we know scientifically why that’s the case. If you gargle some diluted Apple Cider Vinegar it creates an acidic environment in your mouth and throat which kills off the bacteria that are making you sick. In many cases, gargling a few times per day with warm water can help you to a quick recovery. Just make sure you do dilute the ACV, as in its pure unfiltered form it can further irritate your throat with its acidity.
Beyond just helping your throat, ACV can help you get over your stuffy nose quicker too. When you drink it daily, the potassium levels in the Apple Cider Vinegar helps thin out the mucus that gathers in your sinuses. And again, its antibacterial properties will help your body fight off the bug quicker. It’s a good alternative for those who prefer natural remedies for the common cold, as opposed to over the counter medication.
<h3>It Can Help Regulate Hormones</h3>
In women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to help with some of the symptoms. High levels of androgen hormones and irregular periods were alleviated, according to a 2013 study with women who took one tablespoon of ACV per day. If you do have PCOS, then a daily dose of ACV may just be the thing to help lessen some of the symptoms and regulate your menstrual cycle.
<h3>It Helps You Stay Radiant</h3>
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries externally as a topical treatment for multiple conditions. One of the main ones is for skincare. Celebrities and influencers across social media have been implementing ACV into their skin cleansing regimen as a toner. Dermatologists recommend it especially for use with acne breakouts, as it helps dry out pimples so they pass quicker. Lastly, it’s also great for bug bites and helping soothe the itchiness and redness afterwards.
If you have issues with flaky scalp, Apple Cider Vinegar might be just the thing to solve your dandruff issues. Dilute a bit in water and take it in with you when you shower. The acidity gives ACV its antifungal properties and it can also stimulate the shedding of dead skin. Let the solution sit for a while on the root of your hair before washing it out to make sure it’s fully effective. Wash out with shampoo too, since the smell isn’t the most pleasant for the majority of us.
Again, due to its antifungal properties, ACV has been used throughout the centuries as a cure for body odor. While we do have better smelling products in the personal hygiene aisle nowadays, it’s a good natural alternative for those who prefer it. The acidity also creates a film over the skin that serves as a barrier to bacteria, so it prevents smelly accumulation, rather than just masking it like most deodorants. On a hot sticky day, this might just be what you need.
Lastly in the personal hygiene uses of ACV, is using it to fight bad breath. Once more, this is because of its germ killing abilities, so the nasty bacteria that cause halitosis don’t stand a chance in the acidic environment when you swish around the Apple Cider Vinegar. Try a couple teaspoons diluted in water, then follow up with a stick of gum to get the sour taste out of your mouth.
<h3>Daily Dosage and How to Take ACV</h3>
Now that we’ve gone through so many of the great benefits Apple Cider Vinegar has to offer, you’re probably wondering how much a daily dose of ACV is, how and when you should take it. Well there isn’t a specific dosage as it’s not something prescribed by healthcare providers, but most nutritionists and dieticians recommend 1-2 tablespoons per day.
A lot of people take their ACV first thing as part of their morning routine. However, other people like to take it around lunchtime to help with digestion and keep up their energy levels throughout the day.
Due to its acrid taste, there are many recipes people have come up with to mask the taste. You can put it in various fruit juices, dilute in just warm lemon water, or mix into a freshly squeezed juice shot.
An alternative to the liquid is Apple Cider Vinegar gummies, like those from JUCI. They get rid of the nasty taste that is difficult for a lot of people to get used to when starting a new ACV regimen. This can help with making it a daily habit and continuing long term. Gummies also solve the issues that the acetic acid can cause on your tooth enamel or on your stomach, especially if you take your ACV on an empty stomach.
As we’ve explored in this article, Apple Cider Vinegar has been used by humans for thousands of years for a variety of ailments. Now we have a scientific foundation and explanation for why it has the properties that ancient doctors observed over the centuries. From helping with your diet to aiding to regulate your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, ACV has many clear benefits for our health.
If you’re looking for an easily accessible supplement to help promote general wellbeing, while being totally natural and organic, Apple Cider Vinegar is a great choice. When you are buying a bottle of ACV, make sure you look for the cloudy floating bits in it which are the Mother, with its amazing probiotic properties. If you get ACV without this then you’ll be missing out on a lot of the health benefits it can provide.
If the liquid vinegar is a bit much to stomach, do give the ACV gummies a try. They’re delicious, handy to take on the go, and easy to give to the kids as well!