Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is all the rage because of its apparent health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits I’ve read about:

  • May lower blood sugar levels (improves insulin sensitivity)
  • Kills bacteria
  • Prevents indigestion
  • Can aid weight loss (specifically belly fat!)
  • May lower risk of cardiovascular disease
  • May protect against cancer
  • May lower cholesterol
  • Cures hiccups
  • Clears acne
  • Gets rid of dandruff
  • Boosts energy
  • Cures leg cramps
  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Clears stuffy nose
  • Whitens teeth
  • Lowers sugar cravings
  • Increases energy

Pretty hefty claims, huh? I bet you’re wondering…. how can it aid weight loss?! Well, the acetic acid in it can actually suppress your appetite, increase metabolism, and reduce water retention. And though not all of the claims have been proven, apple cider vinegar has been used for thousands of years as an antiseptic amongst other things. It’s worth a try, right?

If you want to give it a try, mix 1-2 tbsps. (or more if you’re brave) into an 8 oz glass of water. I add lemon to mine to make it more tolerable but that’s up to you. Drink it first thing in the morning (and watch the magic effect on your digestive system!).  Make sure to buy a good brand such as Bragg’s  — it is organic and unfiltered. More importantly, it also contains the “Mother”…which I know sounds a little creep but it just means that it contains strands of enzymes, proteins and friendly bacteria.

Bragg’s also makes apple cider vinegar drinks. I know, sounds tantalizing, right! But they’re actually pretty tolerable. You can taste the vinegar but it’s not super strong. (I can barely choke it down in lemon water so this is much better). I personally like the Concord Grape but there are other flavors too!

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