Apple Cider Vinegar.
Perfect taken 3 times daily…
upon rising, mid-morning, and mid-afternoon.
“1 to 2 teaspoons (Bragg) Organic Vinegar in 8 oz Glass Purified Water and sweetening (optional) to taste, 1 to 2 teaspoons Organic Honey, 100% Maple Syrup, Blackstrap Molasses or 4 drops herb Stevia.”
( I don’t add sweetener. I just take it diluted with water. )
What’s the difference between Apple Cider and Apple Cider Vinegar?
It’s the process of fermentation creating probiotics, enzymes, and changing the pH of the liquid.
About Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is actually made from apple cider that has been fermented by yeast and bacteria, which turns the sugars into alcohol. It then undergoes a second fermentation process in which the alcohol is converted into acetic acid.
This fermentation process accounts for the many health benefits of apple cider vinegar and is the reason why apple cider vinegar is able to lower cholesterol, keep blood sugar levels stable and relieve acid reflux. Apple cider, on the other hand, may taste great but doesn’t provide the same wealth of benefits.
What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
– Lowers ‘Bad’ LDL cholesterol
– Increases beneficial ‘Good’ HDL cholesterol
– Helps liver function
– Medically proven to lower blood sugar levels
– Treatment of diabetes
– Increase your energy levels
– Increases your metabolism
– Supports weight loss
– Lowers blood pressure
– Fights acid reflux, GERD
– Boosts Gut Health
– Balances your pH
Notes (sourced from Dr. Josh Axe):
Terms like “organic” and “raw” are tossed around loosely these days, making it hard to decipher what you’re actually getting when you grab a bottle from the store.
To maximize the apple cider vinegar benefits, you should pick organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar whenever possible. It should also be murky with a web-like appearance and the mother still intact to get the most nutritional bang for your buck.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
If your apple cider vinegar is labeled as certified organic, it means that it’s free of genetically modified organisms and synthetic additives that can actually do more harm than good in terms of your health.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is unheated and unprocessed. This means that it still has the “mother” intact, which is a cluster of proteins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria often removed during processing.
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
For most apple cider vinegar uses, you’ll also want to go for unfiltered apple cider vinegar. When apple cider vinegar is filtered, it removes the mother as well as any sediment, leaving behind a clear, amber vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Precautions
Although apple cider vinegar is healthy and safe for most people, consuming large amounts can lead to some negative effects on health. Apple cider vinegar side effects include erosion of tooth enamel, burning of the throat or skin and decreased levels of potassium.
Be sure to always dilute apple cider vinegar in water instead of drinking it straight to prevent negative side effects. You should also start with a low dose and work your way up to assess your tolerance.
If you’re taking blood sugar medications, talk to your doctor before using apple cider vinegar. Because apple cider vinegar may help reduce blood sugar levels, you may need to modify your dosage of diabetes medications to prevent hypoglycemia symptoms.
Finally, while there are a wide range of apple cider vinegar uses, it shouldn’t be viewed as a quick fix or cure when it comes to your health. Instead, it should be paired with a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle to really see results.
The information above was sourced from a variety of sources including:
– Bragg Organic Vinegar
– Dr. Josh Axe (who was linked on the Bragg website)
Readings from other online sites support similar findings regarding apple cider vinegar so I felt comfortable posting this information in confidence.
I started using Apple Cider Vinegar regularly not too long ago. I do notice the “pick me up” and feel good knowing it’s health attributes. I’ve been purchasing the BRAGG brand (linked earlier in the article). We also have a friend who makes her own.
Do any of you use Apple Cider Vinegar?
Seems like a great and simple health choice…