Apple Cider Vinegar has a variety of food and non-food uses. It’s used in salad dressings. You can kill weeds with it. Some even use it to clean coffee makers. It’s benefits as a health remedy has been talked about for centuries. Recently, Apple Cider Vinegar has been seen as a health tonic and something that can help detoxify the body and help the body to release weight. While these claims are not seen as absolute fact, many women swear by apple cider vinegar as part of their overall weight loss plan and studies have been done on the benefits. (Note: I don’t recommend for people with serious health issues and it can be harsh on the teeth due to acid. See all the disclaimers below*)
How can Apple Cider Vinegar Help You to Release Weight and Detox?
- It can help control blood sugar.
- Drinking a bit of vinegar can help you feel full if you drink it before a meal, causing an appetite suppression affect.
- Vinegar has been shown to prevent fat from building up.
- Vinegar has also been shown to affect insulin secretion.
- Helps regulate the pH of your skin and can help with acne and warts. The pH affect is also what causes your body to detox and maintain a healthy alkaline pH level
Natural News: “In a 2005 study in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” scientists fed bread plus low, medium or high amounts of vinegar to twelve healthy subjects, while the control group ate plain bread. Those who received the vinegar felt fuller than the control group, and the effect increased with the amount of vinegar ingested. While vinegar soaked bread may not be your favorite dish, you might try sipping vinegar in water along with your meal or having a salad dressed with vinegar and oil. Be sure to brush your teeth after sipping vinegar as it can be hard on tooth enamel.”
Mind Body Green: “In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.”
How do you use it?
Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 16 oz of water or drink it straight, as a shot (followed by a cup of water), before each meal (2 times per day) to see detoxing and weight loss benefit. You can also sip it over the course of the day. Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasturized apple cider is what you want to use. I suggest the Braggs brand of apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar can be very harsh on the teeth and throat, so you want to dilute it with water and start with 1-2 teaspoons to begin that’s ok too. Use a straw to avoid contact with teeth. Brush your teeth 30 min or so later (not right after drinking). Online, you will hear that most people do 1-2 teaspoons or 1-2 tablespoons, but it’s up to you. I suggest that you do your own research and see what works for you. When in doubt, start off with a small amount (1 tsp in 16oz of water).
Apple Cider should be treated like a nutritional supplement, like taking vitamins or fiber. This is not a weight loss quick fix. It’s not a sure thing and drinking apple cider vinegar alone will not cause you to lose weight. I’ve heard from people who said that apple vinegar didn’t agree with them and their stomach was upset. You still need to eat right and embrace regular exercise.
*Warning: Talk to a doctor or do your own research. I would not suggest you drink it for more than 2 months straight. After that then stop drinking it for at least 3 months because of the high acid content. If you experience any negative side affects, stop drinking it (it’s that simple). Apple cider vinegar, vinegar or any high acid food is not recommended for people who have esophagitis or ulcers. Not advisable, but your doctor should have already given a warning about foods like this. If you have any serious health concerns like diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, are pregnant, or have been advised to avoid high sodium foods, this is not the right supplement for you.
Side note: ACV diluted with water makes a great hair rinse for those of you who have natural hair. I’ve used it on my locs (shampoo, rinse, conditioner).