“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, is one of the favorite statements of modern, healthy living advocates. But this statement dates all the way back to ancient Greece, even Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine used to prescribe apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for its healing and cleansing qualities.
For thousands of years home remedies and folk medicine have relied on apple cider vinegar to help with digestion problems and relieve heartburn. Even today apple cider vinegar is appreciated for the qualities it undoubtedly possess. It is used as a common detox beverage and in weight loss diets.
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. To ferment the liquid, bacteria and yeast are added. The sugars are converted into alcohol. The alcohol is then converted into vinegar by acetic acid, which not only gives vinegar its sour flavor, but has health benefits. This process gives a product full of protein enzymes and probiotics (friendly bacteria). Some of the benefits it offers are lower blood sugar levels, improved metabolism, reduced appetites, increased satiety, thus giving it all the qualities needed to assist in weight loss.
A major component of vinegar Acetic acid (AcOH), has been found to prevent body fat accumulation. In a study conducted to test the effects of vinegar consumption on weight loss, participants were divided into three groups with people with similar body weight, body mass index, and waist circumference. During the 12-week treatment, the subjects in each group ingested 500 ml daily of a beverage containing either 15 ml of vinegar, 30 ml of vinegar, or 0 ml of vinegar in the placebo group.
In both groups that were consuming vinegar on a daily basis the result were obvious. People in these groups showed significantly reduced body weight, BMI, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels. The conclusion was that daily vinegar intake reduces obesity and that it is useful in reducing risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, high blood sugar levels, and type 2 Diabetes.
This short study does not prove that apple cider vinegar alone will reduce obesity. But incorporated in a healthy lifestyle which includes eating nutritious foods, exercise, and adequate sleep its benefits can be amazing.
Combining apple cider vinegar with water and consuming it approximately 20 minutes before the meal may curb carvings, help avoid overeating, make you feel full for a longer period of time, improve your metabolism, increase energy, and burn more fat.
Experts recommend consuming only unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother of vinegar, as it contains the beneficial acetic acid bacteria. Another practical way to incorporate it into your diet is to use it in salad dressing recipes.
If you want to cleanse your body, lose fat, boost energy and prevent disease, consider adding natural detox drinks to your diet. The ingredients of this beverage work together to balance blood sugar, lower blood pressure and improve metabolism. It is recommended to consume this drink 3x daily, 20 minutes before meals for 2 weeks, and then consuming it 1x daily before lunch or breakfast.
-12-16 ounces of water
-2 Tablespoons organic, apple cider vinegar
-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
-1 teaspoon pure ground cinnamon
-1 dash cayenne pepper
-Stevia, to taste (I use ¼ teaspoon stevia powder)
Add all ingredients to a glass and stir vigorously to blend.
Note: You can substitute 2-4 drops of lemon and cinnamon essential oils, if you prefer, but make sure to use quality oils only. I actually like the taste of this drink, especially when adding essential oils.