5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has seen a recent resurgence in popularity with celebrities like Scarlett Johanson endorsing it as a face wash and Megan Fox recommending it for detoxing. With social media and glossy magazines it doesn’t take long after a celebrity recommends a new health tip that it takes off, but this time the fad is here to stay and for good reason too!
You’ll only need a single teaspoon in a large glass of water and you’re ready to go, experts recommend drinking daily to see the long term health benefits. There are numerous benefits to apple cider vinegar, more than we could list here but we’ll cover the top 5.
We’re always hearing about detoxification in the media and on health shows and magazines. People rave about cleansing your body of toxins and apple cider vinegar can help you in that department. (source)
Even Megan Fox has been quoted as saying ‘It just cleanses out your system entirely’. Experiment with different types of undiluted and diluted vinegar before each meal for the best result.
2. Weight loss
Another benefit to drinking apple cider vinegar daily is weight loss. (source) Actress Megan Fox from the Transformers movies has publicly recommended apple cider as a way to lose weight and she isn’t wrong! ACV has the effect of making you feel fuller for longer hence consuming less and losing more weight.
3. Improved digestion
As I mentioned above you only need a regular sized teaspoon mixed well with a large glass of water. If you don’t drink enough water as it is this is a great way to begin doing that as it’ll bring you endless health benefits (recommended drinking 8 glasses a day).
A glass before you begin eating dinner will help aid digestion and facilitate a more enjoyable eating experience. A natural and inexpensive alternative to indigestion medicines. (source)
4. Soothing sore throat
The idea of using apple cider vinegar as a health remedy instantly transports me back to childhood, it’s hard to forget all the home remedies mothers and grandmas cook up when you’re ill but you always trust in the process and know that the taste of the medicine has little to do with how well it will combat illness. So cringe now but the result will be worthwhile. Gargle diluted cider vinegar with a glass of water for instant relief of a sore throat, the smell may be a little pungent so pinch your nose. (source)
Last but certainly not least is diabetes. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help regulate diabetes by lowering glucose levels in the body. (source) To best take advantage of this drink a large glass made up of one tablespoon vinegar mixed with water before each meal throughout the day.
Not only that but apple cider has been shown to help in numerous other ways too! By increasing insulin production (a diabetics’ most needed resource), by decreasing absorption of carbohydrates and finally moderating blood sugar levels. (source)
It’s surprising apple cider vinegar isn’t more popular in fighting all of these problems considering its inexpensive price and widespread availability, but now you know what it can do for you there’ll be no holding you back!
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