In this post, we’re talking about how to use apple cider vinegar. This is a topic that a lot of people love because apple cider vinegar has proven to be over time a very effective way to improve your health.
Lower your blood sugar
This is really positive because we know now if we keep our blood sugar low, it keeps our insulin levels low and it has a really positive impact across the board in all organ systems on our body because we know that high amounts of blood sugar are not good for us. And so, apple cider vinegar is going to help us with that goal.
Support weight loss
The reason that it supports weight loss is I guess a couple of reasons. First of all, it actually decreases the rate in which the stomach empties, so you’re going to feel full for a little bit longer. It also is going to increase satiety. So, it just kind of takes away some of those hunger pains that you might feel. And it also has been found that people who consume apple cider vinegar tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day, so that’s going to support your weight loss goals.
And if we look at weight loss and blood sugar together, decreasing your blood sugar and decreasing your insulin is also a very powerful way to keep that weight off.
Kills bacteria and pathogens
It has a more acidic ph and it’s fermented. It works as a very good antibacterial and keeping those pathogens out as well, which is really powerful for boosting your immunity.
Balance your pH
Now, when we look at apple cider vinegar has acidic acid in it, that acidic acid helps bring our ph more acidic place. And that’s very powerful because many people have an alkalinity issue in their stomach and as a result, they get bacterial overgrowth and they get GERD and they get this reflux issue. And so anyway, using apple cider vinegar to increase the acidity is a powerful thing to do for your overall health.
Decreased risk of heart disease
That’s powerful too because what apple cider vinegar has been shown to do is have a powerful effect on cholesterol and just your overall heart health.
Includes probiotics and enzymes
And then last thing here is that the benefits that come from apple cider vinegar also include probiotics and enzymes. So, if you’re getting a good raw apple cider vinegar, it’s going to have those probiotics in there as it’s fermented, but it also has the enzymes which are going to support digestion and your metabolism as well.
When to drink?
Now with these options, it doesn’t mean that you need to drink it at all of those options. It basically means pick one and roll with it.
When we look at drinking apple cider vinegar in the morning, it’s powerful because it’s going to do a couple of things for us. It’s going to help balance our ph. it also has those probiotics and enzymes, it can help get our metabolism and digestion going for the day. It also is going to support keeping our blood sugar low and then we can mix it with like a little bit of sea salt and it gives us some electrolytes. We can mix it with a little bit of lemon and it’s going to help with some detox, so it’s great in the morning for that way. Kind of just gets us ready for the day.
It’s powerful here because you can use it for fasting if you’re doing 16 and 8 intermittent fasting or one meal a day. It helps with the increase in satiety, so it’s going to help decrease those hunger pains, make you feel a little bit better, and make you not get those hunger pains when you’re holding off for that first meal.
Now, before meals are powerful because what the research shows is going to help buffer that blood sugar. It can help drive down that blood sugar that would normally be risen from the meal and so if you consume it before or even right after the meal, it’s very powerful and so definitely don’t want to overlook that one.
The reason before bed is great is because there’s some research out there that basically shows if you drink apple cider vinegar before bed, essentially what will happen is when you wake up in the morning, you’ll always find your blood sugar is a little bit lower and so that’s a powerful method to use there as well.
How to drink apple cider vinegar?
Shot or Straight
First of all, you can just take a shot of it before a meal or in the morning or however, you like. And so you can do a shot of it and just do it straight. But the problem is that it typically burns because as I mentioned, the acidic acid in the apple cider vinegar and it’s fermented, it just is very acidic and so what you’re going to find is that drinking it straight and just taking a shot of it, it burns a little bit. So always mixing it with some water is going to be a good idea.
Now the other thing you can do is you can make one of your favorite apple cider vinegar elixirs. Now this is awesome too because essentially you can take the apple cider vinegar with some ice and water. You could put some cinnamon in it.
How much you should drink?
This is a question a lot of people have as well because you know there are some people that are just going really overboard with it and some people are just drinking too little. Let’s talk about what the research says as to how you’re going to get some results.
When we look at blood sugar, much of the research points to one to two tablespoons before or after a meal to really help drive that blood sugar down from a meal. And so, one to two tablespoons when it comes to blood sugar according to the research.
When we look at weight loss, it’s also one to two tablespoons. So, what was found is people who could consume apple cider vinegar for a three-month period, one to two tablespoons per day, they were able to lose two to four pounds on average.
Now that’s a pretty big deal when you consider that’s just adding an apple cider vinegar. That’s not changing your diet, that’s not changing your exercise routine or even having an exercise routine at that point.
How much is too much?
Well, there’s no research out there that says, well, if you drink this much apple cider vinegar, it’s too much and it’s going to have negative health consequences. But what we do know is that too much of a good thing is never a good thing. So, when we look at apple cider vinegar, we don’t want to be consuming an excessive amount. The research says one to two tablespoons one time per day, but what you can do is one to two tablespoons up to three times a day.
We don’t ever want to just overconsume it because once again we don’t know what the negative health consequences are, but we also don’t want to find that out. So anyway, when we look at how much that’s what you need to stick to.