ACV: Apple Cider Vinegar

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Can Clean Your Coffee Machine AND Make You Look and Feel Younger?

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Okay, fact or fiction? Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an amazing cure-all?

A quick search on the internet will show claims of it getting rid of lice, getting rid of warts, detoxifying the body, improving digestion, it reversing aging, and heck, even claims to  set Easter egg dye and it will clean  out of your coffee maker!  Is there something to this HYPE?

Why do health circles love apple cider vinegar and do you need “raw”?

Apple cider vinegar has always been popular in alternative health circles. Go to any health food store, and you’ll easily find apple cider vinegar pills and an assortment of apple cider vinegar products.

What is important is that you look for raw organic apple cider vinegar as it has not been pasteurized.  The pasteurization process strips the apple cider vinegar of valuable nutrients so use the cheaper pasteurized stuff to clean your iron…not your body!  Raw apple cider vinegar hasn’t been pasteurized and goes through a fermentation process that allows it to produce/retain important enzymes along with living nutrients and bacteria (the stuff you see settling at the bottom of the bottle).

Raw apple cider vinegar contains calcium, potassium, pectin, malic acid and acetic acid, and the benefits of these components apple cider vinegarincludes regulating proper pH levels, cleansing the digestive system, boosting the immune system and supporting strong bones and teeth.  Additionally, I’ve put together a great list of broader benefits that can be attained from using raw apple cider vinegar.

Keep in mind that I’d never suggest just drinking vinegar outright, or directly applying it to the skin – it’s way too acidic. The main ingredient is acetic acid, which can definitely damage tooth enamel, the inside of your mouth as well as your throat and skin.

Play it safe and dilute it with water or juice, or use it in marinades and dressings with other foods. Apple cider vinegar can absolutely be used in place of any vinegar listed on my programs. You may find yourself using it in place of a lot of seasonings or toppings (as I do).

So what are the BENEFITS of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Benefit #1: Apple cider vinegar has been found to help lower glucose levels and therefore help diabetics. However vinegar contains chromium, which also affects insulin levels, so it’s incredibly important to talk to your doctor about having apple cider vinegar in your diet if you’re working on controlling your diabetes. Everything in moderation of course!

Benefit #2:  Apple cider vinegar is purported by many natural health specialists to potentially kill or slow the growth of cancer apple cider vinegarcells. This is purely hypothetical however and not based in proven clinical studies, so again, be cautious and speak with your own practitioner.  Apple cider vinegar is very inexpensive and a little goes a long why, so why not add it to your daily regimen?

Benefit #3:  Apple cider vinegar was shown to reduce cholesterol levels. I suggest take advantage of this benefit by using apple cider vinegar in salad dressings and marinades.

Benefit #4: With more controlled insulin levels and lower cholesterol levels, lower rates of heart disease have been documented. This may also be attributed to potentially lowered high blood pressure when incorporating apple cider vinegar into your diet.

Benefit #5: The most commonly known benefit of apple cider vinegar is its use in weight loss. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce appetite and increase the feeling of overall fullness. I suggest diluting the vinegar with purified water and possible adding some agave nectar to make it palatable.

Did I say “weight loss?” YUP… HOWEVER, keep in mind that not changing your other habit will not help the cause. So, like any “supplement” this should be in ADDITION to healthy eating and hard work.

I know that I already mentioned that moderation is key, but as a reminder, more does not necessarily equal better. If you’ve never had raw apple cider vinegar, incorporate it into your daily diet in small amounts to start. This is a terrific and natural option for you if you want to try and lower cholesterol, control glucose and insulin levels, lower high blood pressure, and implement weight loss.

Combine a step like this with a smart exercise and overall nutrition plan , and you’ll be well on your way to feeling fit and healthy.  Apple cider vinegar is very cost effective, and you can get a gallon for about 20 bucks….and that will last a LONG time.

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