Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
In addition to blood sugar balance (especially after your meals), some other health benefits with consuming apple cider vinegar are glowing skin, immunity-boosting, better digestion, and metabolism-firing/weight management (scientific studies have shown that enhanced weight loss has been experienced if you drink it with water prior to eating). Moreover, it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, improves your cardiovascular health (it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol), and although it is acid, apple cider vinegar has an alkalizing effect on the body (lowers the body’s pH). The acids also slow down the absorption of sugars, while increasing the body’s absorption of important mineral from the foods we eat. Additionally, research has even shown that apple cider vinegar may be able to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
Fermented foods are great for our health and apple cider vinegar is made by a two-step fermentation, with sugars turned into alcohol in the first stage, and alcohol turned into vinegar in the second phase. In addition to making sure the apple cider vinegar you buy is unfiltered and organic, look for one that is unpasteurized. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar contains the “mother” (the brown and murky thing that looks almost like a kombucha scooby/glob, which is the live probiotic-filled portion of the vinegar that holds many of the healing properties), which has a strain-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. The best quality raw vinegars have the mothers in the bottles, so look for that when you buy one. I personally love the one from the American brand Bragg, I bought it all the time when I lived in New York. Luckily enough, it can be found online on various wellness shops if you live outside of the US and want to get it. And if you want to make your own, there are plenty of different methods and recipes you can google and find online (I will try one soon and can write about it here if anyone is interested).
So, my best tip if you want to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily health routine is to start your day with a glass of water where you’ve added two tablespoons of it. Then, try to add two spoons of it to your water as often as you can and sip it throughout the day. You can also use it in salad dressings or add a couple of spoons to a smoothie for an extra health boost!