As I had promised in last week’s post on drinking (booze) without getting fat, here’s the dope on apple cider vinegar (ACV for short).
Celebrities are going nuts over ACV. Supermodel Miranda Kerr says she consumes it every day. Transformers actress Megan Fox is obsessed with it, pouring it on everything she consumes. But we are not going to blindly follow celebs, are we? We will squeeze out the truth about this ACV craze and get to the bottom (of the glass). Is it really all it’s made out to be? Or is it a health food fad like aerated chocolates and purple plates? Here’s what I found when I started consuming raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar every day in April of 2017. It is six months to the day as I write this post.
Before I continue, let me tell you, my system has a high tolerance for nasty tasting things that happen to be good for the body. (Wheatgrass juice? Yes. Raw wheatgrass to chew? Even better). Some people find wheatgrass shots nauseating. I’ve heard similar accounts of folk who’ve tried ACV, from bloating to acidity. It’s possible they consumed a synthetic substitute without knowing it (read the box below on what to look for while buying ACV).
What really happened
I felt light and happy the moment this liquid started entering my digestive tract. I loved the sweet vinegary taste. Raw apple cider vinegar fit perfectly into the keto diet I was following since ACV is fermented, low-cal and doesn’t contain sugar. Although it’s made from apple (a sweet fruit), the sugar is consumed during fermentation, so you barely ingest any of it in the final product. ACV has 3-5 calories per tablespoon, and you can consume anything from 1 teaspoon to 2 tbsps a day. In fact, ACV has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. It keeps blood sugar stable and reduces risk of diabetes or hypoglycaemia.
Within the first week, I was drinking ACV stirred into a glass of water first thing in the morning (balances the body’s pH levels as well as lemon water) or last thing at night (for the gut). I felt more energised and my body was digesting food a lot better on ACV. I have come to believe it’s another healing food I was blessed to come across in my journey from chronic sickness to health and a better-looking body.
In the cacophony of health fads, ACV is a solid natural health remedy. I recommend it to all and sundry as a probiotic and detox drink. It’s the only thing I drink every single day besides water. If I am not drinking apple cider vinegar, I will drizzle it on a salad or cooked vegetable. My skin is clearer (I don’t use moisturisers or body lotion) and my hair has no split ends.
The days I don’t consume a single drop (on the rare occasion that I run out), I can feel it in my skin. My body feels bloated and heavy.
Me after apple cider vinegar
I am sharing some research I came across in my use of ACV through nutritionists and books. By all means, consult your dietician / physician before starting on it.
ACV is a miracle liquid when you really get down to its composition and benefits. It helps balance your body’s pH, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage. It is rich in acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.
Acetic acid has the ability to kill dangerous “bad” bacteria and at the same time, foster the growth of beneficial “good” bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic. This means ACV naturally provides numerous benefits related to skin, digestion and immunity health without any side effects.
It’s also a good source of polyphenols, which play a role in preventing all kinds of cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
There are several reasons why it’s good for the skin and waistline. One being that you will have better bowel movement (a must for health and good looks), another is less craving for sugar and fast food, and still another is that acetic acid reduces body fat.
How to consume ACV
Try organic, raw apple cider vinegar on salads or consume 1 tablespoon in water before meals. If possible, daily. It is a probiotic boost, kills yeast, reduces allergies and helps with weight loss.
What to look for when buying ACV
- Raw unfiltered, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar with the “mother” intact is the only kind that has the probiotics and will give you all the benefits.
- The bottle will clearly state “with mother” or “with mother of vinegar” in the labelling. If it doesn’t, don’t buy it.
- Do not fall for the clear bottled variety, irrespective of the trademark.
- If the liquid looks cloudy, it’s a good sign; the friendly enzymes haven’t been removed while bottling. A murky colour and cobweb-like strings means you’re holding the real deal in your hands.
Apple cider vinegar is one drink that will only do you good. Come back tomorrow to discover other “drinks” that will boost your metabolism.