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May 2017 - Issue # 042 - The Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Will this vinegar really help melt fat away?
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As I surf the internet, there are ads everywhere promoting this stuff.
Apparently apple cider vinegar is like a miracle in a bottle. Many sites claim that it can cure just about any ailment, that it is filled with much needed nutrition and drinking it will help you lose weight.
I am definitely disappointed in the ads that say “just drink one glass of this beverage before bedtime and melt fat away while you sleep”. Really? Perhaps they are not giving us all the facts.
Sounds great. I’ll just enjoy some of my favorite fried food, or perhaps do a pizza night, followed by a good size dessert. As long as I drink a beverage that contains some apple cider vinegar I should start losing weight overnight, right?
For those of us who struggle with weight loss or struggle to keep it off, we all know it is not that simple.
So is this stuff good for you?
Yes, it’s good for you, but it’s not a miracle tonic.
Apple cider vinegar does have health benefits, just like many other healthy food choices we have.
Our family uses ACV in almost all of our homemade salad dressings and also enjoy it as a beverage fairly regularly (not daily), but if you would like to drink ACV beverages I wouldn't drink more than 3 beverages a day.
We enjoy beverages made with apple cider vinegar on am empty stomach about 20 minutes before eating a meal. It helps improve digestion. It can also be a nice replacement for coffee in the morning.
There are actually 2 beverages that contain ACV that we indulge in and I will share the recipes with you just a little further down the page.
Why Braggs Brand?
Seems like the top choice these days for ACV is the “Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar”, it is definitely one of the top sellers.
When purchasing this type of vinegar you will want to make sure that the label says that the vinegar contains “the mother”.
The “mother” is an amino-acid and because this vinegar is not pasteurized (being unprocessed and unfiltered) this helps retain its natural goodness and health benefits. They also use organic apples.
Pasteurized apple cider vinegar will not contain those same health benefits because they are lost in the process.
I like Braggs vinegar not only because it’s healthier than pasteurized ACV, but because it has a unique flavor and it's always nice to have a variety of choices to choose from especially when making different salad dressings.
Always shake the bottle of Bragg apple cider vinegar very well before using, as there is a large amount of sediment on the bottom, which is totally normal.
According to Braggs homepage, their organic apple cider vinegar contains and offers the following benefits:
Rich in enzymes & potassium
Support a healthy immune system
Helps control weight
Promotes digestion & ph Balance
Helps soothe dry throats
Helps remove body sludge toxins
Helps maintain healthy skin
Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
Soothes irritated skin
Relieves muscle pain from exercise
So what facts are true and which ones are false?
Helps clear troubled skin
Helps control blood sugar levels
Helps detox the body (similar to the advantages of freshly squeezed lemon juice in water)
Anything that can help detox the body also helps strengthen the immune system.
Also detoxing the body helps improve liver function which improves digestion.
When the body can properly digest the foods we eat, it is much easier to prevent disease.
When liver function improves, so does pretty much everything else. And of course better liver function is directly related to easier weight loss. It’s all connected.
UNKNOWN – Not enough proper studies to support these claims.
Improves overall heart health
I know that Dr. Axe says that ACV does all those wonderful things mentioned in the list above, but he is also a spokes person promoting apple cider vinegar directly on the Braggs website. All I’m saying is that he promotes this product and is invested in it.
Contains lots of vitamins and minerals, this is untrue. Only offers trace amounts of minerals. But it does offer enzymes (great for digestion) and its acidic value is what offers more health benefits.
Will create or worsen acid reflux or heartburn is also an untrue statement.
>br>No, it will not help whiten your teeth. In fact, using ACV as a whitener for your teeth will most likely wear down the enamel on your teeth because
of its acidity.
Do not drink apple cider vinegar in an undiluted state. Mix it in water or in a beverage before drinking.
Do not drink too much, everything in moderation is key.
My two favorite drinks made with apple cider vinegar are:
Apple Cider Brine Drink
1 cup of distilled water
2 teaspoons of Bragg apple cider vinegar
A good pinch of sea salt (or regular salt)
Stir well. It kind of tastes like pickle juice. Love it. Usually enjoy a cup of this in the morning or 20 minutes before mealtime.
The Detox Drink
1 glass of water (about 8 – 10 oz.)
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of 1/2 squeezed fresh lemon
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 dashes of cayenne pepper
1 – 2 tsp real honey (depending on how sweet you want it)
This one is also great on an empty stomach or 20 minutes before eating.
Any food or drink that helps detox the body is a winner and apple cider vinegar does help with that.
Of course, there are many foods and liquids that also help detox the body and everything we do to help cleanse our bodies will help improve liver function.
It’s simple - when we have good liver function, then health and weight loss will follow.
The liver is your body’s hardest working organ and has many functions to ensure your survival. It filters, eliminates and neutralizes everything that you put in your body, and I mean everything. Everything we eat, drink, inhale or absorb through our skin.
For more information on liver function click here.
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