So what’s Apple Cider Vinegar?
What is the “Mother”??.
Apple cider vinegar, otherwise known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains Mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium and helps to re-establish a healthy inner ecosystem, your key to strength and immunity.
A healthy inner ecosystem is made up of the friendly microflora (good bacteria and yeast) that act as your internal health team of sorts. They aid your digestion and help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Unfortunately, alot of people today have an imbalanced inner ecosystem.
What’s the history behind it?
Vinegar has been used throughout history for everything from skin tonics to household cleaners.
Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician and “Father of Modern Medicine,” believed in the healing properties of vinegar, as did the ancient Babylonians before him and the Samurai Warriors in Japan later on.
In fact, vinegar has been used in a number of surprising ways, including:
- Relief from heartburn and arthritis
- To lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- To aid digestion
- To treat ear infections
- To treat yeast infections (candida).
- Relief for rashes, sunburn and jellyfish stings
- To clean the house, polish glass and make laundry look brighter
- To promote weight loss
- Skin detoxification
But it’s not just a folk remedy…Vinegar has medicinal properties as well.
What type of Apple Cider Vinegar should you use?
Only use raw organic ACV has the ‘Mother’ of the vinegar.
The ‘mother’ is made up of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria, similar to the ‘mother’ that’s in Kombucha. Clear vinegar is processed and doesn’t have any of the benefits that raw ACV has.
There are different brands out there but one of the most popular and better brands would be Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (affiliate link), which many can find at their local organic shops and supermarkets.
Be sure to dilute ACV (apple cider vinegar) before applying it to your skin or drinking. It is very acidic and can damage the tooth enamel and the tissues of your throat, mouth or skin.
Have you noticed any changes in your body since drinking Apple Cider Vinegar daily?
For some it’s hard to tell if the ACV drink is working wonders on their body and helping in ALL the ways mentioned above, however it is well known that your complexion has clears up since taking it and most cant wait to drink it every day now. By far the most successful application of vinegar to date, is in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.
However, elevated blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes… it is believed to be a major cause of ageing and various chronic diseases.
So, pretty much everyone should benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels stable.
The most effective (and healthiest) way to do that is to avoid refined carbs and sugar, but apple cider vinegar may also have a powerful effect.
Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:
- Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19-34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses.
- Reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating 50 grams of white bread.
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4% .
- Numerous other studies, in both rats and humans, show that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood sugar responses during meals.
For these reasons, vinegar can be useful for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low to normal for other reasons.
If you’re currently taking blood sugar lowering medications, then check with your doctor before increasing your intake of apple cider vinegar.
“Bottom Line: Apple cider vinegar has shown great promise in improving insulin sensitivity and helping to lower blood sugar responses after meals.”
How much do you drink?
Drink 2 Tablespoons a day mixed with water in the morning, and some usually use this recipe.
If you’re interested in learning more about ACV here are a few links that are worth checking out:
- 7 Health Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar – Shape Magazine
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Ab Definition – Tosca Reno
- ACV Uses, Benefits and Risks – Web MD
- 10 Tips for Using Apple Cider Vinegar – Care2.com
- 5 Things – Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar – Popsugar
How To Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar?
Basics on how is apple cider vinegar made?
It is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (acetobacter).
Video: This Apple Cider Vinegar recipe is an inexpensive way to make it at home.
Just follow these easy step-by-step instructions for how to make Apple Cider Vinegar. Watch the part in this video when the “mother” comes to be.
Another great source to making your own apple cider vinegar: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Apple-Cider-Vinegar
Summary: So Why Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good for your Health?
- Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
- Rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
- Rich in ash which gives ACV its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. (It is particularly important if you drink a lot of coffee or wine.)
- It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
- Rich in malic acid which gives ACV its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.
- It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.
- ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
- A few lab studies have found that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.
So if its great especially if it comes with the “Mother”…so where’s the “FATHER?”