Apple Cider Vinegar: Does It Live Up To The Hype?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the wonders of apple cider vinegar by now. But does it really work? Or is it the next avocado on toast fad? The short answer is yes, it works. And the long answer – regarding HOW it works and how it can help you – is what we’re going to discuss in this post.
Also known as ACV, Apple cider vinegar has been around for over 2,000 years and is commonly used for a multitude of purposes, from cleaning the kitchen to healing your gut! The process of making ACV involves adding bacteria and yeast to a mix of water and apple juice, The fermentation process then begins as the yeast converts the sugars in the juice into alcohol. Then, the bacteria converts the school into acetic acid. So if you’ve ever wondered where that strong sour smell comes from, that’s the acetic acid!
A lot of people will take ACV mixed with water or other beverages with meals which is completely fine, but it’s very important not to digest it unfiltered as it’s highly acidic and can cause a lot of damage to your teeth, esophagus, and even your lungs. At Terra Health, our ACV supplement comes in capsule form so it’s even easier to add to your diet!
How ACV Can Improve Your Health
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits due to its powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Let’s have a look at a few of them!
Treat Acid Reflux and Heartburn/Indigestion
It may seem contradictory to add MORE acid to your diet when you have acid reflux, but one of the most common causes of acid reflux is actually due to LOW stomach acid, and this is what ACV can help with. When your stomach acid is too low, your lower esophageal sphincter muscle stops closing as tightly as it should after you eat, and you experience acid reflux as a result. Supplementing with ACV will increase your stomach acidity to get it to an optimal level so that your LES starts working properly again and your acid reflux is resolved. However, if you have recurring acid reflux you may need a more comprehensive solution to both heal any preexisting acid damage and increase your acid levels; in this case the Heartburn Relief Kit would be the next step for you.
Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar increases the feeling being “full” after eating which discourages people from eating more. In one study of people who took ACV compared to those who didn’t or had a lesser intake, it was found that the group consuming the most ACV daily lost the most weight during the process. The study also showed that these participants had less visceral fat which is extremely important to note as this is the type of fat that causes the most health concerns.
Lowers Blood Sugar
The effect of ACV on blood sugar levels is so noteworthy that the American Diabetes Association has backed up its potential to “significantly improve” insulin sensitivity and stabilize blood sugar levels after eating. The acetic acid in the ACV disables the digestive enzymes responsible for breaking down scratch (disaccharidasess) so that they aren’t absorbed by the bloodstream and there is no spike in blood sugar.
Improve Digestion & Reduce Bloating
It’s common knowledge that fermented food is good for digestion and apple cider vinegar definitely falls into this category. It helps to get stomach acidity to an optimal level for faster digestion which prevents issues associated with sluggish digestion such as gas, constipation, and bloating. ACV can also help to maintain the balance of good bacteria in the gut and improve nutrient absorption.
Many of the foods that we know contain probiotics can also be foods that cause inflammation and are difficult to digest for some people. However, research shows that ACV is a probiotic source that doesn’t cause this issue. To further boost the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut, you should consider adding a daily probiotic to your diet also.
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You can now reap the benefits of ACV without the bitter aftertaste thanks to our easy to use ACV capsules available now! Get your acid reflux under control, prevent bloating, boost weight loss and improve your digestion with just one capsule a day. AND you can get 30% off your first ACV order now using our special reader discount code: ACVBlog30