We often tackle health fads on this blog: We’ve looked at the benefits of bone broth, aloe vera, ginger, lemon juice, alkaline diets, oil pulling, and shilaljit. Today, we’re going to look at the benefits of apple cider vinegar, and whether or not the many benefits are true or not!
Claim One: Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss
One of the most common claims is that drinking apple cider vinegar is beneficial for weight loss. This one appears to be true! In a Japanese study a group of obese (but otherwise healthy individuals) took either water or vinegar daily for 3 months. At the completion of the study, the people who drank apple cider vinegar had lost more weight than the other!
Claim Two: Apple Cider Vinegar and Digestion
Another common claim is that apple cider vinegar helps your digestion, and can even ease constipation, as well as boost the immune system. Thankfully, this claim is true as well. When you drink unfiltered apple cider vinegar, where the “mother” is still in the bottle, it helps break downs starches you don’t digest. It is also full of probiotics and other bacteria that is good for your gut!
Claim Three: Apple Cider Vinegar and Energy Boosts
Apple cider vinegar has been used for many years as an energy booster. This claim is true, because it is full of potassium and enzymes that battle fatigue. Additionally, there are amino acids within it as well, which helps our bodies avoid the buildup of lactic acid. It truly is an energy booster to get you through the day!
How to Take Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day
Drinking apple cider vinegar every day can have great long-term benefits. But, you need to make sure you are taking it the correct way. Never drink it straight, as it can burn your esophagus and damage the enamel of your teeth! Instead, dilute one tablespoon into 8 ounces of water before drinking. If the taste is still too strong, add a bit of raw honey to help it go down smoother!