[donotprint] A couple of weeks ago I had a bout of digestive discomfort and decided to nip it in the bud by seeking out ways of improving my digestion. Rather than simply dealing with I figured it was time to be a little bit more proactive.
I very rarely suffer from digestive issues these days, though I do visit my herbalist once every few months for a colon cleanse and take herbal supplements daily to keep my whole system moving. After years of abuse, starving and binging, my body doesn’t quite work the way it should; that said I came out in pretty much one piece, a stronger more rounded and much happier piece at that!
I’d heard bits and pieces about apple cider vinegar and almost picked myself up a bottle to try on more than one occasion. Finally I made the purchase! Organic, Raw, unpasteurised, unfiltered and unheated, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar to be precise.
It smelt incredibly potent and tastes along the same lines. I mixed 1 tablespoon up with 200ml (8oz) of water with few dashes of apple juice and a spoonful of Stevia and to my delight I quite liked it! Before mentioning it on the blog I decided to give it a trial period of two weeks, taking it twice a day, half an hour before breakfast and the same before dinner.
I was only really taking it with few to improving my digestion and bowel regularity but there are wide ranging health benefits associated with consuming it as a daily tonic….
- 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, and along with sodium allows your body to shift fluids to and from cells and the bloodstream as needed to maintain homeostasis, the condition needed to sustain life. 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. When our bodies PH is more acidic energy is impaired, there is an increased likelihood of free radical production and disease is much more likely to flourish.
- It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad (LDL) 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.
- Said to help relieve muscle and joint pain from exercise.
- Studies have shown that is helps to reduce blood glucose levels*; of particular use for those with diabetes and all of us who consume more than our fair share of sugar and starch!
- Can be used as a means to naturally relieve heartburn replacing toxic heartburn medications.
*2007 study published in Diabetes Care, researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients who consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime showed favourable changes in blood sugar levels the following morning.
Benefits I’ve experienced
- I’ve definitely experienced some digestive ease over the past couple of weeks. I hadn’t felt particularly bloated but was prone to sudden bloating post meals which has virtually disappeared.
- My skin is a little smoother, cleared and altogether fresh! I’ve had a few comments from people over the past week which proved it wasn’t just wishful thinking.
- I’m pretty careful when it comes to food choices and meal combinations in terms of choosing low GI options and eating protein and fat with carbohydrates to slow down there release. That said I’ve noticed an extra little surge in energy of late which I can only attribute to a reduced blood sugars spike even if it was minimal.
I can’t say I’ve noticed a whole lot else but who knows what beneficial effects it’s having internally. At the moment I’m enjoying drinking it and plan to continue; it’s a relatively cheap way to improve your skin, energy and digestion!
For more tips on how to improve digestion check out this previous post.
If you plan on trying apple cider vinegar…
- Make sure you purchase a raw, organic, unfiltered, unheated and unpasteurised one. It is claimed that this mother of vinegar is where all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes associated with apple cider vinegar are found. The pasteurisation process of non-organic apple cider vinegar removes the mother of vinegar.
- Be sure to dilute it! There are varying recommendations in terms of water or beverage of choice ratios to the cider vinegar. I personally have been using 1 tbsp mixed with 8oz/230ml, or just under a cup. I like to add a little apple juice (or orange) as well as some Stevia to cut through the sharpness vinegar.
- I’ve found the greatest benefits from consuming it half an hour or so before eating.
Have you tried or do you regularly drink Apple Cider Vinegar? If so what benefits have you experienced and what’s your favourite mix up?
Note: All the above benefits haven’t been researched in depth and are in essence suggestive rather than confirmed.