Almost six months back, I was looking for ways to lower my coffee intake. I wake up somewhere around 5 am and don’t have my first meal until 1 pm.
That’s 8 hours with no food. Earlier, I used to rely on at least 5 cups of coffee to help me sustain until my first meal. But having following this ritual now for few years, I felt that my adrenal could use a break. See if you are having organic black coffee and consume it without any sugar or just a pinch of stevia or unprocessed honey, then you are alright, studies have shown that coffee has many health benefits. But if you add milk, sugar etc, you lose those benefits. Either way, I never felt good after my third cup.
I wanted a liquid that would sustain me until 8 pm or so, provide me with the energy to start my day well and help me detoxify. I started doing my research and one name kept cropping up again and again. So I thought I should give it a try.
The first time I tried it, honest to God, I didn’t like the taste, but then after reading about its amazing health benefits I thought I will give myself a month and if I still don’t like it, I will stop using it.
It didn’t take me long enough to absolutely start cherishing this fabulous liquid which some say is more than 2000 years old.
In fact Hippocrates the father of modern medicine gave it to his patient to help them heal their bodies.
Ladies and Gents…<<Drumrolls>>
…Its ‘Apple Cider Vinegar’
This is the liquid that I am going gaga over. There are many brands of Apple cider vinegar out there, but what you should look for is something which is Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized and I feel BRAGG is the best brand out there.
Let me give you top benefits of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother and then give you few ways you can include it in your lifestyle.
The top benefit of this apple cider vinegar is that it helps you to stabilize your blood sugar.
Say you having 2 slices of white bread. Now white bread is pretty high on the glycemic index so it will raise your blood sugar pretty fast. But if you have apple cider vinegar along with it, you can lower your blood sugar by 34%! There is a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition that proves this fact.
Some other studies support this fact by confirming that apple cider vinegar helps by lowering your blood glucose and therefore improves insulin sensitivity. This is good news for people suffering from type 2 diabetes or anyone who is prediabetic.
I have always stressed the point that managing your insulin levels is a very significant step towards lowering your weight. Numerous studies support the fact that apple cider vinegar does indeed help you with that and therefore it safe to say that it does help you to lose weight.
Besides weight loss, ACV also helps lower your cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. This is because of a compound called acetic acid. This is made by adding yeast which then acts on naturally occurring sugar in organic apples. This is how fermentation takes place and acetic acid is created which is the main compound of ACV.
Sure, it’s not a miracle liquid like some people believe. You need to get other things in order with your nutrition and exercising if you want to lose weight. Having said that, science does support the fact that you will surely get a boost towards your weight loss goals when you include this ancient liquid in your diet.
Now, the question is how much should you consume on a daily basis and what are the ways you can do so: The best thing you can do is to start your day by mixing one tablespoon or 15ml in about 250ml of water. I sip this slowly for about 60-90 minutes. If you want to consume more, you can add another tablespoon in your salads especially when you are having a high carb meal.
I would not go beyond 2 tablespoons 30ml two times a day as I feel that’s the upper limit that you should consume in a day.
Lastly never drink it straight up; obviously, you would hate the taste, but it may just burn your food pipe, so always dilute it with water or pour it over your salad.
What’s your experience with Apple cider vinegar? Let me know in the comments below!