Five Reasons To Include Apple Cider Vinegar In Your Diet

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There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of apple cider vinegar lately, and for good reason – it is both an anti-bacterial and an anti-fungal agent.

Here’s a quick little bit of science behind cider vinegar. First apples are crushed and combined with yeast which converts their sugar to alcohol. Then, bacteria is added to ferment the alcohol, changing it into acetic acid. All told, the fermentation process takes about a month. It is acetic acid that gives vinegar it’s sour taste and strong odor. (Fun fact for you: the word “acetic” comes from the Latin word for vinegar, acetum). 

So what does this mean for you, and why consider adding cider vinegar to your diet? Well, acetic acid is short-chain fatty acid that plays an important role in health and can reduce the risk of inflammatory disease, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. (1)

Let’s take a look at some of the specific ways that cider vinegar can help you improve your health.

Studies suggest cider vinegar may promote weight loss.

Most studies have been conducted with mice, but Dr. Robert H. Shmerling (Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing) notes one human trial of 175 people who consumed 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar daily (diluted in water) had modest weight loss (2-4 pounds) and, triglyceride levels were lower than those who drank no vinegar. (2)

Also makes a fantastic topical.

Soaps and shampoos can reduce the acidity of the skin’s protective barrier leading to issues of acne, dry patches, and even fungus infections. So it’s important to take care when choosing skincare products. According to board-certified dermatologist Michael Kassardjian, the acids in cider vinegar have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help with a variety of skin issues, including acne, eczema, and even foot odor caused by bacteria. (3)

Cider vinegar mimosas!

On a lighter note, why not change up the usual brunch menu and use it instead of orange juice when making mimosas? Add a little cinnamon/sugar rim to the glass and your guests will be talking about it for weeks (see recipe at the end of this article).

Treat bug bites and sunburn.

Dr. Kassardjian further states that cider vinegar can reduce inflammation response from mosquito bites and sunburn. (3)

Cider vinegar from a holistic point of view.

Registered dietitian Erica Julson, says that it has both cooling and stimulating properties which make it an effective tool in bringing balance back to digestion. (4) 

These are just a few reasons to consider adding apple cider vinegar to your diet. Of course, if you have specific health issues/diagnoses or are taking medication, we suggest you always check with your doctor before adding cider vinegar, or any other diet supplement, to your health regimen.

Mimosas Make Brunch Even Better

Recipe by Lindsay Funston from delish.com:(5)

First, in a small bowl, you’ll combine 2 tbsp. sugar and 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon. Then, wet the rim of a champagne glass and dip into the sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Next, fill your champagne glass to ¼ with cider vinegar, and top it off with champagne.

Enjoy!

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About Sara Ding

Sara Ding is the founder of Juicing-for-Health.com. She is a certified Wellness Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant and a Detox Specialist. She helps busy men and women identify their health issues at the root cause, in order to eliminate the problems for optimum physical/mental health and wellbeing.

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