If you’re someone who’s worried about the side effects of the acidity of apple cider vinegar (or ACV for short), you’re not alone. However, it’s important to know that acid is the most important component of ACV that aids your body with things such as digestion, weight loss, and even helping with low blood sugar.
Two Simple Rules
Still concerned? Health professionals suggest that if you do choose ACV to improve your gut health, you should follow some simple rules to avoid any side effects:
- Be sure to drink it through a straw and swish your mouth with water after drinking it to avoid dissolving your teeth’s enamel.
- Drinking more than 8 oz per day for years at a time may lower levels of potassium in your blood.
The good news is that if you want to use ACV to aid your gut health, you only need to consume a few tablespoons per day.
Check out 10 ways drinking apple cider vinegar helps your gut health:
1. Weight Loss
Drinking one tablespoon of ACV before a high-carb meal has shown to reduce body fat over a 12 week span.
2. Lowers Blood Sugar
ACV’s acetic acid helps lower blood sugar levels and increase the feeling of fullness. This is especially helpful for those diagnosed with diabetes!
When lactic acid fills up your gut, you may feel bogged-down and fatigued. ACV aids in restoring your energy due to the amino acids it contains.
4. Alleviates Heartburn
Acid soothing heartburn? Sounds too good to be true. However, heartburn can actually be caused by low acid content in your stomach, therefore drinking ACV mixed with water restores levels back to normal and relieves heartburn.
5. Relieves Sore Throats
Drinking a ¼ cup of ACV mixed with a ¼ cup of water helps kill the bacteria that causes a sore throat because the germs can’t survive in the acidity.
6. Stops Overgrowth of Candida
Candida is a fungus that grows in the intestines and can be responsible for headaches, sinus infections, fatigue, and digestive issues. ACV is scientifically proven to be an anti-fungal and helps with the overgrowth of candida.
Drinking two tablespoons of ACV before meals aids with digestion because the acetic acid causes our bodies to create an enzyme that breaks down proteins.
8. Fights Infection
ACV has shown to kill Enterococcus faecalis, a bacteria that inhabits the gastro tracks and causes infections, especially in those with a weak immune system, when it’s overgrown.
9. Improves Cholesterol
High cholesterol and triglyceride levels are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. According to a 12-week study, participants who drank ACV every day showed lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
10. Cures Bloating and Gas
The raw enzymes found in ACV aid digestion which in result leads to lowering bloating and gas.
Hate the taste of vinegar? Luckily for you the Great Lakes Pickling Company makes their pickle brine with apple cider vinegar… drink up!