By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer
Photo by Matheus Cenali on Unsplash
You’ve probably heard of the almost magical properties many people claim about apple cider vinegar. I sure have - for years now. And to be completely honest with you, I didn’t believe it. It certainly sounds too good to be true. But I only write about topics that I have first-hand experience with. So, just for you ladies, I have been taking a shot of diluted ACV every morning for the last week. I have to say, I have been blown away with the results.
Before I jump into my personal experience with it, let’s go over what the promised benefits of taking a daily shot of ACV are.
Benefits of ACV
ACV reportedly helps with weight loss - there’s even a Japanese study that backs this up. This study showed that groups of people taking vinegar had significantly lower body weight, BMI, visceral fat area, and waist circumference as compared to the placebo group. Visceral body fat, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, refers to abdominal fat that can greatly increase your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and more. Depending on your build, your body may store more of your body fat in your belly as opposed to other parts of your body. That’s how my body is, so this is one benefit I was particularly interested in.
Probiotics are essentially good bacteria that can help with a number of digestive issues (like constipation, for instance). More importantly, gut health has been shown to be a serious contender in making people thin or fat. Surprised? I was, too. Thin people tend to have a very diverse population of good bacteria, while overweight people do not. That can mean that if you have been struggling with your weight for years, you may have been predisposed to it from birth.
Enter probiotics. Probiotics can restructure the composition of your gut health by introducing all of that good bacteria you are probably missing if you are trying to lose weight. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods, like kefir, kombucha, and, of course, ACV.
ACV can boost your overall immune health
ACV can boost your immune system, helping prevent diseases and treat them so you recover faster. ACV is rich in potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and vitamin E, and this helps account for that. But the probiotics in ACV are actually credited with this boosting effect, as this study shows.
As I stated earlier, I have only taken diluted ACV for about a week now, so I haven’t observed all of the benefits. But here’s what I did notice.
As with everything in life, I thoroughly researched ACV before incorporating it into my morning routine. I’d read into it enough to know that drinking a straight shot of it is not recommended, as ACV is so acidic that it can damage your teeth enamel, mouth, and esophagus when done too frequently. But, I was curious to see what it would be like, as I read that some people swear by it. On that first day, I poured 2 tablespoons into a cup and downed the whole thing, much like you would a tequila shot. I’m no fan of tequila but I can tell you, this was much, much worse. The taste is, well, vinegary, and my stomach and my throat felt like it was on fire for about an hour.
I had no appetite that day and had to try very hard to eat at all. Taking ACV in shot form might be highly effective but I had not planned on doing it more frequently than on that first day, so on the second day, I diluted the ACV with 8 oz of filtered water and used a straw to drink it (as recommended). Minus the burning sensation, I found that diluted ACV is just as effective in reducing my appetite. I’ve been doing this every day since and I can tell you it is impossible to overeat. I am eating much, much less than I was before adding ACV to my mornings, which is a welcome development - I was not immune to the quarantine weight gain and I’m definitely doing all I can to lose those extra pounds right now.
The bottom line
If you’re looking to lose weight and would like to try a natural remedy to help you on your journey, ACV will do you no wrong. It is not a miracle cure. You will need to make an effort by eating healthier and exercising but it will definitely, definitely help.
Have you tried ACV? What did you think?