Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Day 2791 - the health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar

Shot of ACV anyone?

They say an apple a day will keep the doctor away. It seems that drinking Apple Cider Vinegar will keep the naturopath, beautician and Jenny Craig away too. 

A bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar magically appeared in my food cupboard recently (no idea how it got there) and in my usual "must know everything" style I googled what I could use it for.

I not only discovered that it's the latest greatest buzz in all things health, but that it's now known as ACV because who has time to call anything by its real name anymore?

I learned that anyone worth their considerably lighter weight in ACV is taking a shot of the stuff at breakfast each day to improve everything from digestion to blood pressure to stamina (and everything in between).

So I grabbed my shot glass and took a swig.  

Not the nicest shot I've ever had but it's marginally better than that iron smoked apple wood whiskey I had once.

It turns out my "latest greatest" tag may have been premature because further investigation suggests ACV has been used throughout history to treat a long list of health problems.

Anyway, because I like to chat about ageing positively and all the super foods that help with that, I'm going to tell you what I found out about ACV.

9 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

  1. Improved Digestion: Have a tablespoon 15 minutes before a meal to stimulate digestive juices for better break down of food.
  2. Reduce Heartburn: By correcting low stomach acid conditions it can prevent heartburn.
  3. Constipation:  If your bowel movements are a bit irregular ACV can act as a mild laxative
  4. Intestinal Bacteria:  Apparently ACV is "full of beneficial acids which are believed to help improve the make up of your intestinal flora".  (www.healthambition.com) 
  5. High Blood Pressure:  Some studies show that daily does of ACV can have a general benefit on the cardiovascular system which (in time) results in lowering of high blood pressure
  6. Immune System:  Because of the positive impact on intestinal flora, the malic acid making it a strong antiviral and benefits to the lymphatic system, ACV is said to strengthen the immune system. 
  7. Weight Loss:  I read that studies have shown the acetic acid in ACV helps suppress the accumulation of body fat and liver lipids.  Plus due to pectin content it can slightly reduce the body's ability to absorb fat.  Plus having a swig before a meal not only helps digestion but can also reduce hunger levels. 
  8. Detoxification:  drinking diluted raw and unfiltered ACV is believed to help detoxify and cleanse the liver
  9. Skin benefits:  Drinking ACV can help with pH levels in the skin and can help with acne when applied topically.  

Not enough to convince you?  

Then wait, there's more ...

My reading also suggests it helps with stamina and energy; leg cramps and restless leg syndrome; bad breath; regulating blood sugar and aiding in diabetes; soothing sunburned skin; whitening teeth; wart removal; marinating steaks; detangling hair; and (wait for it) removing the smell of cat urine.

Did you know about Apple Cider Vinegar?

Have you got this magic potion in your kitchen cupboard?

Are you and ACV on an acronym basis? 

PS  I have an inner Naughty by Nature rap wanting desperately to emerge: "You down with ACV? (yeah, you know me!), you down with ACV? (yeah, you know me!), who's down with ACV? (every last homie!) ....

Note: I am not a nutritionist, dietitian, naturopath ... not even a foodie.  The information above is simply information found through my reading.

Information sources: www.spoonuniversity.com; www.healthambition.com;  www.mindbodygreen.com; www.davidwolfe.com; www.naturallivingideas.com 


  1. Never even heard of it...interesting. Might get it for the teen for skin...

  2. I'm not a convert- so many of the claims are inflated at best unfortunately! The detox one especially gets my goat- nothing you drink will detox you because that's what your liver and kidneys do! And unless you have heavy metal poisoning or you've overdosed, you don't need a detox! That said, there are some small benefits- just be careful if taking it neat as it can damage your teeth!

  3. I've got some in my cupboard, I add a drop to my fruit/veggie bath when I'm cleaning the produce. I've heard about the dietary benefits, I'm just too much of a woos, I can't bring myself to drink it!

  4. You've convinced me!! I have some in my fridge brought over to me recently by my Aunt when I was sick. It burnt my throat (I had a throat infection at the time), but I felt like it really did some good. I'm going to start taking it daily with lemon and cinammon and water.

  5. I like phrases like "stimulate digestive juices". Though I'm sure many things could stimulate them. Like food. Ok, I'm not much of a convert for these magical home cure stuffs. Though it is funny that the cool kids have to call it ACV now.

  6. I honestly cannot stand it! But the builder drinks it everyday and swears by it.

  7. I don't drink it straight but do add it to lots of dishes and when I make bone broth

  8. I drink it but not all the time.. it is really good for detoxing.

  9. I was having ACV every day but stopped. My migraines for some reason stopped at the same time and now I'm too scared to start again. LOL. I do use it for my bone broth though.

  10. My mum was into ACV back in the '70's. I have a bottle and have tried it over the years. It does taste vile though!

  11. No, I wont be into it. It also can harm the enamel on your teeth I believe. But what I am learning is that too often all of us reach for the next thing to help us to wellness. There are so many things that claim to help. Dear Leanne, I just read your comment over on Natalie's post on Burnout and want you to know I care a lot about how you are and if at anytime you want a chat, I am here. Denyse xxx

  12. Oh wow, I don't think I could stomach it. I'll stick to my Just Right for now! #teamIBOT


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