Apple cider vinegar is prepared by fermenting apple juice. It is a natural remedy for a variety of health problems and has been used for years. It has a lot to offer when it comes to weight loss: it helps break down complex fats and carbohydrates; lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels; reduces food cravings; aids in digestion and body detoxification.

It is a low-calorie natural supplement with various nutrients and active ingredients – minerals, vitamins, soluble fibers, antioxidants, and natural acids and enzymes – that helps fight obesity. It is wise to know that apple cider vinegar in its concentrated (undiluted) form is a strong acid that should never be consumed raw. Our esophagus tube (feeding tube) is not equipped to handle the same and can be seriously damaged. Therefore, it makes sense to dilute it with water to lower the intensity. Also, it is important to monitor the dose regularly. Start with 5-10 ml per day and gradually increase to 30 ml (2 tablespoons) per day. In general, it is not recommended to exceed 30 ml.

Let us discuss how apple cider vinegar will help you lose some weight and change your life forever:

Helps reduce cholesterol level.

Bile is a yellowish viscous fluid produced by the liver that helps break down dietary fats and remove excess cholesterol and other toxins from the liver. Poor bile production hampers liver activity, which can result in the accumulation of fat and cholesterol to cause obesity. Consuming a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar early in the morning activates the production of bile to promote the breakdown of fat and cholesterol.

Lowers blood sugar level.

A spike in blood sugar increases cravings for unhealthy processed foods and snacks, which is a huge turnoff if you’re trying to lose a few pounds. According to a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, apple cider vinegar helps lower blood sugar. Participants who drank 8 ounces of water (mixed with vinegar) before meals had lower blood sugar levels than those who did not.

Helps to block carbohydrates (starch)

Gone are the days when carbohydrates were believed to be bad for your health. The New Age of Dietitians recommends consuming carbohydrates on a regular basis to ensure a balanced diet.

The starch contained in carbohydrates tends to quickly convert to glucose and stimulate the release of insulin in the body. Insulin triggers the storage of glucose in the form of fat. Therefore, eating starchy foods pushes your body into fat storage mode.

How is apple cider vinegar going to help here?

The acetic acid content in vinegar interferes with the body’s ability to digest starch. Helps reduce the storage of glucose in the form of fat. Over a period of time, this starch-blocking activity would definitely have an effect on body weight.

Promotes a healthy digestive system

Your gut contains trillions of probiotics (healthy bacteria) that help break down complex food particles; fights the growth of disease-causing microbes and regulates the immune system. Apple cider vinegar acts as a catalyst for these probiotics. Probiotics feed on the pectins contained in apple cider vinegar for their growth and development. Therefore, apple cider vinegar helps maintain optimal intestinal flora for smooth digestion and body metabolism.

Suppresses the appetite

Apple cider vinegar contains pectins, a type of soluble fiber that provides a feeling of fullness to suppress your appetite for all good reasons.

It acts as a mild laxative and diuretic in nature.

Apple cider vinegar acts as a mild laxative to speed up the elimination process and ensure regular bowel movements. In addition, it has a diuretic effect to release excess water stored in the body.

Promotes body detoxification

Body detoxification refers to the complete cleansing of the body to get rid of accumulated body waste – undigested food, cholesterol, saturated fat, and disease-causing microbes. Due to an unhealthy diet and poor lifestyle habits, the body’s metabolism slows down and the accumulation of toxins in the body begins. The combined effect of slow body metabolism and accumulated body toxins would result in obesity. Apple cider vinegar is a safe, natural, detoxifying elixir. It promotes digestion, speeds up body metabolism, relieves constipation, and excretes excess water from your body to detoxify your body from the inside out.

How to consume apple cider vinegar

Add 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 ml) of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass (250 ml) of water, stir well, and drink before meals. If it causes heartburn or temporary irritation, simply dilute it with more water. You can also mix it with your juice or other drinks. Some people prefer sprinkling on salads and other food preparations according to their taste.

The maximum and optimal dose per day is 30 ml.

Precautionary measures and possible side effects.

In general, apple cider vinegar is a natural and safe drink for people of all ages. Consider the following security measures to get the best benefits:

• Avoid drinking it first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, as it can irritate the lining of the intestine and cause a burning sensation.

• Dilute enough: a teaspoon in a glass of water seems like a good ratio.

• Due to the acid content, excessive consumption of apple cider vinegar can damage the tube and tissues of the esophagus. Also, it can cause hypokalemia, a condition when potassium in the blood falls below the required level.

• Be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking apple cider vinegar, otherwise the acid in the vinegar can erode tooth enamel. In addition, it can cause yellow stains on the teeth.

• During the first days of consumption, you may experience temporary symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, heartburn or headache. In most cases, these symptoms would disappear within a few days. If symptoms persist, stop consuming it and consult a health expert.

• Pregnant women, women who breastfeed and people with chronic diseases should consult their doctors before consuming it.

In short, start slowly, with a small amount and gradually increase to 2 tablespoons a day in a well diluted form for optimal results.

Last words

The benefits of apple cider vinegar for weight loss are obvious. But, being a natural remedy, it should not be considered a miracle and would provide the best results when combined with a healthy low calorie diet and a positive lifestyle with regular physical exercise.

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