There are countless claims out there for apple cider vinegar: from helping with dandruff, to clearing acne-prone skin, to even helping with digestive issues, apple cider vinegar, or ACV, seem to do it all.
Like with most trends, I was hesitant to jump into the ACV bandwagon but after giving it a shot for the last year, I do think there are some positive effects. The fact that apple cider vinegar has been used for over 5000 years makes me believe there’s a reason that it’s still in our diet today.
Again with a lot of supplements and foods out there, it’s difficult to do controlled scientific experiments on humans so it’s hard to know the exact benefits. So with any nutritional advice I’d recommending taking supplement or food my advice is to take all studies with a grain of salt, listen to your bodies, and use common sense. I think we as consumers we need to learn how to critically think for ourselves. There is no miracle supplement for health in my opinion.
Also my role as a blogger is not to regurgitate another scientific article but instead, to share personal experiences – which I do below:
Curbing Sugar Cravings:
Apple cider vinegar really helps me cut sugar cravings after a meal. After breakfast or lunch I like to add a tablespoon of ACV to a tall glass of cold water and then add a tablespoon of ACV and a dash of cinnamon and sip on it for a couple of hours. The water naturally helps me stay hydrated while the tartness and the cinnamon spice keep the sugar cravings away. If sipping on ACV, I would recommend diluting it in at least 8 oz of water as the acidity can otherwise be a bit harsh on your teeth and digestive system.
I find apple cider vinegar can help prevent colds – be it the acetic acid or who knows what. If I feel the sniffles coming on, I like to drink a mug of warm (not hot) water with a tablespoon of ACV, a dash of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of honey. It’s very comforting in cold weather too.
Okay the only thing that can cure hangovers is not having one in the first place. But I get it, life happens and once you get up in the morning you’re looking for anything that makes you feel better.
Now you are probably over shots after last night, but I think apple cider vinegar shots are a perfect way to wake your body up and soothe your stomach. One teaspoon of ACV, a quick pour of pineapple juice, a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper should help get your body moving. That and plenty of water & electrolytes should do the trick.
Finally, here’s what the C&G Girl Gang says about apple cider vinegar:
- “I took apple cider vinegar tablets for about a month. The only reason I stopped is because I’m bad at keeping habits but I noticed a positive change in *regulating* my digestive system.”
- “t’s beneficial for a number of reasons. One trick people generally take it for is prior to a large meal to aid with digestion. Others take it daily. One thing to note is go organic, and be aware that it can have an effect on your teeth due to the high acidity. “
- “I take a capful in the morning, either as a shot, or in a half cup of warm water. I do feel like it helps me wake up.”
Do you take apple cider vinegar? Tell us your tips and tricks!
*This advice is not supposed to replace that of a professional. Please consult a RD/physician before making any major lifestyle changes!