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Apple Cider Vinegar

It Tastes Bloody Awful

Having read extensively on the benefits of consuming Apple Cider Vinegar (with Mother), I decided to give it a go, and bought myself some of the foul tasting, acidic concoction from Holland & Barratt.

UGH!

ACV is a favorite among health gurus, beauty fanatics, and wellness junkies, with many people swearing by a shot (or a few tablespoons) of the stuff first thing in the morning.

People think it’s gross, but I kind of like the taste.

Hilary Duff

Due to ACV having a low pH, thus being quite acidic, it’s highly recommend that it is mixed with a glass of water to prevent burns to the mouth and esophagus. I’ve been drinking 1 pint of water, with a tablespoon (15 ml) of ACV twice a day. It tastes bloody awful 🤮

It is very early days for me to say if the vinegar is having any impact, so I’ll get back to you on that front at some point in the future, unless I quit this endeavour due to the disgusting taste.

It’s a little bit stinky but if you’re not sleeping over at your boyfriend’s it’s really effective!

Scarlett Johansson

Historically, vinegar has been used for many ailments. A few examples are that of the famous Greek physician Hippocrates, who recommended vinegar for the treatment of cough and colds, and that of the Italian physician Tommaso Del Garbo, who, during an outbreak of plague in 1348, washed his hands, face and mouth with vinegar in the hopes of preventing infection.

Let food be thy medicine

Hippocrates

Acid Cider Vinegar Benefits:

  1. It could help improve digestion
  2. It could help support your immune system
  3. It could help boost the condition of your hair
  4. It could help improve your skin and nail health
  5. It could help lower blood sugar levels
  6. It could help with weight loss
  7. It could help cure a sore throat
  8. It could help lower cholesterol
  9. It could help boost energy
  10. It could help banish leg cramps

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugars from apples which turns them into acetic acid – the active ingredient in vinegar. In the shops you may see apple cider vinegar labelled as ‘filtered’ (a clear liquid), or unfiltered and containing something known as ‘mother’.

The ‘mother’ type means there are proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria present, and they give ACV a cloudy appearance.

There have been several studies that demonstrate how ACV can help improve insulin sensitivity (that is, how much insulin someone needs to lower blood sugar levels after eating) when drunk with a high-carbohydrate meal in both insulin-resistant and healthy participants.

Research published by the American Diabetes Association found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed can reduce fasting blood sugars, too.

In 2016 a study carried out by Michael Mosley and Aston University showed that drinking dilute apple cider vinegar appeared to bring blood sugar levels down.

There are mixed results to date on whether apple cider vinegar is effective in aiding weight loss. There has been some evidence that as well as being of benefit to blood sugars, vinegar may also help to increase the feeling of fullness when consumed with a high-carb meal, which could help with weight loss by preventing overeating later in the day.

A 12-week study in Japan also found that acetic acid, found in ACV, helped to reduce body weight, BMI and visceral fat in obese individuals.

What am I hoping to achieve?

I’ll be happy with a slight drop in my weight (I’ve put on 7lbs over the Christmas period and now weigh 196 lbs), but I’m more interested in seeing if ACV can help my immune system with regards to asthma. Fingers crossed!

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12 comments

    1. I’ve read that the capsule form is just as effective, but most of the stuff I’ve seen has been about the liquid. Hope that helps.

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  1. My wife and I take this. We mix it with thieves oil, ginger, cinnamon and other spices/herbs in a little water. Then we add sparkling water to the mix in until a glassful and drink. Helps with the taste and as well as helping with immune system, it adds other “good things” to your body as well.

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  2. The “mother” that settled in the bottom of the bottle is the secret to the magic here. It’s a live bacterial colony. I live to mix my apple cider vinegar with cinnamon to help cover the taste of the bacteria. As a diabetic I can’t sweeten it but my guess is that raw honey would help as well

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    1. I tried cinnamon yesterday. I must have done something wrong as it was all clumped, floating on the top. It just wouldn’t mix at all. I’ve tried honey, but I didn’t think it made much difference at all.

      I’m kinda getting used to the taste now, but it is still pretty disgusting.

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      1. Too much power maybe. Or not enough water. Try making a cinnamon flavored tea (you’ll want to be cool before drinking so that you don’t kill the beneficial bacteria) then add the vinegar. It’s never going to be something that you drink for pleasure. I used to make 32 ounces of tea and add a shot glass of the vinegar. I would chug it like a teenager at a frat party and get it over as quickly as possible. The good news is that after you’ve gotten you guys bacteria back into a healthy state you only need an occasional maintenance drink.

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  3. I love this stuff 🙂 Have to be careful though because it can also increase your metabolism – which is great for weightloss, but makes you drool-hungry!

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  4. I’m so used to it that I can’t (don’t like to) drink my water without a splash of the stuff in it! I reckon I go through about 750ml a month… so, now I’ll go do the sums and see if I meet the daily requirement! 😉

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