Apple cider vinegar for weight loss is a forgotten home-remedy which is coming back in fashion. Among many health benefits, weight loss is the most widely known, because apple cider vinegar helps lose weight in a healthy way. Let’s find out how. (There’s an amazing video at the end of this article that explains the benefits of apple cider vinegar.)
Benefits of apple cider vinegar
Apple has been around since the time of Adam and Eve, and for a good reason. Apple is one of the most important fruits in our daily diet.
Apple provides potassium which helps us in staying young and delays the aging process. High calcium content in apple keeps our bones healthy.
Organic apple cider vinegar is made from naturally-grown apples, and provides the much-needed enzymes and minerals without any adulteration.
Apple cider vinegar strengthens our immune system by restoring nutrients in our body.
Including Apple cider vinegar in our daily diet helps in staying healthy and losing weight by:
- Supporting our digestion system,
- Removing toxins from the body, and
- Improving our immune system.
Apple cider vinegar also improves the quality of skin, strengthens our joints and muscles, and removes skin irritation.
Because of its cleansing abilities, cider vinegar also improves liver function.
How to choose the right apple cider vinegar to buy
There are many brands and many variations available in the market. Most known brands like Bragg offer good products to buy.
One important consideration to keep in mind while buying apple cider vinegar is that it should be organic and natural. Organic ACV is made from naturally-grown apples and offer the most health benefits including weight loss benefit.
The important element of apple cider vinegar is the “mother”. It is the strand-like element that is visible at the bottom of the ACV bottle. This element contains the most nutritious part of apple cider vinegar. This mother provides all the health benefits.
Avoid buying pasteurized ACV which is made by heating the vinegar so as to remove harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, pasteurization also gets rid of important nutrients and enzymes – these are the elements that make the “mother” of ACV, which provides the health benefits.
The mother is found only in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. Therefore it is important to buy unpasteurized cider vinegar.
Look for natural ACV in the market. The usual apple cider vinegar is distilled and refined, and does not contain the “mother” of cider vinegar.
Fresh and organic apples are used to make natural ACV. It is then stored in wooden or steel barrels to mature. This helps in natural fermentation of cider vinegar, which produces the “mother” of vinegar.
Once opened, the bottle of apple cider vinegar can be stored for up to three to four years if it is stored in cool and dry place. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
How to drink apple cider vinegar
The recommended dosage of apple cider vinegar for weight loss is 1 to 3 tsp mixed in a glass of water, three times a day. You can drink more than the recommended quantity.
There’s nothing like too much apple cider vinegar. However, don’t go overboard with it. Let the taste be the guiding factor. See how you feel. You can start with 1 tsp a day and then increase it gradually.
Before drawing a teaspoon from bottle, shake the bottle well so that the “mother” gets mixed in your drink.
It is recommended that apple cider vinegar is not drunk by itself. Always dilute the vinegar with water. This is because of two reasons.
First, apple cider vinegar absorbs toxins from the tissues in the body, and drinking undiluted ACV may cause discomfort.
Second, because of its acidic content, undiluted ACV may erode the enamel on our teeth over a period of time. Therefore, always brush your teeth after drinking ACV. As an added precaution after drinking apple cider vinegar, you may rinse your mouth with water mixed with some baking soda, followed by rinsing the mouth with just water. This should remove the effect of ACV from your mouth.
You can also add honey to diluted ACV drink. Honey has many natural benefits and it will make your drink even healthier. Some people like to add cider vinegar to their tea or coffee or carbonated/aerated drink. Caffeine in tea/coffee may affect the absorption of vinegar by the body. It is advisable to have ACV with water.
The ideal time to drink apple cider vinegar is before breakfast and before dinner.
Apple cider vinegar for pregnant women and diabetics
Most brands of cider vinegar are safe for pregnant women as well as breast-feeding mothers. In fact, drinking ACV during and after pregnancy can be beneficial as it removes harmful toxins from the body and improves digestion, and may help in promoting normal delivery.
For diabetics, ACV may change the blood-sugar levels; it is advisable to consult the physician.
Apple cider vinegar has some fantastic external applications too. You can add it to your bath-water for a stress-relieving and skin-vitalizing bath.
ACV can be diluted and used to wash hair for a shiny hair. It helps in removing dead-skin built-up in your scalp, and improves the health of your hair by stopping hair loss.
For more details on how to use apple cider vinegar for weight loss, read this book: Magical Apple Cider Vinegar: Ultimate Guide for Weight Loss, Hair Fall and Skincare.