If you’ve been around the health world for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about apple cider vinegar.
Once the darling of the pop-science community everywhere, it still has a strong and valuable allure for those following whole foods, paleo diets.
Apple cider vinegar may seem like a fad. But hey, there’s a reason it’s so popular!
While it is certainly no cure-all and shouldn’t be used as, say, a spot remover on teeth (hello, enamel!), apple cider vinegar does contain important properties that can play a role in detoxification, weight loss, insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, and more!
Read on to find a few of my favorite reasons to drink it, how I like to drink it, and the best kind to get the most benefits.
#1 ACV may improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance
Several small studies have tried the use of Apple Cider Vinegar for those with insulin-based conditions like type II diabetes and those who suffer from insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.
What they found is that vinegar (any kind, including apple cider vinegar) added to a starchy meal reduced the load of the starch on the bloodstream, preventing drastic insulin spikes often seen after this kind of meal.
The ACV did not improve insulin response to protein or fat based meals, but instead was seen to be most effective in meals containing starch.
So if pre-diabetes is an issue for you, it might be worthwhile to try to incorporate some vinegars with starchy meals. While it doesn’t have to be apple cider vinegar, the health properties of this vinegar compared to others make it a better choice.
#2 Apple Cider Vinegar May Boost Weight Loss
Weight loss is not the main goal of most of my readers. We are all about that body positivity and HEALTH, not someone else’s idea of what is attractive.
BUT, many of the women I work with are attempting to lose weight for health reasons and apple cider vinegar is a great way to add a small boost. Plus, ACV may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
The process of weight loss can be so frustrating, so anything that can boost results is awesome. If you’re on that journey now, you might want to take a look at my delightfully helpful Weight Loss Unlocked program (find it here) along with the apple cider vinegar.
#3 Beautiful Skin and Hair
Apple Cider Vinegar is a great blemish treatment and helps dry out excess acne. Cut it with water first, and don’t use it raw or you could burn your skin.
I also like to use apple cider vinegar as a rinse on my hair. It’s great for dandruff, helps slough off old skin, and has anti-fungal properties that make it great for places like the scalp that can develop issues quickly from scratching.
Many people find this an important part of a no-poo routine. Vinegar won’t remove natural oils from the scalp (oil and vinegar don’t mix) but it will help keep the scalp clean and clear of debris and dead skin which can sometimes build up without clarifying shampoos.
The Way to Drink It
ACV can be used in so many ways. It makes a great dressing for salads along with olive oil, is a nice tangy way to brine meats and other dishes, and makes a tasty drink.
I like to pour a tablespoon of ACV into sparkling mineral water and add a squeeze of lemon. For me it’s like a no-sugar lemonade! It’s got a strong vinegar taste, so cut down to a tsp. if its too much for you at first!
Other women I know like to add a few drops of essential oils (like these), usually orange oil in a glass with apple cider vinegar and water and even salt the rim so it feels like a cocktail!
Bragg, which sells the brand of apple cider vinegar I prefer, also has a recipe for a great ACV drink. They take 8 oz. of water, add 1 to 2 tsps. of ACV and 1 to 2 tsps. of honey, maple syrup, or liquid stevia (find it here). Sounds pretty good!
Bragg’s apple cider vinegar is one of the highest quality out there. It’s raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized, made from organic apples. I highly recommend it. Find Bragg’s apple cider vinegar here!
How do you like to use apple cider vinegar? I’d love to hear your stories and recipes below!