Apple Cider Vinegar And Your Health
With school over and the warm summer months full steam ahead, many people are trying to get in their best shape for trips to the lake, the beaches down south, or afternoons at water parks across the state. Apple cider vinegar has been mentioned in many circles as the magical liquid for weight loss. The question on everyone’s mind is “does it really work?”
Today, First Med Urgent Care will be going over some important details you should be aware of when thinking about drinking apple cider vinegar. First, we want to address the whole theory revolving this miracle weight loss drink.
The only documented study for weight loss by consuming apple cider vinegar was conducted in Japan. In this study 175 obese, but reportedly, otherwise healthy individuals drank either water or vinegar daily for 12 weeks. The results only showed that those who used vinegar had only lost 1-2 pounds over the 3 month period and gained all the weight back upon completion of the study. This suggests it may not be the best method for weight loss. Trust this, First Med Urgent Care staff sure wishes it were that easy!
That being said, it has been reported by Carol Johnston, PhD, at Arizona State University that apple cider vinegar does appear to have positive effects on blood sugar by somewhat blocking starches from being digested. This means that it could benefit those with diabetes by keeping blood sugar in check. It can also help with digestion.
To make sure that you are taking in apple cider vinegar safely here are a few key rules to follow:
- For the best benefit make certain to purchase unrefined, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It should look cloudy with a blob in the bottle. That blob is known as “the mother” and it is where the helpful probiotics and beneficial bacteria are coming from.
- Do NOT drink the apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle. To prevent burning your esophagus or stripping your tooth enamel with the highly acidic vinegar, dilute 1-2 tablespoons in a large glass of water. Only drink it with your meals or two times daily.
We, here at First Med Urgent Care, hope that you have found this information helpful. Be safe and remember that hard work, exercise, and healthy diet are the best ways to get your body in the best shape of your life.