Drinking apple cider vinegar every day, is that healthy? Yes, if you know what apple cider vinegar to get and how to drink it, then it’s an incredible health booster – as it can boost your immune system. Which is what we need right now! This article tells you exactly how to drink it. Plus, it lists 8 incredible health benefits of apple vinegar, which contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
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Buying the right kind of apple cider vinegar
Apple cide vinegar is also known as apple cider vinegar and apple cider. There’s clear, normal apple cider and murky, organic apple cider. The latter is the one you should buy. I’ve tried the normal one too, but it’s not as good as the murky one.
In contrast to clear apple cider vinegar from the supermarket, organic apple cider vinegar still contains the “mother”. These are the magical acetic acid bacteria (all good vitamins and minerals) that give your body the necessary health boost. It contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, E, iron, calcium, bioflavonoids, magnesium and potassium. They all help you to boost your immune system.
How to drink apple vinegar to boost your immune system
You can’t drink apple cider vinegar straight from the bottle. First of all, it’s disgusting (believe me, I’ve tried) and secondly, it’s too sour for your stomach. In the first week, it’s better to start small by putting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water and drink that in the morning. Drink it before breakfast, so your stomach is better able to digest your meal. After the first week, you increase the dose by using a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, instead of a teaspoon.
Health tip #1: it helps maintain the acid-alkali balance of your body
It may seem contradictory because it tastes so sour, but apple cider vinegar can have an alkalining effect on your body. Why is this important? Because acidification leads to fatigue, chronic diseases and an unhealthy appearance. Now, we don’t want that during COVID-19! We want to strengthen our immune system. Not weaken it.
Your body works best at a pH value of 7.34-7.45 and it does its best to keep it like that, no matter what. Only when you are seriously ill, it can be out of balance. Some studies say that acidifying foods, such as processed foods from the supermarket, fast food and sugar, can make your body work harder to neutralize. That’s why alkaline-promoting foods, such as many fruits and vegetables – and apple cider vinegar – can make it easier for your body to maintain its acid-alkali balance.
Don’t overdo it with the apple vinegar. Keep it at a two or three glasses (mixed with water) a day. Also, don’t use it when you have acid reflux or heartburn.
Health tip #2: it helps you lose weight
Oh, the neverending story of losing weight. It doesn’t matter what we look like, there are always one or two kilos that we wanna get rid of. And often, we don’t need that at all! Actually, I shouldn’t talk; I spent years worrying about those two kilos… 😉
But seriously, if you experience health problems due to obesity, apple cider vinegar can help boost your immune system. Apple cider vinegar improves metabolism and reduces fat mass (1). Being overweight affects your hormonal system, which in turn affects your immunity. In order to boost your immune system, a healthy lifestyle – without being overweight – is crucial. Apple cider vinegar can be a part of this, but it is, of course, still important to eat healthy and exercise.
Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 250 filtered water and drink it before a meal. You should do this no more than two or three times a day, otherwise you can upset your stomach.
“Healthy” raw cacao bars with apple cider vinegar
If you are still craving sweets, then go for these natural raw cacao bars. Raw cacao is super healthy, but if you think it’s too much, just skip it.
What you need:
- 200 g gluten-free rolled oats (if you are gluten intolerant, like me)
- 1/2 cup of almonds
- 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar
- 100 ml maple syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 100 g raw cacao
- (Coconut) oil or peanutbutter
- 1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds
- Baking sheet, bowls & oven
Preparation time: 10 minutes (baking time 15 minutes)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Mix the peanutbutter, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the oats, almonds, coconut sugar, pumpkin seeds, and cacao.
- Combine the two mixtures and put the batter on a baking sheet, making one even layer.
- Let it bake for 20 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn. Once it’s ready, cut it up into bars!
Enjoy!! Oh wait, we were trying to lose weight, weren’t we?!
Health tip #3: it stabilizes your blood sugar level
Speaking of losing weight, we need to look at your blood sugar level as well. Is that out of balance? Then it’s harder to lose weight. Plus, elevated blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes, making you more vulnerable to the consequences of the flu, or in this case COVID-19.
Your blood sugar level says something about the amount of glucose you have in your blood. Glucose is used by your body as energy and needs insulin to be properly absorbed.
Your pancreas produces that insulin. But if we ingest too much glucose (sugar and carbohydrates), you exhaust your pancreas and your cells become much less sensitive to insulin.
Apple cider vinegar promotes sensitivity to insulin and lowers blood sugar reactions. Be careful when taking medication, such as insulin (2). Always consult your doctor first, before you change your diet.
Health tip #4: it makes your skin glow
Who doesn’t want radiant skin?! Beauty comes from within, but it’s actually the combination of healthy nutrition and effective skincare that does the trick. Some people also use apple cider vinegar as a toner. Apple cider vinegar can benefit the pH value of your skin and even fights acne. Make sure your skin is not too sensitive, and first do a “patch” test to see how your skin reacts.
Plus, apple cider vinegar contains vitamin E and beta-carotene. This helps to destroy those annoying free radicals that are responsible for our wrinkles.
Take a clean, empty bottle or jar and put in one part of natural, organic apple cider vinegar with two parts of water. Use it instead of a normal toner and apply it in the morning or evening after washing your face and before applying your moisturizer etc.
Stayed out in the sun a little too long? Apple cider vinegar soothes burnt skin. Take a towel and dip it in a cup of cold water and 2 or 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Put the towel on the burnt skin for a few minutes and repeat.
Health tip #5: it energizes your body
Are you suffering from chronic sleep deprivation because you worry so much about the coronavirus? A shot of apple cider vinegar with water gives your body the energy it needs to boost your immune system. Apple vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that help fight fatigue.
Did you accidentally (or on purpose) go on a bender? Use apple cider vinegar to detoxify your body. It cleanses your lymph glands and helps your kidneys and liver to get rid of toxins, which helps to boost your immune system.
Health tip #6: it whitens your teeth
Though you absolutely shouldn’t do this too often, apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth. This can come in quite handy in combination with the previous tip if you are an avid red wine drinker. Put a little apple cider vinegar on your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it. Rinse well with water.
Don’t do it too often and always rinse with water, otherwise you risk damaging your enamel.
Health tip #7: it keeps your breath smelling fresh
Although apple vinegar smells sour, it does make your breath smell fresh. It fights bacteria that cause bad breath. Drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple vinegar after a meal.
Health tip #8: it makes your hair shine
Problems with dandruff? Use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner to restore the acidity of your hair and close the cuticles. Put a bit of apple cider vinegar in a bowl of water and pour it over your hair. Massage your scalp and let it soak in.
Make sure to rinse your hair well, so your hair doesn’t smell of vinegar. Do you still smell it after showering? Rinse it again. The smell should disappear quickly.
- Use a (reusable) straw to drink the apple cider vinegar, so you don’t damage the enamel of your teeth.
- Don’t drink more than 2 or 3 glasses a day.
- Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a natural cleanser and preservative because of its antibacterial effect (I do advise you to use heavier agents in the fight against the coronavirus).
(1) Kondo T, Kishi M, Fushimi T, Ugajin S, Kaga T. (2009). Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem.
(2) Shishehbor F, Mansoori A, Shirani F. (2017). Vinegar consumption can attenuate postprandial glucose and insulin responses; a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials. Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine.