Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar – Hype or Training Miracle
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the latest crazes in the fitness community due to its potential effects on insulin sensitivity, muscle cramping and fatloss. But are benefits real or all hype? Here are some thoughts on the subject and how to incorporate this potential miracle food into your diet.
What Is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar (“RACV”), not that clear crap, but the dark, murky kind, with the “mother” written on it’s label. Is simply raw, unfiltered vinegar made from fermented apples.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has been talked about quite a bit these days in the health community; though I reckon it’s been murmured about for some time because raw vinegar is nothing new and has been used for roughly 7000 years for its health benefits and ability to enhance the flavor of cooking.
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Years from now I’m sure it will still be being talked about (Almost went with a “Bragging” about it pun for my super nerdy RACV drinkers out there… HEY-O!).
So, why is everyone so crazy over Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Well, within a relatively short amount of time humans have managed to discover that Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, when consumed regularly can have significant health benefits. Some of the things RACV specifically is said to be used for, include:
- Heart burn relief and balancing the bodies pH (by increasing the amount of acid in your gut and nourishing the good bacteria. Somehow, it also simultaneously increases the alkalinity of the rest of you that likes to be a little more alkaline. Wild, eh?!)
- Weight loss and management (through various means, like helping to break down sugars or disallowing the breakdown of starches, or even ramping up the metabolism a bit)
- Cleaning around the house (insanely high organic acid variety/potency. Very antibacterial and can be made even more so with lemon or tea tree oil)
- Reducing muscle cramping due to the high potassium content
- Increased feeling of satiety after a meal – Theoretically due to its proven abilities for regulating blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity (anti glycemic effect, diabetics especially can dig that)
- Washing hair and skin (dilute it first)
- Sooth bug bites
- Optimize gut health and aid in digestion (the fermented pectin serves as a prebiotic, only feeding the good bacteria)
- So many other things…
With all these claims that come about, some tout it as nectar from the gods, while others say it lacks the scientific backing to merit any worth. As usual, the truth is somewhere in between and is open to interpretation, but it is pretty hard to ignore the large amounts anecdotal occurrences that seem to keep the belief in Raw Apple Cider Vinegar alive.
What Makes Raw Apple Cider Vinegar So Nutritious?
Take a close look at Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and you’ll see that it contains organic acids, fermented fibers, potassium, antioxidants, probiotics, and amino acids (that’s the “mother” we spoke of earlier, all murky and whatnot).
Take into consideration the benefits we mentioned above and it really seems like it would be worth a shot to incorporate it into your diet for a bit just to test it out and see if it does anything for you.
Like any program, if you do decide to give it a go, remember that consistency is the only way to realize the full benefits of daily consumption of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
In addition to being highly nutritious, it’s cheap as hell and easy to bring into the fold. Just please don’t soldier it and chug it solo, that can burn your tooth enamel and throat. My wife and I will put a couple of table spoons in with our water a couple of times a day, right before or after a meal if we can think about it.
Incorporating Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Into Your Diet
Start with one tablespoon mixed with a glass of water once a day, and add a bit of lemon, lime, pink salt, or even cinnamon to help if the taste is still too much for you.
On a cold night, it’s even nice to warm the water up a touch; just a touch, and add a little bit of MCT oil and yacon root concentrate (non-glycemic sweetener which is almost pure inulin and fructooligosaccharides, plus more prebiotics!). Delicious.
If you can’t stand the taste or smell of vinegar, there are even pills for this stuff, so you want to go that route and still experience most of the benefits.
Since it’s so easy, why not see what all the hype is about?
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Jim Romig is founder of Internal Roots Movement, an unconventional movement system designed for anyone to improve their movement skills and body awareness. Flow to grow! Follow Jim on Facebook at: InternalRootsMovement