Words by Caroline Pledger - Clinical Nutritionist - Adv Dip Nut Med. Masters of Exercise Science
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most sought-after natural remedies on the planet. For centuries, it has been recommended as a daily tonic to help regulate blood glucose levels, maintain a healthy weight, promote a healthy gut and prevent premature aging.
Why ACV is good for you
ACV contains a wealth of raw enzymes, micronutrients, minerals and beneficial bacteria that help to stimulate the digestive juices, assist the absorption of nutrients, and control the growth of harmful yeast and bacteria in the stomach and throughout the body.
ACV is considered to be an anti-aging agent due to its high antioxidant properties. It also aids the absorption of calcium, which is essential for the prevention of osteoporosis.
ACV stimulates your metabolism, bowel motility and the lymphatic system to naturally assist in maintaining a healthy weight.
Heart health and cholesterol
ACV stimulates bile production, helping to support the liver, lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart.
The acetic acid in ACV has the ability to engulf certain types of detrimental bacteria making it a great natural probiotic to promote healthy microflora in your gastrointestinal tract.
The probiotics that help to promote healthy gut health also help gobble up dangerous microbes making this a powerful anti-candida remedy.
Balancing pH balance
The acetic acid in ACV helps to balance the pH in the blood. This alkalising effect supports the functioning of the body’s tissues and organs .
Lowering blood glucose levels
Long before pharmaceuticals were used to manage Diabetes, natural medicine physicians used ACV to regulate blood glucose levels.
What’s the “mother” in apple cider vinegar?
The “mother” has strands of proteins, enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that help balance the body’s PH levels. Pick a certified organic, unpasteurised, naturally-fermented and undiluted variety
Recommended daily dose
As a daily tonic, add 1 tablespoon of ACV to a glass of water 20 minutes before meals.