Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a really amazing, natural remedy for all sorts of aliments and it is very helpful if you’re trying to lose weight. It is readily available in supermarkets although the best kind of ACV to use for medicinal purposes is unpasteurized and unfiltered organic Apple Cider Vinegar which is generally available from health food shops or online. This sort of ACV will have been cold pressed to retain the enzymes which offer many of the health benefits it is so well known for.
Why is it so fab? Well, many studies have shown that it is a great digestive aid as it stimulates the body’s production of hydrochloric acid (HCL), improving the breakdown of foods in the stomach. As we age, our production of HCL reduces which can lead to all sorts of digestive discomfort and poor absorption. It can also help with acid reflux, so don’t be afraid to try this even though it might feel counter-intuitive if you do suffer from this condition.
ACV also improves the break down of proteins, significantly increases iron absorption, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and is very well known to help with arthritic conditions.
From a weight loss perspective ACV has been found to suppress appetite; it increases metabolism and the transit time of fats, reducing how much fat is absorbed; it improves insulin function which also supports weight loss. It is even really effective at helping reduce fluid retention which can improve the appearance of cellulite and helps in the elimination of fungal infections – how amazing is that!
To gain these benefits all you need to do is take 1 – 2 tablespoons of good quality ACV in some water and drink just before your main meal.