Improving your health doesn’t only mean cutting down inches from your waistline, it is also about taking steps that can improve the functions of your body and improve your quality of life. Whether it is walking 10,000 steps a day, or increasing your protein and fibre intake, you can find a lot of ways to improve your health.
Walking, exercising, and eating nutritious meals are the things that majorly count. But there are other little ways that can support your health in the long run. They might not promise you a magical transformation overnight, but they can support your health and fitness goals.
One such way is adding apple cider vinegar to your diet. We know what an apple is, and what its tremendous health benefits are, but what about apple cider vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is a substance made from apple juice. It is prepared through a process called fermentation. The yeast in the mixture absorbs the sugar content in the apple juice, converting it into alcohol after a few weeks. Following this, natural bacteria break down the alcohol into acetic acid, which gives vinegar its odour and tangy taste.
Apple cider vinegar has been getting popular by the day as the world is getting acquainted with its wonderful benefits. Today, we will be discussing those benefits in length.
May support your weight loss goals
If losing weight is on your mind these days, you should definitely consider adding apple cider vinegar to your diet.
As per various studies, apple cider vinegar can add a feeling of fullness, helping an individual control their food intake and consume fewer calories.
As per research conducted by the Journal of Functional Foods, it was observed that a group of people who included apple cider vinegar in their diet, reduced more body weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), and visceral fat as against those who did not consume apple cider vinegar.
It is important to note that including apple cider vinegar alone in your diet would not give you results. Creating a calorie deficit is pivotal and the most imperative when it comes to weight loss and fat loss. There is no scientific proof that apple cider vinegar burns extra calories in the body, but it can promote a feeling of satiety that can make people consume fewer calories.
Can help manage type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects almost 77 million people in India. Being a chronic condition, it cannot be completely cured but it can be controlled and managed. Apple cider vinegar, as per some evidence, is known to manage diabetes.
As per research conducted by the International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences, positive effects of apple cider vinegar were observed in a group of people who consumed it. The positive effects included significant reductions in haemoglobin and fasting blood sugar.
Can Improve heart health
In times when we are frequently hearing about cases of heart attacks and cardiac arrests, it has become more essential than ever to keep a check on our heart health. Consuming a healthy diet, and doing moderate cardiovascular exercises are pivotal for improving heart health. As per a few studies, apple cider vinegar can help the endeavour of improving heart health. Drinking one ounce of apple cider vinegar daily may reduce total cholesterol and increase HDL (high-density lipoprotein), also known as good cholesterol. It may also reduce bad cholesterol, LDL (Low-density lipoprotein). Both HDL and LDL affect your heart health and can influence heart diseases.
However, this study lacks credibility as it was largely conducted on animals. There is no hard evidence that apple cider vinegar certainly improves heart health in humans.
Can kill bad bacteria
Apple cider vinegar is also a probiotic that can kill bad bacteria. As it kills bad bacteria, it also improves the health of our pre-existing good bacteria, ultimately promoting better digestion and nutrient absorption.
This property of apple cider vinegar can also help treat acne as it can kill acne-causing bacteria in the body.
The bottom line
Now that you know the multiple benefits of apple cider vinegar for your health, we hope you are planning to incorporate it into your diet. If you are, remember to include it as an ingredient. It is not at all advisable to consume apple cider vinegar directly. You must dilute it with water. 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar should be diluted with 8 ounces/ 1 cup of water/ 100-150ml water. Consuming it in excess can cause side effects, so it is better to keep the consumption in moderation after a medical opinion.
These studies that are conducted concerning the benefits of apple cider vinegar are only limited. It is suggested that you consult your nutritionist first before adding the ingredient to your diet.