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Try it Thursday: Apple Cider Vinegar!

Have you heard some of the health claims on a daily dose of apple cider vinegar?

ACV helps regulate blood sugar levels.
ACV is rich in enzymes that help support detox and aid in controlling your appetite.
ACV contains acetic acid which can help slow down starch digestion thus lowering glucose levels in the blood stream.
ACV contains the minerals potassium and magnesium. Potassium controls the water balance in the body and maintains a healthy heart rhythm. Magnesium is a catalyst in enzyme activity, helping digestion and assisting in the uptake of calcium to form healthy bones.
Use an ACV that contains the mother of the vinegar which has raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing.
ACV can clear a stuffy nose and produce sinus drainage.
ACV can cure a case of the hiccups.

And the list goes on…just google health benefits of apple cider vinegar and you will shortly become overloaded with information! However, even with all of the incredible wellness claims toted by reputable (and non reputable) sources out there, I like to look to the Mayo Clinic for sound, research founded advice.

Drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss isn’t likely to be effective.
Proponents of the apple cider vinegar diet claim that drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar before meals or taking an apple cider vinegar supplement helps curb appetite and burn fat. However, there’s little scientific support for these claims. Although occasional use of apple cider vinegar is safe for most people, it won’t likely lead to weight loss — and it may pose problems of its own. For example:

  • Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. It may irritate your throat if you drink it often or in large amounts.
  • Apple cider vinegar may interact with certain supplements or drugs, including diuretics and insulin. This may contribute to low potassium levels.

Remember, there’s no magic bullet for weight loss. The key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume. Choose healthy foods — such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein — and include physical activity in your daily routine.-mayoclinic.com

Personally I do take a teaspoon or so of ACV throughout the week. I recall my own Grandfather took a shot of it here and there as a home remedy for several common aliments. I do believe nature has provided us with incredible health benefits simply from the foods we consume. Just as with anything else, it is best to check with your doctor before starting any supplements. Please remember that just because something is available over the counter does not mean it is safe or recommended for you and your particular case. After you check with your doctor, and find a balance of intake with what works for you, you may wish to try ACV!

Hair rinse:
Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize your hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off of it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny!

Teeth Whitener:
You have to be consistent and it takes a least a month of continuous usage to see results. Some say that using ACV looks like you just got your teeth professionally cleansed.  Be careful, as with all acids, it can remove the enamel on your teeth as well. After brushing with ACV, you will need to brush again with regular toothpaste, preferably a non fluoride paste, or rinse your mouth out really well. –draxe.com

Sunburn Cure:
When applied over the affected areas, apple cider vinegar draws the heat out of sunburned skin.

Light and Easy Salad Dressing:
1 part ACV, 2 parts EVOO, a splash of spicy brown mustard, and a dash of sea salt.-habitudefitness!

Bombshell Spell:
acvMy girlfriends and I often cook from the Tone it Up Nutrition Plan. Here is how I love to intake my ACV:
1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp ACV, and a squeeze from 1/4 of a lime. Serve over ice.-toneitup.com

As with anything, balance is key. After you check with your doctor or your hair stylist:)- you may wish to add ACV to your all things healthy playbook!
Your Trainer,

Works Cited

“10 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.” LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 16 Aug. 2013. Web. 08 Apr. 2014.

Authority.com, Organic. “How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Beautiful Hair and Skin.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 29 Sept. 2012. Web. 08 Apr. 2014.

“Comment Navigation.” One Good Thing by Jillee. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2014.

“Weight Loss.” Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss: Effective? N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2014.

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