The yummy Holidays are coming upon us which means more treats, great food, gatherings, cocktails and more!
Here’s a FEW great benefits of adding Apple Cider Vinegar into your daily diet especially during the Holidays.
As you’re about to discover, no matter what your current health condition happens to be, apple cider vinegar can help you improve your current health. Nearly everyone can benefit from including it in their diet – young or old, healthy or unhealthy.
Detoxification: In today’s world we are constantly exposing ourselves to toxins from the foods we eat and the environment we live in, so this can build up and clog our systems to run less than optimally. That’s why it’s an intelligent decision to add ingredients to your diet that can help you with the process of detoxification. Apple cider vinegar can help. It clears out toxins to help you rid waste material out of the body by targeting the liver and lymphatic system. Additionally, it also helps to stimulate bowel movements, helping with the excretion of waste. Nice bonus side effect! If you ever notice that you are backed up, experiencing constipation, a few doses of apple cider vinegar may help.
pH Balancer: Apple cider vinegar becomes alkaline in the body when consumed. This leads us to another important benefit of using it: to help balance out your pH levels. We live in a world where our diet is heavily focused around the consumption of processed carbs and protein. The lack of consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables often means our pH balance is all jacked up. This can be associated with a wide array of negative consequences including: • High levels of fatigue • Feeling drowsy all the time • Feeling confused or unable to think clearly • Experiencing a shortness of breath • Suffering from ongoing headaches • Experiencing appetite irregularities • Showing signs of jaundice, which indicates your liver is not working as it should • Having an increased heart rate, which could, in some individuals increase your risk factor for a heart attack • Having bad smelling breath (or breath that smells fruity, which indicates that you are moving into a state called ketosis)
Blood Glucose Stabilization: This is a big one. One of the most powerful benefits that apple cider brings to the table is its ability to help regulate your blood glucose levels. Diabetes and pre-diabetes are running rampant in today’s society because we are in the habit of consuming so many processed foods. This sends our blood sugar levels soaring, which then causes the pancreas to work extra hard, trying to pump out enough insulin to control the situation. Over time, your cells can become resistant to this insulin, which leaves you with a condition known as insulin resistance. Consuming apple cider vinegar before any carbohydrate dense meals you eat can help you stabilize blood glucose levels. Research has shown that those who consume apple cider vinegar prior to their meals tend to improve their insulin sensitivity and their body shows a better overall insulin response to ANY carbohydrates they do eat. Just consume one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar about fifteen minutes or half an hour or so before you eat a higher carbohydrate meal to help you avoid blood sugar spikes, energy crashes, and fat storage.
To help with the taste… add it to some warm water (and lemon, if you like) and that will aid in the taste.
This is just SOME of the benefits… there’s so many more. Go get yourself a few bottles of Apple Cider Vinegar and keep me posted on any changes you see!
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