Hippocrates encouraged his patients to drink this energizing elixir for energy and healing, he also used it for treating swelling, inflammation, and burns. Cleopatra used this product cosmetically as a facial cleanser to clean her “delicate skin.” It was used in the Civil War and WWII to clean battle wounds from soldiers. Some records have shown that the Egyptians have even used this common household item as an antiseptic and a weight loss agent. Caesar's armies used this as a preventative medicine to cook with, and for hundreds of years this common pantry item has been used to preserve food, clean with, and to be very healing to the human body.
You might have a jar of this right now in your kitchen OR you might be wondering what common item I am talking about, if you guessed Apple Cider Vinegar, you are right!
Apple Cider Vinegar
As you can see ACV has been used for CENTURIES to clean, drink, heal, and cook with. Apple cider vinegar comes from apples that have been crushed and fermented for weeks to give the cider those natural probiotics and enzymes that the body really needs. One of the most well known and important benefits of ACV is that it helps regulate blood sugar levels. Those that dilute 1-2 TBS of ACV in 8 oz of water and taken before meals can see optimal results as well as monitoring your diet.
“In one study, vinegar consumption was found to decrease blood sugar levels by an average of 31 percent after eating white bread. Similarly, an animal study showed that giving diabetic rats apple cider vinegar for four weeks was found to significantly reduce blood sugar levels.”
ACV has also been shown to aid in weight loss. The main ingredient in ACV-acetic acid is a natural appetite suppressor so you won’t feel like you need those late night snacks or those sweet tooth desserts. It will also help you to feel fuller longer, again for best results take 1-2 TBS diluted in water before mealtime. Not only is ACV good for blood sugar levels and weight loss but has also been proven to lower cholesterol, improve skin health, reduce blood pressure and relieve symptoms of acid reflux.
When purchasing ACV always purchase the raw, unfiltered & organic-this means that it contains the mother which is beneficial for our gut health and digestive system. ACV is the household item that is so versatile and so inexpensive you can do so many things with it within your home, on your skin, your hair, and overall, for your health to help you look and feel your best. When used properly ACV will be your go-to product for optimal health!