Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy that people have used for centuries in cooking and natural medicine. Research shows it does have various health properties, including some antimicrobial and antioxidant effects.

Apple cider vinegar is made through fermentation which creates acetic acid. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains a cloudy sediment. Called “the mother,” this substance comprises settled bacteria and yeast. It is thought to provide probiotics, which benefit our gut health.

Studies show Apple Cider Vinegar may help lower blood sugar levels when taken after a meal; it can reduce bacteria in our food, may lower cholesterol, and could have a modest effect on weight loss.  While more research needs to be done, most studies conclude that there is no harm in adding one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water each day.  Here is why we should have more apple cider vinegar in our diet.

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    Gut Health

    A healthy gut is integral to our entire body. Our gut contains “good” bacteria that benefit our bodies in many ways such as aiding in digestion and boosting our immune system. Apple cider vinegar helps to strengthen this bacteria. The vinegar itself contains bacteria that are easy to digest.

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    Insulin Balance

    Apple cider vinegar helps to lower glucose levels in the body. Insulin is needed to take glucose out of the blood, so vinegar helps to speed this process up. This is especially beneficial to people who have diabetes. 

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    Germ Reduction

    Even though we wash our lettuce before putting it in our salad, some germs are still hiding in the leaves. A bit of apple cider vinegar will help to kill germs that are still lingering. Just a little bit, a teaspoon or two, will be sufficient enough to neutralize any remaining bacteria.

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    Weight Loss Aid

    Studies have been performed that have had obese people consume vinegar regularly in their diet. They lost an average of 3 pounds without changing the rest of their diet. Why? A teaspoon of vinegar may give your body a feeling of fullness that causes you to eat less. It may also help boost metabolism.

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