When it comes to health, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a rock star. Every guru seems to swear by it. In fact, ACV might even be worthy of replacing your morning coffee.
OK, so maybe, it doesn’t taste as good. But starting your day with ACV might be life-changing. Plus, some benefits work best on an empty stomach.
Need proof? Here are seven reasons you should drink ACV every morning.
1. Controls Blood Sugar
ACV is known for regulating blood sugar. Otherwise, if it gets too high, your risk for type-2 diabetes will skyrocket. And if you already have diabetes? High blood sugar is the perfect set-up for complications.
Luckily, ACV will keep things in check. In a study in Diabetes Care, type-2 diabetics consumed a placebo or ACV before a high-carbohydrate meal. Afterward, the blood glucose of diabetes patients’ was 19 to 34 percent lower than the control group’s.
While it’s not an excuse to eat white bagels, ACV can naturally control diabetes. Additionally, it’s important to note that the participants fasted.1 It’s the perfect reason to take ACV in the morning.
2. Improves Feeling Of Fullness
If you’re on a mission to lose weight, start each day with ACV. The acetic acid in vinegar promotes satiety. This means you’ll stay full for a long time!2
As the morning goes on, hunger won’t be an issue. Come lunchtime, you’ll have a normal appetite, making it easier to eat healthy portions.
It sure beats binging when dinner rolls around. By taking ACV in the morning, you can control hunger from the get-go. See you never, extra calories!
3. Treats Bad Breath
Worried about bad breath? Add ACV to your morning routine. It’s a powerful antimicrobial, so it can kill bacterial build up – the main cause of bad breath.3
Obviously, you should still brush your teeth. This is a must for any healthy morning routine. However, with ACV, you can boost your oral health.
4. Prevents Cavities
ACV’s antimicrobial properties will stop cavities before they start. It works by killing bacteria, which release acids as it grows. Needless to say, control is crucial.4
Again, don’t forget to brush your teeth as usual. Adding ACV to your routine will just add an extra layer of protection.
5. Balances Gut Bacteria
A strong immune system depends on your gut. After all, intestinal bacteria is your first line of defense. Keeping it balanced is vital for overall health. This is where ACV comes in!
In the gut, ACV promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. And, as an antimicrobial, it kills the bad guys. This means your gut will stay balanced and happy.5
6. Detoxifies Liver
These benefits will keep your liver healthy so it can digest food and store energy. Most importantly, toxins and poisons will see their way out.8
After a night of drinking, start with ACV. It’ll detoxify your liver and help it repair. Yet, keep in mind that this isn’t an excuse to binge drink.
7. Regulates Body pH
You might be surprised to learn that ACV is alkaline. This counteracts the acidity of the typical Western diet. If your body is too acidic, the risk increases for hypertension, osteoporosis, and age-related muscle wasting. Even kidney function will take a hit.
With ACV, your body’s pH will improve.9 It might be what you need to keep diseases at bay.
To take ACV, make a drink. Diluting it will taste better and protect your throat.
Add one teaspoon ACV in one cup water, cold or hot. Mix in honey and lemon, if you’d like. Stir well and enjoy.
|↑1||Johnston, Carol S., Cindy M. Kim, and Amanda J. Buller. “Vinegar improves insulin sensitivity to a high-carbohydrate meal in subjects with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes.” Diabetes Care 27, no. 1 (2004): 281-282.|
|↑2||Östman, Elin, Yvonne Granfeldt, Lisbeth Persson, and Inger Björck. “Vinegar supplementation lowers glucose and insulin responses and increases satiety after a bread meal in healthy subjects.” European journal of clinical nutrition 59, no. 9 (2005): 983-988.|
|↑3||Bad Breath. MedlinePlus.|
|↑4||The Tooth Decay Process: How to Reverse It and Avoid a Cavity. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.|
|↑5, ↑6||What Does Apple Cider Vinegar NOT Do? Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.|
|↑7||Nazıroğlu, Mustafa, Mustafa Güler, Cemil Özgül, Gündüzalp Saydam, Mustafa Küçükayaz, and Ercan Sözbir. “Apple cider vinegar modulates serum lipid profile, erythrocyte, kidney, and liver membrane oxidative stress in ovariectomized mice fed high cholesterol.” The Journal of membrane biology 247, no. 8 (2014): 667-673.|
|↑8||Liver Function Tests. MedlinePlus.|
|↑9||Cordain, Loren, S. Boyd Eaton, Anthony Sebastian, Neil Mann, Staffan Lindeberg, Bruce A. Watkins, James H. O’Keefe, and Janette Brand-Miller. “Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 81, no. 2 (2005): 341-354.|