You’ve probably heard the claims. But even if you are aware of all that apple cider vinegar has to offer, you might find it hard to believe that just one food can offer so many benefits.
Surprisingly (or maybe not) it’s true! Drinking apple cider vinegar daily is a sure fire way to improve every aspect of your health and your life.
Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (or ‘ACV’ for short) is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth.
It contains a wealth of raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which are responsible for the majority of it’s health benefits (and there are many!)
The following are 6 reasons that you should start drinking a modest amount of ACV every day.
Just keep in mind that you should never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus.
Instead, mix one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water.
If you don’t like the taste, use a straw to minimize contact with your taste buds. Adding a bit of raw honey can help too.
Recommended Amount of Apple Cider Vinegar Per Day
There’s no set amount of apple cider vinegar dosage that you should be drinking for the health benefits that you’re looking to get.
Since there’s no hard and fast rule, most reputable sources recommend drinking about a teaspoon to a tablespoon three times a day.
How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
If you think that you should just open the bottle of apple cider vinegar and take a swig to get the recommended amount, you may be in for a rude awakening.
It’s always best to dilute your apple cider vinegar to make it more palatable. You’ll want to add about one teaspoon to a tablespoon to a cup of water.
You may find that the taste is still not to your liking. So you may want to add some raw honey to it as a sweetener.
You may think that you’re making something healthy unhealthy, but you’re not.
Raw honey offers its own health benefits. So you’re adding to your health rather than detracting from it with something sweet.
You may find that the honey just isn’t enough to make this something that you’ll enjoy drinking. And over time, you may find that you start skipping it because of the taste.
There are other recipes out there that can help make this drink taste better if you worry that you won’t be able to successfully add it to your diet.
Find one that helps to make this taste good, and you’ll be a champ at keeping it in your diet.
Side Effects and Interactions
You may note that the way that you’re drinking apple cider vinegar that it’s too strong even with the alternative recipes you’ve tried.
You may notice that your mouth and throat are sore or irritated after drinking it.
This may mean that you need to dial back the amount of apple cider vinegar that’s in your recipe.
Some even recommend starting at a smaller amount like one teaspoon before moving up to one or two tablespoons at a time.
As noted previously, apple cider vinegar may lower potassium levels and blood glucose levels in your system if you take too much.
You should also keep in mind that apple cider vinegar can have some prescription medication interactions. It can interact with digoxin, insulin, and over the counter water pills.
Although there’s no set dosage amount for apple cider vinegar, it’s still a good idea to speak with your doctor about adding it to your diet if you happen to take any of these medications.
You’ll want to make sure that it’s safe for your consumption beforehand as a risk to your health would detract from any health benefits you’d receive from drinking it.
1. It Will Help Your Body Maintain a Healthy Alkaline pH Level
Most of us tend to be more acidic than alkaline. One of the first steps toward better health is a body that’s more alkaline.
As the acid-alkaline balance is essential, with so many bodily functions occurring only at a certain level of acidity or alkalinity, the body is constantly striving to achieve a state of equilibrium.
Just a small change in pH can have a profound effect on body functioning.
The first step towards great health begins with helping the body become more alkaline. The acid-alkaline balance is important, since many functions in the body occur only at a certain level of acidity or alkalinity.
Many enzymes and chemical reactions in the body work best at a particular pH.
And research has shown that high acid levels lead to a lack of energy, and higher incidences of infection.
While you might think that raw organic ACV is acidic, when consumed, it actually becomes alkaline.
Keeping your body more alkaline will naturally help keep your energy levels up and better able it to fight off illness and disease.
2. Prevent Candida and Normalize Intestinal Bacteria
ACV is full of beneficial acids which are believed to help improve the make up of your intestinal flora.
Which have antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties and can help control the spread of the candida fungus in your intestines.
A common and debilitating problem with many people’s high sugar diets.
3. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Helps to Regulate Blood Sugar
A study conducted out of Arizona State University by professor and director of the Nutrition Department Dr. Carol Johnston supports the therapeutic effects of drinking apple cider vinegar.
Particularly those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
The authors of the study, which was presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference in Boston.
Noted that ingesting ACV at meal time increased satiety and reduced postprandial glycemia.
Both metabolic effects that may benefit those who struggle with prediabetes as well as diabetes.
The researchers found that taking two tablespoons of ACV in water just before bed lowered blood sugar levels an average of 4 to 6 percent by morning.
4. Strengthen Your Immune System
Your intestinal flora are a big part of your body’s immune system. It makes sense then that improving the conditions for the growth of friendly bacteria with apple cider vinegar can help improve your overall immunity.
The malic acid in ACV is also a strong antiviral. Perhaps one of the reasons people often say they experience fewer colds when they take apple cider vinegar in water daily.
Additionally, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is said to benefit your lymphatic system by helping to cleanse lymph nodes and break up mucus in the body.
Over time this can relieve sinus congestion, reduce colds and alleviate allergies.
5. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Improves Heart Health
In addition to lowering blood pressure, which lessens the risk of heart disease, drinking ACV can help increase HDL, or “good” cholesterol. According to a 2006 study reported in Medscape General Medicine.
Other research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2011. Also confirmed these findings, and researchers also discovered that ACV can help control triglycerides.
ACV is also believed to contain the antioxidant chlorogenic acid. Which has been scientifically shown to protect LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized, a key step in the process of heart disease.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular ingredient in detoxification protocols with good reason.
Aside from all the other body cleansing benefits already listed. Drinking diluted raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is believed to help detoxify and cleanse your liver.
One tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before each meal is often recommended as an effective dosage for daily detoxification.
Some detoxifying methods may use larger doses, though it’s best to build up to these over time.
These are a few health benefits to drinking apple cider vinegar daily. But to answer the question in the title yes you can drink apple cider vinegar daily and the health benefits are endless.
So join me in raising a SMALL cup to thank apple cider vinegar.