Day 205-Wed. Med. Min.-The Many Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Good morning and happy hump day everyone! Before I start Wednesday’s Medical Minute on the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar, a quick update to let you know how my main man is and the week in general. He had experienced a few little setbacks and was feeling rather poorly for the funeral of his dear aunt Wanda, in fact, I wasn’t sure even the morning of if he’d be able to make it. He powered through, even returning to work afterward, and called his dr. to express his concerns. After assuring him all of the issues he was experiencing were normal and then giving him a special steroid cream for a particular bad bout with what we used to call piles, he is improving and feeling much better. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support, I believe that is helping as well. We saw family we had not seen in ages at the funeral which was done well and the service was lead by a preacher that has handled funerals since my husband’s grandmother’s husband’s-that’s a long time ago! I have to comment on the fact that Allen Funeral Home police escorts will light those rude people that don’t respect the funeral reception up if they try to pass or otherwise get in the way! I never saw anything like that, except the time it happened for Uncle Max’s funeral, they demand respect in the little own of Wylie.

Also, I spent a good deal of time reworking my writer’s website and actually gave it a new, temporary name while it’s in test mode- Pertinent Posts is what I’m calling it, and you can check it out at kimsmyth.org and let me know what you think. I’m still having trouble designing and could not get it to go as a blog post, so you’ll have to look at the top of the list for my welcome to the new site. Sorry, one day I’ll break down and get some help, lol!

Ok, let’s get to the fantastic benefits of ACV, otherwise known as apple cider vinegar. I was introduce to this “miracle” by David’s granny some 30 years ago, she used it religiously…it may be one of the reasons she lived a long and healthy life, for the most part.

Besides the many uses for it around the house or as a beauty product, ACV has many health benefits including the ability to kill germs and help aide in weight loss.

The best apple cider vinegar
The best apple cider vinegar

Although it’s best to check with your doctor before increasing your intake of ACV if you’re on blood sugar lowering medications, ACV has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and maintaining blood sugar levels.

  1. It improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by some 19-34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin response, according to the ADA (American Diabetes Association)
  2. Reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating white bread
  3. 2 tbs. of ACV before bed can reduce fasting blood sugar by 4% in people with well controlled type 2 diabetes

Studies have also shown that ACV can help people lose weight by making them feel full, therefore decreasing the amount of food they ate. One study suggested that daily use of ACV led to reduced belly fat and waist circumference, lower triglycerides and weight loss. A 12 week study showed that people who took 1 tbs lost 2.6 lbs and those who took 2tbs lost 3.7 on average.

Another benefit shown in numerous studies suggests that ACV can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease, since ACV contains chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant which helps LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized, which is a crucial step in the heart disease process. ACV contains many other amino acids and antioxidants, one of which is acetic acid, the main compound in vinegar.

Many people talk about only drinking ACV with the “mother” which are strands of proteins and enzymes along with friendly bacteria that give ACV it’s murky appearance. I personally use that kind because I truly believe in it’s benefits, although I have used other brands in a pinch. Bragg’s, is the most popular brand of quality ACV and is my choice whenever possible.

ACV is great for preserving food because it can keep bacteria like E. coli from growing and was used thousands of years ago by Hippocrates for cleaning wounds. This is because it kills many forms of bacteria and has been used for everything from treating lice to ear infections-although I’d check with my doctor before trying anything like that. Granny used to have me drink it when we visited her house just for gp (general purposes) because she believed it was the cure for everything, especially fungal infections like us women get in our bladder and urinary tract. I wasn’t a believer until I did my own research years later, now I’m a faithful user- maybe not daily, but I should be. I reach for it when I even suspect I maybe getting a UTI.

The biggest claim is that it may have positive effects against cancer, yet testing so far has only been on rats and in labs. However, if it has been shown to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells on any kind of study, that’s good enough for me. I will keep on using it, and I would suggest it to any friend of mine. Heres how I drink it: First, I make a cup of hot water with my Keurig, to which I add- 2 tbs of ACV, 2 tbs of pure (not from concentrate) lemon juice, 1-2 tbs of rawย honey, and a healthy dash of cinnamon. It tastes like hot lemonade, which I find delicious. In fact, I’m off to make a cup, just for the heck of it (and because I’m cold) ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope I have given you some good reasons to try it out for yourselves, it can’t hurt you if you don’t overdo it. One cup a day is beneficial, a couple if you eat heavy carb-rich meals would be best. (especially after the meal)

I checked out a few sources for this post: http://www.care.diabetesjournals.org and http://www.nci.nlm.nih.gov

Hopefully I see you all here tomorrow for Throwback Thursday! Have a blessed day everyone!

 

 

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