It’s raw, organic, and unfiltered; Apple Cider Vinegar is going to be your ultimate favourite here on, because of a multitude of reasons, weight loss being just one of them.
Rightly touted as the new ‘super fluid’ that has become an obsession with millions, Apple Cider Vinegar, popularly called ACV, is a quick way to an effective energy rake-up. A miracle product that can be used in a large number of ways, ACV can possibly do everything from lowering your cholesterol to helping you shed weight to even polishing your furniture.
The easiest way to put it to good use prior to the festive season is to create your own concoction and sip it through the day. Add two tablespoons of ACV to one litre of water (a regular bottle) and sip this throughout the day or have frequent shots of it at work. Research shows that significant weight loss can be achieved with the daily intake of acetic acid, which happens to be the main ingredient in Apple Cider Vinegar. A note of caution though: if you are prone to acidity, then consult a nutritionist because this may just increase your symptoms.
Wondering what kind of ACV to buy?
Frankly, the uglier it looks, the better it is. Go for the brown and murkier one, because the clear and pretty stuff has already gone through several filtration processes, thereby reducing the powerful brown strands, which is actually the mother ingredient. According to science, ACV comes from a high concentration of acetic acid, which improves the body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods we consume.
Here’s a list of what ACV does to you:
Aids in weight-loss: A Japanese study published in 2009 in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, found that obese people who consumed between 15ml and 30ml of acetic acid–the major component of vinegar–diluted in water daily for 12 weeks experienced significant fall in body weight, abdominal fat, and waist circumference.
Fights diabetes: Several studies have suggested that vinegar may help in decreasing glucose levels, making it a beneficial treatment for people with type 2 diabetes.
Reduces appetite and cravings: The magic ingredient in Apple Cider Vinegar can suppress the appetite due to acetic acid, which helps to reduce the glycemic index (GI) of foods, slowing the rate at which sugars are released into the bloodstream and further lessening the appetite.
Calms down sun-burnt skin: ACV is a great way to eliminate discomfort when there’s a skin burn.
Natural after-shave: Yes, we know it sounds weird, but when you fill a bottle with equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and water, and shake it, it works like a natural after-shave for your face.
Gifts you with shiny tresses: Many beauty bloggers have been suggesting the use of vinegar as a natural conditioner. All you need to do is apply ACV to your hair and let it soak in for between five and 15 minutes before rinsing.
Helps in toning, clarifying skin: Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used as a toner (one part ACV to two parts water), and left on overnight to fade age-spots and acne. However, no scientific evidence supports this point, but a host of testimonials and DIY videos attest it for its wart-zapping properties.