apple cider vinegar. what is it? pros, cons, benefits. does it work?

my goal here is to give you the most straight forward and informative article about what apple cider vinegar is, what it can possibly do for you and your overall health, and how it effected me + my recommendations.

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prior to this, i never drank apple cider vinegar before. but through casual conversation and after seeing some instagram bloggers swear by ACV, i decided to test it out myself. at first i took a literal SHOT of straight AVC (and posted about it on my instagram story), but thanks to me consuming ACV the completely wrong way & all of instagram collectively replying to my story saying “noooooo, you have to do this, this & that INSTEAD” i was able to round up a solid amount of ACV tips for you guys.

 

before getting into my experience with ACV, i want to give you guys some background information and overall “things to know” about ACV:

 

ACV has been deemed to do A LOT for your body, health, skin, overall energy level, etc. it claims to have countless beneficial properties for your entire body.

what is apple cider vinegar?

in short it is mostly apply juice with added yeast to turn the fruit sugar to alcohol (fermentation). the alcohol into acetic acid (this gives the ACV the sour taste and strong smell). ACV is essentially enzymes and beneficial bacteria which consists of cellulose and acetic acid

 

what can it (possibly) do for you?

pros:

—appetite suppressant: drinking water with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of apple cider vinegar has been said to increase the amount of time that food stayed in the stomach, compared to drinking plain water. human and animal studies have found that apple cider vinegar and acetic acid may decrease appetite and promote feelings of fullness, leading to a natural reduction in calorie intake.

 

—energy levels: exercise and extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote. what’s more, apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. next time you’re beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water to boost your energy.

 

—skin: apple cider vinegar makes a great natural toner that can possibly act as a natural home remedy for acne and leave skin looking healthier. the antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance your skin's pH.

 

—health benefits: lower cholestrerol. & preventing muscle cramps. leg cramps can often be a sign that you’re low in potassium and since one of the many apple cider vinegar benefits is that it’s high in potassium, one home remedy suggests mixing 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey to a glass of warm water and drink to relieve nighttime leg cramps.

 

—other: cure hiccups, soothe a sore throat, treat dandruff

 

cons:

personally i had no negative issues with ACV, except for the first day when i took the shot and was not aware of the negative effects ACV can have on your teeth. because i did not brush my teeth immediately after consuming straight ACV, my teeth felt a little weird since the ACV is so acidic. (it will literally give you cavities if you drink it straight and do not brush your teeth after). but after brushing my teeth following a ACV mocktail, i had no issues.

 

the internet claims that possible negatives of ACV are:

1. erosion of tooth enamel

2. interactions with medications (typically type 1 diabetes medications) (talk to your physician if you are about to start drinking ACV)

3. possible interactions with type 1 diabetes: apple cider vinegar helps prevent blood sugar spikes by reducing the rate at which food leaves the stomach and enters the lower digestive tract. this slows down its absorption into the bloodstream (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/apple-cider-vinegar-side-effects).

4. Apple cider vinegar may cause unpleasant digestive symptoms in some people.

 

alright... so now you have some background information and you’re a little curious about introducing ACV into your morning routine. great! how should you consume it? here are some tips about how to drink the ACV:

 

1. make sure it is unfiltered, raw & organic in order to reap ALL benefits.

2. dilute & mix with ice water (option to add lemon and honey). i would fill up an 8 ounce glass about 2/3 the way with water, and then do a four second pour of ACV. if you do not dilute the ACV you can burn your throat and esophagus.

3. some suggest drinking with a straw, i do not have reusable straws in my house and i do everything i can to try to save this planet so i did not use a straw. the reason for drinking with a straw is that ACV will dissolve all the enamel on your teeth if not dissolved in water. but, if you just brush your teeth immediately after finishing your drink, then you should be fine. (this is what i did)

 

so for two weeks, i woke up every morning, brushed my teeth, washed my face, drank my ACV, brushed my teeth again, and then either went to the gym, or started my day. this is the brand i used:

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i felt super motivated during these two works and had a lot of energy. i was going to the gym 4/5 times a week and was doing a pull-up challenge on my own time. i ate fairly well during these two weeks in addition to the ACV (eggs, whole grains, organic foods and not a lot of meat) but also i ate brownies or chocolate whenever i felt the craving. i'm an active person in general so my metabolism can support random indulges of chocolate. i would also drink a ACV mocktail before and/or after a meal if i felt needed. and by "if needed" i mean, i wanted to feel fuller before eating so i do not eat as much, or i wanted to settle my stomach after eating something.

 

anyway, two weeks went by with ACV and then for two weeks i left for europe and did not have access to ACV. i went to London, Amsterdam, and Paris. in London I walked almost 8 miles a day. in Amsterdam everything was organic, non-GMO, healthy, and overall good for you. (its a very active and healthy city). in Paris i ate so.much. bread, cheese, wine, chocolate croissants, and meat. (i also biked around this city for all 6 days) i probably ate more cheese, bread, meat, etc. in those 6 days than i have in the past year combined, i'm not joking. but oddly enough i came back LESS WEIGHT than i left. granted, i definitely lost some muscle mass but in Paris, feeling bloated and "gross" after eating a ridiculous amount of food was never really an issue. the food there in grown locally and is so fresh with absolutely no preservatives in it.

 

now, what does my europe trip have anything to do with apple cider vinegar? it actually has a lot to do with ACV because we can compare these two weeks on and off the ACV. when i was drinking the ACV everyday, i was very active. i definitely saw my metabolism increase, I was motivated in the mornings after drinking it, and my skin was very clear during this time... although i'm not sure if there is any real correlation. when i wasn't drinking ACV, i was eating natural, fresh food made with the best ingredients and no preservatives, while also being very active whether it was walking or biking and i felt the same exact way i was feeling while drinking the ACV.

 

because of this, i'm not sure how beneficially ACV actually is to making you lose weight or increase your metabolism on its own. you must change your lifestyle in addition to drinking ACV... it works in tandem with a healthy, active lifestyle. it is not a miracle drink that will make you lose weight and boost your metabolism.

 

regardless, when i posted to instagram that i was going to start drinking ACV, many of my supporters reached out and swore by the effects ACV had for them (specifically the clearing of skin and the overall natural benefits for one's stomach/metabolism).

 

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: if you are planning on kick starting a change in your lifestyle and want to be more active and motivated, i definitely recommend ACV. drinking ACV gave me a reminder every morning that i was going to be healthy, motivated, and active. but i do not think ACV will work if you are not active, you are not living a healthy lifestyle, and you are not serious about changing your eating habits (when you are using ACV with the goal to lose weight/help increase your metabolism).

 

i do think having ACV in your home, drinking it when needed and/or in tandem with a healthy lifestyle is absolutely key. it's amazing for a quick energy boost and great for settling your stomach and/or making yourself feel a bit fuller before a meal (like i previously stated). the other day my stomach felt a bit queasy and my first instinct was to make an ACV mocktail that settled my stomach instantly. it definitely has its benefits.

 

have you guys used ACV vinegar before? do you have other tips? do you enjoy it? do you think its worth drinking? let me know, let's chat!