With summer fun in full swing, maybe you’re having a fab time…but are finding that your Health Journey has gotten a little off track. If you’re one of the many that’s feeling a little bloated, a bit low-energy and maybe carrying a few extra pounds, read the next paragraph carefully.
The Body Sass® Cleanse Group Program will be at your service again this September (Sep. 11 – Oct. 1) and will be immediately followed by the 28toGreat® (Intermittent Fasting plus Food Sass®) Group Program running Oct. 2 – Oct. 29. Either program offers an excellent health re-set; combined they are more than twice as powerful! Registrations open on Tuesday, Aug. 25, so mark your calendar, and I’ll keep you updated and in-the-know. Hopefully this helps your mind rest easy; and in the meantime, remember that Food Sass® 80/20 goes a long way toward helping your summer be fun AND healthy.
One of the many health improvements that participants rave about in those programs is IMPROVED DIGESTION. If that seems a bit hum-drum at first blush, digest (mentally) this idea: our digestion is how we absorb nutrients, and how we fuel and heal our body. Digestion is a main initial focus in all of my client work, exactly because it is the foundation for balance in any other part of the body. Which leads us nicely to today’s topic.
Today is part two of a three-part exploration about ACID. Last post, we explored lemon water, and next time we’ll uncover some little-known—and vitally important—intel on stomach acid. Today we explore apple cider vinegar and how it can support our digestion, health and well-being.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for thousands of years and offers several health benefits, many of which are due to its high levels of acetic acid. (Yay for acid!) ACV is antimicrobial and contains antioxidants. Organic, unfiltered and raw ACV—such as Bragg brand—also contains a substance called “the mother,” which is comprised of strands of proteins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria which support our immunity and our digestive health. It’s estimated that 70%+ of our immunity lives in our gut, so it’s not surprising that beneficial bacteria support both immunity and gut health! Let’s check out…
The Top 5 Ways that ACV Supports Health
- Balance blood sugar
Studies show that many type 2 diabetics that drink 2 tbsp. of ACV diluted in water at bedtime reduce their fasting morning blood sugar levels. Two tsp. of ACV taken with a high-carb meal can lower blood sugar and insulin but up to 34 percent! ACV can help lower blood sugar and insulin levels, the culprit behind type 2 diabetes, obesity and weight gain (particularly abdominal weight gain)—when used alongside of proper food and movement protocols.
- Support healthy digestion
Although there has been no research to support it, ACV can be a powerful acid reflux remedy for many folks. Take 1-2 tsp. in water with your meal and see if it works for you. We’ll talk more about acid reflux in part three of this series.
- Improve skin health
ACV is a common remedy for skin issues like eczema, acne and dry skin. Our skin is naturally slightly acidic, and many soaps and cleansers are alkaline; ACV can help rebalance our natural skin pH. Also, due to ACV’s antibacterial properties, it can reduce the bacteria that contribute to eczema and acne. Be sure to dilute it in water, and to start small to see how your unique skin reacts. One wo/man’s panacea can be another wo/man’s poison!
- Support weight loss
There’s a lot of hoopla that ACV can assist with weight loss, in part by curbing appetite. Some research has been conducted that shows this to technically be true, but the pounds lost are modest. Given all of ACV’s benefits, it certainly won’t hurt to add it to your weight loss strategy, but it’s no replacement for balancing hormones, shortening your eating window and adopting a Food Sass® 80/20 lifestyle.
- Increase heart health
The antioxidants inherent in ACV, like any antioxidant-rich plant food (ACV is made from apples), is good for all of the cells of our body. Our cells LOVE antioxidants! This is also true for our heart, and some research also shows that ACV can decrease our blood cholesterol levels. Note that the jury is still out on whether high blood cholesterol levels CAUSE heart disease, as some of the more modern science supports the response-to-injury hypothesis of heart disease.
As much as the rest of our body loves ACV, our TEETH aren’t fans of it. If you’re drinking ACV water regularly, you’re best served by drinking it through a straw, so you’re bypassing your teeth. Frequent exposure to acidic drinks and foods can cause erosion of tooth enamel, which is both a drag and non-reversable.
Also, never drink ACV straight. Always dilute it with water as in its pure form it can be damaging, over time, to our esophagus.
If you have clinically low potassium levels (hypokalemia), ACV can make the condition worse. ACV can also interact negatively with a few medications, such as insulin and diuretic drugs. Be sure to check with your doc for any contraindications.
Finally, as with anything, start slow and pay attention to how your particular biochemistry responds. Start with 1 tsp. in water and you can increase until you’re ingesting 2-3 tbsp. per day. We are all little bio-individual snowflakes and are wise to start slow and see how it goes.
Part Three: Debunking Acid Reflux
Next time, in the final installment of this 3-part series, we’ll discuss the acid that’s created in our stomach, why so many folks struggle with acid reflux and GERD, and why acid-reducing medications most often cause more trouble than they solve. AND, we’ll also outline what to do about it.
Part One: Lemon Water Health Benefits
Missed Part One, did you? No worries. Click HERE to read aaaalll about how fabulous lemons are for our health.
I hope you’re enjoying this series, which is loaded with some of the most common Q’s and A’s from my client work, relating to ACID. Until next time…
Create Vibrant Health: BodyMindSpirit®
With love and health empowerment,