So what is ACV? Apple Cider Vinegar, also known as ACV, is made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes, giving it significantly less sugar and fewer calories than apple cider or apple juice. In fact, it only takes one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to take advantage of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and each tablespoon clocks in at just 3–5 calories and contains minimal sugar.
Apple cider vinegar uses range from soothing sunburns to giving your gut health a boost. Some even suggest that apple cider vinegar cures cold symptoms and seasonal allergies as well as acid reflux.
Apple cider vinegar can help regulate blood sugar levels, enhance weight loss, lowers cholesterol, improves skin health, reduces blood pressure and relieves symptoms of acid reflux.
I am going to concentrate on weight loss here since its one of New Year’s Resolutions.
There is a plethora of research out there confirming the benefits of apple cider vinegar for weight loss. In one study, consuming just two tablespoons per day of apple cider vinegar over 12 weeks resulted in nearly 4 pounds of weight loss with no other modifications to diet or lifestyle.
Studies show that apple cider vinegar may also increase satiety, which can help reduce intake and amp up weight loss. In fact, one study showed that drinking apple cider vinegar actually decreased total caloric intake by up to 275 calories over the course of the day.
So I decided I’m going to put this to the test. Having a recent conversation with a likeminded friend, the subject of yeast overgrowth came up. She mentioned how the difficulty of weight loss could be due to candida overgrowth, which ACV is also good for. So in light of my New Year’s Resolution I am going to do a little experiment with myself. Everyday, I will take 2 to 3 tablespoons of ACV, once in the morning, once mid-day (this is going to be difficult while I’m at work) and once in the evening. I am going to monitor to my weight daily and see if in a week there is any weight loss. Along with that, I will also monitor any changes, for example, changes to my skin, how I feel, sleep etc, without changing anything that I am already doing. I will definitely post my updated results in a week. If things look good and continue to progress well, I might continue to do the ACV.
Have you tried taking ACV for any reasons? How were the results? Any tips, tricks or recommendations? I would love to hear from you.