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So many patients come into the office asking about apple cider vinegar. everyone thinks that it’s some magical elixir and there is good reason to think so; but there is quite a bit of misinformation about apple cider vinegar. So in this article I’m going to tell you some of the major health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
People think that apple cider vinegar contains lots of vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C and that it also contains quite a bit of minerals but it does not. But it does contain a very valuable ingredient and that is acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main reason why apple cider vinegar has been shown to help health issues such as high blood pressure, lowering blood sugar levels, helping with muscle cramps and even some types of nerve pain.
Acetic acid helps improve the pH levels of the body. Many people are under the belief that everyone has an acidic pH level and this is what causes us to retain body fat and to be sick. Most people are testing their pH levels through some type of pH dipstick test, and this is not totally accurate. To truly test your pH levels properly it has to be done through a blood test. Many of the dipsticks test show people to be in an acidic state but that’s because the various systems and organs of the body each have their own pH levels. so when you are testing your saliva with a pH dipstick and it is showing that you are acidic that does not mean that your blood pH level is acidic. Your blood, saliva and urine all have different pH levels. The most common way to determine if your pH level is acidic or alkaline is just to review the symptoms you may be experiencing.
Most people have a blood pH level that is more alkaline than it is supposed to be.
And this is why the acetic acid and apple cider vinegar is so beneficial because it brings the pH level to a more normal level. Just a slight change in your pH level can give you huge health benefits. Improving the body’s pH levels does all sorts of wonderful things like helping the transportation vitamins and minerals and supports the various enzymes and hormonal systems of the body.
Also acetic acid has almost the same pH level as your stomach and that is why apple cider vinegar is great for heartburn, indigestion GERD and acid reflux. Especially if you are over the age of 50 apple cider vinegar is great for stomach issues. As we grow older the stomach pH level becomes more alkaline and that is why we oftentimes need help digesting foods, especially protein. And if you are on a high protein diet you want to make sure you are taking apple cider vinegar. High amounts of protein produces a waste product called guanidine and it’s a chemical that is extremely alkaline. High amounts a guanidine can cause twitching nerve pain. Apple cider vinegar / Acetic acid vinegar helps the body process and get rid of guanidine.
Another problem with the body being too alkaline is that it decreases the ability of the body to absorb and process calcium. This leads to extra calcium being deposited into the soft tissues of the body and can even cause the development of cataracts in your eyes. It can also cause an increase in arthritis as well.
Your body can also lose potassium if it is too alkaline. so you can see that if your body is too alkaline you can suffer from several significant health issues.
Apple cider vinegar can help you lose your belly fat because it increases the body’s ability to absorb sugar / glucose into the cells and use that for energy. This helps decrease the amount of insulin that needs to be produced by the body And this in turn reduces the amount of fat that is stored around the belly. In a previous article I noted that when you see people with extra belly fat it’s usually because there is too much insulin being produced by their body. And if you help decrease the amount of insulin being produced by the body it should help get rid of the belly fat. Acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar improves your body’s ability to process and use the sugar for fuel and this reduces the need for the body to produce extra insulin.
To summarize everything apple cider vinegar helps your body use sugar / glucose for fuel, helps improve insulin sensitivity, helps decrease your belly fat, Helps improve the ability of a body to absorb calcium and helps with arthritis and other health issues that may develop as we grow older. it also helps with nerve pain, stomach issues such as acid reflux and GERD. And again it indirectly helps the body burn belly fat.
Personally I add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to 10 ounces of water and I drink this 2 times a day.
I hope you enjoyed this article.
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