Updated: Aug 26
There are claims all over the internet of the benefits of ACV, ranging from fat loss benefits to cancer reducing properties. After ACV completely changed my life for other reasons I couldn't wait to see what else it could do for me
So, let me quickly explain why this post even exists
I've always been the "problemed child" - I'm one of those people that if I was born 150 years ago, doctors would have scratched their heads, shrugged and suggested they put me out of my misery with a rock out back
Thankfully due to modern mecedice I'm still alive and kicking (yay)
I was born with ecxema and asthma and a few other fun issues, and after hitting puberty they've genuinely never been a problem
A few red patches here and there, maybe the occasional asthma attack at sports day to keep my mum on her toes, but that's about it
When I was 21, a girlfriend at the times dog had just had 9 puppies
Myself, riddled with excitement rolled around, played and giggled with the little guys
And then, just like that, as if the anti-histamine Gods decided to pull a bit switch
Every square inch of my body became instantly inflamed, itchy, sore and red.. (logically)
Ever since then, I've struggled. Spending hundreds of pounds on various extreme steroids, tar-like moisturizers, and chemical-based shampoos
(Oh yeah, ecxemas not just for your skin. Your scalp also becomes drier than Gandhi's flip flop)
And that's where apple cider vinegar steps in
After seeing various GPs and being guinea pigged on scalp creams and lotions I decided to dig into the realms of Youtube
5 years I've had a dry scalp. Seen maybe 7 GPS, including a skin specialist and a 19-year-old girl from Michigan on Youtube helped me more in a 9-minute video than the professionals did in half a decade
Amongst a few very simple tips she suggested I use ACV as a hair wash, as it restores the PH of the scalp
And after 3 days, my scalp, face and skin have NEVER been so healthy
I was blown away. I smiled for 3 days solid. I even woke my girlfriend up while I was asleep and told her how happy I was (that's not a joke.. I sleep talk alot)
After this revelation I wanted to find out more about apple cider vinegar so I found a few science-backed articles on the stuff... This is what I found!
IT HELPS YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT
Let me explain why before you jump on Amazon and order a tonne
Apple cider vinegar isn't pixie dust, it doesn't "dissolve fat" or "remove belly fat" like the media will have you believe
Studies have shown that ACV aids in fat loss, simply because it increases your feelings of satiety (feeling full) and one other thing..
It makes you feel slightly nauseous (haha) which in turn reduces your likelihood of eating more.. and that's it!
BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS AND INSULIN SENSITIVITY
Insulin is a hormone released from the pancreas that brings your blood sugar levels back to normal after you've eaten
The more carb heavy or sugary the meal, the more insulin your body requires
Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar will not only help reduce your blood sugar levels but also your insulin sensitivity, which leads to a reduction in insulin demands
This is amazing news for people with diabetes who struggle to keep their blood sugar levels under control
It's also worth noting that insulin is a fat storing hormone, so reducing your levels may help keep body fat marginally lower.. maybe
Very briefly, we have 2 types of cholestrol in our cells
Bad cholesterol (LDL) which carries cholesterol that can stick to arterys, this can lead to plaque buildup and some times block blood flow (this is what causes strokes, heartattacks etc)
Good cholesterol (HDL) takes cholesterol away from the blood and returns it to the liver
Studies have shown that ACV will actually raise your good and reduce your bad cholesterol. Pretty cool huh!
The diet I follow is called the anti-inflammatory diet (I'll do a post on it soon)
ACV is recommended in this diet for a few reasons
1. It reduced inflammation in the body
2. It reduces bloating
3. It can reduce heart-burn
4. Plus it helps to keep you regular
When food is consumed our stomach's acid breaks it down so it can be passed
We require certain levels of acid to effectively break down the enzymes in the food and obsorb all the nutrients
If we don't have normal levels of acid, our bodies will "stop up" and this is when we can experience heart burn and bloating (not very fun)
Apple cider vinegar will help everything move along perfectly
There is some very hazy research that suggests apple cider vinegar can reduce the growth of tumour cells due to it's high acetic acidity levels (whatever that means)
An article from the Medical News Today suggested that there is no actual evidence that apple cider vinegar is the same when digested, the labratory results were conclusive that the acid reduced the tumour when applied directly
Corrrr this posts got deep all of a sudden
HOW TO CONSUME IT
Just pop 1-2 tbs of apple cider vinigar in a tall glass of cold or warm water of a morning
You can also add lemon or cayenne pepper if you want to make it even more foul tasting
You're drinking vinegar.. it's not going to tast good I'm afriad haha
I'd also advice drinking it with a straw otherwise you'll be stripping your teeths enamel off
And there we have it!
A substance that has completely changed my life, with tonnes of other health benefits
After really studying into apple cider vinegar I've decided as well as adding it to my scalp I'll also experiment consuming 30ml a day when I wake up, so I'll make sure to keep you updated!
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