What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
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Where To Get Apple Cider Vinegar?
In India, you can buy apple cider vinegar in all the departmental stores but it is hard to get apple cider vinegar with the mother in small towns. When buying try to buy organic, unfiltered and unprocessed apple cider vinegar with the mother. Apple cider vinegar with the mother will look cloudy as opposed to ones without the mother which looks clear.
I have pictured only apple cider vinegar without the mother as my local departmental store does not sell apple cider vinegar with the mother. I have also started making my own batch of apple cider vinegar, hopefully it will be ready within a month or two.
Is Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar With The Mother Good For You?
How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar At Home?
To make your own apple cider vinegar at home, collect fresh organic apples and chop them into small pieces. Now take the cut apples in a large glass jar and for every 500 grams of apple, add about one and half liters of water.
Now add in 1 to 2 cups of organic raw sugar and mix well. Add in 1/4 cup of store bought apple cider vinegar with the mother to it and mix well. Cover the mouth of the jar with a cloth and secure it with a thread.
Now place it in your pantry away from direct sunlight, make sure to open and press down any apple pieces poking up every 3 days or so. After a few days you will notice a white layer of bacteria forming on top which is usually called the “Mother”.
Usually once a batch of apple cider vinegar is made, the mother is used to make a new batch. If you are using the mother, you can reduce the amount of sugar and also you don’t have to open the bottle once every 3 days. Just let it sit for 2 months or so in the pantry.
If you are making apple cider vinegar the first time without the mother, adding little bit of store bought apple cider vinegar with mother will greatly help. If you don’t want to go to all the lengths of making your own apple cider vinegar, you can easily buy apple cider vinegar from the shops.
Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects:
Though apple cider vinegar has wonderful medicinal uses, we should remember that in excess it does more harm than good. Please remember not to consume raw apple cider vinegar as it will damage the enamel and cause throat and stomach burn.
Always dilute it in water before drinking. Also consuming large amounts of apple cider vinegar for long duration’s of time could lead to low bone density and low potassium levels.
Apple cider vinegar will interact with diabetic and heart medications, diuretic and blood pressure medications so practice caution if you are on any of these medications.
How Much Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Drink a Day?
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV Recipes
a. Apple Cider Vinegar With Honey:
b. Apple Cider Vinegar With Hot Water:
If you are diabetic or don’t like to add any sweetener to your drinks, mix a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and drink. You can drink this in between meals or if you suffering from sore throat or indigestion.
c. Apple Cider Vinegar With Lemon:
Apple cider with lemon and honey is an amazing home remedy for sore throat and indigestion. To make the drink, take a cup of water and add a tsp of apple cider vinegar to it. Now squeeze in few drops of fresh lemon juice to it. Make sure not to add too much lemon juice as it will get too sour. Finally sweeten with honey.
d. Apple Cider Vinegar With Green Tea:
Apple Cider vinegar with green tea and honey is also an amazing home remedy for indigestion. It is also full of antioxidants! To make, boil a cup of water, wait for few seconds and pour it over a green tea bag. Steep for a minute and remove the tea bag. Now add a tsp of apple cider vinegar and sweeten with honey if you prefer.
10 Top Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses Of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
1. For Diabetes:
Apple cider vinegar reduces the absorption of carbohydrates, reduces postprandial glucose levels and if consumed as a bed time drink, reduces fasting blood glucose levels in the morning. To reduce blood sugar levels, mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with the mother along with 1 cup of water and consume before going to bed daily.
2. Aids Digestion:
Apple cider vinegar greatly helps with digestive issues. If you are suffering from gastritis or bloating consume apple cider vinegar mixed with water. Vinegar stimulates digestive juices that helps break down food. You can also add tiny pinch of ginger and honey to apple cider vinegar, it quickly helps treat all gastric problems like indigestion and bloating really well.
3. For Sore Throat:
Apple cider vinegar is an amazing home remedy for sore throat as apple cider vinegar have powerful anti bacterial properties that treats the infection really well. Drinking apple cider vinegar will help reduce the pain and inflammation really quickly. For the remedy, drink a cup of warm water mixed with apple cider vinegar and honey.
4. For Weight Loss:
Using apple cider vinegar for weight loss is a very popular home remedy all over the world. Clinical research done in mice show that acetic acid in apple cider vinegar suppresses body fat accumulation and aids in weight loss. Though a wide clinical research is not done on humans to prove it’s efficiency 100 %, consuming apple cider drink does suppresses appetite thus greatly reducing the amount of calories we consume. You can find the study that supports this claim here.
5. Balances pH Levels:
Our body should maintain a proper pH levels to maintain good health. Our body is slightly alkaline and consuming highly acidic foods on a regular basis upsets the natural balance and pH imbalance is one of the reasons for lack of energy and falling ill often. Consuming apple cider vinegar drink keeps our body in a slightly alkaline state which is very essential for good health.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure:
Apple cider vinegar can help people suffering from high blood pressure too. Acetic acid, the main component of apple cider vinegar helps reduce blood pressure by suppressing renin, an enzyme that is responsible for hiking up the blood pressure. For the remedy, mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a a cup of warm water and drink it in between meals.
7. Detoxifies The Body:
Nowadays we hear the word detox almost everywhere and apple cider vinegar is a true detox drink as it helps regulate our pH levels, improves nutrient absorption and also keeps our digestion in peak health. A teaspoon apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of warm water and honey is enough to detox our body.
8. Protects The Heart:
Apple cider vinegar has a protective effect on the heart as it reduces LDL cholesterol and improves HDL cholesterol levels. It also reduces serum triglycerides. This effect is the same for both normal and diabetic patients. Apple cider vinegar drink will greatly benefits diabetic patients who are suffering from high cholesterol levels too. You can read the study that proves it here.
9. Anti Ageing Properties:
Apple cider vinegar is rich in antioxidants and any antioxidant rich food fights off free radicals which are the main cause of premature ageing of the skin and hair. Regularly consuming apple cider vinegar also improves immunity and prevents us from getting cold and sore throat often.
10. Improves Nutrient Absorption:
Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps with nutrient absorption. Consuming an apple cider drink close to your meal times helps with maximum nutrient absorption from the meal consumed. Also consuming apple cider vinegar after heavy meals prevents bloating and indigestion. Apple cider vinegar, honey and ginger mixed in water can be consumed as a night drink.