Could Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Weight?
Have you heard of Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV? It is a natural vinegar that contains something called Mother of Vinegar, which looks like a cloudy cobweb, floating inside the vinegar bottle.
ACV is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented; it has lots of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine. It has been claimed to cure everything from bacterial infections, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, and even high blood pressure.
For centuries, people have been using ACV to cure various ailments, as well as for weight loss. All you have to do is drink a tablespoon of ACV before each meal, suppressing your appetite naturally so that you cut calories. If you do a google search, you’ll find lots of websites that swear by the vinegar’s weight loss properties and many that claim it doesn’t work at all.
The only way to really find out – is to try it yourself, right? I poured about 2 tablespoons into a little glass espresso cup and topped it up with boiling water. Honestly, I didn’t mind it but I have quite a strong stomach, so it would not suit everyone.
This is not for the faint-hearted!
I have to admit that I couldn’t face it before each and every meal, just once each morning. All the ladies at work thought that it smelled terrible, but I was determined nonetheless! I noticed that it did indeed seem to curb my appetite, as it’s quite strong and pungent, but oddly invigorating as well.
The best ACV is from health food stores, you need a good quality one, so you get the Mother of Vinegar inside the bottle. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates used this vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities. It is said that he had only two remedies: honey and apple cider vinegar. You can actually mix them together, and if you don’t like honey your could substitute a good maple syrup, but not too much, or you’ll be cutting out its potential weight loss properties.
I personally noticed that after gulping ACV before a meal, my desire to eat subsided quite a bit. This is one of those health remedies that is quite safe to try out, so long as you don’t go overboard. If you find that you really can’t stand gulping it down ‘neat’ then a tablespoon drizzled over you salad at lunch would be just as effective.
If you’ve been looking for something natural and new, try ACV. It’s available from many supermarkets and most good health food stores.