Apple cider vinegar: Benefits and how to include it in your diet
What is that one drink that is perfect for weight loss and has many other magical health benefits too? Well, the most popular answer has become apple cider vinegar! Let’s take a look at all that apple cider vinegar has to offer and how to include it in your diet to reap its benefits!
What is apple cider vinegar and what are its health benefits?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV), as the name suggests, is obtained from apples. Apples are crushed, distilled and then fermented to get apple cider vinegar. ACV has been famous as a weight loss drink but here are its some other health benefits as well:
1. Reduces obesity
This is ACV’s most sought after health benefit. Many people struggle with accumulation of unwanted body fat and apple cider vinegar has proven benefits of reduction of fat. According to a 2009 study done by the Central Research Institute, people who drank 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day for 3 months saw a reduction of 2-4 pounds in their weight. This loss of fat was mostly observed from the waist and hip area.
2. Reduces cholesterol
Again many studies have proven that daily consumption of apple cider vinegar leads to reduction of triglycerides (fatty lipids that increase the risk of heart stroke). A recent study shows that consumption of apple cider vinegar not only reduces the bad cholesterol, it also increases the levels of good cholesterol.
3. Curbs appetite
Many studies have shown that consuming apple cider vinegar before meals may be able to reduce your appetite which automatically leads to less consumption of food and hence promotes weight loss.
4. For skin and hair
Consumption or external application of diluted apple cider vinegar is also known to benefit your skin and hair. It helps get rid of dandruff and also gives a shine to your hair.
Let’s see how to include apple cider vinegar in your everyday diet to enjoy these benefits:
1. Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to one glass of water and have it before meals or on an empty stomach in the morning. This will help you feel lighter by reducing the bloating.
2. Another option is to make apple cider vinegar tea. Boil some water and add a tablespoon of ACV to it. ACV combined with warm water will ease digestion and increase your metabolism. You can also add some lemon, honey and cinnamon to the tea.
3. ACV should not be cooked or had without diluting it, so never consume it without combining it with something. Another way to include it in your diet is as a salad dressing. You can sprinkle some apple cider vinegar to your regular salad.
So, this is how you can include apple cider vinegar in your diet and give your weight-loss journey a push!