Picture this: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, sitting on the terrace of her palace and sipping a chalice of fermented apple cider. This scene might not actually be too far-fetched: Historians believe that apple trees likely lined the Nile River all the way back in 1300 B.C., and the widespread use of apple cider for drinking was in the mainstream by 55 B.C. And we have to admit, we love that there’s something historical about that honey and apple cider vinegar, and love even more there’s some serious health benefits to it.
But Wait–Wasn’t That Alcoholic Apple Cider?
While early Egyptians, Romans, and Europeans were likely guzzling on something more like apple cider beer, both alcoholic apple cider and apple cider vinegar are made through a similar alcoholic fermentation process. For it to become apple cider vinegar, the solution must go through a second fermentation cycle to convert the alcohol to vinegar. Voila! The result is a tart solution packed with minerals, enzymes, and probiotics.
The Popularity of Apple Cider Vinegar
It seems our ancient ancestors were on to something. For the past 50 years or so, interest in apple cider vinegar has picked back up in health circles. Today, knowledge about the health benefits of ACV has exploded and is endorsed by many, from health guru Dr. Axe to celebrity Katy Perry. From aiding in digestion to assisting in weight loss, the fermented juice of apples is widely becoming known as a superfood. What’s more, empirical evidence is building, which backs up the science of vinegar health claims (1). Let’s discuss a few of the many health advantages of apple cider vinegar.
Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Before Bed
Drink a tall glass of diluted apple cider vinegar with honey (scroll down for recipe) before bed, and you may find relief from gas, stomach cramps, indigestion, acid reflux, and other tummy ailments that often keep people up at night. You could also reap a host of other benefits:
- Stuffy nose reliever
- Sore throat tamer
- Leg cramp inhibitor (from potassium content)
- Hunger reducer to prevent midnight snacking urges
- Breath freshener (all the acidity kills the bacteria in your mouth)
Apple Cider Vinegar for Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure, you can try this natural health remedy before taking prescribed pills that have the potential to wreak havoc on your body. Drinking apple cider vinegar regularly can lower your blood pressure naturally. It’s thought that apple cider vinegar decreases LDL cholesterol in your body, which can result in a more stable blood pressure (2).
Apple Cider Vinegar for Digestion and Heartburn
Typical antacids and prescription medicines for heartburn and digestion issues tend to treat the stomach for too much acid, when in reality, digestive issues, which often lead to heartburn, frequently stem from too little stomach acid (3). Homeopathic health experts believe the secret behind apple cider vinegar’s ability to help with digestion in many people is due to the digestive enzymes present in the golden-brown liquid. These enzymes supposedly help balance the off-kilter acid levels in the stomach that lead to digestion issues and heartburn. So, drink an apple cider vinegar cocktail up at the first signs of digestion distress and heartburn flare-ups, and let the enzymes do their magic.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Increased Energy
Apple cider vinegar may be the healthy way to ditch sugar-laden caffeinated beverages and energy drinks for good. There is evidence that ingesting apple cider vinegar in the mornings–or any time of day, for that matter–can boost your energy levels and sustain those levels throughout the day. How does it work? It’s believed that the ingestion of apple cider vinegar aids in the removal of sugar from the blood and into the cells (4), keeping fatigue and “sugar crash” at bay.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar is packed full of body-beneficial compounds. One major player in apple cider vinegar’s list of ingredients, acetic acid, might actually help you lose weight (5) by signaling the body to burn fat rather than storing it. Another promising study showed that ingesting vinegar before a meal can increase satiety–the feeling of fullness (6).
How Do I Safely Ingest Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey?
Does all this information about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar have you feeling excited to add it to your meal plan? You might be imagining yourself taking a big swig of apple cider vinegar straight out of the Bragg’s bottle and grimacing as you struggle to swallow it. Thankfully, drinking it can actually be quite comfortable if you just follow a simple recipe.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Cocktail Recipe
It’s easy to get the correct apple cider vinegar dosage; all you need is a cup and a few measuring spoons!
- 1 T raw, organic, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 t raw honey
- 1 C warm or lukewarm water
Combine all ingredients, stir well, and drink up! While many people don’t enjoy the taste of apple cider vinegar on its own or even when diluted in water, the addition of raw and flavorful honey turns something slightly sour into something sweet. Raw honey has a list of health benefits that deserves its own blog (7).
An alternative to drinking apple cider vinegar and honey daily is to concoct a delicious, healthy dressing to pour over salads, rice, or mixed vegetables. Make sure to use raw, organic honey and apple cider vinegar. Try Martha Stewart’s Recipe.
If you’re ready to reap the advantages of adding apple cider vinegar to your daily food intake, there are a few final things you should know: High amounts of apple cider vinegar might interact with diuretics and antidiabetes drugs. And too much of a good thing can sometimes be harmful: If taken undiluted and in high doses, the high acid content can cause esophageal burns or eat away at tooth enamel. As with any new health regimen, start slowly, pay attention to your body’s signals, and contact a trusted medical professional if you have any questions. When taken properly, apple cider vinegar has the potential to help your body in significant ways.
At Third River Health, we’re all about helping you stay informed of the best ways to take care of your body, naturally and from the inside out. If you have questions about your health, call or message us today. We’d love to come alongside you as you take steps towards a healthier, more abundant life.