Hack Your Metabolism with Apple Cider Vinegar

by Sergio Rivera

What happens when you store apple wine for too long in a poorly sealed keg?

You’ll get fermented apple wine, otherwise known as apple cider vinegar.

Ancient civilizations – Babylonians, Aryans, and Phoenicians – hailed this vinegar for its many household uses. Apart from being a condiment, it was also used as a cleaning agent. The Romans even used it as a chemical catalyst for breaking big boulders up in the Alps.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used it for medicinal purposes in ancient Greece. US soldiers, fast forward into the 18th and 19th centuries, used it to clean and treat wounds during the US Civil War and World War I.

And then there were the Japanese samurai. These warriors, who only fed on the healthiest food and drinks known to man, drank apple cider vinegar for strength and power.

What’s in apple cider vinegar that makes it worthy of a modern-day health consciousness rave? And how do you harness its power?

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Decreases Appetite and Increases Fat Burn

The primary component of ACV is acetic acid, which gives it its sour and tart flavor. Acetic acid is also responsible for the many health benefits ACV is known for.

In one study, acetic acid helped reduce body weight, body fat mass, and total cholesterol levels among obese Japanese participants. The researches proposed that ACV had two effects on their subjects:

  1. Acetic acid activates genes associated with fat metabolism. These genes signal your body to store less fat.
  2. Acetic acid stimulates thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is the process of burning body fat to generate body heat.

ACV Suppresses Food Cravings, Fat Storage, and Insulin Spikes

ACV can dictate your metabolism, helping you gain lean muscle and lower fat build-up. It does this by keeping the good bacteria in your gut healthy and diverse.

The good bacteria in your digestive tract loves everything fermented.  Being fermented apple wine, ACV works just as good as probiotics at keeping your gut flora in excellent shape.

Now you might be wondering, “How does my gut flora suppress food cravings and fat storage?”

Every time you eat, the microbes in your body keeps count of how much carbohydrate, protein, and fat is in your gut.

A healthy gut flora is able to make better account for the nutrients that you get from food. This enhanced ability to account for nutrients, in turn, helps your brain partition nutrients better.

Imagine a storage facility supervisor (let’s call him “microbe”) who is really good at tracking supplies that flow in and out of the facility.

By giving his boss (let’s call him “brain”) accurate information about the flow of these supplies, the boss can better direct other members of his team (liver, muscle, pancreas, etc.) in handling the supplies in a more systematic way.

Now the entire facility knows how many more supplies can be accepted without exceeding the capacity of the facility. They also know how many supplies they need to move out in case another set of supplies come in.

Your body is just like the storage facility we just talked about.

With good microbes, you’ll never run out of supplies, and you’ll never have to worry about exceeding your facility’s maximum capacity.

Drink a Mild Tonic of Vinegar and Water before Meals

A teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water, before meal time, should be enough to give you all the aforementioned benefits.

I do have some friends who would go as far as ¼ part ACV to ¾ part water, though. But I suggest you stick to lower concentrations first, especially if you’re not well adjusted to the acidity of ACV.

Just one reminder, don’t go for cheap ACV brands. Most brands filter and pasteurize their ACV products. That said, check Bragg or Trader Joe’s as these two brands have high quality ACV.

Whatever brand you end up choosing, just make sure that the vinegar you are purchasing is cloudy in appearance and has a cobweb-like substance floating in it. Those two indicators should be enough to help you assess the quality of the ACV you’re buying.

Use in Moderation

Mix your ACV with water, or better yet, use ACV in your favorite recipes (I like using ACV in my ceviche dishes every once in a while). Diluting ACV in water, or using it as a part of a recipe, lowers the acidity and keeps you safe from throat irritation and tooth enamel erosion.

If your throat feels funny after taking in ACV, or if your stomach reacts with flatulence, then you’re most likely consuming too much.

ACV’s ability to moderate blood glucose levels may also pull you towards acute hypoglycemia. Some symptoms of acute hypoglycemia are palpitations, clamminess, profuse sweating, hunger, nausea, and headaches.

And if you’re taking insulin or diuretics, consult with your doctor first before going on a daily pre-meal ACV intake. ACV, when combined with these medications, may cause the decrease of potassium levels in your body. A significant decrease in your potassium levels causes muscle problems and cardiovascular issues.

The ACV Bandwagon is Still Open for New Members

Make sure you ride it now and get all the healthy benefits from ACV.

I’m in the bandwagon too. Actually, I’ve been in here long before it became a bandwagon. And I must say, I love talking with my wagon mates. So if you have any questions and/or comments, feel free to post in the comments section below.

Enjoy the ride!

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1 Chandan August 29, 2014 at 6:18 am

Good Article!!

I am using Braggs ACV and its Awesome. I switch with Lemon water on alternate days.

Better to take it with warm water.

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2 Sergio Rivera September 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

Those are great tips, Chandan. Thank you!

My sister loves lemon water and cucumber as well. She started taking the drink a few months ago. As for her weight loss, so far so good.

And ACV with warm water, yes. It eases the drink down your throat and makes the tonic more relieving.

 

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