Drink lemon water.
Drink apple cider vinegar diluted in water.
Seems like a pretty common routine praised on the internet, right?
Apple cider vinegar raised a considerable amount of very devoted followers when it started to be popularized as a miraculous liquid for our gut health – and as a very effective element for weight loss.
Just like any other vinegar, apple cider vinegar is full of acetic acid, which allowed it to be used, for many centuries, as a sterilizer, health strengthener, antimicrobial and probiotic solution. Nowadays, consumers praise that its ingestion, especially if is a first thing in the morning, has a long list of benefits – like really, really long.
While the scientific and medical community affirms that the majority of the “benefits” still needs further testing – many of the tests were conducted with very small groups and for a short amount of time – what is already proven to be true is that it lowers your triglycerides, improves blood sugar levels, regulates the digestive tract and, because of its low pH, also improves skin and hair health and strength.
Many people affirm that, after a few days taking it, they started to feel more energetic throughout the day, as well as fuller – which can justify why some people say that it can induce weight loss. What is considered as a possibility but it is still in need of test is its effectiveness in treating eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory conditions, ulcer, high blood pressure and acid reflux.
While it does seem like a magical liquid, it also has downsides. When consuming it with frequency, it’s pH can affect the tooth enamel, making your tooth more sensitive and prone to cavities. Even more alarming than that, it can lower or worsen potassium levels, contributing to osteoporosis and it can also slow down stomach emptying and generate internal and external burns.
So what should we take as an output? Should we give a try to that morning routine?
Well, you are the only one that can decide that – preferably after speaking to a doctor, especially if you suffer from some health condition.
Start small, see how you react to it and, if it doesn’t work for you, it’s fine. Not everything that is out there works for everyone and don’t even think that because those daily tablespoons diluted in water don’t work for you that you have to throw the vinegar away – it lasts for a really long time and it can be consumed even when its appearance changes. Also, it has zero calories, so you can be super creative and try out some recipes with it (pickles and salad dressings are a good start!).
What do you say?