5 Reasons You Should Try Apple Cider Vinegar For Health
Vinegar (not just apple cider vinegar) has been used all over the world to help support health for thousands of years. There are records that show the use of flavoured vinegars (from adding fruit and honey) in what is now Iraq, from at least 5,000 years ago.
Historical Use of Apple Cider Vinegar For Health
Historically apple cider vinegar has had a wide range of uses; from helping prevent infection (wound care and hand washing) in 10th century China to being used by early American doctors to help with fever, stomach-aches, swelling and croup.
There are different types of vinegar, often the process of making vinegar requires a fermentation of things like apples, grapes or fruit juices, but rice and malt are used too. Yeast digests the sugars in the fruit or rice and converts them into alcohol. A bacteria called acetobacter, then turns the alcohol into acetic acid - fermentation.
How To Choose Your Apple Cider Vinegar
Fire Cider - Our has a kick that's uniquely New Zealand. While we've used the traditional horseradish, cayenne, garlic and onion, we've also added some powerful New Zealand natives: kawakawa and horopito.
You can use Fire Cider to support digestion - taken before meals to help support digestive function. It is helpful if you suffer from bloating and indigestion. It supports circulation and can warm you up on a cold morning. Plus it's great at helping clear sinuses or clear a ‘stuffy’ head when you are feeling under the weather.
If you reach for the fruit loops or a sugary coffee first thing, your day begins with a massive blood sugar spike as the glucose from the food is released straight into your bloodstream. What follows is a dramatic dip in blood sugars. This is why you experience a blast of energy from the cereal, but an hour later, you're reaching for some chocolate to help prop you back up again.
Starting the day with a protein-rich meal is not new advice, nor is having apple cider vinegar before meals, but why is it recommended?
One of the reasons people recommend apple cider vinegar for health is because it helps regulate blood sugar. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which is key in supporting glucose management. In fact, drinking a tablespoon of vinegar in water before a meal can help reduce blood sugar spikes by a whopping 30%!
You must address blood sugar spikes because constant fluctuations in your blood sugar levels can lead to excess inflammation within the body, poor digestion and leave you feeling lethargic and irritable.
While the burst of energy from the sugar can be momentarily helpful, what follows is even more fatigue, as that available 'fuel' in your body has been utilised, leaving you with minimal reserves. You then need extra fuel. That's why you'll find yourself reaching for more sugar - and the cycle continues throughout the day.
What you need to focus on is sustained energy throughout the day. This is why increasing whole grains or complex carbohydrates in your diet is important. When you consume products that have a high fibre content, it slows down the release of glucose, leading to a more level of blood sugar, and the extra addition of vinegar and its acetic acid further helps to maintain a more balanced blood sugar.