There are a number of health problems that we are increasingly facing because of the negative nature of our lifestyles. By negative nature of our lifestyles I mean not eating healthy food, lack of physical exercise and drinking alcohol among others.
One of those common health problems we are facing is overweight or obese. In fact, as per the various statistics available, more than 2 billion people worldwide are obese or overweight. And about 13% of the 2 billion people exist in the United States. A good number of American adults are obese/overweight and also a good number, about 30%, of children under 20 years.
There is a number of health risks associated with being obese/overweight. Some of the health risks include high blood pressure,kidney disease,sleep apnea, certain cancer types and fatty liver disease among other health problems. It is because of these numerous potential risks the reason why weight loss is encouraged. Apart from lack of exercise and eating healthy foods, you will find a number of ways of losing weight. One of those popular ways is the use of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
Dieters have always believed in the ability of Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss. At present, there are even scientific studies to solidify that belief. One study was done at Arizona State University by Carol Johnston, PhD, established that when you drink vinegar before eating a carbohydrate-filled meal, it would result in a decrease in blood glucose change after eating. Scientists in the same institution, Department of Nutrition, also found out that taking vinegar can also help in weight loss. Another study done at the Central Research Institute,Aichi, by nutrition experts showed the same results, that consumption of vinegar helps in weight loss.
Ways of taking Apple Cider Vinegar
- If you are bold enough to experience the feeling of the undiluted taste of Apple Cider Vinegar then you could take a spoonful.
- Apple Cider Vinegar,two tablespoons, can be diluted with 8 ounces of water in a glass and then you drink.
- Adding 1 tablespoons of natural sweetener such as raw honey or maple syrup to the Apple Cider Vinegar for the purpose of neutralizing the unpleasant flavour.
The Workings of the Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
I. Influences how food in the body is digested
When you drink ACV, it will help you achieve your weight loss target by regulating blood-sugar in a number of ways. It is believed that the acetic acid found in the vinegar is able to block disaccharidases from being engrossed into the bloodstream.
The function of Disaccharidases enzymes is to break down starches for the purpose of digestion. With the lack of digestion of carbohydrates that we eat it means that you will be able to avoid the blood sugar level increase that is often followed by a consequent drop. The blood sugar is therefore controlled with a healthy ACV diet.
II. Makes you feel satiated
When you drink an Apple Cider Vinegar with a meal, you will be able to feel full for most times during the day and thus you will avoid overeating. That is aided by Pectin contained in ACV. The reduction of calories intake in a great way promotes weight loss.
III. Appetite Suppressant
Acetic acid is a main component of ACV which acts as a natural craving suppressant, especially in regards to junk foods which contribute to obese/overweight.
IV. Fat breakdown
If you continually intake ACV, then one research done in 2009 presented that you will lose weight as the acetic acid helps in the breakdown of fat in the body. How acetic acid does that in the human body is yet to be established and therefore further research is recommended.
One research from Japan,though on an animal,found out that acetic acid naturally contributes to the production of fat burning enzymes.
It is often advised that if you want to drink ACV that you use a straw as it will help protect your teeth and even mouth and throat from a possible damage by the ACV/acid. That is even if the acid is diluted. Furthermore, in case that you always encounter troubles when digesting acidic foods such as citrus fruit and tomatoes, it is best if you avoid Apple Cider Vinegar due to possible stomach upset.
In conclusion, ACV is different from other available vinegar as it is slightly richer in mineral and vitamin content which are essential for normal and proper digestion and metabolism. Additionally, while ACV is considered great for weight loss, it is important that you regularly do physical exercises, eat healthy foods and avoid other possible health risks such as drinking alcohol.