Garden of Life Apple Cider Vinegar
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Promotes healthy insulin and blood sugar levels. Various studies have found that ACV benefits insulin sensitivity, including significantly lowering blood glucose and insulin response after eating, as well as reducing fasting blood sugars. This is especially beneficial for people who are diabetic, though maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is vital for everyone, as elevated blood sugar is associated with many chronic diseases.
- Supports a healthy weight. Since ACV is linked to lowering blood sugar and insulin, it can help with healthy weight management. Studies have even shown that vinegar increases satiety and promotes fullness, helping to reduce calorie intake to support weight loss efforts. Its acetic acid has even been shown to increase metabolism and reduce water retention.
- Boosts energy. When fatigue is related to lactic acid build-up in the body as a result of intense exercise or excessive stress, ACV can restore healthy energy levels thanks to its amino acids, potassium and enzymes. Add 1-2 tablespoons to a chilled vegetable smoothie or a glass of water for a natural boost of energy.
- Soothes an upset stomach. ACV has long been a staple in many natural remedy books for an upset stomach and diarrhea, as it contains pectin, which is known to help soothe intestinal spasms. It also contains many natural antibiotic properties. Simply sip 1-2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with water or clear liquid, like apple juice. ACV can also help avoid indigestion, if taken preventatively a half hour before an indulgent, rich meal.
- Helps fight infection and soothes a sore throat. At the beginning tickle of a sore throat, use germ-busting ACV to help thwart off the infection, as most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle a few times.
- Aids sinus drainage. The next time you have a stuffy nose from a cold, reach for the ACV. It contains potassium, which thins mucus, as well as acetic acid, which prevents germ growth, a common contributor to nasal congestion. Mix a teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water to promote sinus drainage.
- Reduces dandruff. Besides being great for the body internally, ACV can also help externally as a dandruff treatment. The acidity changes the pH of the scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. To use, mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Let it sit 15 minutes to an hour, then wash hair as usual. Repeat twice a week for best results.
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