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07March/2018

Ask the nutritionist

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Does apple cider vinegar have many health benefits?

By Jess Blair

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing, cheap, and easily sourced go-to — for so many reasons, it’s one of my
favourite products. It can be used to help the digestive juices flow and as a throat gargle for a sore throat. It’s also a great natural cleaning product! Apple cider vinegar has been around for years. Hippocrates used vinegar for wounds and natural practitioners used it for everything from helping with diabetes to stomach cramps!
Apple cider vinegar contains amazing properties, including acetic acid, malic acid (which helps with fatigue), magnesium, and even probiotics. It’s great for digestion, reflux, and bloating, which are sometimes caused by bad
bacteria in the gut or too little stomach acid.

Because of the compound acetic acid, apple cider vinegar kills unwanted bad bacteria and helps the good bacteria to flourish. It can also kill pathogens, is great for fungal infections, and is highly anti-inflammatory, so can help with skin issues.

In addition, apple cider vinegar can help with insulin sensitivity, so taking this drink before bed can also help with
lowering blood sugar levels naturally. It also helps with your body’s detoxifying process as well as helping to curb
cravings.


So if you are tired, have a sore throat, have trouble with bloating, or need a hair mask, apple cider vinegar is your new best friend! Who knew this underrated liquid could have so many benefits!

4 ways to include apple cider vinegar in your diet

  1. Add one to two teaspoons to a glass of water first thing in the morning — this helps to get the digestive juices flowing and break your food down properly, so your body can make the best use of it.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to your salads as a dressing.
  3. Mix apple cider vinegar, honey, and lemon in water when fighting a cold or flu or for periodic bloating.
  4. Swallow a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for a sore throat — as it is high in anti-bacterial properties, it can help to fight infection.
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