Dr. Leia Writes on Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss and History of Its Use
Question for Dr. Leia: I am curious about apple cider vinegar for weight loss.
My grandmother swears on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and has taken a tablespoon full a day for years.
I would like to learn more about why vinegar is good for you (that is if it truly is), as I have heard that it is really acid like, so how can it be good for you?
If it is good, do you recommend apple cider vinegar pills as one of your trusted rapid weight loss techniques? Thanks, Sal
Dr. Leia’s Answer: Dear Sal, apple cider vinegar appears to have been assisting in helping people ward off disease for a long, long time, from the ancient Egyptians, to Hippocrites, to Christopher Columbus.
Purportedly Christopher Columbus carried large supplies of undistilled apple cider vinegar on board his ship while sailing during his long ocean voyages. It helped to ward off scurvy or Vitamin C deficiency for himself and his crew members.
Most recently, Patricia Bragg, daughter of the famed Paul Bragg (from makers of the Bragg Liquid Aminos) has published books and information extolling the many benefits of apple cider vinegar. They reference is the use of undistilled form.
And in the 1970’s, Dr. D.C. Jarvis, M.D., a country medical doctor wrote a book entitled “Folk Medicine.” One of his many simple home remedy cures mentioned in his book included apple cider vinegar. Since he was a simple country doctor, he tells of how he observed how sickly farm animals who thrived and exhibited shiny abundant coats of fur and hair when apple cider vinegar was mixed into their food
So he began to advise his patients to take a mixture of 1-2 tablespoons of undistilled apple cider vinegar mixed with equal parts of honey in a large glass of water. Taken daily, he observed that this mixture could help everything from digestion and weight loss to insomnia and to arthritis. Since his book was published, there have been many vitamin manufacturers who have created a new weight loss sensation using apple cider vinegar pills.
Now, I don’t know how effective these pills alone are for weight loss, but coupled with a modified sensible weight loss diet with restricted calories, and daily aerobic exercise, they might assist in weight loss. If you are looking for a simple harmless pill which will help with weight loss, then stop here…and realize that there is no such thing.
As far as apple cider vinegar pills go, they are fairly harmless, even though they are acidic. In fact, the acidity is somewhat helpful for people who have decreased stomach acid, and may aid their digestion in these cases. However, if someone has a tendency toward an ulcer, increased or hyper stomach acidity, then this remedy might cause discomfort and even pain. The acid in apple cider vinegar may harm the enamel of the teeth if the acid is drunk on a consistent daily basis and the mouth is not flushed with plain water afterwards.
Another rule of thumb to consider in adding a regimen of apple cider vinegar to your daily lifestyle is that more is not necessarily better, so 1-2 tablespoons per day, after a meal, could be a healthy habit just as your grandmother has recommended. The best kind would be the unfiltered organic vinegar.
Please note that other forms of vinegar are not appropriate to use as a daily healthy drink. If you have been diagnosed with poly systemic candidaisis or fungus/yeast infections, then vinegar or its supplements are not recommended. And please note that the original authors recommend that the apple cider vinegar be undistilled and not processed.
I hope that the above information will help you to make an informed choice about your method of weight loss and if apple cider vinegar for weight loss is a match. I hope that you will recognize that if a product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Even though products are touted as a panacea, they may not live up to your expectations and they may not be good for everyone because everyone’s body will respond differently to the products. Weight loss requires effort, will power, and steady adherence to a healthy active lifestyle and exercise regimen to prevent one from experiencing the yoyo effect of weight loss and gain. Good luck in your endeavor.
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