Is Apple Cider Vinegar Really Healthy?
First things first, people believe that apple cider vinegar comes with a lot of nutrients. Well, what if I say they are wrong. It doesn’t have lots of vitamin c, vitamin a, minerals. What it does have is acetic acid (CH3COOH).
Now, acetic acid might sound dangerous as it is very corrosive. If it comes in contact with eyes, it can cause loss of vision. However, it does work for the betterment at the right concentration. By the point when we get into the meat and potatoes of this post, you will have some insight on the science behind how apple cider vinegar works.
Now the question is how is acetic acid beneficial.
Most people have a blood pH that is extremely alkaline. Now, some might say that your blood should be alkaline, but in some cases, it becomes way too alkaline. And this is where acetic acid comes in handy, as it can change the pH of the blood. And you can only wonder how much huge effects it can cause a small change in pH. pH is crucial in carrying out different processes like allowing enzymes to work, stimulating the thyroid and many other things as well.
As this problem becomes persistent, minerals like calcium start building up in the soft tissues. This is called calcification. Ever wondered why people become stiffer as they grow older? They have calcium developed in their eyes as cataracts, on the nerves as neuritis, on the gallbladder as gallstones. Yes, that could happen due to a high stomach pH level.
How does it help people with high protein diet?
Now people who are on a high protein diet including me tend to break down protein and create a byproduct inside the body named guanidine. Guanidine is a strong base and hence very alkaline and can cause nerve pain, cramps, arthritis. So, for people who are on some high protein diet should consume some apple cider vinegar on a daily basis to flush out the byproduct guanidine. So, apple cider vinegar can be considered an antidote to the residue left behind by protein. Write it down somewhere to remember drinking it the next time you try a high protein diet.
What should be the dosage of apple cider vinegar?
Well, that will differ from person to person and you would like to consult your dietician before taking it if you already have any condition.
However, in general, people can consume one or two tbsp of apple cider vinegar diluted with a cup of water (250ml) every day or on alternate days.
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