How can drinking raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) help you become firm and cute? By re-adjusting your microbiome. Read on to see how.
Benefits of raw ACV
I regularly tell my clients to start their day off with a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) for weight loss and/or gut issues. Why? Because Drinking ACV, daily, has not only been found to help with weight loss but it also helps regulate blood sugar, treat ulcers and reflux, is detoxifying, lowers blood pressure, and much more!
Raw ACV contains high amounts of enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, minerals AND polyphenols making it an overall super tonic!
Prebiotic Super Powers
Amazingly, the polyphenols found in raw ACV have been found to actually help readjust your microbiome for the better. How? They seem to suppress “fat loving bacteria” called Firmicutes (fir-MIH-cue-tees) and allow for growth of better “weight managing” bacteria called Bacteroidetes (BAC-teer-OY-deh-tees) (1).
Research has found that overweight individuals have higher amounts of Firmicutes bacteria in their gut compared to slender individuals. Slender individuals seems to have higher amounts of Bacteroidetes when compared to overweight individuals.
Firmicutes bacteria are built to digest complex carbs and actually increase fat absorption. Firmicutes bacteria may even stimulate you to eat more of these types of foods so that they can be fed. Higher levels of firmicutes have also been found to turn on genes that increase your risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (1)! It’s obvious that an overabundance of the bacteria from the “firm and cute family” want you to be anything BUT firm and cute!
However, the polyphenols, found in raw ACV, feed the Bacteroidetes found in your gut, acting as an effective prebiotic. As your amounts of Bacteroidetes improve, your levels of Firmicutes go down.
Repetitive ingestion of prebiotic foods like raw ACV, can help readjust your microbiome, and eventually tip the scales (both internally and externally) for the better.
But I Hate the Stuff!
Struggling with drinking it? Dilute with water (remember use a straw as it’s acidic and overtime will effect teeth enamel) and/or add honey to it. Still struggling with drinking it? Make an active effort to add it into your meals. Use it in your salad dressing, drizzle some on meat and/or soups or mix it in dips. Remember to not heat it, as many of its beneficial properties will be lost if exposed to high heat.
Adding raw ACV to your daily diet is one of the easiest ways to not only help improve your gut bacteria but help improve your overall health as well.
Just another super simple step that you can implement TODAY for better health.
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Inspiration and Source: Brain Maker: David Perlmutter, MD
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