What is this magical elixir called Apple Cider Vinegar and why are we only hearing about these supposed health benefits now? Apple Cider Vinegar, as an ingredient, has been around for a loooong time but only recently did the internet and the Western world jump on board with this kitchen staple. And we’re here for it.
If you’re an OG Tonik enthusiast, you’ll have heard about our founder Pip’s story with Apple Cider Vinegar and how it helped her to heal her relationship with food and her body image. Pip started to take ACV because a lil’ birdy (Glenn, Pip’s dad and Tonik’s pharmacist), told her all about the digestive and gut healing benefits you could get from consuming a couple of tablespoons a day and she was quickly hooked.
So, what is ACV and what are these benefits everyone is raving about?
The most basic definition of Apple Cider Vinegar we could provide, would be ACV is a fermented cider. The slightly more scientific definition? ACV is a fermented cider that works from its high content of acetic acid (the active ingredient in vinegar) and contains the ‘mother’, which is the healthy bacteria, proteins and enzymes found in ACV.
We found a lot of people took ACV simply for weight management and weight loss benefits (‘apple cider vinegar weight loss diet’ is one of the highest search terms around ACV – did ya know?), but we’re more about how ACV makes us feel.
There are also hardcore ACV fans who use it as a deodorant and face toner… however at Tonik we don’t believe you needa smell like ACV to reap the benefits. But you can if you wanna 💁🏼♀️
Aids digestion + gut health
Taking a shot (or a couple of capsules) of apple cider vinegar has been said to support our digestive tract, aid nutrient absorption, and promote a healthy gut. The acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar is known to support and regulate healthy digestion, which effectively lays the foundation for a healthy gut. Which means we can become a part of the cool gut healing movement taking over the internet.
Regulates blood sugar and insulin
If your blood sugar and insulin levels need some help, apple cider vinegar is here for you (BFF) and your body. Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can decrease the activity of several enzymes associated with carbohydrate metabolism, which can help to decrease absorption of sugar and carbs in the small intestine, which may result in reduced blood sugar levels and insulin. This is GREAT for those with us living with diabetes and is a worthwhile habit to indulge in if it means reduced symptoms and a happier body.
Not only does the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar aid in promoting digestion and balancing blood sugar levels, it is high in antibacterial properties, which means it can be used to kill bacteria in the body. Some even use ACV to clean surface level wounds like burns and stings 😱 killa!
Still not convinced? Here’s 14, 100, 000 Google search results that advocate the numerous benefits of ACV. Do you need us to explicitly say that apple cider vinegar has REAL health benefits? Okay! YES, consuming apple cider vinegar has loads of benefits for a range of different people, symptoms and health needs and you gotta get on it STAT.