Today millions search online for various health topics and many among them are interested in herbal remedies for their issues. That’s no surprise!
Many migraineurs may know about “apple cider vinegar weight loss diet” as it is the hottest health topic on Google in 2018. I know this particular product is being used since centuries for medicinal purposes.
So why’s there a renewed interest? And more importantly does, it really work?
First let us understand what exactly is apple cider vinegar diet?
Apple cider vinegar is made using apples that have been thoroughly crushed, distilled, and properly fermented. It’s to be taken in small quantities or maybe as supplement. It has high amount of acetic acid, and many other compounds that are supposed to have many health benefits. The recommendations for “dosing” may vary, but mostly it’s 1-2 teaspoons before or after the meals.
What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar diet?
Compounds containing vinegar have been actively used for thousands of years for their unique healing properties. It was mainly used for “detoxification”, as a pure antibiotic, improving strength, and even for treating scurvy. Though apple cider vinegar is not used as antibiotic anymore, it’s still touted as a good weight loss remedy. What’s the evidence?
Studies carried out in obese mice and rat suggest that acetic acid has certain characteristics that prevent fat deposition and it also boosts metabolism. In a most widely quoted study carried out in 2009, 186 people were made to consume drink containing one or two tablespoons of vinegar each day.
After 80 days, all those who consumed apple cider vinegar experienced modest weight loss (3-5 pounds) and much lower triglyceride levels than those who consumed no vinegar. In another small study carried out in 2002, it was found that vinegar consumption promotes feeling of fullness after eating, but it did so by causing nausea.
All in all, there is strong evidence that apple cider vinegar consumption is definitely a reliable and long-term way to lose excess weight and banish migraines. However, for some people with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, it could block starch consumption, leading to spikes in blood sugar levels.
Are there any disadvantages of the apple cider vinegar diet?
Most natural remedies post little risk, so people usually feel “why not try it”. However, if you’re taking a diet with high vinegar content, you need to keep few things in mind:
- Vinegar can cause or may even worsen your potassium levels. This is specifically important for all those who take medications to lower potassium levels (common diuretics to treat hypertension.)
- Dilute the vinegar. High acidity of vinegar can damage your tooth enamel. So avoid sipping it “straight”-you can take it as a component of vinaigrette salad dressing is a better way.
- Vinegar alters insulin levels. So if you’ve diabetes, you need to be cautious about this high vinegar diet.
If you’re bulky and trying to lose weight (excess weight is linked to greater risk of migraine attacks), add apple cider vinegar to your diet. It should be in moderate quantities. You will achieve detoxification of your system, resulting in removal of excess minerals and salts from the body. This will help in maintaining a balanced body system, and you will experience less headaches and migraines.