As busy mums, sometimes our hectic lifestyles can catch up to us, and our energy levels can wane. Not a great outcome when you have kiddies keeping you busy non-stop, is it?
You might have heard doctors, nutritionists and various other health professionals reference the benefits of apple cider vinegar before.
It's by far the most popular kind of cider in the health food community, and is notoriously beneficial for reducing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and aiding weight loss, among others.
Don't believe us? Here are just a few benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar:
1. It's great for an upset tummy
One of the oldest natural remedies for a poorly stomach is to drink a bit of apple cider vinegar mixed with a little bit of water. If there is a bacterial infection in your tummy, apple cider vinegar can help to contain this issue with its anti-bacterial properties.
Folk remedy experts also believe that the drink contains pectin, which is great for intestinal spasms.
2. It lowers your cholesterol and improves your heart health
Several biological factors are known to be linked to an increased or decreased risk of heart disease. This is hugely important as heart disease is currently the most common cause of premature death in the world.
According to animal studies, apple cider vinegar can lower triglyceride levels as well as lower cholesterol.
3. It can lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity and help your body fight diabetes
Patients who have Type 2 diabetes have had massive improvements when vinegar was applied to their diets.
High blood sugar levels characterise Type 2 diabetes, due to either insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.
Many people who do not have the illness still struggle with high blood sugar levels, and it can be a major cause of various chronic diseases.
The healthiest way to keep your blood sugar levels normal is to steer clear of refined carbs and sugar, as well as drinking apple cider vinegar, such as Comvita Ready to Drink, and the Comvita Original Manuka Honey flavour.
4. It can help you lose weight and belly fat
Weight loss efforts can also be aided by the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar, as it has been found to reduce calorie intake after consumption. It's a great drink for post-workout thirst, getting your body energised again.
Reports also say that acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Apple cider vinegar potentially interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means that fewer calories enter the bloodstream.
5. It's believed to cure the hiccups
This one is a little less known, but nutritionists are saying that the bitter taste behind apple cider vinegar could contribute to stopping the hiccups in their (frustrating) tracks.
Next time you're experiencing them, try a teaspoon of the apple drink, and just wait and see. It may sound like an old wife's tale, but it couldn't hurt to try.
6. It's great for helping you naturally get rid of a cold
Next time you're feeling stuffed up with a cold, try drinking some apple cider vinegar to soothe your throat.
It also contains potassium, which thins the mucus, and acetic acid also prevents germ growth. Gross, but effective.
7. Helps with iron absorption
If you suffer from anaemia or just have low iron levels in general, consider drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal.
Vegetarians, vegans, people on their periods, and athletes among others have been shown to lack iron, and this drink is the latest natural solution, according to Jenn Ryan, health guru.
There you have it, ladies.
Apple cider vinegar has proven results, why not try it? Tasty, healthy and good for your body, sounds ideal to us.
Try Comvita Ready to Drink, and the Comvita Original Manuka Honey flavour, they're both delicious.