Drink your apple cider vinegar before you eat.

Diet & Nutrition

If you are jumping on the vinegar trend, there’s a few things you should know to get the most health benefits out of this popular alternative treatment:

  1. Talk to your doctor first. While there may be some health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar, there are also risks. It can worsen conditions related to how quickly the stomach empties, such as gastroparesis. I may also put a strain on kidneys and bones because if the increased acid in your system.
  2. Go cloudy. Choose vinegars that are cloudy (unfiltered), instead of clear—they have more probiotics.
  3. Never drink it straight-up. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) should always be diluted before drinking – about 1-2 Tbsps in at least 8 ounces of water. Straight vinegar could damage body tissue, from the lining of your esophagus and your tooth enamel.
  4. Drink BEFORE you eat. If your timing it off – you may be drinking apple cider vinegar for nothing. Research shows that drinking ACV before a meal keeps your body from digesting some of the starch from you meal, which leads to less of a blood sugar spike. In one study, the meal followed within two minutes of drinking ACV. It’s the same principal that makes sourdough bread a healthier bread choice. Drinking the vinegar after you eat does not have the same effect.
  5. Don’t overdo it. Drinking a small amount before each meal is fine, but drinking too much can lead to nausea, stomach pain, weakened bones and low potassium levels.
  6. Keep in mind what it CAN and CAN’T do. Drinking apple cider vinegar has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar, but it can’t replace other treatments for someone with diabetes. And while it helps prevent your body from digesting some food, it’s not a quick weight-loss tool. Preliminary research on animals that ACV can help improve cholesterol, triglycerides and/or blood pressure are not yet confirmed in humans.
  7. Only apples will do. The health benefits of apple cider vinegar seem to be only for apple cider vinegar—no other types of vinegar come close. ACV is acidic, but once in your body, it has an alkalizing effect on your body – which actually balances your pH. Apples and apple cider do the same, as do many fruits and vegetables. Vinegars made from wine actually have an acid-forming effect once in the body.
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