Step Seventeen: Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

detox Jan 23, 2020

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known for its ability to boost weight loss, improve the skin, and lower glucose levels. In weight loss, ACV is said to aid in a fuller feeling and overall less consumption.  Learn more about the health benefits of ACV in this blog post!

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ACV is available in pasteurized or raw, unpasteurized forms.  Raw ACV consists of a fermentation process of the whole apple by bacteria and yeast.  It contains traces of a gelatinous stringy substance that is known as the “mother,” containing potent living enzymes and good bacteria known to be beneficial to health.

Pasteurized ACV consists of heating the product to a very high temperature, basically eliminating all the viable enzymes and bacteria that would be contributing to healing. The food industry tends to lean towards pasteurized ACV because of supposed risks to immuno-supressed people. The industry also believes the distilled crystal clear vinegar is more appealing to the consumer than the cloudy, yellow, brownish color of raw ACV.


Raw ACV increases stomach acid levels because its acidic properties introduce more acid into the digestive tract. This increases enzymes and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut and may also help fend off candida issues. 

ACV is also protective against harmful bacteria and other microbes that get into the gut. This may also be the reason why ACV reduces gas and bloating.


ACV produces proteins inside the body that burn fat, as well as regulate blood sugars. It is composed mostly of acetic acid, which has been shown to slow gastric emptying and delay the movement of glucose into the bloodstream. Research published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, Biochemistry found that a small group of study participants given ACV over a 12-week period lost more weight, body fat and inches from their middle than participants given a placebo. 




It is also mentioned to have bacteria in it that protects against glyphosate absorption.

ACV helps alkalize the body and protect against oxidative stress and acidic conditions.  It works to detoxify your liver, primarily by aiding in releasing bile. It also helps build a healthy lymphatic system that nurtures proper circulation of lymph. 


ACV has powerful antioxidant capabilities and protects against premature aging

It is always best to wear SPF 30 sunscreen if you plan to be in the sun for long hours. However, if you do happen to get burnt you can use ACV to relieve the after sun sting and heat. ACV can be applied to the skin after sunburn in the following ways:

  • First, take a shower with cold or lukewarm water to wash off the chemical and/or toxins that may be present on the skin.
  • Dry off leaving a little moisture on the skin
  • Add apple cider vinegar and water in the ratio 1:2 to a bowl
  • Using a cloth, soak in the solution (wring out a little) and leave it on your sunburned skin for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Repeat a few times to relieve the inflammation and pain.
  • There are some alternative methods to it too:
    • Add a cup of apple cider vinegar in lukewarm bathwater. Soak in it for about fifteen minutes to soothe your sunburned skin.
    • Also, you can add apple cider vinegar and water to spray bottle and use it when necessary.


There are some potential side effects if ACV is not taken properly. For example, the acidic nature of ASV can reduce tooth enamel and make one predisposed to  tooth decay later on. 

Diluting the vinegar or consuming it as part of a meal reduces this risk of tooth decay. It may also reduce potassium in the body, so it is good to take a potassium supplement while using ACV.  

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Thanks for reading!

Dr. S, ND


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