When is the best time to take ACV?
A number of clients asked me this week when they should take the Apple Cider Vinegar. Is it before bed, with meals, or a good idea to drink Apple Cider Vinegar morning?
And the answer is: It depends.
Here are the scenarios:
1) Before or after a meal:
- This is the most common method as it aids in digestion.
- It also helps slow down gastric emptying, which can help you feel full longer.
2) Before Bed
- May be the most effective time to lower glucose and insulin
For example, one study in people with type 2 diabetes found that taking 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of apple cider vinegar at bedtime for 2 days reduced fasting blood sugar levels by up to 6% (7).
- Helps with weight loss
Studies have shown, adults with obesity drank a 17-ounce (500-ml) diluted apple cider vinegar beverage with 1 tablespoon (15 ml), 2 tablespoons (30 ml), or no vinegar daily. After 12 weeks, the vinegar groups weighed significantly less and had less abdominal fat than the control group (8).
- Fresher breath in the morning as it is a strong antibacterial and anti-fungal agent.
Bacteria don’t grow well in acidic nature environments, so if you’re prone to bad morning breath, using diluted ACS and gargling a solution of 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup (237 ml) of warm water may help (2, 3). There are two downsides to taking ACV before bed: 1) It may interfere with other medications, especially diuretics for high blood pressure2) A person who experiences reflux may have an issue if they lay down too soon after consuming Apple Cider Vinegar. What do I recommend? Take it the time of day you prefer and take apple cider vinegar every day for health benefits. I honestly don’t think it will make too much of a difference if it is taken at meal time or bedtime, provided your nutrition is on point.
Not all Apple Cider Vinegar is the same:
In order for it to be a ‘Digestive Super Food’, help lower blood sugar, decrease body fat and improve overall health. It must be:
- Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother
- USDA Certified Organic
- Verified Non-GMO
- Kosher Certified
- Unpasteurized and contains the ‘Mother’ enzymes
- Unfiltered and raw apple cider vinegar
- Gluten-free formula
I have spent the past 7-months finding the highest rated Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother in the US.
Directions for use:
Common dosages range from 1–2 teaspoons (5–10 mL) to 1–2 tablespoon (15–30 mL) per day mixed in a large glass of water 6–8oz.
Drinking ACV is one option. It can also be used in conjunction with Macadamia Nut Oil as a delicious and healthy salad dressing.