So the question today is why would you want to use lemon juice and apple cider vinegar for your liver and to reduce belly fat. The key element or factor in apple cider vinegar is not the vitamins and minerals but it’s the acetic acid. so as far as the quality goes, you should always get some apple cider vinegar that’s organic. You can get Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. There are other organic versions but commercial vinegar has sometimes pesticides in it. So just get some in its quality.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Reduces fat storage
acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps suppress fat storage. now, why does it prevent a person from storing fat? mainly what it does to your blood sugar is it actually improves insulin sensitivity. It makes insulin more sensitive which means it reduces insulin resistance. Which means it will reduce insulin and anything that does that will help prevent the storage of fat and stabilize your blood sugars. This also reduces fat on the liver because fatty liver comes from high levels of insulin.
2. Helps you lose weight
As said earlier, the acetic acid lowers the output of insulin and it lowers the insulin resistance by the cells. It also decreases blood sugars and improves the A1C which is the average blood sugars for about three months. So since insulin is the main hormone that causes you to gain weight, anything that improves insulin will help you lose weight.
3. Helps in digestion
The real big benefit of apple cider vinegar is that it speeds up digestion. It helps you release bile from your liver. It helps the pancreas release enzymes. So let’s say for example you ate a meal and you feel bloated or you have indigestion, you may take help of apple cider vinegar.
It just helps to speed up with the digestive juices, the flow of fluids through your liver through the stomach through the small intestine. So if you have any doubts try it yourself and you’ll see that it will work.
4. Reduces belly fat
Why apple cider vinegar helps you lose belly fat? It’s not for the reason that you might think. It doesn’t go directly and start dissolving fat. Its the fact that it doesn’t have a lot of vitamins or nutrition or minerals but indirectly it helps you absorb a lot of vitamins minerals and even proteins.
5. Decrease insulin resistance
The true benefit of apple cider vinegar is the acetic acid. You can get acetic acid and other types of vinegar as well. This acetic acid actually helps you lower blood sugars and it does that by increasing the glucose uptake in your muscles. So it helps you absorb sugar a more efficiently.
It also decreases insulin resistance. So if we take a look at insulin as a key that goes in the cell that unlocks the door to allow fuel to go in the cell and you have resistance where the key is blocked there then what happens is you don’t get the fuel in the cell. The signal comes back to the pancreas. It tells the pancreas to make more insulin and hence you get fatter in the gut and that’s what the gut is. It’s just this is all insulin. It’s too much insulin and so if you were to fix this little thing (insulin receptors) you can lower the need for the pancreas to make more insulin.
So in short, taking apple cider vinegar you can get the active ingredient acetic acid which will, therefore, decrease insulin resistance, decreasing the need for insulin that’s going to lower blood sugars and increase glucose uptake in the muscles. We also going to get increased absorption of minerals vitamins and protein which is going to then heal insulin resistance and this is why you’re gonna lose belly fat.
Usage of apple cider vinegar
The recommended usage of apple cider vinegar is at least one tablespoon in eight ounces of water before each meal. You can take it in a tablet form as well.
Why apple cider vinegar causes a burning sensation in stomach?
let’s just talk about that normally when a person has acid reflux GERD which stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, which is a situation where the valve is not closing and the acid comes up into the esophagus or you have heartburn, indigestion or bloating.
When you take some vinegar, normally that helps a person. But on occasion, it can worsen the situation because either the person has an ulcer and you put acid on ulcer that hurts or they have gastritis which is inflammation of the stomach or just inflammation of some part of the digestive system.
So you’re putting this acid on an inflamed area and you’re going to make it worse. Now in this situation you want to avoid apple cider vinegar but by taking a little vinegar to determine if it makes you feel better or worse is a good thing because you can quickly rule out if potentially you have one of these situations or if you have low stomach acid which is the more common situation.
Normally the stomach pH should be between 1 and 3 that’s very very acidic and if it’s not acidic enough, the food doesn’t digest. It becomes incomplete and you start getting like a bloating or indigestion since you are just not breaking down the food properly. Also, you need a strong acidic stomach to release bile from the liver and to release certain enzymes from the pancreas so it all works together.
Benefits of Lemon Juice
1. Protects liver
Raw lemon juice has lot of good vitamin C which is very very important especially to the liver. It’s a powerful antioxidant and there’s a lot of oxidation and free radical damage going on the liver. So vitamin C is very important in reducing that oxidative effect that happens in the liver.
Vitamin C also will increase glutathione which is another powerful antioxidant in the body especially in your liver and it’s used by the mitochondria (the little energy factories) as a very important antioxidant.
However, you should avoid consuming lemon juice which comes in a bottle since lemon juice in a bottle is cooked and pasteurized and anything that you heat, you destroy enzymes and you destroy certain vitamins. Also, you’re going to greatly lower vitamin C when you do that. So always get an organic version.
2. Has lot of Phytonutrients
Lemon juice has a lot of phytonutrients along with vitamins and certain minerals. These phytonutrients are very necessary for protecting the cells against all the chemicals that are involved. Your liver is the main Organ to detoxify poisons and chemicals and it needs antioxidants not just the ones that your body makes but you need them from the diet as well and lemons provide a good source of antioxidants.
3. Prevent kidney stones
The citric acid in lemon decreases oxalates. These oxalates actually can form kidney stones. They can actually form crystals that cause pain in certain parts of the body and citric acid helps prevent those. This is one of the reasons why if you’re doing keto and then fasting, this would be a really good drink to consume.
4. Reduces inflammation
One more benefit that lemon has is its anti-inflammatory properties. When a person has a fatty liver their inflammation goes up and that can develop all sorts of the buildup of collagen as scar tissue which eventually turns into cirrhosis. So anything that reduces inflammation would be a good thing.
Usage of lemon juice
Now there are many different ways that you can consume lemon. You can take 2 ounces of lemon juice and then mix that with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in about 16 ounces of water and consume this mixture after dinner maybe about 6 or 7 o’clock at night.
Some people like to take a smaller version and consume that before meals. It’s really up to you. You can test it out in different ways. You can sometimes add a scoop of wheat grass juice powder to this mixture which just adds more nutrients.
So after meals, if you feel like you’re just a little bit stuffed or you feel a full sensation or bloating, the combination of both of these in some water can really help to enhance digestion and take the stress off the liver.
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