A kitchen cabinet won’t be complete without apple cider vinegar (ACV), honey, ginger, and turmeric. You’ve probably tried each one separately or different combinations, but did you ever try taking them together?
Proponents claim that drinking ACV, honey, ginger, and turmeric together can help people lose weight and decrease the risk of disease. While there isn’t enough evidence to support these claims, drinking this beverage can provide you with antioxidants and potentially improve gastrointestinal distress. In just one dose, you’ll soak up these seven health benefits:
1. Helps Suppress Appetite
If you’re trying to lose weight, this combo will lend a hand. ACV promotes satiety, so you won’t feel ravenous throughout the day. Honey adds to this by regulating the “hunger hormone” ghrelin and the “satiety hormone” leptin. Peptide YY, another appetite-reducing hormone, is also increased by honey. All of these effects can aid weight loss and management.
2. Helps Relieve Nausea
Feeling nauseous? Ginger and turmeric are ancient remedies for nausea. In ginger, you can thank the gingerols. These pungent active compounds are known for easing nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness. They can even help pregnant mothers and chemotherapy patients. Sometimes, indigestion and digestive problems can cause nausea. The curcumin in turmeric, a relative of ginger, will take care of those issues.
3. Helps Detoxify the Liver
Your liver works hard to keep you healthy. Why not give it a boost? ACV, ginger, and turmeric will do just that. When you take ACV, it cleanses your liver of toxins. Additionally, curcumin and gingerols offer protection from liver disorders. Lastly, according to an animal study in the Journal of Membrane Biology, ACV fights oxidative stress in the liver.
4. Helps Enhance Gut Health
Apple Cider Vinegar and honey are both prebiotics. This means that they work to encourage the growth of good bacteria. Turmeric works by improving intestinal barrier function. This keeps gut bacteria safe and sound, helping them do their job well.
5. Helps Ease Arthritis
Arthritis or inflammation of the joints is a leading cause of disability. Thankfully, ginger and turmeric offer anti-inflammatory powers. According to a study in Arthritis & Rheumatology, ginger extract decreases knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Turmeric has a similar effect. In fact, it works just as good as ibuprofen, doubling as a natural remedy.
6. Helps Fight Bacteria
From cavities to intestinal infections, anti-microbial remedies are so useful. ACV has potent anti-microbial abilities. Honey has a similar activity, making it great for the immune system and overall health. Gingerols and curcumin take it even further. Both are respected for their anti-microbial abilities.
7. Helps Reduce The Risk For Diabetes
You can absolutely lower your risk of getting diabetes with this miraculous mixture. When taken before a meal, ACV can reduce postprandial glucose, even when the meal is high in carbohydrates. Honey helps by encouraging insulin secretion and increasing liver uptake of glucose. Together, these effects promote glycemic control. Like honey, ginger improves glucose intake into tissues. It also increases insulin sensitivity and protects pancreatic β-cells, which store and release insulin. Turmeric takes it even further by enhancing the function of said β-cells.
Just remember that ACV and ginger are strong. They can burn your throat so you might as well be careful! Making these ingredients into a drink will be easier on the body.
* 1 cup water
* 1 teaspoon ACV
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 1 small knob fresh ginger
* 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add the ginger. Continue to boil until it is as strong or light as you’d like.
- Add ACV, honey, and turmeric. Stir well.
- You might need time to get used to the flavor. Water it down or add lemon. To make a cold drink, let cool and add ice cubes.