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– Hi there, Brad Heineck,
physical therapist,
and Bob is not here today.
He's on vacation, a little R&R.
Yes, we need that as well.
But Chris the pharmacist
is here to join us.
We're very happy and honored
to have him with us today.
He is here to help us become healthy,
fit, and pain-free as well.
Chris is a very big advocate of exercise,
and yes, even home remedies,
as he and I talk about these all the time,
we work out together weekly as
health and fitness together.
So, oh, before we go
on any farther, Chris,
this is new to you as far
as this, but we do need to-
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So I feel pretty good about
that where I'm pretty much done.
It's your turn to talk, Chris. (laughing)
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I think you did great.
– Okay.
The big question is, did I
give the title yet, Tanner?
Apple cider vinegar, can it harm you?
Does it help weight loss and or diabetes?
This is science-based.
Now Chris, being a pharmacist,
and his IQ is way above mine,
he's done extensive study
on the recent literature
to answer this question.
But before we get any farther,
can apple cider vinegar harm you, Chris?
Yes or no?
– Well, we have to be careful.
We always have to use a
little bit of restraint, but-
– Like a politician, he
can't give me a yes or-
(Brad and Chris laughing)
– Well, it's not that simple.
But I mean, for many, many,
many of us, gonna be just fine,
but if we're a diabetic,
we have some tough
problems with our kidneys,
or if we're on certain
medications, we have to be careful.
– All right, so it's possible
that apple cider vinegar
could harm you, but for most of us not.
So we're gonna actually continue
for the next five minutes or so,
and Chris is gonna explain the details,
so you'll be fully
informed on the benefits
and possible problems that you may have
with apple cider vinegar.
So Chris, you did an extensive study.
I think we mentioned you studied
at least 15 articles
and research articles.
We've got a couple that
you're gonna talk about.
So let's again, you want to
talk about apple cider vinegar,
what is it, and the claims.
– Yeah, basically apple cider vinegar,
they basically fermented it,
and so it's the process of the alcohol-
– So they actually take apples.
– Yep.
And then they just ferment it,
and they add what they need to,
to get the whole process going.
– Sure.
– Ultimately, they put
in a special bacteria,
and ultimately, it becomes acidic acid,
the vinegar portion of it.
– Sure.
– And then what's leftover
is this little white streaky stuff,
if you ever look in a bottle,
and that's the mother.
– Right.
– So, and that's where a lot of people
feel that all the health
benefits come from,
and in some cases they even
list it as a type of probiotic.
– Okay.
So if we're looking at
this at weight loss, first.
We're gonna cover diabetes
in just a little bit,
but weight loss, is there evidence
that if you use apple cider vinegar,
it's gonna help you lose weight?
– Yes, there actually is, Brad.
There's quite a bit of it,
in so far as how it's used itself.
Just about every article that I searched
actually used almost the same formula,
and it was always between
15 and 30 milliliters,
which we'll bring this handy dandy,
which is, 15 milliliters
is just a tablespoon,
so very small amount,
mixed in about four or
eight ounces of water,
just drink it up, and then
basically you will consume that.
And most of the studies,
they tried to actually
make it pretty scientific,
so they kinda all had kind
of a different pattern.
– Sure.
– One of the more interesting ones
that I saw actually was done in 2004
by The Journal Association
of American Diabetes,
and what they did is they
had all these patients,
and actually, but this was
actually for weight loss,
but it was also for diabetes,
so they studied both end points.
– I understand.
– With that, they did a
bagel, they did orange juice,
and they did butter, and
then they mixed in there
apple cider vinegar and water,
and then they had a placebo group
that just simply didn't have
the apple cider vinegar.
– Sure.
– And the end points of
it were that they ended up
losing weight, which
was kind of significant.
And ultimately over 12 weeks,
they lost between eight and 12 pounds.
And they all had to exercise.
And the group that did not
use the apple cider vinegar
actually only lost about five pounds.
So modest difference between the two.
– About 30 To 40% more weight loss.
– Yep, exactly, over 12 weeks.
– And I also have read that
they talk about visceral fat, or
the fat in the gut-
– Yes.
– Is what actually is targeted,
or actually, you lose more of that than-
– It does seem, and usually
we've always thought
that you couldn't target reduce,
but all of the studies that I read
did seem to say that it seemed
to lose the visceral fat.
– Right, right.
– So that's something that's
a pretty attractive option
for a lot of people that are
struggling with weight loss.
– And I know Bob, actually,
we did a video on the,
there was a study done
in Japan on weight loss,
and it had similar results.
– Yep.
– Very positive.
And so we did that video,
but we said there is
possible negative effects
of apple cider vinegar.
Is it how much you take, or
is it your health condition?
What are the potential problems?
– Yep.
Couple different things.
For a lot of, you know,
if you're a diabetic,
a lot of times there's gonna be very,
several things that will
create problems for you.
So it can be the
medications that you're on,
but it could be your own kidneys.
And one of the things is,
basically apple cider vinegar
is weakly acidic, so it's
tough on the kidneys,
so we want to make sure
that we're careful with it.
And so if your doctor tells you
that you have reduced kidney function,
check with your doctor
before you consider this.
All right, so yeah, so
basically the things
that we have to be careful
with is if we have,
like I said, the kidney problems,
or if we're on certain medications
that work with blood
pressure or fluid retention,
specifically the diuretics.
And so the people that take those,
it'd be things like furosemide,
chlorthalidone, hydrochlorothiazide.
– Okay, so now you're talking over my head
with these big words.
So you're talking about
prescription medications, for-
– Prescription medications
that are considered water pills.
So those drugs make your body
naturally lose potassium.
– And that has to do with
hypertension, too, heart?
– Correct, yep.
– So actually, you need
to go to your doctor
and make sure that
you're okay taking this,
particularly if you're on other meds.
– Yeah, particularly,
especially the diuretics,
the water pills, and if you
have reduced kidney functioning.
So those are the big things
with apple cider vinegar
you have to be super careful
what to check with your doctor.
– Okay, all right.
– By and large, they can be construed
as a safe thing to use for
weight loss management,
if you don't have any things
that are going to preclude you
from having something unsafe happen.
– Sure, sure.
All right.
So, any other things
that we need to be careful of with, like-
I was watching other videos on YouTube,
and you're just drinking it
like a shot of booze, you know.
It's like, can you take it straight?
Is it safe?
– I would not recommend
straight shooters of apple cider vinegar.
I think when we're pulling
that right off the old bar,
old school in a shot glass is
probably not the way to go.
We have a enamel on our teeth,
and that's what keeps them hard,
and looking white, and pretty.
And what happens is because acidic acid,
one of the, it's what
vinegar is, is weakly acidic,
and it damages the enamel of the tooth.
– Sure.
– And so that could increase
your risk for cavities,
and other sorts of tooth decay,
so we do want to be
real careful with that.
– What about acid reflux or heartburn?
– Yup, and that's the other
one that's pretty prominent,
because again, it's acidic.
– Sure.
– It can increase your risk
for reflux or heartburn.
So it's something that, again,
if you're a patient that
takes certain medications
to prevent that, probably
check with your doctor
to make sure it's something
that you could safely take,
but for the vast majority of it,
I think it's gonna be a pretty
reasonable thing to consider.
– Sure, okay.
There was one more thing
on my mind with this
before we get on to the
diabetic, heartburn.
So you're not gonna take it straight,
you're gonna mix it with water.
Check with your doctor, and
hope for the best. (laughing)
– Well, I think that's the biggest,
but I mean, realistically
at the end points
of all the studies that I saw, I mean,
it really shows that you're gonna lose
five to eight pounds of weight,
I mean, pretty much across the board.
Don't cash in on the gym membership.
We still want you
exercising and staying busy.
That's probably the most
critical component of that.
But the other thing to note
is in all of these studies,
the ones that had the most
effective weight loss,
there was always about
a 250 calorie a day
reduction in intake of food.
So it's replacing something,
or taking a little bit less.
– Sure.
– So which when you
compare it with placebo,
the apple cider vinegar definitely
enhanced the weight loss
by about three or four pounds on average,
versus somebody that just
didn't take the apple cider vinegar.
But you still have to keep exercising,
you gotta keep that body moving.
– Right.
So I know this relates to diabetes,
which you can maybe segue into here.
– Yep.
– To talk about, and you understand this,
and you can explain it much better than I,
the exsorption of, is it
sugar through carbohydrate-
– Yep.
– As it moves through your gut,
and your stomach, and et cetera?
Can you talk about that?
– Yeah, exactly.
When we eat food, basically our body
starts to digest it as
soon as it hits the tongue,
and it breaks it all the
way down into the gut.
And then it basically,
that's how it gets absorbed,
and that's how our
nutrients are taken care of.
When we're a diabetic patient,
we struggle a little
bit with how our bodies
process the sugars that
we eat in our daily diets,
so your starches and carbohydrates.
So what happens is, is
with apple cider vinegar,
is it actually slows down the absorption
of the food that you've just eaten.
– At the stomach level,
or in the intestine?
– It's stomach, gut, it's
all kind of the same.
It starts with the
stomach, goes to the gut,
but it's more or less in the intestines,
'cause that's where most of
the nutrient absorption occurs.
But what it does is it slows
down the absorption pattern.
So basically, if I just had
white bread, and I was diabetic,
there would be a quick
sugar rush in my body.
– Just from bread?
– Just from white bread,
or you can take rice,
or just pick any carbohydrates you want.
– Sure.
– So let's say I had 15
milliliters of apple cider vinegar,
threw it in four ounces of
water, mixed up, drank it down,
and then two minutes later, ate something.
It's gonna slow down that absorption
of the sugar from the white bread
so that it kind of is a more even level.
And so what then happens with,
particularly in a diabetic patient,
is it gives a more consistent sugar level,
so it doesn't spike way up and down.
– Right.
– It's just a more pleasant level.
And so it allows, so if
you're a diabetic patient
that's on medications,
it allows those medicines
to make your body do what it needs to
to process those sugars better,
thereby lowering your blood sugar,
which is safer for you big picture.
So in many of the studies that
we looked at, in particular,
there was a Dr. Edwin
McDonald, he noted that,
the Journal of American
Association of Diabetes again,
the one I kind of cited earlier,
it showed that it was safe to
use with diabetic medications.
Again, as long as you don't
have the kidney limitations.
– Sure.
– And if we're not on the diuretics
that could lower the
potassium, those are the bigs.
– So I can see you definitely need
to consult with your doctor
to make sure these meds,
whatever, there could be other meds, or-
– There's lots of things.
– To make sure that
you're safe taking this,
– Yep, the diabetic umbrella
is all encompassing.
I mean, when you look at it,
they have a lot of different medications
that most patients take,
so we do want to be
extra cautious with that.
Check with your doctor to make sure
it's appropriate for you and
your regimen that you're doing
to treat those sugars effectively.
But in many cases, it's probably safe.
– Sure.
– But again, got to check with the doc.
– Right, right.
And again, we talked about this before.
We'll talk to the people.
Say if they think, if
one tablespoon is good,
maybe three or four is gonna help me
lose more weight faster.
– No.
– I'm healthy, I don't have any diabetes,
I don't take any medications.
I can probably take three or four,
and it's gonna make me lose weight faster
because, you know, we're
a quick fix society.
– Yeah, man, we're gonna
go a hard pass on that.
We want to avoid that mentality.
I mean, we want to keep it
at the regimented doses,
so 15 millimeters in four ounces of water
is generally what we see across the board.
Harvard Health publishing
from May of 2018,
kind of showed similar results
with the exact same things.
So again, with diabetes,
it's gonna bring that sugar
down gradually and gently,
so we just have to be
careful with it, though.
– All right.
And again, we talked about the mother,
that is that protein substance in there.
– Yep.
– They think that's the big thing,
but scientifically, that's
not proven either, is that-
– Nope, there's a lot more
research that has to be done.
I think that's the biggest takeaway
from this entire conversation
is all of the studies
that I looked at where
anywhere from 30 to 100 people.
So it's not large scale,
and not a lot of them were peer-reviewed,
and that's kind of a
buzzword in today's society.
So we want to make sure
it's good, solid science,
making sure that we keep people
safe, happy, and healthy,
and keeping the weight loss,
keeping the sugars down.
– All right.
So the only thing I wanted
to conclude with is,
I personally have used this
because I had joint stiffness.
I was successful, and I
think it was the only thing,
I know it was the only thing
I changed in my regimen
for about three or four weeks,
and my hands became less
stiff, less painful.
I couldn't even shake hands
with even an older person,
I'd be doing a muscle strength
test with, so painful.
So I want to do another
video on joint stiffness
in regards to apple cider vinegar,
and hopefully we can schedule
that in the future sometime.
So any questions?
We'd like to hear comments from you,
and I would like to thank Chris
for his time being
here, and his expertise.
Very good.
And once again, Chris,
now this is new to you,
but you know we can fix just
about anything except for-
– A broken heart.
– Yeah, he knows what we're talking about.
And I don't think this
apple cider thing is gonna,
well, it does heartburn, so
it might make the heart worse.
– Yeah, we gotta be a
little careful with that.
Little careful.
– Yeah, we'll be
careful there. (chuckling)
Okay, very good.
Enjoy the day.
And, what do I gotta say?
Be careful, that's what I meant to say.
– There you go.
– Shut it off, shut it off.
I'm off-key.
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