APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: A DRINK OF GOOD HEALTH - Open up a bottle of apple cider vinegar-ACV, and the smell may remind you of dyed eggs at Easter; but did you know that apple cider vinegar has many health benefits? For centuries, ACV has been used in folk medicine for humans and animals to cure, heal and strengthen the body’s immune system and to treat common ailments.
Most stores carry apple cider vinegar and when shopping, be sure to look for a pure vinegar that has not been diluted, distilled, pasteurized or filtered. Each of these processes remove or destroy vital nutrients and vitamins, rendering the vinegar a weak and insufficient imitation.
A pure vinegar may have the words “organic, fermented, double fermented or cold-pressed” on the label and will have a thick, cloudy appearance with a dark brownish-orange color. In some areas, pure ACV is only sold in health food stores and online.
Apple cider vinegar may be mixed in various combinations with water and can be used as a drink or applied to the skin and hair.
Weight Loss and Aid Reflux
Mix 1-3 teaspoons ACV in 8 oz. of cold or warm water and drink before a meal. While adjusting to the taste, a small amount of honey may be added. This drink before a meal helps aid digestion by allowing the stomach to register when it is full and before it is stuffed. The addition of ACV also lowers acid levels of stomach acid, reducing the possibility of acid reflux and heartburn.
Type 2 Diabetes
Add 4 teaspoons of ACV to 8oz. of water and drink before eating. ACV will not interfere with medications and has been proven to slow the rise of blood sugar.
A 1/3 cup of ACV when diluted with 1 cup of water makes an inexpensive hair conditioner that will restore shine, even to chemically treated hair. As an added benefit, it is great for the scalp and its natural antiseptic qualities combat dandruff and itchy scalp while removing the build-up left behind from shampoos and other hair products.
Using a 50/50 mix of ACV and water has been shown to help persons suffering from chemical sensitivity. Whether used as a rinse after a shower or once a week in place of a shower, the vinegar breaks down environmental residue from the skin.
For those with fibromyalgia, sinus issues and extreme allergies, ACV removes perfume, soap, and lotions from skin that would otherwise continue to aggravate the immune system. The 50/50 mix is also effective in relieving symptoms associated with eczema, hives, athlete’s foot and psoriasis.
Acne sufferers have found relief with the 50/50 mixture when applied directly to affected areas with a cotton ball.
For dogs, it is effective in the prevention of fleas and ticks, helps treat skin allergies and reduces itching. Much cheaper than a vet’s prescription and without the side effects, ACV is a healthier alternative when it comes to caring for your pets.
Start with one-teaspoon pure ACV mixed into your dog’s food twice a day for a 50 lb dog (adjust accordingly by weight) and if necessary increase up to 1 tablespoon twice a day for the same size dog. For skin application, ACV can be sprayed or rubbed on directly, and for sores or open wounds, create a 50/50 mix of ACV with water before applying to the dog’s skin.
In the case of pests or parasites, bathe your dog and then apply the 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Allow this to air dry on your pet to kill off fleas, ticks, ringworm, etc. and to prevent future infestations and/or infection. You can also spray your dog with apple cider vinegar before going out for a walk, in order to repel fleas and ticks naturally.
Farmers and ranchers have long known the benefits of ACV for animals and regularly add it to the drinking water or food of their livestock.
Apple cider vinegar carries multiple benefits for a variety of conditions because it brings the body back to its proper Ph balance. Our lives are filled with stress, poor food, chemicals and toxins that challenge our immune systems everyday, and if drinking a glass of ACV would help your body to work more efficiently, isn’t it worth a try?