24 September 2014

Apple Cider Vinegar - A cure for all that ails you?

It is mentioned in the old and new testament. Hipprocrates treated his patients with the stuff in 400 BC, and prior to that the Aryans, a tribe that roamed North Europe and Asia were noted to consume a 'soured apple wine'. These are a few examples of recorded use for vinegars throughout history.

So what is it and what can it do for you?

Well, Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of vinegar that is made by a two step fermentation process involving apples, bacteria and yeast. If unpasturised it will contain the "mother" once matured. Bragg's explains best what the "mother" is ;

'The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues - it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to overprocessing, filtration and overheating.' - Braggs FAQ Page www.bragg.com/

 The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from it’s powerful healing compounds which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.

Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its distinctive taste and is a powerful Antimicrobial and antifungal, this is why it has been traditionally used in cleaning,disinfecting and for infections. It's brilliant in the treatment of Candida overgrowth as it kills the yeast and promotes a healthy environment for Healthy bacteria to colonise forcing out the majority of the remaining yeast. 

I use Braggs Organic and purchase it here  http://goo.gl/9cEbfZ . I take one tablespoon in organic apple juice upon rising and preceding every meal.  I do this to benefit from its health promoting qualities but mainly to encourage bile production and stomach acid production. My children have it almost every day to support a healthy immune system.

It can be taken in distilled water with or without honey, in Organic juice, salad dressing or topically.

It is safe to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, in fact I would whole heartedly recommend it as it can provide relief for morning sickness. I personally would start with a small amount and slowly work up to a tablespoon if you havent already been consuming it due to its detoxing properties.

Here's a list that shows some just a little of what ACV can do for you;

Support a Healthy Heart
Relieve Muscle pain
Improve Digestion
Stengthen immune system
Regulate Blood Sugar
Aid Diabetics
Detoxify the body
Aid weight loss
Reduce Bad breath causing bacteria
Stop gallbladder attacks
Increase stomach acid

And here are some other conditions that are believed to benefit from the consumption or topical application of apple cider vinegar-

Restless leg syndrome
Athlete’s Foot
Kidney Stones
Vaginal Irritation
Animal Care
Blood Pressure
Hair Loss
Sore Throat
Acid Reflux
Salad Dressings

So as you can see Apple cider vinegar is a powerful health product that you need in your home, even taking it once a week will benefit you and your families health. 

Do you have ACV in your home?, Do you love it as much as I do?

Disclaimer- Please note I am not a medical professional, these are my opinions only. Always consult your doctor or midwife :)

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