Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) like most fermented foods and beverages, is rich in beneficial bacteria and food enzymes. The "Father of Modern Medicine" Hippocrates believed in the healing properties of vinegar, as did the ancient Babylonians and the Samurai warriors in Japan. Hippocrates used vinegar for its natural ability to heal, energize and detox the body.
- Relief from heartburn and arthritis
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- Digestive aid
- Ear infections
- Yeast infections (candida)
- Skin rashes, sunburn and jellyfish stings
- Helps promote weight loss
- Skin detoxification
- Bacterial infections
ACV has high concentrations of acetic acid which helps increase your body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods you eat, like green leafy vegetables.
Therefore, it is possible that drinking a small amount of acv and water just before meals might improve your body's ability to absorb the essential minerals locked in foods.
The following are a few suggestions on how to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Coughs and Sore Throats
As ACV is a natural expectorant, helping to expel the mucous or phlegm by loosening it and making it easier to cough up. Over-the-counter sough medicines do the same but with side effects.
To make a gargle for soothing a cough or soar throat, mix ¼ cup of ACV to ¼ cup of warm water then gargle every hour.
To help make the taste more pleasant you can add some local raw honey. Honey is noted as a natural medicine to ease coughs, as well as reduce infections.
Relief Of Indigestion and Heartburn
Bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals, as well as heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid) indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, and undigested food in your stool is the cause of low stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (Branch Basics).
Low mineral deficiency in the body follows with low stomach acid and in turn indigestion.
If you recall we noted that ACV helps with mineral absorption like zinc and magnesium from the foods you eat.
To help avoid indigestion and absorb more minerals from your diet, swallow 1 tablespoon of ACV with warm water 30 minutes before you eat.
Apple Cider Vinegar Improves Energy
ACV contains potassium and enzymes to help banish fatigue. It also contains amino acids may that help prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your body, further preventing fatigue.
To help relieve fatigue, swallow 1 tablespoon of ACV before each meal.
Furthermore, when using apple cider vinegar to help keep you healthy, be sure to use raw unfiltered ACV. As filtered vinegar (that which is used for cooking and making salad dressing) doesn't contain the beneficial bacteria and enzymes.
In conclusion, apple cider vinegar has plenty to offer in terms of natural healing solutions. It is well worth keeping this health tonic in your cupboard and taking a tablespoon or more daily to reap its benefits.