Apple Cider Vinegar: Superfood for All Seasons
Autumn is here! With the changes in weather it is time “to turn over a new leaf” and start a brand new season of health and wellness. Making fresh, new healthy habits a part of your daily routine is a great way to enter the fall season, in the right state of mind. A great way to kick-start a healthy and holistic lifestyle this fall is by using one of the most amazing organic superfoods on the shelves of your local grocery store: apple cider vinegar. It has been around for ages and the list of benefits and uses for apple cider vinegar are countless and truly astounding.
The countless powerful benefits of apple cider vinegar range in diversity from cosmetic to basic heart, digestive system and blood pressure health. It can be ingested orally or used topically on the surface of the skin. It is the closest thing to a natural “cure-all” that is available at grocery and nutrition stores. While it will not realistically cure everything, it definitely can aid in treating many conditions and healing many ailments of the body. Apple cider vinegar can be more effective than some medicines, without the high cost of prescriptions. It is one of nature’s best medicines and it is relatively very inexpensive and easy to get. More and more families are making apple cider vinegar a staple in the pantry of the kitchen of their homes. The popularity of it has grown considerably now that more studies are being conducted to explore all the possibilities of health benefits that it offers.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural elixir, organically made by fermenting crushed apples until the sugars turn into alcohol, which then eventually turns into vinegar. For apple cider vinegar to be the most organic and thus the most effective in its health and healing benefits, it is important that the “mother” is still contained in the bottle of vinegar. The “mother” is a culture of the beneficial bacteria that helps turn the fermented apple cider liquid into vinegar. An unrefined, organic apple cider vinegar that contains the “mother” will have a very murky appearance, and the label of the product will state that the vinegar is unfiltered, unpasteurized and still with the “mother” included. In order to get all the great health benefits of apple cider vinegar, be sure to only consume the raw, organic version. Processed apple cider vinegar loses much of its nutritional power and is not nearly as effective as the unrefined liquid.
There are many ways to ingest a daily dose of apple cider vinegar. It can be used as the base for a delicious salad dressing, which will turn an ordinary healthy salad into a power-packed nutritious meal instantly. It can also be mixed with water and honey to make a drink that can be very effective as a morning liquid boost for energy and cleansing. The recommended amount of daily intake of apple cider vinegar is 2-3 teaspoons taken 2-3 times per day at the most. One precaution with apple cider is not to take it straight from a teaspoon or a small glass. The potency of that concentrated dose can possibly damage the esophagus, erode tooth enamel and even upset the stomach. Moderation is definitely the key. It is better to be conservative with how much apple cider vinegar your individual body can handle comfortably and safely. Just the right amount of apple cider vinegar will do wonders for your health, but always check with your doctor to be sure that it is right for you and your body, especially if you are taking prescribed medications.
What makes apple cider vinegar so incredibly effective in regards to improving health and curing many ailments is the synergistic combination of acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes, which all work together as a collective nutritional powerhouse. Particularly beneficial for the body is acetic acid. With its ability to kill bad bacteria and foster the growth of good bacteria, acetic acid acts as a natural antibiotic with virtually no side effects.
Because apple cider vinegar helps balance the body’s pH levels, it is a great detox product, which can also treat acid reflux and heartburn. These issues are commonly caused by a lack of balance in the stomach’s pH levels and also a lack of enzymes and probiotics. Drinking a glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar about 5 minutes before a meal is a very effective way to naturally relieve acid reflux.
The diversity of apple cider vinegar’s benefits extends into many of the various discomforts that can arise in daily life. Gargling with apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water can help soothe a sore throat because most germs cannot survive in such an acidic environment. The sour taste of apple cider vinegar has even been shown to cure hiccups. It is able to overstimulate the nerves of the throat that cause the spasms thus canceling the messages in the body that result in hiccups. The potassium in apple cider vinegar even thins mucus, which helps relieve nasal congestion.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has powerful benefits to the digestive system and circulatory system as well. It helps to lower bad cholesterol levels and control blood sugar levels, while also relieving indigestion. Acetic acid also aids in weight loss due to its ability to increase metabolism. Apple cider vinegar is also a great energy booster, due to its powerful effect of balancing out the lactic acid that builds up in the body, during a stressful day or intense workout. Lactic acid causes fatigue. It is released as muscles are exerted. Apple cider vinegar helps to restore the energy capacity of the muscles in the body by acting as an antidote to the buildup of lactic acid released from mental and physical stress.
Cosmetically, apple cider vinegar has amazing benefits that can replace the need for expensive creams and hygiene products. As a natural skin toner, apple cider vinegar is a natural home remedy for acne and dandruff, while also serving as a great weapon against bad breath. While gargling apple cider vinegar mixed with water to eliminate bad breath, your teeth will reap its benefits simultaneously as it is a great whitener and stain remover. It can even be used while brushing the teeth as well.
One of the most effective uses for apple cider vinegar topically on the skin is its ability to remove warts and skin tags. Simply dip a half of a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and use a bandage to secure it to the wart or skin tag. Leave the bandage in place and remove within a few hours or when the cotton ball is dry. Within a day or so, the wart or skin tag should begin dying and will eventually fall off, completely naturally. Please use caution though when applying apple cider vinegar to the skin directly. Too much direct exposure for a prolonged period of time can burn the skin. If a second application is needed to kill a wart or skin tag then wait a couple of days to attempt the next treatment. Always use moderation when applying apple cider vinegar to the skin.
What a relief it is to know that one of the most effective products on the market for overall health and wellness is totally natural, very inexpensive and easily found in any grocery store. With so many new products becoming available every day for specific ailments of the body, it is comforting to know that one simple, yet powerfully effective product can cure a number of health issues, while also helping to prevent many potential conditions from developing. It is more than an “old wives’ tale”- apple cider vinegar is the real deal!