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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Apple Cider Vinegar

Day 34

Apple cider vinegar is a folk remedy for a lot of illnesses.  I've been drinking 2TBSP in a glass of water twice a day for about 3 weeks now and I can notice a boost in energy.  It's a little too acidic for me so I add 1/8th tsp of sodium bicarbonate before adding the water.  This helps to neutralize the acid a bit but doesn't change the beneficial effects.  The best kind to use for this purpose is raw, organic ACV with the mother.  There are several brands available.  We don't have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods near here so I use Bragg's.
Drinking ACV is reported to help stabilize pH, and cure various illnesses such as allergies, sinus problems, arthritis and gout.  Add to these candida, high cholesterol, acid reflux, sore throats, chronic fatigue, acne and the flu and you can see how beneficial this inexpensive treatment can be.  ACV is also widely used for weight loss because of its ability to break down fats.  Another added bonus is the healthy glow it brings to your skin.  Drinking ACV daily will detoxify your body and keep your kidneys clear.
ACV is great for pets too helping with barn flies and fleas, adding a glossy shine to their coats and easing arthritic conditions.

Earth Clinic has the following recommendations:

Standard Dosage: 2 teaspoons of ACV in 8 oz of water. Add honey to taste.
Acute Conditions: 2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 oz of water. No honey.
Note: 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar may be too much apple cider vinegar for some people . We suggest you start with the standard dosage and see how your body responds to a teaspoon or two of acv. If all goes well, you can up the dosage over time if you feel a need arise.
In summer months: Add 1/4 cup of ACV to a quart of water. Add ice cubes. Drink this on a hot summer day, especially before working out. Your body will feel very cleansed.

In winter months: 2 TBLS of ACV in a mug filled with hot water 3x day. Are you used to drinking tea or coffee during your long commute to work? Try this instead -- you will feel energized but not adrenalized. Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper if you REALLY want an energy lift!

To detox: 2 TBLSP of organic ACV in a 1 or 2 Liter filtered water bottle (ie Smart Water, Evian, etc). 2 TBLSP = 1/8th cup. You can add more vinegar than this amount, however, make sure you dilute it with plenty of water. Do not add a sweetener. Drink this solution throughout the day. The solution will be cleansing your system and kidneys all day long. That's the point.

There are several things you will notice within a day or two of drinking Apple Cider Vinegar: your allergies will disappear, your face will have a healthy & youthful glow, you will look & feel more VITAL, you will have consistent energy, and you will more easily digest your food.

We believe that apple cider vinegar is probably the best (and cheapest) detoxifier for the body. As such, it is should be considered a critical component to the fountain of youth!

Check out their web site for more info and testimonies for folk remedies.

I'm sharing this link and a guest post @ Baby Steps to A Rockin' Life!

"What Grandma Knew about Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a folk remedy for a lot of illnesses.  I've been drinking 2TBSP in a glass of water but it's a little too acidic for me so I add 1/8th tsp of sodium bicarbonate before adding the water.  This helps to neutralize the acid a bit but doesn't change the beneficial effects.  The best kind to use for this purpose is raw, organic ACV with the mother. Adding the water is very important because straight vinegar can dissolve tooth enamel and may cause irritation to the esophagus and sphincter valve at the top of the stomach. You can read the rest of my article @ Stop by to check out other alternative and herbal remedies that we use in our home. But the change up that I'd like to share today is the addition of organic blackstrap molasses. Since I became severely anemic a few years back, I struggle to keep my iron levels where they should be. During bouts of perimenopause, with bleeding issues, my iron drops quickly. So, I decided to tweak my morning routine in an effort to regain healthy iron levels without over the counter iron supplements that cause their own problems. Each morning, after drinking a glass of room temp water to get my system going, I mix up a concoction of 1-2 tbsp ACV, a pinch to 1/8th tsp of baking soda and a tbsp+ of molasses. Then I fill the glass up with water and sip it throughout the rest of my morning activities. There are so many benefits to both the ACV and the molasses; just to name a few...cleanse the system of yeast and toxins, build iron levels, balance pH and provide more energy. Who couldn't use more of that! "

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  1. Interesting post. I've never heard of this practice.

  2. I put a little in my horse's water in the summer and it really does help with the barn flies....

    I actually love the taste of apple cider vinegar!

  3. Thanks for sharing. I know people who swear by apple cider vinegar. At one point my husband took it every day for his excema.

  4. My mom was just telling me how apple cider vinegar is good for the arteries...and then, I saw your post!

  5. I have a brother in law who does all of this. Good post.

  6. Thanks for the tips . I know acv is good for you and I am persuaded to try it .

  7. This is a great reminder to me. I have known of people using ACV for weight loss for years and have always heard it had some good uses for us. I am a ceilac and think I could really benefit from this!

    Thanks! stay well

  8. My allergies are terrible in the spring. I am going to try this.

  9. interesting take.

    useful information shared, well done.

  10. I've never drunk it, but I do bathe in it sometimes.


    PS. I'm pretty late for Alphabe-Thursday this week, so here's my link:

  11. I started taking ACV a few weeks ago because I read it can help one loose weight. Anecdotally, it seems to have dome so in my case. I grew up putting ACV on food like broccoli and brussels sprouts.
    A long time ago, my midwife told me that liquid chlorophyll will help anemia, and it definitely did! (At that time, I had to take a teaspoon every few hours for a period of time. Now I keep it around and take a little only when I feel it is needed.)
    Try cool cayenne capsules for the bleeding. It works!

  12. I forgot to say that I first tried taking a teaspoon of ACV straight. too gaggy. Then I just added some to water in a glass. My husband took some with orange juice.

  13. Crazy amazing...I had no idea. So many home remedies out there. I'm sure Id have to add water or juice to have it every day!

  14. This is a GREAT post. I am going to save it!

  15. Seriously, if this is a cure for the allergies, I'm all on board with it! I really want to find some raw vinegar and start making my own apple cider vinegar when the apples are ready this fall.

  16. I really like Braggs product line. And my naturopath used to have my take this several times a day. I wonder why she had me stop because it sounds like it does so much good.

    Thanks for another interesting link to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "V".

    I really learned a lot from this post. I have an appointment with my doc this week and I'm going to ask her if I can start this up again.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge so generously.

    You are very cool.


  17. @Jenny

    Thanks again, Jenny. Since ACV is alkalizing, it may be that your pH needs to be a bit more acidic, although that's not usually the case. ACV is supposed to help with yeast overgrowth, but because it's fermented, many naturopaths don't want folks to take it if they suspect candida. I'd be curious to know if you don't mind sharing.
    Just love Alphabe-Thursdays! Too bad we're near the end.


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