The Self Care Powers of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been embraced as a powerful health tonic for thousands of years.
It's one of the oldest, most powerful, home remedies known to man, and yet most folks today have no idea about its Self Care healing powers.
The taste of the vinegar may be a bit bitter, but you will find it perhaps to be one of the most important tools for healing and maintaining robust health.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Made from nothing more than chopped apples, filtered water and a 3-4 week fermentation process, the good bacteria convert this fermented liquid into a compound known as "acetic acid", which is the main active nutrient that delivers so many healing qualities.
Though acidic in nature, Apple Cider Vinegar actually promotes an alkaline environment in the stomach to enhance digestion and restore pH balance in the body.
What about Apple Cider Vinegar with “Mother”?
The “Mother of Vinegar” is a colony of “good” bacteria that helps to create vinegar through a secondary process of fermentation.
Be sure to always get organic, raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar that also explicitly states “with Mother”. The cloudier the better! Then you can be sure that the product is unrefined, unpasteurised and unfiltered, meaning it’s as close to its natural state as possible and in the most potent form in terms of health and healing.
This type of ACV contains “Pectin” a fibre found in fermented apples that not only aids good digestion through getting rid of excess cholesterol but also helps to promote the growth of “good’ bacteria while reducing the amount of “bad” bacteria in your gut.
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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a good cleanser and detoxifier because it helps your body to rid itself of poisons and gets your system back in balance.
It has fungal, bacterial and viral properties, primarily coming from the malic acid and acetic acid portion of the vinegar.
ACV acts as a buffer in the body because the acetic acid reacts with base or acid compounds to form an acetate. This, therefore, renders them chemically bioavailable for the body’s utilisation.
Additionally, it can reduce the toxicity of certain compounds by converting the toxin into an acetate compound which is less toxic and harmful to your body.
ACV is a powerful healing tonic to:
- Boosts Metabolism
- Promotes Fat Burning
- Suppresses Appetite
- Relieves Heartburn
- Prevents Acid Reflux
- Relieves Allergies
- Alleviates Colds & Coughs
- Soothes Muscle Cramps
- Regulates Blood Sugar Balance
- Provitamin Betacarotene
- Vitamin A, C & E
- Vitamin B1, B2, & B6
- Vitamin P (bioflavonoids)
It also contains thirteen types of carbolic acids, four aldehydes, twenty ketones, eighteen types of alcohols, as well as:
- Amino acids
- Lactic acid
- Propionic acid
- Roughage in the form of potash
What is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For?
It has been suggested that apple cider vinegar has such curative abilities because it causes one’s pH levels to become more alkaline or more acidic.
AVC benefits and also helps cure some diseases and ailments like:
It’s also been known to keep blood pressure under control by taking a daily dose of it for two weeks.
How To Take Apple Cider Vinegar
As a general energy tonic and a dietary drink, with regular small doses of ACV in your diet, you'll increase healthy stomach acids and improve digestion because the extra acid breaks down the food more quickly.
Daily Tip #1: Add 1 Tablespoon of ACV to a glass of warm water first thing in the morning before you eat (add a teaspoon of raw honey to taste if required).
Daily Tip #2: Before each meal, add 1 teaspoon of ACV to a small glass of warm or chilled filtered water and drink, or add 1 teaspoon to a raw green salad together with extra virgin olive oil and eat prior to your main meal.
If you experience regular stomach or digestive problems, by following either of these simple protocols, you should notice a big improvement even within just a couple of weeks of consistently doing this.
Another wonderful "side-effect" of following this daily remedy, is that it will bring a healthy, rosy glow to your skin complexion that you probably haven't seen in years.
Other Apple Cider Vinegar Uses & Benefits
In addition to its numerous health and healing benefits, ACV is also useful and comes in handy for the following…
ACV can also be very effective when applied topically for acne, blemishes, scars, sunburn relief, and warts.
For acne, blemishes & scars: Mix equal parts with cold water in a bowl or cup, stir and then dab on with a cloth and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing off. Do 1-2 times daily, you can also leave it on overnight.
For sunburn relief: Mix a capful with some water and rub directly onto the affected area with a cloth or using a spray bottle. For a soothing bath, add 1 cup of ACV, 1/4 cup of coconut oil and a few drops of Lavender Pure Essential Oil to lukewarm water and soak until the pain subsides.
For warts: Soak an organic cotton ball in ACV before bed and then apply it to the affected area with a sticky plaster. Leave it on overnight (or for 24 hours at a time if possible). It may swell and throb, then start turning black within the first 1-2 days, but stick with it and you should see the wart disappear within a couple of weeks.
ACV is one of the oldest, most powerful, healing home remedies imaginable for allergies including a complete relief of pollen, food, and pet allergies.
ACV eliminates underarm body odour when used in place of deodorant because it reduces the pH of the skin. Bacteria can’t live in areas with low pH.
Mix two teaspoons of vinegar and one or two teaspoons of honey in a glass of hot or cold water.
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Fruit & Vegetable Wash
One of my favourite uses for ACV is for the purposes of removing pesticide residues from "non-organic" fruits and vegetables before preparing or juicing them.
Years ago I learned from the late Dr. Norman Walker - who was one of the first to create a juice machine using hydraulic, cold-press technology called the "Norwalk" - how to identify through spectral analysis, the chemical residues on the surface area of plant foods.
He demonstrated to me how Apple Cider Vinegar can be cut with water to be used as a “veggie wash" to remove all traces of pesticides on fruits and vegetables. I was blown away by what he showed me and to this day, it's a method I use and recommend to rinse produce before eating, if you can't get your hands on locally-sourced, organic fruits and vegetables.
Add 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to a sink filled with 2-3 litres of clean chilled water and then swish your produce around in this mix for 3-5 minutes before rinsing it off and storing or preparing it.
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