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Apple Cider Vinegar

Before you cringe, make an "I just ate a lemon" face and go to another page, take a moment to read about this very old folk remedy.

Physicians of many diverse healing practices and great grandmothers sometimes have more in common that one might think. Apple Cider Vinegar is one aspect of this common ground. The concept of preventing and treating ills with apples began long before the coining of the adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." In fact there is an even older maxim, "To eat an apple before going to bed, makes a doctor beg his bread." Apples, as discussed in Fruit and Juice Therapy, are full of pectin, a soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals. That alone makes an apple a healthy food, but many consider apple cider vinegar as the ultimate form of an apple.

Not only does apple cider vinegar help to alkalize the body, but it is very rich in potassium. A variety of research indicates that potassium is one of the key nutritional factors in apple cider vinegar that assists in easing, and possibly preventing, many ailments. Potassium promotes cell growth and has even been called the "mineral equivalent to the fountain of youth." The University of Minnesota School of Medicine conducted experiments that indicate potassium may be very beneficial to those individuals that suffer irregular heart beat. Other research shows that can help prevent high blood pressure by countering the damaging effects of sodium. So why not pop a potassium supplement? It is an individual choice, but why take a pill when the natural mineral is at your fingertips?

Potassium, however, is not a cure-all. Too much potassium can be dangerous for some people, especially those with kidney problems. It is always wise to consult your health care provider who can assist in making the correct determination of individual requirements.

The curative history of vinegar

Vinegar has been used to cure and prevent a variety of ailments throughout history. According to ancient Assyrian tablets, earaches were relieved by treating the patient with vinegar. Later, Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, treated patients with one of the world's original recognized medicines: vinegar. That was in 400 B.C. Then, in Biblical times, a variety of infections were treated with vinegar. "Thieves Vinegar' was used during the plague of the Middle Ages by thieves who poured the smelly concoction over themselves before robbing a plague victims home. And, during the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, vinegar was used as an antiseptic and disinfectant.

The claims to fame of apple cider vinegar

Research has shown that apple cider vinegar can assist in aiding digestion, lowering bad cholesterol, strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, stabilizing blood sugar and it contains anti-oxidants which help ward off certain cancers.

Apple cider vinegar's other claims to fame include relieving sore throats, slowing the aging process, relieving leg cramps, soothing sunburn, controlling dandruff and itchy scalp, flushing harmful toxins from the system which is thought to aid arthritis and assisting in weight control.

How does one use apple cider vinegar?

A nutritionist will be able to specifically recommend the best way each individual should use apple cider vinegar to assist in treatment of her or his ailments. But for general information purposes the following are some of the more common ways people use apple cider vinegar:

As a daily tonic

Many nutritionists and main-stream physicians have begun to link the regular use of apple cider vinegar and a lack of colds or influenza in those that consume the tangy beverage. To take as a daily tonic mix one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey in eight ounces warm or cold water, depending on personal preference. Many nutritionists feel that warm or tepid water may produce more benefits, but European research indicates both are helpful.

As a natural pick-me-up

Some people claim that taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey in six to eight ounces of water in mid-morning and mid-afternoon, provides an extra boost of energy that carries them until the next meal.

Tired aching feet

For a soothing foot bath, put a half a cup apple cider vinegar in a tub of warm water. Wiggle your toes around and let your feet soak for a few minutes. This is great to do just be fore bed. Some people claim that if this is done every evening it helps to treat athlete's foot.

A natural facial

Try this once a week. Your complexion should feel clean, smooth and refreshed. Mix ten green grapes, two teaspoons apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon oatmeal in a blender until you have a sticky liquid. Clean you face and neck and apply the mixture, leaving it on for at least five minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Hmmm... soft as a baby's behind.

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