Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
If you know me, even just a little bit, you have probably heard me ranting on about the glory of apple cider vinegar. It's medicinal properties are endless, and I am officially a daily drinker of this miracle juice.
For the past few years I have had a strange growth appear on my chin. It hangs out festering and being nasty for about 3-4 weeks every 6 months or so. I have been to 2 doctors about it, with no explanation other than offering me a prescription for antibiotics (no thank you). Since taking ACV I have seen nothing but a glorious happy chin (it's been over a year). At our last meeting one of our members told me that it has really helped with her allergies, and I have noticed being exceptionally regular since my daily use. Sorry girls, I know real ladies don't talk about "their business," but when it's healthy and on time every day, that's something to brag about.
Health benefits of ACV:
Detox/Immune System Boost
Diarrhea/Food Poisoning/General Stomach Issues
Fighting Cancerous Growth
Urinary Tract Infections
Cronic heartburn relief (I can personally attest to this)
Pregnant? ACV can help reduce acid reflux, morning sickness and leg cramps
Antibacterial and anti-fungal
Remineralizes the body
Helps normalize the blood’s alkaline acid balance
Packed with 30 vitamins, pectin, beta-carotene and minerals
Shop smart and spend the extra $2. There is a very distinct difference between regular apple cider vinegar and raw, unfiltered and un-distilled apple cider vinegar. The vinegar you buy in a grocery store has been processed and pasteurized and has lost the magical enzymes and nutrients. Even the organic Whole Foods brand has been pasteurized. Braggs is the way to go.
I drink about 2TBS of ACV a day. It is an acquired taste, so here are some tasty recipes to get you in the "mood."
1 TBS ACV
6-8oz hot water
1 TBS Honey or Agave Nectar
1 TBS ACV
6-8oz filtered water
1/2 lemon or lime
Spiked Iced Tea
1 TBS ACV
6-8oz iced tea
Squeeze of Lemon (optional)
You know what else is awesome about ACV??
We recently had a massive gnat infestation in our kitchen and normally I would just pour some bleach down the drain and call it a day. BUT I have thrown out all of the chemicals in my house and have turned to the all-mighty vinegar. Pour about an inch into a glass and cover with plastic wrap. Poke about 3-4 holes in the plastic and watch the bastards die.