Here’s a little different post today. One about diet, nutrition and wellness.
***I think diet is very important in fighting chronic illness.***
There is good reason that apple cider vinegar is regarded as a remedy for a myriad of illnesses and just plain old “feeling poorly”. The Amish use it every day. I think it helps fight chronic pain by reducing inflammation.
***Unpasteurized or organic Apple Cider Vinegar contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. It’s the only way apple cider vinegar should be consumed.***
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to
kill head lice, reverse aging,
ease digestion, prevent the flu,
prevent acne, reduce inflammation,
kill fungus, regulate pH,
dissolve kidney stones,
help relieve allergies, migraines, asthma, nausea, heart burn and
wash toxins from the body.
- The effect of apple cider vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and the most promising health benefit. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels.
- Vinegar also helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion.
- A research study reported that apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol. Scientists found an apple cider vinegar-enhanced diet may increase HDL (good cholesterol), and reduce triglycerides.
- Another study found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure. A large observational study also found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t.
- Some recommend using apple cider vinegar to restore alkaline acid balance. The theory behind the alkaline diet is that our blood is slightly alkaline (with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45) and that our diet should reflect this pH level. The body constantly strives to achieve this state of equilibrium.
- Laboratory studies have found that vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. One study found that drinking vinegar was associated with a decreased risk of esophageal cancer. Pectin, which can be found in apple cider vinegar, has shown promise in helping to slow the growth of cancerous cells within the prostate.
- Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine.
- For thousands of years, vinegar has been used for weight loss. A study found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread. In a double-blind experiment, obese people were given different amounts of vinegar or a placebo. Those who received vinegar had lower BMI, less fat , a smaller waist, lower triglycerides, and a slightly lower body weight when compared to the control group. It was concluded that consumption of vinegar might reduce obesity.
Now here’s how I use it to be sure I get it every day.
***In the morning, I usually have a snack break that includes water, veggies and apple cider vinegar. I fill a shot glass and drink 1 1/2 ounces of vinegar.***
In addition to helping to fight pain and inflammation, I think it helps get my digestion straight and it likely helps keep my acid balance in check. I have had arterial blood gas studies that show chronic respiratory alkalosis.
***If you can’t stand to drink it, add it to food or salad dressing or other even other dressings or sauces. It’s worth the trouble.***
And, who knows, it might be just the thing to make things go a little better.
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