Ever heard, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”? –Hippocrates.
Sounds like the famous Greek physician Hippocrates knew what he was talking about when stating that food needs to be our medicine. I agree, don't you?
Well, I’m sure you’ve heard of the very popular Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for thousands of years for many ailments. Have you been wondering if it’s really all they seem to make it out to be?
While I’m not in the medical field, and certainly don't pretend to be, I believe its health benefits are amazingly true! I started drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV), diluted in water, almost a year ago. It has actually become something I enjoy. It is incredible for those with diabetes, it helps to control your weight, balances your pH, helps with digestion, as well as many other physical benefits.
I’ve read several studies that vinegar can kill cancer cells. I’ve also read that it can remove warts, help deter dandruff, is good for relief of poison ivy and bug bites.
If you want to start drinking ACV daily, or for a winter cough or cold, begin with a small amount diluted in water, and drink regularly. When I first started drinking ACV I also added raw honey, ground cinnamon, and a lemon. This drink is so full of nutrients and so very healthy! Be sure to dilute in water though, I’ve read that drinking it straight can cause damage to your esophagus.
As you probably already know, lemons are full of vitamin C, but they’re also great for a list of other benefits.
Lemons improve your skin, help in weight loss, aids in digestion, freshens breath, and helps to prevent kidney stones.
If you decide to add the raw honey, you’ll be adding even more nutrients to your daily drink!
Raw honey is a good source of antioxidants, helps with digestion, has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and soothes a sore throat.
The sprinkled, ground cinnamon can also improve your health.
Ground cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risks, but make sure you get the Ceylon cinnamon. If you’re using the regular cassia variety, limit your intake to small doses.
Did you think that was all? No, because ACV has other uses as well. You can use ACV as a mouthwash and to clean your toothbrush and dentures. Wow! I’m sure if you do your own research, you’ll discover many other amazing health benefits to this awesome nutritive drink.
Oh! And one more thing. When purchasing ACV be sure and always get it “with the ‘mother’”, organic and unpasteurized. My favorite brand is Bragg. However, I will say, that I’ve recently read you can make your own ACV. I am looking forward to making my own, and when I do, I’ll be sure and let you know!
Do you use apple cider vinegar?
In what ways have you found it useful?
I am not offering medical advice. As with any health regimen, be sure to always check with your doctor before beginning anything new. I am not a doctor or practitioner.
All the best!
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