I first learned about Apple Cider Vinegar from my readers when I posted Salad Dressing Doesn’t Require Chemicals. The salad dressing recipes included used plain white vinegar but several commenters suggested using apple cider vinegar instead, claiming it was a superior product.
Apple cider vinegar’s greatest claim to fame is its alleged health benefit. However, as with many natural health products, there have been few in-depth scientific studies done to support that. Any claims made are mostly based on folk medicine. That doesn’t mean they don’t work – many old-time remedies are very effective, something world health organizations are starting to acknowledge.
As always – if you have chronic health problems or are taking any kind of medication, do not take ACV without checking with your doctor first.
Apple cider vinegar is not a cure-all but rather, when used right, an effective way to maintain the body’s pH balance in order to prevent disease.
Unless advised to do so by a medical or homeopathic doctor, apple cider vinegar should not be used to treat disease.
Do not overuse. Start slow with ½ to 1 tsp. per day and slowly work up to no more than 2 Tbsp. a day (although I personally think for long-term use 1 Tbsp. (3 tsp.) a day should be the maximum, but that’s just me – I tend to err on the side of caution).
Always dilute apple cider vinegar. Drinking it straight can lead to loss of tooth enamel and burn the mouth, throat and esophagus.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits:
- Leg cramps. I can personally vouch that this works. I add 1/2 tsp. to my cup of honey-lemon tea twice a day, once just before bed.
- May help balance blood sugar levels.
- High blood pressure – has been shown to lower blood pressure.
- May lower cholesterol which in turn reduces risk of heart disease.
- There is some evidence that apple cider vinegar may slow the growth of cancer cells. More studies are needed.
- Weight Loss. Believed to suppress appetite if taken before a meal.
- Sore Throat. Gargle with a diluted solution. Try a warm drink made with 1 cup warm water, 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar, add honey to taste.
- Upset Stomach. Make a mint tea and add 1/2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar to settle the stomach. Honey may be added.
- Can get rid of that bloated feeling.
- A honey-lemon-apple cider vinegar tea works well to clear congestion and get rid of phlegm.
- Helps rid the body of toxins.
Apple Cider Vinegar Precautions:
All natural products used to promote good health should be taken with the same care as prescription medicines. Apple cider vinegar is no different. This is not a product where ‘if a little works, more will work better’. It won’t and excessive intake can create serious health problems.
- For anyone taking diabetic medicine or insulin, apple cider vinegar can lower blood sugar levels too much, leading to hypoglycemia or even insulin shock.
- Patients taking diuretics may be monitored for low potassium. Apple cider vinegar can lower potassium even more.
- DON’T USE it straight as a tooth-whitener or a mouthwash. This practice can do serious damage to tooth enamel and mouth tissue.
- Apple cider vinegar can help balance your body’s pH level which should be around 7.45. Overuse can disrupt this balance and actually create health problems. It’s easy to check pH levels with an inexpensive litmus test, available at Pharmacies.
What kind of Apple Cider Vinegar should you use?
When using apple cider vinegar to promote good health and prevent disease it just makes sense to buy the healthiest product – organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized and containing the ‘mother’.
I use Filsingers’ Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which is Unfiltered, Unpasteurized and containing the ‘mother’. Bonus for me – Filsingers Organic Orchards are only about 20 miles away which supports my commitment to the 100 mile rule – that is, whenever possible buy products produced within 100 miles of where you live.
How to get Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet:
The safest and easiest way to use apple cider vinegar is in everyday cooking. Adding ½ to 1 teaspoon to several dishes throughout the day will more than likely provide all you need to maintain a healthy pH balance and strong immune system.
- As mentioned, add it to a tea
- Add it to apple sauce
- Makes a great salad dressing – I keep some in a spray bottle and just spritz some on our salads
- Give soup or stews a little tang – especially those with tomato or beans
- Add to baking – pie crust, pie fillings, muffins, etc.
- Makes a more flavourful marinade for meat than white vinegar
- Rub it on poultry for roasting
- Use it with fish in place of lemon
- Make a habit of replacing lemon juice or white vinegar with apple cider vinegar in recipes
- Come up with your own ideas as to how to use it in cooking and baking.
Organic apple cider vinegar is substantially more expensive than white vinegar and should only be used to maintain the body’s pH balance in order to prevent illness. Using it for tasks where the much cheaper white vinegar works as well, such as for household cleaning and deodorizing, is simply a waste of money.
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