Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples and allowing them to sit in wooden barrels until it matures. During the process of fermentation, the vinegar develop enzymes and minerals that can help aid our health. The "mother" is the necessary ingredient in apple cider vinegar (ACV) that promotes health. Most ACV that are found in commercial supermarkets have been processed by filtration and over-heating, whereby the "mother" has been removed. The "mother" can be identified by its web-like appearance that floats around in the bottle of the ACV. The cost of the natural apple cider is more expensive than that found in the grocery stores. You will find in the natural ciders a lot of "webbing" and is darker when compared to the filtered ciders. This "webbing" is the beneficial part of the cider.
Here's what ACV has to offer: mineral and trace elements like potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon, and fluorine. It can help with regulating cholesterol and blood pressure because of the pectin fiber in the vinegar. Just as people use vinegar to marinate meat so that it's tender, the same is true for our own fat cells. Apple cider vinegar can break down our own fat deposits helping with weight loss. ACV can also help with arthritis.
A couple of years ago, I noticed a bump on my finger joint. It would get sore and red from time to time. It just happens to be on the hand that I use most in my work. When I asked my doctor about it, he told me it was likely arthritis. Over the next year, it would flare more often. Thankfully, I don't have any other areas yet that have appeared. So why am I telling you this? Because I started mixing 2 teaspoons of ACV with a glass of water in the morning before work for the health benefits. After about a week or so, I noticed I could bend my finger more without the pain. Because I'm curious and just wanted to see if it was the ACV, I stopped for about a week, and I noticed I wasn't able to bend my finger quite as well. I need to work a few more years, so I'm back on the ACV daily. The taste doesn't bother me, but for some, it's a bit difficult to get down. You can add a teaspoon of honey if necessary.
Here are a few more things ACV can help with:
- Acid reflux--take 2 teaspoons in an 8-ounce glass of water prior to a meal
- Arthritis--can be applied externally to painful joints in a hot solution for 10 minutes
- Breaking a fever
Here is story my daughter told me: One of her co-workers has an infant who had been really sick. She had her infant son at the emergency department once and the doctor's office twice. The medications given to him didn't really seem to help. My daughter told her about ACV on the body could break a fever. So this worried mom soaked a towel in ACV, warmed it and wrapped his body up for the night. The next day, the mom said he was a new baby. His fever was gone and he was so much better. Now this mother is a believer in natural remedies.
God gave us so many resources to use in helping aid ourselves in good health. We just need to find them and educate ourselves, myself included.
Health-bite: ACV a wonderful natural remedy