Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Apple Cider Vinegar

I've been reading about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. I don't doubt the benefits but boy is it nasty tasting to drink.

The basic recipe:
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. honey
8 oz. water

It was suggested to get our son drinking this so I tried it this morning before giving it to him. There is no way he will drink it! I managed to get half the glass down before I gave up and gave the rest to my husband to drink.  Perhaps it is an acquired taste and I'll get used to it.

Here are some of the touted benefits from ehow.com

Kill Or Be Killed
One of the biggest things apple cider vinegar is known for is its ability to kill free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the cause of many deadly illnesses such as cancer, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.

Balance Is Bliss
Alkalinity is a very important aspect of good health. When the body becomes alkaline, a lot of ailments tend to disappear. Some of these would include headaches, chronic fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, and joint pain. Drinking apple cider vinegar will turn up the body alkaline and help reduce and even eliminate these symptoms altogether.

Toughen the Bones
When apple cider vinegar is mixed with fruits, vegetables and meats, it ends up extracting calcium from them. This helps increase bone mineral density. This is beneficial for older people, especially women with osteoporosis.

Fruit and Fiber
Apple cider vinegar has a substance in it called pectin, a fruit fiber. This helps to reduce elevated cholesterol levels. To make matters better, it even helps to regulate blood pressure.

Twice As Nice
Apple cider vinegar has potassium. This has a two fold benefit. First of all, it helps to strengthen nails and teeth. It stimulates hair growth. It helps alleviate sinusitis and a runny nose. The other thing it does is help eliminate toxins from the body. People who are trying to cleanse or detox their systems can really benefit from this fact.

Natural Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar also aids in weight loss. This is very important to the obese population. It actually emulsifies and helps break down fat cells, causing natural weight reduction as opposed to resorting to more riskier extremes.

I've checked several Vinegar books out of the library so perhaps I'll find a way to incorporate it into our diet that is more appetizing.

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