Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Muse-pa and I just returned from a three-week long trip to Los Angeles, London, Bath, Paris and Berlin. We have never been to Europe before so it was a pretty grand adventure. Yes, it was really amazing to see all the intricate stone architecture, statues, old (really old) buildings, churches, Abbey Road Studios, the Louvre (along with the incredible paintings and statues inside), but some of the really interesting things to me were how they do some of their daily lives differently.

For example, they have really small fridges, generally. In fact, at a couple apartments we stayed in, I thought they didn’t have a fridge at all because it was under the counter, and typically looked just like another cabinet (with a really teeny freezer) – think those little fridges you see in the USA in someone’s garage, bar, or game room. I guess this works right in with the fact that very few of them have cars and drive because the subway is much more convenient and economical there. It is the quickest and easiest way to get around in the bigger cities. And, as they do all that walking to and from the subway every day, they probably pass by one of the many little markets with stands of fresh produce displayed on the sidewalks each day, grab a few things for making their dinner, breakfast or lunch, today or tomorrow, and just repeat that every day or so. Voila! No need for a great big fridge and freezer!

How does this tie in with our trip? Because even though we ate out quite a bit while we were traveling (they have endless places to get really delicious food there), I always have to make at least some of my food when I am away from home. This is because I really want to make sure that I am getting some high-quality, low-additive type goodness into my body. So I visited the local bio-market (what they call their organic stores/products), and picked up some things to make salads, salad dressing, omelets, etc, but when I left, I hadn’t used up all the ingredients.

I also prefer to use, share, give away, recycle, or whatever rather than throw away. So since we found a really great fresh fruit/veggie smoothie store on day one in Berlin, located just a few blocks from our apartment, and had many chats with the owner, I decided to check in with him and see if he would like the almost full bottle of apple cider vinegar I had left. I figured since he owns and runs a health-oriented business, he would be a regular user of it for at least one of it’s many amazing uses, but no! I had to repeat what I was asking him about and he almost didn’t seem like he even knew what it was and then mentioned a couple uses for it around the house and yard or something (I think he may even have just been thinking of vinegar in general).

It really made me notice how there are things we are aware of here that they are either unaware of there or simply do not feel the need to do – including apple cider vinegar. I then remembered the many times that I have seen entire books written about the benefits and uses of apple cider vinegar – including some health issues he mentioned having a huge challenge with!

I also realized that there may be many people in the USA who are unfamiliar with apple cider vinegar and some possible benefits they might gain from using it (could even be you!), so I wanted to share a number of uses and benefits for you and your family in today’s post:

1- Diabetes. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in both people with type 2 Diabetes and those who are pre-diabetic.

2 – Heart Health. ACV is believed to lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure levels.

3- Sinus Congestion and Infections. Since ACV has antibacterial properties and also helps to break up mucus, it is beneficial for sinus congestion.

4- Weight Loss. ACV helps with weight loss by making you feel full sooner, thereby reducing the amount of food you consume and assisting in losing weight.

5- Wart Removal. The acids contained in ACV seem to help remove warts when applied topically. This is generally done by putting some ACV on a cotton ball and applying it to the wart overnight.

6- Energy and Enzymes. The potassium and enzymes contained in ACV help to prevent lactic acid buildup and aid in reducing fatigue.

7- Digestion/Acid Reflux. Drinking 1 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water per day can provide additional acids and aid in reducing acid reflux while also helping digestion.

I have also heard of ACV being used in water for soaking athlete’s affected feet, in sprays to soothe sunburns, as a household cleaning agent, as a skin treatment, as a foundation for non-alcoholic herbal tinctures, and as a douche.

These are all aside from the the culinary uses. I highly recommend having some on hand and trying it out for any of the above situations. You can pick up one of my favorite brands here.

If you wish to read further and or reference any of the studies supporting any of these uses, please refer here and here.

Also, feel free to share this post and information with anyone you know who you feel would benefit from it.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

What do you do with apple cider vinegar?     Do you have any stories to share about how ACV has helped you in the past with a challenge?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

 

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