Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

As more and more people change their lifestyle habits, more research is done on healthier ways to live. Many people are motivated by diet and loosing weight, while others decide to alter their lifestyle due to an illness. Whatever the reason, one should take into consideration the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Not just a common kitchen shelf product. The use of vinegar as a natural home remedy dates back several centuries. For years folks have used vinegar for both food and medicine; for themselves and their pets. Vinegar can be used for cleaning, polishing, cooking, and even to relieve ailments. Recently, another form of vinegar, apple cider vinegar, has gained recognition as a beneficial product. A handful of studies show that apple cider vinegar can play an important role for those who suffer from conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Other studies have shown that the use of apple cider vinegar can give relief, and/or cure disorders such as aches & pains, allergies, poor complexion, burns and acid reflux.

In the late 1950s, people in the U.S. became more aware of the benefits of apple cider vinegar due to the best-selling book by D.C. Jarvis, ?"Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health?". D.C. Jarvis was so impressed with the beneficial effects of apple cider vinegar that he based his book on findings from his own observations and experiments with the natural home remedy. In his book, D.C. Jarvis wrote that apple cider vinegar could destroy harmful bacteria in the digestive tract, and he recommended consuming it, with meals, as a digestive tonic.

Again in the 1970s apple cider vinegar came to public attention; this time as a weight loss alternative. It was suggested that using it, along with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin, people could lose weight by speeding up metabolism and burning fat at a faster rate.

Who can benefit from the use of apple cider vinegar? If you suffer from allergies, acne, diabetes, acid reflux, sinus infections, gout, arthritis, Candida, warts, high cholesterol, digestive problems, varicose veins, high blood pressure, alkaline acid imbalance, those who want to remove toxins from the body or those suffering from obesity, than taking apple cider vinegar internally may benefit you. Commonly, those who use apple cider vinegar internally usually take 2 teaspoons a day. Although, one should keep in mind that because of its acidity, apple cider vinegar can be harsh to the throat if taken straight. If you experience a burning sensation while taking it, apple cider vinegar can be diluted with fruit juice, honey, water or even sugar before drinking it. In addition, vinegar applied directly to the skin may cause burning and scarring.

Don?'t forget about your pets. The family dog or cat can also benefit from the use of apple cider vinegar. Taking apple cider vinegar internally can help maintain the acid alkaline balance of your pets digestive tract and can help those who suffer from a poor appetite. The use of apple cider vinegar externally, on your dogs coat, can help with itchy skin and hot spots. Bathing your dog, or cat, in apple cider vinegar can greatly reduce the presence of fleas, flies, ticks, ring worm, fungus, mange, and other bacteria & parasites, inside and out. Other noted benefits of using apple cider vinegar for your family pet are the prevention of ear infections, muscle stiffness, cramps, feeling the cold, sore joints, constipation, arthritis and bladder infection; just to name a few.

The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is those made from cold pressed, organically grown apples; apple cider vinegar products in which no chemicals or preservatives have been added. Those products that are not pasteurized and still contain the ?"mother of vinegar?" (a natural gelatinous substance formed during the last fermentation step).

Keep in mind, as with any dietary supplement, always consult with your health care provider before taking apple cider vinegar as there may be side effects related to certain medicines and laxatives, or certain disorders such as low potassium, osteoporosis and diabetes. Also, those with apple allergies should avoid the use of apple cider vinegar. And remember to always ask your vet about the use of apple cider vinegar for you pet since each pets needs are unique and different.

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