Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar

The Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar

It is said that vinegar was discovered around 5000 BC!   Some unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar.   It was originally used as a food preservative then for medicinal purposes.  Hippocrates first used it for wound care and then more practitioners begin to use it for everything from treating poison ivy to stomach ailments, even diabetes.   It has been credited for curing hiccups to aiding in weight loss and preventing acid reflux (drink one tablespoon of unfiltered organic ACV in a glass of water).  

Vinegar in french means "sour wine".  Traditionally made through a long slow fermentation process.   This process leaves it rich in bio-active acids giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial properties.  The longer fermentation period allows the accumulation of a non-toxic "slime" made up of  yeast and acetic acid bacteria known as the "mother"   The "mother" is a cobweb like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered raw vinegar.  You should always purchase raw organic vinegar that has the "murky" look, this indicates the best quality and is the best to type to consume.  If using for cleaning purposes, the clear white vinegar is all you need.

Just a few wellness benefits of ACV:
*Helps control blood sugar levels.
*Lowers cholesterol.
*Aids in weight loss.
*Relieves sinus congestion.
*Relieves sore throats.
*Freshens bad breath.
Helps digestion issues.
*Skin irritations, including removal of warts.
*Energy boost. (Switchel)

Here's a recipe from "It's All Good" Gwyneth Paltrow:
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1 tbs. Dijon mustard
3 tbs. ACV
2 tbs. maple syrup.
1/2 cup olive oil.
Course sea salt.
Ground black pepper.
While whisking together, slowly drizzle in olive oil.
Makes about 3/4 cup of awesome dressing!

Here's two great articles on the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Thrive Market: 13 Uses for ACV
Raw Foodist David Wolfe on ACV: "1 tbs of ACV for 60 days"

Here's a link to Dr. Michael Greger's latest video. 
"How Not To Die" 82 minute version
"How Not To Die" 17 minute version.
Don"t hack, watch the long version if you can!

Great article in the Huffington Post from Dr. Joel Kahn:

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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