The Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing product! The use of apple cider vinegar dates back many years, all the way to 500 BC where it was used by Hippocrates (the father of medicine). 

WHAT IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV)?

ACV is made from apples through a two-stage fermenting process. Hard apple cider is made from the first stage of the fermentation process; Apple cider vinegar is made from the second stage. Any food that is fermented yields a higher nutritional value. The best and only apple cider vinegar to use is the one that contains “the mother”, this will look like a murky brown vinegar with the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. This sediment is the living nutrients (enzymes) and bacteria.

WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS?

Apple Cider Vinegar contains calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus that are very essential in relieving joint pain. Being deficient in these minerals can create and worsen joint pain. It has antioxidant, beta-carotene and acetic acid that produce miraculous effects in easing arthritic pain. It is rich in beneficial enzymes that improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Pectin in apple cider vinegar helps to absorb toxins and move them out of the system while the acids in the vinegar work to purify and detoxify the entire body. It also helps to restore the normal pH level of the body which is important for overall health.

ACV FOR ACUTE INJURIES...

ACV is great for acute injuries! ACV is an astringent and draws swelling and fluid away from the injured area without inhibiting the blood supply to the area and so the area is able to start its healing process straight away. This is different to the old traditional use of ice which constricts the blood supply to an area. Swelling is reduced this way but the healing process is delayed due to the reduced blood supply. It is now known that the old rule of RICE for an acute injury is not beneficial in aiding recovery - for more info click here.  ACV with compression and movement (within a low pain range) should be the "go to" treatment.

HOW TO USE: Apply externally by soaking a cloth in ACV (can be diluted 3:1 for sensitive skin and children) and cover the affected area with the cloth, leave on for up to 2 hours. Keep the cloth moist by covering with cling film. After 2 hours remove the cloth, let the skin dry for an hour and repeat. Cover any cuts and grazes with paw paw ointment to form a seal. 

ACV FOR OTHER USES:                   

Colds and Flu - tonic recipe below
Constipation, Diarrhea, Gas or Indigestion - tonic recipe below                                 Osteoporosis - tonic recipe below
Weight Loss - tonic recipe below                                                                                              Crohn's DIsease - tonic recipe below                                                                                       Sinusitis, joint pain, headaches, heartburn, asthma or frequent urinary tract or upper respiratory infections – Use the below tonic with meals as well as on an empty stomach twice daily.
Heart – For blood pressure and cholesterol control, mix together a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and honey. Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture two to three times daily. Together they create a high mineral tonic along with alkalising properties which helps the heart relax and prevents bad cholesterol from being high.
Insomnia – Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into ½ cup of local honey. Before bed, take one tablespoon of the mixture. You can repeat this every ½ hour until you fall asleep.
Joints – If you suffer from any form of arthritis (osteo, rheumatoid) you can mix 2tbs of vinegar with coconut oil and massage into affected areas as well as drink the tonic with three meals daily.

HOW TO USE: A tonic can be made by adding 1-3 Tablespoons to a glass of warm water and honey to taste. This is usually taken with meals to enhance the nutrition of each meal. It can also be taken on an empty stomach before meals.