Harsh medications, extensive treatments and frequent doctor’s appointments can often go along with having an autoimmune disease. And while all of these things may be true, there are small, natural things that you can do at home to improve your overall health. One such way is with apple cider vinegar.
This product has been around for a long time, but people are just starting to discover its numerous health benefits, such as these, just to name a few:
Cures Indigestion: Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, does wonders for your digestive system. The Reader’s Digest website reports that by drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water, you can cure bacterial infections that can cause diarrhea. Not only that, but many holistic experts claim that the pectin in ACV helps soothe intestinal spasms.
Promotes Weight Loss: Dr. Oz suggests mixing 1 cup of grapefruit juice with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. His website reports that this has both vitamin C, which helps you burn fat quicker, and acetic acid, which might help your body pump out those fat-burning proteins. The site described that in one study, individuals with appropriate vitamin C levels burned 30 percent more fat during exercise than those with a vitamin C deficiency. ACV is also supposed to fill up your stomach and make you feel more full if you drink some, diluted in water, before each meal.
Helps Type 2 Diabetes: According to WebMD, “The effect of vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. For instance, a 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by four percent to six percent.”
Lowers High Cholesterol: Altmedicine.about.com reported that the British Journal of Nutrition published a 2006 study, which found that rats fed acetic acid (found in apple cider vinegar) for 19 days had an evident reduction in overall cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Balances Your Body’s pH: Bodyecology.com reported that apple cider vinegar can help restore your body’s pH to a healthy balance, which can be compromised by taking lots of medication. This article, entitled, “Apple Cider Vinegar: The Amazing Health Benefits of this Economical ‘Old Timers Home Remedy,'” said that your blood is supposed to be slightly alkaline (or having a pH greater than 7), but as your blood becomes too acidic, you are more susceptible to illness. And, according to another article on bodyecology.com, stress can also be acidic to your body. Apple cider vinegar, however, can help restore your body’s pH by consuming it orally.
However, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt. For instance, it’s important to remember that apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, which means that it can wear down your tooth enamel as well as throat and stomach lining. For this reason, it’s essential that you always dilute vinegar in water or tea before you drink it. WebMD also strongly suggests that you talk to your doctor before you start consuming ACV on a daily basis.
So, with all of this taken into account, what brand of ACV should you buy? Most sites recommended Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. According to gerson.org, there should be “strand-like sediment floating at the bottom. No, your vinegar hasn’t gone bad—that gunky-looking stuff at the bottom is the most important part! It’s called ‘the mother,’ and it contains raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing.”
Look for these key words when purchasing ACV: unpasteurized, raw, organic, and unfiltered. And, in order to take apple cider vinegar orally, add 1-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water before you eat. You can also make it into a tea by adding it to hot water and adding honey or putting the ACV right into a mug of herbal tea. Whichever mode of consumption you choose, you are sure to be feeling healthier in no time.
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Rebecca Price–Autoimmune Allyby
Born a North Carolinian, Rebecca Price moved to Papua New Guinea when she was 3 and lived on a Wycliffe Bible Translators center there until she graduated high school in 2010. Now a rising senior at Asbury University, Rebecca is a double major in creative writing and journalism with a minor in Spanish. Rebecca is the Executive Editor of her student newspaper, the Asbury Collegian, and a writing tutor at the Center for Academic Excellence. She has had some wonderful experiences during her time at Asbury, including reporting at the London 2012 Olympics through the NBC-affiliate LEX-18. She enjoys bunnies, coffee and AP Style.View all Rebecca Price posts.