October 23 – Strategy 23 – Apple Cider Vinegar – It's about More than Just Salad
Apple Cider Vinegar is exactly what it sounds like: vinegar from fermented apple juice. Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits but one of the most important for cancer patients or for preventing cancer is that it fosters an alkalizing environment. I said in an earlier post how cancer cells do not survive in an alkaline environment but thrive in an acidic one. Apple cider vinegar is not only a great alkalizing agent, but it’s rich in enzymes and potassium which your body needs to regenerate soft tissue.
Apple cider vinegar tastes just like it sounds: vinegary with an apple flavor. Its main advantage includes its use as a powerful internal cleanser. In addition, clinical studies have confirmed many other health benefits for apple cider vinegar. These include lowering blood glucose levels, cholesterol, blood pressure and it can even slow or kill the growth of cancer cells.
Adding a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a chilled vegetable drink or water can help beat workout exhaustion, help with tummy troubles due to a bacterial infection, stop hiccups, and help prevent indigestion and nighttime leg cramps. Gargling with apple cider vinegar in the morning can help whiten teeth. The vinegar helps to remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums.
A 2006 review article in the "Medscape Journal of Medicine" concludes vinegar may have a role in blood sugar control and appetite suppression. Other studies show vinegar may also promote weight loss by preventing fat accumulation through its impact on insulin reduction. Recommendations for weight loss are to use 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water and sip it throughout the day. This helps to maintain a constant pH and keep your body in a constant, alkalized state and capable of blocking fat absorption.
I use raw, organic ACV and my favorite brand is Braggs. It’s unfiltered and loaded with living nutrients and enzymes similar to Kombucha. Clear vinegar is filtered and does not have any of the benefits of the raw, unfiltered kind. Always be sure to dilute it, as due to its high acidic nature, it can affect the enamel of your teeth. Braggs also makes a line of apple cider vinegar drinks with various added flavors like ginger spice, apple cinnamon, limeade, and concord grape-acai.
So the old saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, also applies to apple cider vinegar. Admittedly, it is an acquired taste, but sweetened with a bit of honey or stevia, it can be very refreshing. With all the possible health benefits by drinking this simple food, you can’t afford not to try it.
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