A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with a yeast allergy. Presented with this diagnosis, I was forced to start eating a completely yeast-free diet. Unfortunately, yeast is present in almost all food and I therefore needed to eat by trial and error. One food I missed most was bread, especially since I enjoy Italian cooking so much. Desperate to find a way to eat the foods I loved, I began researching homeopathic remedies for allergies. In my search I found Apple Cider Vinegar to come up as a solution for almost every ailment imaginable.
Apple cider vinegar can be taken orally and used externally safely. However, the smell of the vinegar is very potent, and so many users tend to water it down with water or honey, or simply mix it into their food. Some of the most common ailments that Apple Cider Vinegar is treats are: acne, insect bites, stomach pain, asthma and eczema. Many people also use ACV to increase weight loss.
I find the most effective way to use the Apple Cider Vinegar is to add it to all my salad dressings, to drop a tablespoon in my soups and pastas, and most of all, to take about 3-4 tablespoons of it orally everyday after a large meal. While it is very unpleasant to take a swig of ACV, it is also incredibly effective in getting it directly into the bloodstream. Often, I try to water down the vinegar with a little honey. After I eat, I take a big gulp of water followed by a shot glass sized sip of vinegar. Sometimes, I wash down the aftertaste with something salty, like tortilla chips or crackers.
Since I’ve begun taking the Apple Cider Vinegar on a daily basis I’ve found a huge improvement both in my allergy tolerance, and in my general health. I have much more energy, feel more clear-headed, have shed some unwanted weight, have beautiful skin, and my usually dry hair is quite shiny!
-The Flu Season-
On another note, Apple Cider Vinegar is notorious for helping to extinguish throat soreness, flu and cold symptoms at an alarming rate. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, gargling with ACV might help a lot to shorten the length of your illness and help to relieve soreness. Also, if you do indeed decide to drink the ACV it might help to cleanse your system and drain the bacteria from your throat and mouth.
Furthermore, AVC contains calcium, iron, sodium, malic acid, potassium, acetic acid and pectin. All of these vitamins and minerals are essential in a healthy diet. In fact, some of their immediate benefits include avoiding fungal infections, curing runny noses, lowering blood pH levels, regulating blood pressure and removing bad cholesterol.
-Purchasing and Administering-
Finally, if you do choose to use this liquid gold make sure to buy raw unfiltered vinegar because without it you won’t be getting the necessary “mother of vinegar” which is found in the sediment that settles in the bottom of the bottle. Therefore, make sure you shake the bottle well before using the vinegar so that the bacteria and “mother” get evenly distributed throughout. While this may sound gross, this “mother” contains the necessary bacteria that help to stabilize and strengthen your immune system, stomach lining, and cardiovascular health.