A couple of weeks ago, the Lakewood Historical Society sponsored a Chautauqua event at Lakewood Park. One of the “speakers” was John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. For those who may not know, Johnny Appleseed was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and parts of what is now northern West Virginia during his lifetime in the late 1700’s until his death in 1845. During his talk he briefly mentioned using apple cider vinegar as a medicine in his day. In today’s world of high tech scientific research, there is a tendency to look down upon the old folk remedies of the past. But it turns out that our ancestors may have known something about apple cider vinegar that we should pay attention to.
Here are some of the ways this derivative of fermented apples can help you:
- Balance your inner ecosystem – To be healthy, your body’s inner pH (acid-base balance) must be between 7.35 and 7.45 (alkaline). Today’s American diet tends to push us towards the low end of this range, and as we head beyond that, our inner environment becomes acidic. An acid environment promotes the growth of yeast and cancer, as well as excessive mucous. Daily doses of apple cider vinegar help maintain a healthy alkaline environment keeping these problems from flourishing.
- Detoxes the body – Not only does it balance the body’s pH, but it also aids in detoxing the liver, improves cardiovascular circulation, and cleanses the lymph nodes which help your body fight infection.
- Helps allergy sufferers – By reducing mucous and sinus congestion, it helps to reduce susceptibility to allergies. This also helps prevent sinus headaches and infections that occur with clogged sinuses.
- Eases stomach cramps and diarrhea – The probiotics in the vinegar help ease diarrhea and the pectins from the apples ease stomach cramps. Mix a tablespoon or two in water or your favorite juice to get the best results.
- Lowers blood pressure – The mechanism isn’t quite clear, but the vinegar may increase nitric oxide that relaxes the blood vessels. It may also inhibit angiotensin, which is converted to an enzyme that increases blood pressure.
- Kills Candida and Fungus – This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that help rid your body of candida, a form of yeast that is blamed for causing symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.
- Eases arthritis, stiff joints, and gout – Regular use of the vinegar can be tied to a decrease in joint pain and gout by reducing inflammation. The malic acid found in apple cider vinegar dissolves the uric acid crystals that cause the pain of gout in the joints.
- Clears acne, dermatitis, warts, and other skin problems – by mixing one part of the vinegar with three parts of water, you create a cleansing solution that helps these conditions to heal. For warts, soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and place it over the wart covered with a band-aid overnight. The skin may swell and throb as it reacts with the vinegar, but after a few days, the wart will turn black and fall off. Continue the treatment for a few days so the wart won’t return.
As you can see, apple cider vinegar has a lot that it can offer you for better health. For daily use, a tablespoon or two is all it takes. But it’s important that you use raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered vinegar. It will look cloudy in the jar. Once it is pasteurized, all the healing benefits are gone, and the only thing it is good for is salad dressing.
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