At some point within my first flox year, my husband came home with his usual armload of kids jackets and backpacks and whatnot, and then I heard a loud thump. I looked over as he slung a gigantic bottle of Organic Raw Bragg Apple Cider Vinegaron the counter and he said, “a gift from Danny”. I had to laugh because the 48 oz size of the bottle was a message in itself, and the message wasn’t a gentle gesture to say, “here, I thought this might help”, it was a message that said, “Don’t Even Think About NOT Consuming This Whole Bottle – It Will Help!!!!!”. That’s Danny for you. Well, I have experience with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and I can tell you that it can be a chore to get it down, but in my past it has helped me evade some nasty colds and flu’s. The idea of drinking that stuff felt like an assault of some kind, so the bottle has been sitting on the counter (it is too big to fit in the cabinet – thanks Danny – lol) unopened, staring at me. Then last night Danny delivered some of his AMAZING wife’s homemade soup, and I was reminded to consider the ACV. I know Apple Cider Vinegar is somewhat wondrous, it can destroy a UTI (hmmm ACV… or Cipro?) but what can it do for floxies? I decided to give it a try and it has remained a part of my regular home care ever since. Thanks Danny, for caring and for the reminder. And for the soup 🙂
Here is an article from Natural News, written by Elizabeth Walling:
The cleansing properties of apple cider vinegar have been utilized for centuries. Eastern medicine teaches us that apple cider vinegar can help stimulate circulation and aid detoxification in the liver. Ancient cultures often used apple cider vinegar to purify the blood. Today we are exposed to more toxins than ever before, so it’s become even more important that we take care of our bodies by detoxing with natural medicinal foods like apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Supplying these nutrients to the body is crucial during a time of detoxification, when all the systems in the body go into overdrive to purge out toxic material. The unique acids in apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins and help the body eliminate them more effectively. They are also equip to fight bacteria, fungus and Candida.
Another way apple cider vinegar aids detoxification is by breaking up mucus throughout the body and cleansing the lymph nodes to allow for better lymph circulation. A healthy lymphatic system can remove toxins from the cells in the body while improving immune system response.
Taking apple cider vinegar before meals aids digestion and improves gastric health, helping the body remove toxic waste more efficiently. When foods are digested thoroughly and waste eliminated quickly, the body is nourished and toxins are removed before they have time to do damage.
Remember, to get real results you must choose a real product. The ideal apple cider vinegar is in raw liquid form. It should be unprocessed and unfiltered, with plenty of “mother” in it. Any other kind of apple cider vinegar will be far less effective and may provide no benefits at all. In fact, some cheap imitations are simply white distilled vinegar with caramel coloring added!
Take apple cider vinegar in small doses throughout the day. Many people like to take 1-3 teaspoons in a glass of water before meals to aid digestion. Others enjoy adding it to hot water with honey to drink as a tea. You can also use apple cider vinegar to make tasty and nutritious sauces and salad dressings.
A hot bath prepared with a cup of apple cider vinegar and a cup of Epsom salts will draw toxins out through the skin and help jumpstart the cleansing process. This can also help relieve joint pain as well as skin conditions like eczema and acne.
Also, there is an interesting article about Apple Cider Vinegar, including recipes and dosage, I found at BellaOnline, here is an excerpt :
Guest Author – Linda Paul
“Cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent. It breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. By breaking down these substances it improves the health and function of the vital organs of the body, such as the kidneys, bladder and liver, by preventing excessively alkaline urine. It also oxidizes and thins the blood, which is important in preventing high blood pressure. This powerful potion also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination, all the while neutralizing any toxic substances that enter the body. Cider vinegar has been found to neutralize any harmful bacteria that may be found in certain foods. When a mixture of cider vinegar and water is taken before a meal (particularly food served in restaurants or at picnics where the preparation or duration of food left uncovered and not refrigerated is questionable), it seems to prevent diarrhea or digestive upsets… Cider vinegar is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, as a beverage or with compresses soaked in hot vinegar applied directly to the joints. It is also thought to be helpful when used to treat asthma, nose bleeds, osteoporosis, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, colds, constipation, muscle cramps, colitis, diabetes, diarrhea, depression, dizziness, ear discharge, eczema, fatigue, gallstones, kidney stones, hay fever, headaches, heartburn, hiccups, indigestion, insomnia, kidney and bladder problems, metabolism, nasal congestion, sore throats, stiff joints, ulcers and weight loss.”