Apple Cider Vinegar – an ancient medicinal aid

Posted on: 10th September, 2018

Category: Food & Drinks

Contributor: West Cork People

April Danann has developed her own wild fermentation SCOBYs, mothers and starters…she produces some of the cleanest, barrel fermented Apple Cider Vinegar and Herbal Kombucha available and manages to forage, grow and seek out the natural everywhere she goes. She is a food influencer, creating new trends in healthy sustainable living. She lives in West Cork with her family, where she is a natural bee keeper and home-schools her children.

Vinegar can be made from the fermentation of nearly any fruit or vegetable and has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating from thousands of years ago.

This ancient remedy has come down the millennia with all sorts of lore attributed to it; Apple cider vinegar appears to be some sort of a panacea with something different to offer everyone according to their own needs and body requirements.

If you ask 100 people why they rely on apple cider vinegar as part of their health care regimen, you will likely get 100 different answers. It’s purported benefits range from anti-cancer properties, acne and skin clearing activity, cholesterol lowering, anti diabetic, pain relieving to weight loss and detoxifying.

The well-known herbalist, Dr. Christopher was also a fan believing it to help dissolve excess mucus in the system, as an antiseptic and to increase energy. His recommendation was to take apple cider vinegar together with raw honey.

An all round natural health remedy, on just a couple of tablespoons a day…

Of course, there are specifics that need to be discussed here probably due to the fact that not all vinegars are created equally and a person would be well advised to seek out the real thing.

According to Bragg, when choosing an apple cider vinegar one must search for a couple of key words on the label – raw, containing the mother or even wild fermented and unfiltered – are indicators of a superior product that has not been pasteurised or made shelf stable by heat treatment, rendering the contents inactive.

Part of the magic of this vinegar is the fact that it is alive or full of living organisms such as wild yeast and acetic acid bacteria. And here is where the story gets interesting. This is the active portion of the product – it’s consciousness so to speak.

Apple cider vinegar is known to mostly contain yeast, acetic acid bacteria and lactic acid bacteria. According to WebMD and Bragg, it also contains small amounts of pectin, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin C, biotin, folic acid and niacin. It also usually contains a small amount of minerals such as sodium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium and iron as well as natural enzymes.

Like many other fermented foods, we need these bacteria and organisms to help keep our gut and digestive systems healthy. This vinegar is believed to alter the pH of the gut through the presence of acids such as acetic acid, malic acid and gluconic acid; which support the growth and presence of these beneficial probiotics.

Consuming apple cider vinegar as a prebiotic to prepare the gut, as well as a probiotic to improve the micro-biome of the intestinal tract, is one of the almost forgotten reasons to include it into a healthy lifestyle. Yet, when taken regularly over a period of time, perhaps this specific action on the lining or biofilm of the gut is what precipitates the physical changes and beneficial effects.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in many of the nutrients your body needs to create a healthy inner micro-biome that works for you modulating your immune system and promoting wellness according to many sources.

While no one is certain, there are some indications that apple cider vinegar gently alters the lining of the gut, perhaps just changing the pH enough to shift the biofilm into a healthier state. There is some evidence of this effect with the bladder as well.

For many people, consuming their apple cider vinegar usually means adding a teaspoon or two, into a glass of water and drinking it first thing in the morning upon rising. This is likely taken before any food or other beverages.

One of the most common uses of apple cider vinegar is during a cleanse, fast or detox – which is a specified time set aside to give the body, mind and spirit time to rest, replenish and release old built up toxic debris from within the tissues and cells.

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