By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Many times I wake up in the morning and wonder into the kitchen and drink 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar diluted in 8oz of water before I even begin to wake up and get ready for my day. It has so many wonderful benefits and I think it tastes pretty good. I also put 1 tbs into my large water bottle that I sip on throughout my work day. Sometimes I also add some lemon juice to it too. Things I notice since drinking it are: clearer skin, happy belly, better digestion, less kidney stones (yes even I battle them if I get dehydrated), easier weight loss and the list can go on and on.
Some of the other ways apple cider vinegar can enhance your health
Balanced blood sugar – too many people have metabolic syndrome or diabetes, this easy drink can work wonders helping blood sugar balance out.
Lowers blood pressure: stress and high blood pressure happens, this is an easy remedy you can do every morning to keep your blood pressure down.
Whitens teeth naturally: There are so many teeth whitening products on the market. Why not use something natural? Just put some on your finger and rub it on your teeth for 1 minute. Then rinse.
Improves gut health! This is my favorite way apple cider vinegar helps us! Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. We have way too many bad creatures like bacteria and even parasites living inside our gut. No fun! And yes sounds kind of gross but it is true, even for the cleanest and nicest people. Just think about all the elevator buttons you push with your finger, all the checkout line credit card machines where you have to enter your pin # with your finger, and let’s not forget the door to a public restroom or the office or school doors we open or close each day – bacteria happens and it ends up in our gut.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to help with everything from scrubbing floors to killing parasites. These fermented apples have long been used as medicine. In fact, many of the remedies that Hippocrates used involved just honey or apple cider vinegar.
It never hurts to sip on a little apple cider vinegar, even when you’re not sick. In addition to acting as a natural antibiotic, acetic acid has been shown to boost energy and promote natural weight loss. As a fermented food, apple cider vinegar also contains strains of probiotics, which help improve digestive health and boost immunity
Now I need to run a stool test on myself to see what is in my gut. I eat healthy but there are so many ways for bacteria to get in and start messing things up in the gut. Here is the one I do every year just to make sure there is nothing I need to deal with or that may cause a health challenge later on.
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