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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Apple cider vinegar cure/remedy.

I've been meaning to write a post about the Apple cider vinegar cure/remedy for a long while now, especially as it has been so beneficial to my health and general well being.

Disclaimer: This does not work for every one and is not a replacement for normal medication. I'm not a doctor or an expert on alternative medicine and can only write about the effect apple cider vinegar has had on my health. Remember only apple cider vinegar, not any other vinegar's.

The apple cider vinegar cure/remedy goes back centuries and has been used for the treatment of various ailments and health problems.

Since my early twenties I have suffered from allergies, hay fever, sinus problems, upper airway infections and asthma. Come winter and I would be certain to spend several weeks in bed with bronchitis, flu, and all sorts of other problems. This led to the prescription of mega doses of antibiotic's and other medication. The antibiotics would have other side effects such as fungal infections in my throat, sinus, and even my lungs, which would then need other treatment. Chronic illness was just part of life for me.

Long before the end of each year I would have depleted my medical aid funds and have to pay for treatment and medication out of my own pocket.

About three years ago a lady in our church said to me, "Your body's pH is out, you are too acidic, that's why you are so prone to infections allergies, etc." 

Well she was absolutely right about the pH. I had, had a blood test a few years before to check my body acidity as I was starting to get gout in my hips. The doctors comment when he saw the results were that my blood  was more like battery acid than normal blood. (He was only half kidding). 

When I asked the lady, "Well what can I do about it?" she said, "Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water first thing every morning and you body pH will become more alkaline."

Vinegar is acid, so how can this be? Well it works and for three years now I've been religiously  drinking two table spoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, every morning, (see photo above) before I do anything else. (If it feels as if I'm getting a cold or flu I take it up to three times a day). 

In the past three years I've been off sick for less than five days, doctors visits virtually nil, antibiotics, nil, and I haven't felt this well for more than forty years. For thirty plus years, I had absolutely no sense of smell due to excessively inflamed sinuses, I now spend a lot of time enjoying the smell of things like coffee or flowers. If I do get a cold or a bit of flu my body's own immune system kicks in and sorts out the problem within a few days. Gout? What gout? Only if I forget to take my daily dose of apple cider vinegar.

For years I suffered with haemorrhoid's, plain old piles. It's something that only fellow sufferers can understand, (your anus becomes the center of your universe). Now all gone as if they never were.

Some people claim that apple cider vinegar has lowered their cholesterol and high blood pressure. Others say that if your body's pH is alkaline your chances of getting cancer is also reduced. I don't know if any scientific studies have been done regarding these benefits.

I use the cheapest brand of apple cider vinegar on the market, about R9 or 1$ US. The health food shelf in our local super market has one that is three of four times more expensive, but I doubt it works any better. Avoid health food capsules that claim to contain apple cider vinegar. Tests by the FDA in the US has shown that they have very little or none at all.

If you decide to try this cure/remedy start with a smaller dose and increase slowly. I hope it has the same beneficial effect as it has had for me. Make sure to rinse your mouth out properly, acid is bad for your teeth. I have my first cup  of coffee right after.


Gorges Smythe said...

I'm a firm believer in natural remedies, but you were wise to warn that it works for YOU. We all have different body chemistry, so some folks will find OTHER things that work for them.

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

You know the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Certainly works for you.

Joyful said...

I do believe very much in apple cider vinegar's curative properties. I've got a few small booklets on using it as a remedy and from time to time have tried to use it. I'm afraid I'm just not very consistent. I've also read that some add a spoon of honey to the mix with warm water. Honey is loaded with vitamins too. So glad the ACV worked for you.

Pumice said...

Very interesting. My guess is that there are a lot of simple, old fashioned treatments out there that could help people with major issues. Got any more?

Also I echo the approval of your comment that it might not work for everyone. That is true of any medication.

I am interested in what you said about "medical aid funds." Could that be an idea we could use in our battle against socialized medicine or is it a word in favor of it? Maybe you could post on that.

Grace and peace.