In his book “Alkalize or Die”, Dr. Theodore Baroody points out that apple cider vinegar has an alkalizing effect on the blood and urine. Even though it is an acidic food, its structure changes to alkaline through the digestive processes.
A diet high in alkaline foods will help since the disease thrives in an acidic environment.
Foods like ACV and lemon water are surprisingly alkaline forming, as the pH of a food in its pre-digested state is very different from the chemical processes it will undergo in our bodies. On the contrary, foods like refined sugar, carbohydrates and meat create an acidic environment in our bodies.
Allergies and Congestion
Apple cider vinegar help break up mucous, but it also has a natural anti-histamine effect. ACV can lessen the sneezy, wheezy, uncomfortable symptoms in the case of seasonal, environmental or pet- related allergies.
Reduces Heart Burn and Acid Reflux
Heart burn is a symptom of the SAD (Standard American Diet) lifestyle, as acid reflux only occurs when we’re depleted in hydrochloric acid (HcL). Its production is low in people who have sub- optimal gut flora. This indicates that they aren’t eating enough cultured/fermented foods and have likely taken some sort of antibiotic in the past, which has killed off the natural beneficial bacteria.
Stomach acid is the first line of defense against microbes, but when the stomach pH isn’t low enough, pathogens may grow around the esophageal sphincter. This may paralyze muscles, allowing food to relax back up the esophagus.
The consumption of a tablespoon of vinegar with each meal ensures that the stomach acid will be acidic enough to be able to kill off harmful microbes and start the process of digestion.
Prevents Muscle Fatigue After Exercise
Mineral and electrolyte depletion can often cause muscle fatigue. You should take a tablespoon of ACV with water before a workout, in order to make sure the body has ample electrolyte stores. When in balance, the natural pH of our bodies creates an environment where elimination of excess lactic acid in the muscles easily occurs. It is also crucial in the process of oxygenating our bodies during exercise.
Numerous people try everything to solve their skin problems but nothing seems to work. Most skin care products are on the alkaline side of the pH scale, and they are harming the acid mantle, which is the protective layer on our skin.
The acidity of apple cider vinegar is closer to the natural pH of our skin, which keeps the acid mantle intact to perform its function, that is, to protect against germs and foreign bacteria which can be the reason for the skin problem.
In order to use its benefits as a toner, just combine one part ACV with two to three parts water, In the case of more sensitive skin, add more water. Apply this concoction to your face after cleansing and allow it to absorb into your skin.
Corns, Calluses and Warts
According to Dr. Scholl, in order to keep your feet healthy, you need to soak them in warm water with 1/3 apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes and rub with a pumice stone.
This treatment is extremely beneficial in the case of chronic foot ailments, as it helps to correct the pH of the feet and makes it impossible for fungus and warts to imbed themselves within the skin. In order to get rid of warts, instead of rubbing with a pumice stone after a soak, simply saturate a cotton ball, apply it to the affected areas and cover overnight.
Instead of spending loads on junk free shampoos and conditioners, we will reveal a method of hair care which works really well and makes your hair super soft. Namely, you will obtain fantastic results if you use baking soda as a shampoo and ACV as a conditioning hair rinse.
Due to the pH balancing effects that ACV has, this method will add shine, softness and break down build up from other hair products.
Dandruff and Thinning Hair
Saturate the scalp with ACV and let it sit for a few hours. Moreover, you should use the same treatment for thinning hair and itchy scalp.
The high acidity and powerful enzyme in vinegar kills the bacteria responsible for dandruff and hair loss, bottle bacilli, and stimulates our hair natural oils to secrete more effectively and moisturize the scalp.
Apple cider vinegar can do what most commercial deodorants and perfumes can’t. Namely, it helps control excessive body odor by regulating the pH of the skin.
For foot odor, as well as fungal problems, even just a 10- minute soak once a week can prevent bad smells.
To use it as a deodorant, you will only need to regularly wipe each armpit with a soaked cotton ball.
Halitosis can be quite embarrassing and can indicate a deeper problem. However, you might have already guessed its remedy- apple cider vinegar. Simply gargle with 1/2 tablespoon of raw ACV diluted in water for 30 seconds, twice a day. It is also believed to be able to remove stains and whiten the teeth.
Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
The irritation caused by these poisonous plants can be soothed with the use of apple cider vinegar. Simply mix it in ratio 50:50 with water in a spray bottle and add a few ice cubes. This cooling spray helps to draw the toxins out of the skin and provide relief from the sting.
In order to make your own effective natural disinfectant solution for all surfaces, combine ACV with 2 parts water. It’s amazingly affordable compared to commercial natural cleaning products and the smell is really pleasant. Furthermore, you could add a few drops of thief’s oil and have a great antibacterial spray for countertops, bathroom, kitchen and carpet deodorizer.
It is an excellent remedy for repelling fleas from your dog’s skin. It is totally safe to use, so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting sick from licking afterwards. Its action is the same as in humans, since it reestablishes the proper acid mantle of the skin to repel microbes and other pests.
If you want to use ACV externally, mix it 50:50 with water and put it in a spray bottle, saturating the dogs coat once per day.
Also, in order to keep a healthy pH balance in their gut and to prevent allergies, deter parasites, ringworm, ticks, fungus and other microbes from invading, add vinegar to your pet’s food. A 50 lb. dog would get about 2 teaspoons per day with food.
Vinegar has been used for this cause since it was first discovered. People soon recognized that this miraculous substance could allow them to store food for longer periods. The same rules apply today, as saving some of the bounty when our favorite foods are in season is a great way to consume organic local food throughout the whole year.
Try using apple cider vinegar when making pickles, instead of white vinegar. It will keep the health benefits, and will also provide a great flavor.
To sum it all up, it seems that the regular use of apple cider vinegar is as beneficial, if not more, as the daily consumption of apples. We can see that it holds great potential in treating diabetes and high cholesterol in particular. It is great as a prevention of numerous health issues, and on a holistic level, this amazing food is good for every organ system. Therefore, there’s no reason not to incorporate this healing food into your daily regimen.
Undoubtedly, there could certainly be more research done on the potential for using apple cider vinegar as a medicine, but the research that has been done is quite promising.
About the Author:
Chantelle Zakariasen is passionate about food and natural medicine. Her blog, www.nakedcuisine.com is all about exploring and celebrating the goodness of food through wholesome paleo recipes that maximize nourishment and supporting her local food system. She sees healthy eating as a gateway into the body and spirit as well as an opportunity to take a proactive approach to holistic wellness.
Other included sources linked in Real Farmacy’s and Viral Alternative News’s articles:
,  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785201/
,  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16015276