Top 7 Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar Should Be a Part of Your Diet

Most people in the U.S. associate Apple Cider Vinegar with “Dr. Bragg”, and that’s as it should be.  Dr. Paul Bragg has done more to promote and raise awareness of the numerous health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar over the past few decades than any other company or individual. I actually buy his Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by the Gallon!  I fill small jars to give to family members with a quick list of benefits.

Dr. Paul Bragg

Born around 1895, Bragg grew up in Washington, D.C. with his parents. In 1921 Bragg and his family, now also including two young daughters, moved to California, where Paul was employed by the YMCA. Around 1926, Paul left his job and became an entrepreneur in the health field, by opening  the “Health Center of Los Angeles” and then, in 1928, “Bragg Health Center”.

Crippled by TB as a teenager, Bragg developed his own deep breathing, water fasts, consumption of organic foods, drinking distilled water, juicing, and exercise to rebuild his body into an ageless, tireless, pain-free citadel of glowing good health.  He was the first to import Juicers to the US, and the first to introduce Pineapple juice to consumers.

Bragg was the inspiration and personal health and fitness advisor to top Olympic stars.  He lived to the age of 85.

Here is a WANT AD from his book on Apple Cider Vinegar that I thought was cute:

 

I love the flavor of Cider Vinegar. I pour a little over steamed greens, dip my fish filets in it, and love salad dressings the include this amazing food.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

According to Dr. Bragg and others here are …

 7 Reasons to Include Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Diet:

       1. Apple Cider Vinegar is a great source of Potassium:

Potassium is to our soft tissue what Calcium is to our bones. Potassium is a mineral that has electrical properties when it dissolves in  the blood and so is classified as an electrolyte. It is critical to life as is required for the proper functioning of our cells, including the cells of the heart muscle.

Diets high in potassium may help to protect against hypertension, strokes, and cardiovascular disease.

Tell tale signs of Potassium Deficiency are:

  • Aches and pains in lower back, both muscle and bone
  • Dizziness when straighten up after leaning over
  • Dull morning headache upon rising
  • Hair feels dry and is unmanageable
  • Eyes itch and feel sore at times
  • Extreme loss of mental alertness, forgetting names or places that are on the tip of your tongue
  • Impatience and irritability
  • Nervousness, perhaps periods of depression
  • Insomnia
  • Insatiable Thirst
  • Chills
  • Hands and feet get cold, even in warm weather
  • High Cholesterol Levels
  • Glucose Intolerance
  • Impaired Growth
  • Edema
  • In extreme cases, cardiac arrest

2. Helping Your Body Get Rid of Toxins:

Apple Cider Vinegar helps cells move normal waste from our body. Toxins that are not flushed from the body lodge in the joints and organs.  This protective action of AC Vinegar is called “Acetolysis”.  Waste products are broken down, then made inert.  The organs responsible for eliminating waste are your kidneys, bowel, lungs, and skin… and sometimes they can use a little help.

HOW?  Add 2 tsp. AC Vinegar to 6 ounces of Tomato Juice, and drink between meals once or twice a day.

3.   Relieve Headaches: Headache

HOW?  Add equal parts water and AC Vinegar in a small pot.  Heat until it comes to a slow rolling boil. Remove the pot from stove and placing a towel over your head, lean over just until the fumes are tolerable but strong.  Inhale for about 60 – 80 breaths.

It may take up to 30 minutes of warming the mixture and inhaling to get rid of a Chronic headache.

4. Relieves Dandruff, Itchy Scalp and Dry Hair:

The Malic acid and powerful enzymes in AC Vinegar kill the germs responsible for many scalp and hair problems. These little germs clog our hair follicle openings causing scales.  The result is itching and dandruff.

HOW?  Pour 2 Tbs. of vinegar in a cup. Moisten a cotton ball with water and then soak it in the vinegar. Part your hair in sections and apply the solution directly to the scalp. Leave on for 15 – 30 minutes before shampooing.  This process restores proper pH balance to the scalp.  May need to repeat daily for acute cases.
For maintenance… after shampooing, add a little vinegar to water for the last hair rinse.

5. Relieve Muscle Soreness and Aching Joints:hot stone massage 1

HOW?  Soak in a warm bath to which 1-2 cups of AC Vinegar have been added. Massage your body while in the water starting with your feet.  Continue up the torso, gently squeezing each part, always moving towards the heart.  Start with hands and work up arms and neck, again rubbing towards the heart.

Include your face and scalp in the massage.

6.  Fight Mucus with AC Vinegar:

Many of us suffer from allergies that cause mucus to collect around our sinus cavities, nose and throat.  The irritating nasal drip can be halted with the aid of this miraculous substance.  First, you should discontinue consuming dairy products to decrease mucus.

HOW? Each morning when you rise, drink a glass of water with 1 tsp. local honey and 2 tsp. AC Vinegar mixed in. Sip slowly to get the most benefit.  Repeat sometime during the day. Also use Cider Vinegar in your salad dressings.

7. Younger Looking Skin:Female portrait 3

Washing our face with soap has an alkaline result on the skin, which is not something we want. You want to keep your skin in an acid state for healthy glow. Your skin is made up of protein, water and other minor chemicals. Proteins are very complex chains of amino acids and they are very sensitive to the level of pH surrounding them. When the skin’s proteins react with an acid in a low pH coagulation occurs. The acid destroys the existing tissues so that they can be replaced with new cells.

HOW? Wash your face with very warm water (no soap). Wet a hand towel in very warm water and hold it to your face for 3-4 minutes.  Then soak a wash cloth in a bowl of tepid water that has 3 Tbs. of Cider Vinegar per cup of water, and apply that to your skin. Cover with the hand towel that you have soaked again in very warm water and wrung out. Wait 5 minutes.

Rinse your face with warm water and rub briskly with a clean dry towel.  This will remove the dry skin loosened by the vinegar.

Wow! And that was only half the benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar is known for.

For more information and to purchase Bragg’s AC Vinegar, click here.

~ Be Well!