The Older Generation Loves ACV
It has been said that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has tremendous health benefits.
Sometimes when I see a healthy looking elderly person, I have to ask what their secret is to staying in such good physical shape. A lot of them say that they use apple cider vinegar not only for drinking, but also as a topical treatment for their skin, hair, and other applications.
When hearing of their penchant for apple cider vinegar, I was a bit taken aback because I felt that drinking ACV was a little peculiar. I was not a fan of vinegar’s sour taste or smell. So, I decided to postpone trying it out, bur, I remained curious for a long time.
My Acid Reflux Story
Acid reflux happens to all of us occasionally. However, as I aged, I found that I experienced it more and more frequently. Eventually, I was having daily bouts of it. And, the fire in my throat continued to worsen.
Even if I ate a small piece of hotdog, it felt like my throat was ablaze from the regurgitated hot, burning stomach acid. The sensation was becoming unbearable.
Drinking water or milk didn’t seem to help. Over the counter medication was barely a temporary solution.
Even propping my body up with pillows wasn’t a fix unless I kept myself high enough to be in a sitting position. But that made it almost impossible to sleep.
I was desperate. None of my remedies were working. I had to do something else to permanently fix this problem.
Enter Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
Researching the benefits of apple cider vinegar, I discovered that raw, unfiltered, unheated, and unpasteurized ACV was the way to go.
Making a concoction of one tablespoon of Bragg’s ACV, 6 ounces of water, and a tablespoon of honey to combat the sourness, I started drinking it twice a day; Once in the morning and once in the late afternoon or evening.
The results were almost instant. Within a week, I became convinced that this simple little drink had completely obliterated my acid reflux issue.
I was so happy. No more burning. No more trying to sleep in a sitting position. I could sleep like a normal person, now!
Drinking Bragg ACV Makes My Family Healthy Inside and Out
My family drinks Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar religiously now; twice a day; morning and afternoon; normally before a meal.
No one has acid reflux anymore.
It wasn’t long before we also realized some of the other healthy benefits bestowed upon us by our Bragg ACV regimen.
No more joint pain. I can remember having joint pain in my arms, shoulders and legs that would ache terribly. The throbbing just went away completely after a couple of months.
No more extreme sickness during flu season. We used to be bed ridden for days or weeks.
We also use this ACV as a topical solution mixed with water.
Applying it to our hair and scalp after shampooing and conditioning has alleviated dandruff and itchy scalp as well as made our hair shinier and stronger.
Dabbing it on my face and arms has tightened my skin and reduced wrinkles. It has even reduced the appearance of skin imperfections.
We even cook with Bragg ACV when the recipe calls for apple cider vinegar. For instance, it is a vital ingredient in Jim’s famous chili recipe. We also use it, along with olive oil, for a zesty salad dressing, too.
It’s as if we can actually feel that Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is cleansing our bodies inside and out.
Pasteurized Versus Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar
What’s the difference?
The short answer is “The Mother.”
Unpasteurized, unrefined, and unfiltered ACV has a cloudy, cobweb looking, filmy sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle. This residue is composed of proteins, enzymes and body friendly, helpful bacteria that promote healing and gives the ACV a smidgen of a muddy manifestation. These dregs are a natural bi-product of the fermentation process. And, they are called, “The Mother.”
The natural ascetic acid quality will provide your body with nourishment and reduce alkaline levels to an acceptable range.
The best, most popular, and least expensive ACV, with “The Mother”, is Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.
There are a number of other brands but, they don’t hold a candle to Bragg ACV.
Pasteurizing ACV removes these beneficial deposits which, actually makes the ACV less healthy. This apple cider vinegar is distilled and filtered. It has no “Mother” and no health benefits.
Maintaining Proper pH Level of Your Body Is Essential for Health
Healthy human bodies maintain a pH level that is slightly alkaline; between 7.2 and 7.4. When your body has a higher alkaline content, it cannot process vitamins and minerals as effectively to satisfy your body’s needs. Intake of an ascetic acid counter balance like Bragg ACV lowers your body’s pH level making it easier to absorb these nutrients.
Dr. Eric Berg explains it best:
Putting Dr. Berg’s discussion into plain words, when we eat too many foods that are protein rich, sugary, or processed, our alkaline levels shoot sky high making it difficult for our body to assimilate proteins, calcium, and other minerals. This can create a condition called alkalosis.
You can experience eye twitches, cataracts, muscle cramping, nerve pain, arthritis, bursitis, kidney and gall bladder stones, etc., when your body cannot readily absorb calcium and it builds up in different areas with negative consequences.
Calcium buildup can prevent the valve at the top of your stomach from closing which is a contributing factor for the onset of acid reflux.
The myth about apple cider vinegar is that it contains a lot of nutrients. It does not. But, it does contain ascetic acid. So, a daily intake of Bragg ACV may bring the body’s pH to a normal level helping to reduce or eliminate these ill effects. Then, the nutrients already in your body can be readily assimilated.
Dr. Berg notes that just a small change in pH can have a profound effect on body functions.
It is important to note that any apple cider vinegar should be diluted with water and also sweeteners, if desired. Using ACV full strength can actually damage teeth enamel, burn your throat, and cause an upset stomach.
As I mentioned earlier, just a tablespoon of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 6 to 8 ounces of purified water, along with a tablespoon of pure, organic honey is a healthy regimen that my family does twice a day. Even though I do not like the taste of vinegar, this is a very easy way for me to drink it.
Where Can You Get Purified Water?
I tried at least 6 or 7 water purification systems and finally settled on the Royal Berkey Water Filtration System. It holds about 3 gallons of purified water.
Along with a stainless steel container, it comes with 2 black Berkey filters that remove 100% of the bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens. This qualified it to actually be a purification system which is much better than a mere filtration system.
The Royal Berkey also comes with 2 fluoride filters that remove as much as 95% of all fluorides from the water.
I have to say that I have never had better tasting water than I can get from my Berkey. I can even drink it at room temperature and it still tastes good!
Is Losing Weight Your Goal?
Bragg ACV boosts metabolism, enhances fat burning, and hinders your body’s digestion of starchy foods. Therefore, fewer calories are entering the blood stream and at the same time, the calories already absorbed are burned up quicker. These are 3 great aids to weight loss. Additionally, the ascetic acid in the ACV helps to suppress your appetite.
Got Moles, Warts, Pimples, or Skin Tags?
Soak a cotton ball with Bragg ACV, squeeze out the excess, and place it on the mole, wart, pimple, or skin tag. Hold it in place with a band aid and leave it on overnight.
The ACV will break down the skin tissue around the imperfection causing it to eventually fall off.
In the morning, wash the area with soap and water.
Repeat the process until the blemish is gone. Moles will disappear in a few days. But, it usually takes a week or two for a skin tag or wart to disappear.
Would You Like to Have Shiny Hair?
Use a tablespoon or two of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar in 8 ounces of water as a rinse after you use shampoo and conditioner. Some prefer a stronger 1:1 solution of 2 ounces of ACV added to 2 ounces of water.
A spray bottle works great to distribute the vinegar and water mixture to your hair. I usually let it set for a few minutes then rinse out the vinegar so I don’t have to smell it afterwards. And, if I leave it in too long, my hair feels a bit stiff and crunchy.
After a vigorous ACV treatment, your hair will feel smooth and it will just glisten!
The ascetic acid balances your scalp’s pH level, removes shampoo buildup, and unclogs hair follicles. That translates into smoother hair and healthier hair growth.
Sore Throat Got You Down?
When you get that prickly sore throat feeling, gargle with a couple tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water every hour or so. Germs can’t survive in the acidic environment created by the ACV.
Before you know it, you’ll be swallowing without pain.
Cat Missing the Litter Box?
Missing the litter box can happen if your cat is stressed or just getting older. Or, sometimes they just don’t get their whole body into the litter box before they do their thing.
Using the same mixture used for your hair rinse, 2 tablespoons of Bragg ACV in 8 ounces of water, to kill the odor.
If they make a mess on something that can be placed in the washing machine, add the ACV and a half cup of Oxyclean to the wash water, along with your laundry detergent. This will usually remove the telltale cat urine smell.
As you can see, there are unlimited possibilities when using Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. I’m sure you will love it as much as I have. I would love your comments. Please take the time to let me know your feelings.