The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegarFood heals.

When my wife was nursing our two children I watched breast milk work wonders as a remedial agent. One drop in an infected eye and it was all cleared up; a cut would be cured twice as fast when rubbed with mother’s milk. It was pretty astounding.

Last month I was lambasted at my poker game for bringing up the healing potential of urine therapy that some in the yoga world ascribe to. I can’t say that I have tried it but I know those who have and swear by it. While I am none too conventional I had to stop short of drinking my own pee.

I learned about the value of lemon water from Dr. Tan, my Chinese medicine guy, in Chinatown. He recommended that I drink a glass of room temperature water every morning with the juice of one lemon. Doing my research after seeing him, there are reams of papers written about the health benefits of lemon. They help to balance the body’s pH (which is where I began), they cleanse the liver and digestive tract, they have been found to be helpful for high blood pressure and hypertension as well as arthritis and more.

Now I have added apple cider vinegar to my morning glass of lemon juice. One tablespoon mixed with the water and lemon. Where I have grown to love the lemon water, the apple cider vinegar is never easy. Depending on how I ate the day before I feel it invade my stomach and often set my gag reflex on edge.

I first learned about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar a couple of years ago when I got food poisoning. A Google search led me to apple cider vinegar and I was cured within hours so there is a precedent for my new regimen. Much of the supposed health benefits of apple cider vinegar are apocryphal but there have been a number of studies that have shown its efficacy regarding diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss, blood pressure and more.

Food heals and it pays to eat healing foods.


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