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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Natural Way to Boost your Immune System

Apple Cider Vinegar   

     I am not a physician and this information has not been evaluated by the Drug and Food Administration. When I get the sniffles, headache, etc. I reach for apple cider vinegar. There are many different brands out there. I usually drink this tonic right before I go to bed. In the morning I feel like a newly refreshed person. Of course, if I were on any medication I would consult my physician first to make sure there are no harmful interactions. This is really possible because, apple cider vinegar is both antimicrobial as well as an antioxidant. In other words, it destroys harmful bacteria but also builds your immune system.  It gets better! Apple cider vinegar has also been known to lower blood sugar, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, and reduce symptoms of diabetes.

What is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is apple juice that has been fermented twice. First, crushed apples are mixed with yeast, sugar or another carbohydrate. After a few weeks, natural bacteria and yeasts ferment the juice, changing the carbohydrates into alcohol. Then, a second fermentation process changes the alcohol into acetic acid — and now you have apple cider vinegar.

You can buy pasteurized or raw apple cider vinegar in stores. People most often use raw apple cider vinegar for health purposes because it may contain more natural bacteria and yeasts. These substances, known as “the mother,” are the cloudy sediment you see in the bottle.

Health Benefits

One health claim for apple cider vinegar is related to diabetes and blood sugar control. Research found that consuming apple cider vinegar after a meal could lower your blood glucose (sugar). This could be helpful for people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

But don’t expect vinegar alone to keep your blood sugar levels in check. “Apple cider vinegar might lower your glucose a little, but not enough,” says Czerwony. “To prevent or manage diabetes, follow a healthy diet and exercise plan.”

Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, every little boost can help. And apple cider vinegar may help with weight loss.  One small study showed that adding apple cider vinegar to a healthy diet might help people lose more weight. But these findings haven’t been proven with large, controlled studies. 

Side Effects

Apple cider vinegar has a high acidity that erodes tooth enamel, which you can’t get back once it wears away. It can also damage your esophagus if you drink it straight.

To help prevent these problems, water it down. Add a tablespoon to a mug of warm water. This can cut down on the amount of acid hitting your teeth and throat.

Other possible side effects of apple cider vinegar include:

  • Lower potassium levels: Don’t use apple cider vinegar if you have low potassium levels (hypokalemia), as it could make the condition worse.
  • Interactions with medicines: Apple cider vinegar can interact with some medicines, including insulin and diuretic drugs (water pills). If you take any medications, ask your doctor whether you can safely take apple cider vinegar.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Some people quite literally can’t stomach the taste and acidity of apple cider vinegar. If it makes you feel sick, stop using it.
Recipe:  note: (It must be diluted with water because of acidity)
1-2 cups of hot water
1 tsp- 2tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar
lemon (optional)
cinnamon (optional)
honey (optional)
2-3 days

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