THE NATURE OF DISEASE
Food has certainly been the downfall of man's health. With all the rubbish he stuffs into his delicate, yet adaptable organism, it is no wonder that there is so much unnatural disease rampant today. From the day he ate his first meal man has forever abused his system with the wrong types of food. He has not been rational in his eating habits, but has merely satisfied his banal desire for stimulating, refined and processed fare. The day will come, however, when he suddenly realizes that his food habits affect his physical as well as mental well-being. He will then realize that he had been satisfying his debased taste buds, rather than sustaining the body. The wise, however, look toward nature for their answer; with patience and perseverance they have re-discovered the answer to man's dilemma. The answers although simple are extremely effective as they do not entail unnatural chemical compounds - it is the utilization of these wonderful gifts from nature which are so efficacious and free for all! There have been many natural curative formulae discovered throughout the centuries, which have proved themselves safe and yet effective. Natural resources have been used since the days before Christ viz: Sunshine, Water, Air - herbs and homebrews have been used for generations too by our ancestors. Honey is also a natural wonder, together with many other folk preparations, which have been handed down through the ages. Amongst these APPLE CIDER VINEGAR has been widely used as a successful remedy for a number of ailments. We find that, with the abuse of the body, inordinate amounts of waste matter have accumulated within the system. In the early stages these are not so apparent as the body is still vital enough to deal with this extra burden. However, if an attempt is not made to eradicate these toxic accumulations, the body has to deal with more and more pressure, resulting in aches and pains. Later in life these efforts to eliminate these encumbrances result in influenza, bronchitis etc; and, if these healing efforts are suppressed by continued wrong living and drugs, the acute symptoms become chronic and insidious. Rheumatism, arthritis, cancer, heart ailments, high blood pressure etc, are all signs that the body has been neglected by the suppression of natural healing process. There are certain preparations, however, which assist the body in eliminating these toxic substances and this is where these natural curative methods have found a valuable place in the healing arts. To abstain from those foods and drinks which add to this unnecessary accumulation, is a great assistance to the body i.e. those refined and denatured food items such as bread, starch, white sugar, and their products; together with the unnecessary food items which cause excessive mucous and toxic waste in the system e.g. meat, eggs, dairy produce, legumes, cereals. However, one may now ask what should one eat if these are to be eliminated from the diet. Where one cannot completely abstain from these products, moderation is the key word in this instance, together with certain herbal and folk preparations, which assist in the breakdown of the acids and mucous waste.
THE BENEFITS OF CIDER VINEGAR
Before you cringe, make an "I just ate a lemon" face and go to another page, take a moment to read about this very old folk remedy. Physicians of many diverse healing practices and great grandmothers sometimes have more in common that one might think. Apple Cider Vinegar is one aspect of this common ground. The concept of preventing and treating ills with apples began long before the coining of the adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." In fact there is an even older maxim, "To eat an apple before going to bed, makes a doctor beg his bread." Apples, are full of pectin, a soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals. That alone makes an apple a healthy food, but many consider apple cider vinegar as the ultimate form of an apple. Not only does apple cider vinegar help to alkalize the body, but it is very rich in potassium. A variety of research indicates that potassium is one of the key nutritional factors in apple cider vinegar that assists in easing, and possibly preventing, many ailments. Potassium promotes cell growth and has even been called the "mineral equivalent to the fountain of youth." The University of Minnesota School of Medicine conducted experiments that indicate potassium may be very beneficial to those individuals that suffer irregular heart beat. Other research shows that can help prevent high blood pressure by countering the damaging effects of sodium. So why not pop a potassium supplement? It is an individual choice, but why take a pill when the natural mineral is at your fingertips? Many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and substances are available in ACV to improve your health. ACV can provide you with enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, iron, silicon and other trace minerals. The vitamins contained in ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin (fiber) are also contained in ACV. Be sure to purchase organic unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally fermented ACV for its medicinal features. ACV ranges in color from a light golden to orange. You'll know you've found the right stuff if you see sediment, referred to as the "mother of vinegar" on the bottom of the bottle. White distilled vinegar has none of the beneficial elements listed above. White vinegar is good for external uses.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Amongst other things, cider vinegar is very effective in detoxifying various organs in the body together with the blood stream. Hence it is a purifier, as it has a means of breaking down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. Helps slow the aging process, aids digestion, fights arthritis by flushing harmful toxins from joints, tissues and organs, controls and stabilizes weight. "Making ACV a daily habit can even protect you from accidental food poisoning caused by tainted fish, meat or bad mayonnaise-based salads. "ACV stimulates your metabolism and its potassium content ensures that the proper chemical balance is present, so your body burns more fat." "ACV plays a valuable role in helping reduce the risk of heart disease."
Dr. Ann de Wees Allen, Doctor of Naturopathy, is a prominent scientist who has warned that consuming Apple Cider Vinegar alone in water can and will irritate the esophagus in some people. She recommends to only consume it as a vinegrette for salads. The ACV/lemon/honey tonic is tempered by adding the Tupelo honey.