We’re so excited here at TriggerBody to have guest blogger, Cynthia Holzapfel, doing an article on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar! Cynthia Holzapfel is the managing editor of Book Publishing Co., co-creator of The Mail Order Catalog-a mail order resource for books and foods for a healthy lifestyle, and health researcher. We hope you find her article as helpful and insightful as we did!
Also, if you want more information on the topic, check out her book here.
Apple Cider Vinegar in Natural Healthcare and Weight Loss
By: Cynthia Holzapfelphoto credit: dmcneil via photopin cc
In the early ’50s a Vermont country doctor by the name of D.C. Jarvis published a small book on his observations of the use of apple cider vinegar by his rural patients to successfully treat a number of common ailments. Folk Medicine began as a way to organize these findings in a form he could leave to his daughter and grandchildren, but it evolved into one of the most popular treatises on the use of apple cider vinegar to promote health.
On many occasions Dr. Jarvis involved his patients in simple experiments to test whether taking apple cider vinegar would positively affect health. By analyzing urine samples he was able to detect patterns of changing acidity and alkalinity in the body as a response to illness. He observed that the urine of patients who drank apple cider vinegar to combat the onset of acute illness (colds, flu, etc.) would return quickly to its normal acidity. Dr. Jarvis also made observations about regular use of apple cider vinegar to combat chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, arthritis, and overweight. To prove that the success of these treatments was not the result of a placebo effect influenced by the faith of his patients, Dr. Jarvis also tested the use of apple cider vinegar on ailing farm animals and got similar positive results.
With the renewed interest in finding health solutions in our everyday diet, apple cider vinegar is back in the spotlight, along with soy, oats, blueberries, sea vegetables, and flax seed, as one of a number of nutritious “power foods.” It’s part of a medically supported trend away from the over-consumption of commercially processed, packaged products in favor of eating more natural, whole foods. Apple cider vinegar is also readily available, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. A dash of apple cider vinegar can be enough to liven up a plate of steamed vegetables, spike a salad, or give just the right amount of flavor to a sauce or dip.photo credit: LollyKnit via photopin cc
A simple tonic of vinegar, water, and honey can help maintain optimum body functioning or reduce weight. It was generally accepted by Dr. Jarvis’ Vermont patients that by taking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis, one would experience gradual, certain weight loss. The dose they used was two teaspoons in a glass of water before meals. Apples are a good source of pectin, and including pectin in your diet can make you feel fuller and more satisfied. Since apple cider vinegar contains the same amount of pectin as apples (one apple has about 1.5 grams pectin), it can suppress your appetite in a similar way.
Because apple cider vinegar stimulates digestion, it also reduces the amount of time that fats remain in the digestive tract. It’s important that your body gets a chance to remove key nutrients from your food, and conditions that contribute to diarrhea can be life threatening. But at the same time, it can be unhealthful to have food remain in the intestines for too long. If fats are present longer than necessary during digestion, more fats will be absorbed.
Apples are a great source of potassium, and likewise, apple cider vinegar, taken on a regular basis, will contribute the potassium you need to help balance the sodium in your diet. In fact, try replacing salt in your diet with apple cider vinegar. Use it to top foods you might be tempted to salt, such as vegetables or protein foods. (A little vinegar over a plate of beans is a regional favorite in many parts of America.) Salt is often present in the foods you eat as a flavor enhancer for fat. So besides increasing the amount of water weight you carry, salt can tempt you to eat more of those fatty foods—French fries, pastries, high-fat meats or meat substitutes, etc.—than you might consume otherwise.photo credit: SweetOnVeg via photopin cc
Here’s my recommendation for taking apple cider vinegar to lose weight, based on the work of Dr. Jarvis and others.
1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar + 1 glass of water
Drink before meals 3 times a day.
If you find it difficult to drink apple cider vinegar before each meal, one glass can be taken before breakfast, one before going to bed at night, and the remaining glass drunk at sometime during the day, whenever it’s convenient. You might also find it easier to drink it on a regular basis by adding it to fruit and vegetable juices. Fruit drinks will acquire a refreshing tartness, and tomato juice or mixed vegetable juice will really zing. And by all means, sip this tonic slowly and leisurely; it will be better tolerated and more effective if you don’t gulp it down.
Whichever brand of apple cider vinegar you purchase, be sure to look for an organic brand that’s unpasteurized and contains a visible “mother of vinegar,” the bacteria that transforms cider into vinegar. Strained, pasteurized vinegar won’t contain the same health-giving properties; the vinegar mother can be strained out before use, if you prefer.
For more information, including a detailed list of how to use apple cider vinegar to help heal dozens of health problems, please read my book Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss and Good Health (Book Publishing Company.)