Our medical system has some serious flaws. Doctor’s bills are expensive, prescriptions are out of control, and our health care system is far from organized, which is leading more people to take prevention and cures into their own hands.
In 2012, a study reported that Americans spent $30 billion dollars on alternative medicine. That’s a whopping $500 per person, on average.
For a lot less money than what it costs to visit the doctor and pay for our prescriptions, people have been turning to alternative medicine, homeopathy and other practices to avoid those costly medical bills.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you turn on your Himalayan salt lamp and think good thoughts instead of seeking professional medical care in a serious situation, but there is a natural remedy I’ve been a believer in and want to share – apple cider vinegar.
While the uses for white vinegar are plentiful, apple cider vinegar has arguably even more trusted applications. Its wide-ranging benefits (rivaling uses for tea tree oil and other nifty natural helpers) include everything from fixing annoying hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, optimizing gut health, and addressing other concerns including diabetes, high cholesterol, and weight issues.
So, how do you use apple cider vinegar as a health tonic?
Well, most people will take apple cider vinegar as a solution. In a 10-ounce glass of cold, filtered water, stir in two tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider. Then, either drink it as is or heat it up in the microwave oven for about 30 seconds and drink it as a tea.
Apple cider vinegar works as a “detoxifier” in your blood stream, cleansing various organs in the body. It also contains a high amount of potassium, which is important for the normal growth of the body and for the replacement of worn-out tissues. It can help prevent blood vessels from hardening, and can act as a calming agent.
Now, following is a list of ailments for which apple cider vinegar can be beneficial. You won’t believe how many different problems it can help with. In no particular order, this inexpensive and easy-to-make concoction can aid with:
-high blood pressure
-kidney and bladder issues
Just a reminder, I’m not a certified nutritionist or doctor, but have had great results with my achy knees by drinking a glass a day of this. I also will say that none of these claims have been verified. Please do not stop taking any medication in exchange for remedies like this, without consulting your doctor first.
What has your experience been with apple cider vinegar? Let me know in the comments.
Editors note: the original article contained a recipe for adding honey to ACV and water and has since been removed. Adding honey will improve the taste of the mixture but has no additional benefits.