The Health Benefits of Vinegar Are Amazing!

Apple cider vinegar is used for constipation to skin problems

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The health benefits of vinegar date back to Hippocrates in 400 BC. It has been said that Hippocrates used only two medicines; honey and vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be used for everything from constipation to skin problems.

The origin of vinegar is uncertain but probably was discovered when someone left their wine out in the sun and it turned to vinegar.

When we talk about the benefits of vinegar we are referring to unpasteurized or distilled vinegar. The best apple cider vinegar is brown in appearance and has a layer of what looks like sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The white vinegar that you see in most grocery stores has been distilled and pasteurized killing almost all the beneficial ingredients.

Health Benefits of Vinegar

Listed below are a few of this health product's many benefits:

  • Fights infections - bacterial and fungal
  • Urinary tract infections - reduces bladder stones
  • Helps with weight loss - Increases metabolism and breaks down fat
  • Reduces cellulite and age spots
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Allergies (pet, food and environmental)
  • Sinus Infections
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Sore Throats
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Good for pets (dogs, cats and horses) Kills fleas, barn flies and makes animal coats shine.
  • Indigestion
  • Sore Eyes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Increase Stamina
  • Helps clear up skin conditions like eczema and acne - brings a healthy glow to your complexion.
  • Alkalizes the body's pH level
  • Halitosis and bad breath - due to it being acidic

What is Vinegar and How is it Made?

Vinegar is made by taking crushed, fresh ripe apples, and placing them in containers to ferment. Some producers use wooden barrels to speed the fermentation process. The fermenting process creates good bacteria and enzymes that provides the many health benefits of vinegar. Fermentation produces what is called "mother" the slimy layer you seen when looking at a bottle of raw apple cider vinegar. The "mother" contains the good bacteria and enzymes that make this product so healthy. Vinegar goes through a double fermentation process. It can take several months to make.

Vinegar Recipes

Because of vinegar's strong acidic taste most people prefer to take it mixed in water or honey.

Take two tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of honey and mix together. Some people prefer additional water.

Some prefer to take their daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water. Take two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and add to one gallon of water. Add honey or agave nectar to taste.

It is recommended that you add apple cider vinegar to your regular diet when ever possible. For example, you can add apple cider vinegar to homemade salad dressings. Add the vinegar in place of the oil called for in the recipe.

You can also sprinkle vinegar on your fries or potato chips for added flavor.

We hope you have learned more about the health benefits of vinegar and will begin using it both as a health supplement and as an added ingredient in your cooking!

Vinegar Uses

In addition to the health benefits of vinegar it also has some practical household uses as well. Caution; use only white distilled vinegar for cleaning, apple cider vinegar will stain porous materials.

  • Mix equal parts white distilled vinegar, flour and salt to make a paste for cleaning and polishing the copper bottoms of pots and pans. Store this mixture in the refrigerator for future use.
  • Mix equal parts vinegar and water to use an an ant spray. Use it around windows and doors to drive away pesky ants.
  • Use white distilled vinegar as a spray around the toilet. Spray at full strength.
  • For cleaning windows mix 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to two cups of water.
  • For rinsing and polishing wooden floors add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to your rinse water.

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