Allergies and Apple Cider Vinegar

Almost all of my life I have had REALLY bad seasonal allergies – especially in the fall. I also have never taken an over the counter allergy medicine such as Claritin to treat these allergies, since I was concerned about the possible side effects that these nasty drugs would have on my body (diarrhea, drowsiness, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, heartburn, nausea, nervousness or restlessness (especially in children), vomiting, pounding fast or irregular heartbeat, seizures, stomach discomfort, symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing hives or swelling of the face and throat, signs of liver problems (http://chealth.canoe.ca/drug_info_details.asp?channel_id=0&relation_id=0&brand_name_id=1871&page_no=2)). Frankly, after reading this list I don’t want to go near the stuff.

I did try some different homeopathic remedies over the years which helped a little. But the most impactful thing that I did to very significantly decrease my allergy symptoms began about five years ago. After doing a search on the internet for natural remedies for allergies, I noticed that over and over again, apple cider vinegar was mentioned. Not just any kind of apple cider vinegar, but raw, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother (the mother is like the pulp, and has lots of good stuff in it), which is found in the health food section of your store. The consensus seems to be that you should take about 2 tsp in a glass of water, 2 – 3 times a day for best results (always dilute, this is strong stuff!).
So, I found myself a bottle (which was quite inexpensive) and got my first concoction ready. I will never forget taking my first sip and gagging so badly that it almost came back up…. this stuff tasted disgusting! However, my allergies were so bad that I was determined and I continued the regime of taking it twice a day. I don’t think that I can pinpoint when it started helping, but I can say for sure that the following fall my allergies were about 80-90% better than I could ever remember them being, and I credit it all to the apple cider vinegar!

I have learned that apple cider vinegar is considered by many to be one of nature’s most perfect foods. What is in apple cider vinegar?
Potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicone, fluorine, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and vitamin P (www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/Apple_Cider_Vinegar). Not only is it full of important vitamins and minerals but it has also been shown to have the ability to destroy microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, and viruses from reaching the rest of the systems of the body (It contains natural malic and tartaric acids, which are important in fighting body toxins and inhibiting unfriendly bacteria growth). And, it is thought that apple cider vinegar will lower the bloods natural alkalinity, bringing it closer to a natural healthy acid state. A naturally acidic digestive tract with the correct pH balance will discourage bacteria and is less likely to grow yeast and fungus (www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html).

Not only is it known as an effective remedy for allergies, it is thought to be helpful in a whole slew of things! Some of which are thought to include:

Arthritis
Asthma
Blood pressure
Cancer
Candida
Cholesterol
Colds
Constipation
Cramps
Diabetes
Diarrhea
Depression
Fatigue
Food poisoning
Gallstones
Headaches
Indigestion
Kidney Stones
Metabolism
Nasal congestion
Sore throat
Stiff joints
Ulcers
Weight loss

Holy Cow!!! Now, I’m not a doctor, and I am not officially recommending that you should take apple cider vinegar or saying that if you do you will feel better….. But what have you got to lose??????? I think it’s awesome. I take it twice daily, and the rest of my family takes it fairly often as a preventative, as well as to combat certain things. When the stomach flu is going around, we all consume apple cider vinegar and very rarely get sick. When someone has an upset stomach, they consume apple cider vinegar and it settles. Runny nose? Apple cider vinegar. You get the point. I did gag the first time I drank it, but I got used to the taste very quickly and quite like it now. When I feed it to my kids I put it in apple juice and it becomes tangy juice – they like it! I think that this is a great addition to a diet full of whole foods. I love how the simple things can often be so effective.

Anyone else out there an avid apple cider vinegar fan? Why do you consume it, and in what way does it make you feel better?

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