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Vinegar Cure

January 22, 2014


The first time I met my future mother in law, we were in their home in the mountains of North Carolina. She was unpacking the groceries she brought from home, and jabbering a mile a minute. At some point, she offered me a glass of apple juice, and then kept on talking. After one sip, I knew I was  in trouble. She had apparently taken apple cider vinegar and put it into another container, thinking it was juice. Wanting to make a good first impression, I panicked; should I spit it out? Should I try to swallow it? Should I tell her it isn’t apple juice? We still laugh at the moment all these years later. It is she who should get the last laugh, since the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are now being touted everywhere!
Apple cider vinegar has long been a folk remedy, but today it is thought to have curative powers to treat everything from warts to indigestion.

Here are just a few of the uses for the this healthy tonic, other than an ingredient in salad dressing:

Use apple cider vinegar to treat acid reflux. While most believe that reflux is caused by the over production of stomach acid, it is often the case that the stomach does not produce enough acid. Just a couple of teaspoonfuls of vinegar each day, are thought to help  balance the acid levels, bringing relief to the burning sensation associated with reflux.

Some swear by the fact that just one teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar halts the hiccups immediately.

Just a little on a cotton ball dabbed  on a mosquito bite  takes the itch away.

To soothe a sore throat, gargle with a mixture of hot water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Others prefer to sip a drink made with  a tablespoon of vinegar mixed with  hot water, lemon and honey.

Studies have shown a moderate drop in blood glucose levels when a 2 tablespoons are taken before bed each night.

Swish it around as a mouthwash to freshen breath.

While all of these are said to be beneficial, experts at the Mayo Clinic advise people to exercise moderation. The high acid content of apple cider vinegar can erode teeth and bones, as well as interact with some medicines. Discuss using vinegar as a health tonic with your doctor before embarking on frequent or excessive use.

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Natural Relief

April 26, 2012

I was shopping at my local drugstore this week, and asked the pharmacist where the Maalox was. She replied that it had been voluntarily pulled from the shelves over a month ago. The most similar product, Mylanta, had also been recalled. Since different companies make the products, it couldn’t have been a manufacturing glitch.  This caused me to seriously question the safety of an over the counter drug that I have been using regularly for many years.

Armed with a bottle of Tums, I sat down to research natural remedies for stomach acid.  Surprisingly, most of them can be found in your kitchen cabinets.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been found to prevent and relieve heartburn.

Sipping a mixture of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 4 ounces of water before meals, is thought to prevent the over production of stomach acid.

Drinking a couple of tablespoons of the vinegar has been known to neutralize stomach acid and relieve the burning sensation.

Gum: Chewing gum increases the production of saliva, which helps to neutralize the stomach acids and prevent reflux.

Bananas and apples are thought to have natural antacid effects.

Sipping chamomile tea, or ginger tea may also relieve heartburn symptoms. Ginger root capsules, or eating candied ginger are also effective.

Baking soda, mixed with water is another natural way to deal with stomach acid. Just mix ½ – 1 teaspoon in a glass of water, and drink it down. Be prepared to burp as the solution works it’s magic!

Health food stores carry papaya enzymes in pill form, which is a natural digestive aid. Papaya enzymes are also an anti-coagulant, and are not recommended for anyone with risk of stomach bleeding.

Always remember that even holistic remedies can have health risks if they are not right for you.  Consulting a doctor before taking any kind of supplement, is highly recommended.

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