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Food Focus: Apple Cider Vinegar

by Sandy Todd Webster on Aug 22, 2013

Food for Thought

Believers in the axiom “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” won’t be surprised to learn that apple cider vinegar has vast health benefits and about 101 different uses, including some unrelated to food.

A vat of apple cider vinegar is made from fresh, ripe apples that have been fermented and rigorously processed to turn them into vinegar. A distinct identifying feature of quality is the “mother,” or strandlike sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle (contrary to its appearance, this doesn’t mean your vinegar has gone bad). Indeed, the mother is where the magic is! It contains raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing. One manufacturer sells an apple cider vinegar drink brand advertised with the notion that as far back as “400 bc, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing qualities.”

The vinegar has been tied in research to positive effects on detoxification, weight loss, cancer (helps balance alkalinity in the body), asthma, depression, diarrhea, diabetes, high cholesterol, bloating, heartburn and arthritis. A study in the journal Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism (2010; 56 [1], 74–79) found that adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a meal containing carbohydrates reduced postmeal blood glucose in healthy people by about 20%; the vinegar appears to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream.

Apple cider vinegar can also be part of your skincare regime. Some people reportedly take a teaspoon or two (diluted in water) a few times daily to promote healthy skin from the inside out, but (diluted) it can also be applied directly to skin, dabbed on blemishes or used for sunburn relief.

Not enough applications for you? This home remedy can serve as a hair conditioner, a nontoxic cleaning spray and a deodorant as well.

Do you use apple cider vinegar regularly? In what ways? Share your ideas with swebster@ideafit.com.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 10, Issue 9

© 2013 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

About the Author

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL, the health and fitness industry's leading resource for fitness and wellness professional...

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  • Mitch Menik

    I use distilled white vinegar to wash my veggies, ad to my laundry in the washing machine, and clean pet accidents. I wonder if it also has close to the same benefits when ingested like we do apple cider vinegar?
    Commented Sep 01, 2014
  • Cynthia Karube

    Inexpensive and so easy to include in your self-care routine!
    Commented Aug 25, 2014

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