Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Remedy

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Remedy

The health benefits of the apple cider vinegar and honey drink are widely known. This recipe has traditionally been used as an at-home self remedy for many ailments, and even as an anti-aging elixir. Many people have recognized and made use of its cleansing and disinfecting properties to self-detoxify their body. It is seen as a powerful cleansing agent and natural healing elixir with naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria.

Alkaline-Forming Diet

So, how does this vinegar and honey remedy actually work? As pointed out by most nutrition mantras, a person's bloodstream tends toward becoming acidic with our modern diet of fats, starches and processed foods, (e.g fast foods, meats, peanuts, seafoods, alcohol and coffee)and if your body is acidic, disease can flourish; if it is alkaline, it is in balance and can fight off germs and ailments such as bladder and kidney conditions, osteoporosis, brittle bones, joint pains, aching muscles, low energy and chronic fatigue, and slow digestion.

Raw fruits, leafy green vegetables, legumes, and tea are examples of alkaline forming or promoting foods. Interestingly and ironically, a food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For instance, lemons and limes are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons and limes are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming. It is important to know that stomach acid or the pH of the stomach is an entirely different matter from the pH of the body's fluids and tissues. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a balance between positively charges ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming). When this balance is compromised many problems can occur. The body is forced to borrow minerals, including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and safely remove it from the body. And severe damage can be done to the body due to high acidity. Ideally, for most people, the ideal diet is 75 percent alkalizing and 25 percent acidifying foods by volume. Allergic reactions and other forms of stress also tend to produce excessive acids in the body. The alkaline-forming ability of apple cider vinegar can correct excess acidity in our system and help prevent and fight infection.

Acidity of Vinegar for Health

Dr D. C. Jarvis, the author of the famous book "Folk Medicine" (1958), and great advocate of the vinegar and honey drink however explains the benefits of the concoction differently from the above theory. No reference of alkaline foods and acid producing foods was made in his premise. Instead he expounded on how cider vinegar could effectively acidify the urine and prevent urinary tract infections, and how the acidification of the vinegar could prevent colds, sinusitis, neuralgia, digestive ailments, headaches, and a myriad of other ailments. He also postulated that the powerful acidity of the vinegar could dissolve calcium deposits in the joints of the body in arthritic patients. Today, cider vinegar and honey is known to be a effective remedy for rheumatism and arthrits.
How about honey?

Honey added to the vinegar naturally makes the mixture more drinkable for people. Every sweet food has a low pH and that is the nature of sugar. However, researchers have discovered that 45 minutes after eating raw honey, blood tests showed more alkalinity. Diabetics also have lower blood sugar 45 minutes after eating honey. This is because, unlike processed sugar and artificial sweeteners, honey is very quickly absorbed into the body cells for fuel use, rather than sitting in the blood.

When you first drink the apple cider vinegar formula, it might not taste too pleasant, especially if your taste buds don't take well to fermented juice, but this is subjective. Nevertheless, the taste is often acquired over time and as your body becomes less acidic and more alkaline, it tends to taste better. The ailments that could be cured by this apple cider vinegar and honey treatment include:

1. Premature aging
2. Obesity
3. Food poisoning
4. Heat exhaustion
5. Acid Reflux/ Heartburn
6. Brittle nails
7. Bad breath
8. Arthritis
9. High blood pressure
10. High cholesterol level
11. Eczema

Try this healthy and refreshing vinegar and honey drink!
Essentially, to prepare:

* Mix apple cider vinegar (half to 1 tablespoon) and raw honey (half to 1 tablespoon). (Note: Apple cider vinegar is actually made from fresh, organic, crushed apples that are allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels, but you can get it easily from the grocery shops or supermarkets.)
* Dissolve in a glass of water (10-20oz).
* Take it one or twice daily.
I was going to give it the 30 day challenge, but after one day I was grossed out.  Yuck!
I've read/heard that apple cider vinegar also helps fight many types of cancer (due to the alkaline thing as mentioned) and also diabetes because it helps to regulate blood sugar spikes.  Personally I find the taste (when diluted in water) to be delicious.  I used to mix a tablespoon or two in with a bottle of water several times per day, but I've gotten out of the habit.  This is a good reminder to pick up another bottle and keep it in my desk at work (I get weird looks).

Also - For the honey - Anyone who is doing this should try to get honey from bee hives located as close to your home as possible.  This honey is made from pollen from local plants & flowers so it can actually help to relieve seasonal allergies.  (I've used this before for myself and my family with excellent results). 

Anyway - great post.  Thank you!

I put vinegar in my soup and spaghetti sauce...don't notice it as much.  Honey is good on a slice of bread with peanut butter
I tried it for acid reflux and it totally failed. I have tried so many herbal and other remedies that don't do a thing.
A friend of mine used to eat raw garlic every morning because it was a "natural antibiotic". lol
She had as many colds and flu as anyone else.

2 tsp in  8 oz of room temp water 3 times a day, the taste grows on you after a while.  I think adding the honey makes it taste terrible.  I use the Braggs apple cider vinegar.  When I run out I feel lousy until I get another bottle and start taking it once again.  It's the first thing I drink every morning, before coffee or breakfast.  I love the stuff.  Yeah, I suppose I am weird, but it makes a world of difference.  And keeps me pretty darn healthy.  No flu, sore throats, colds, etc.  Even when others around me are hacking their lungs out I stay healthy.  I'm a believer.    :grin:

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