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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Got my blog back... And other news...then Apple Cider Vinegar-Good Stuff or Bad?

Finally!! Back to where it was, more or less, when I got creative and screwed it up. Figured out how to restore the original  posts as described in the last post. Since then got adsence and amazon back as well as several excellent ads for products that will benefit those of us that need healthcare products.
Speaking  of that, from what I've experienced, and read, what I had at the end of December was a minor stroke, not a mini stroke (TIA). The difference is that if it had been a mini stroke (TIA), it would have cleared up in 24 hours or so, mine is still with me to some degree. I still have some numbness on the right side of  my head and  face, and I still tend to tip over if I'm not careful when I take a step to the side or backwards or step over something, but I can swallow normally again, as long as I take smallish bites. The tipping is the worst, the numb face you can get used to, but it's a little annoying to be 62 and walking like a two year old.  My sister's on my case to cut back on salt and sugar, as was a Dr. and a guy I delivered a scooter to.  But it's harder to do than it sounds.
I discovered online a way to reduce the buildup of deposits in veins and arteries,  drink cider vinegar.  You have to use an organic brand that is not filtered or pasturized so it still has "the mother" in it. I bought Bragg, which is available in supermarkets like Price Chopper where I got mine. There are, of course, opinions for and against. The fors say that vinegar with the mother has many benefits. The againsts say it's all hogwash.

Here is a quote from a site called Apple Cider Vinegar

For centuries people have been using natural apple cider vinegar as both a food and a medicine for themselves and for their pets.  Since 400BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and others, have used vinegar and vinegar mixed with honey, as an energizing tonic and a healing elixir.  More recently, the health benefits of apple cider vinegar have been promoted by many well-known authors such as Dr Jarvis, Paul C. Bragg and Patricia Bragg.  D.C. Jarvis, a Vermont country doctor, noted that apple cider vinegar was a respected home remedy used by many Vermonters to successfully treat a number of common ailments and nagging aches and pains.  He was so impressed that he went on to write a book on his observations and experimentations with home remedies, especially apple cider vinegar, and its beneficial effects on both people and farm animals.  

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

First let me say that apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product, resulting from the fermentation of apple juice to hard apple cider followed by a second fermentation to apple cider vinegar.  This natural product retains all the nutritional goodness of the apples from which it was made plus it is fortified with the extra acids and enzymes produced during the two fermentation steps.  It's the sum of all these ingredients that give apple cider vinegar its amazing health benefits.

A compilation of many time honored home remedies used for a wide range of health problems is included in the natural healing Home Remedies section.  Apple cider vinegar benefits include many external uses as well. It can be used to sooth sunburns and insect bites, to make your hair shine, and to treat dandruff just to mention a few. Apple cider vinegar fits in well with today's trend towards eating natural healthy whole foods, and away from the over consumption of highly processed convenience foods, which are depleted of much of their original nutrients.

Beware – Not all apple cider vinegars are created equal!

Many commercial apple cider vinegars have been pasteurized, filtered, refined or distilled in order to make the product look good, and thereby more appealing to the general public.  Unfortunately this extra processing destroys much of the healthy goodness and thus many of the apple cider benefits that were in the product in the first place. The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is one made from cold pressed, organically grown whole apples, in which no chemicals or preservatives have been added, which contains the "mother of vinegar", and is not pasteurized. The "mother of vinegar" is a natural gelatinous substance formed during the last fermentation step.  This type of wholesome apple cider vinegar can be readily found in most health food stores and can be purchased online also.  Alternatively, you can brew your own nutritious apple cider vinegar at home. It's surprisingly easy to do and the whole family can be involved.
End of Quote....
Of course it must be said that any claims of health benefits are anecdotal, but I will say that personally I feel better after taking 3 teaspoons in a couple ounces of water before going to bed for the last few weeks.
Apparently it's a combination of acetic, malic and tartaric acids in the vinegar together with the enzymes, potassium, pechtin (a water soluable fiber), amino acids, minerals and good bacteria that help lower blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, and cleaning plaque out our blood vessels. My suggestion is if you need it, read up on it and give it a try. Used sensibly, it can't hurt you, and it just may help.

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