Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Apple Cider Vinegar

From Donna Gates' News for Health and Healing:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an important staple on The Body Ecology Diet. An acidic food, it helps keep your blood slightly alkaline. While the BED is a sugar-free diet, if you should eat something containing sugar, apple cider vinegar can be used as an immediate "antidote." If you should eat too much salt and feel a pinching feeling in your kidney area or soon start to suffer from a headache, a glass of apple cider vinegar in water is, again, a perfect "antidote."

Drink a glass or two of apple cider vinegar in water each day if you suffer from viral conditions or if you have achy joints. If you aren't crazy about the sour taste of this drink, simply add several drops of stevia liquid concentrate.

While we do not advocate the use of sugar, we also know it is impossible to live in this world without an occasional moment of weakness. So, instead of feeling guilty for eating that piece of wedding cake at your best friend's wedding, simply pour a tablespoon or two of ACV into a large glass of water and drink slowly. Your blood will soon tip back into that slightly alkaline, healthy pH range. ACV also helps control cravings for sugar and recent research helps explain why.

Apple cider vinegar may help dieters eat less!
Swedish researchers recently reported the results of a study showing that vinegar increases a sense of fullness yet reduces the body's insulin response to a carbohydrate.
Subjects were fed bread and given a drink of water with 2 - 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Two hours later their blood sugar and insulin levels were measured. There was a significant (25%) reduction of both.

Excess sugar in the blood is dangerous. Our cells only accept sugar when we are moving rigorously and exercising. The rest of the time they shut out excess sugar. Excess sugar is stored as fat and leads to heart problems. Besides making us bloated, overweight, susceptible to diabetes and other diseases, sugar is one of the reasons we humans age so quickly. Few of us exercise enough, yet we eat an excessive amount of carbohydrates. No wonder 65% of America is overweight.

You can also increase your intake of apple cider vinegar by sprinkling it on green vegetables and using it in salad dressings.

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