In Folk Medicine, D.C. Jarvis, MD., a popular country doc from Vermont who lived in the early 1900’s, wrote that potassium is the most critical mineral for the human body. He states, potassium “is so essential to the life of every living thing that without it there would be no life.” Potassium is responsible for the normal growth and regeneration of body tissues. Without sufficient daily intake of potassium, a myriad of physiological functions will not occur as they should, resulting in physical problems like weak fingernails, hair loss, and tooth decay.
So what does potassium have to do with apple cider vinegar? ACV contains potassium along with other essential minerals like calcium, iron, silicon, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus and vitamins like Vit C, B-vitamins, folic acid and enzymes. Jarvis was a huge proponent of apple cider vinegar as it is a fantastic vehicle for potassium delivery and a powerful natural remedy.
Fruit and vegetables are rich sources of potassium as well. However, a depleted earth has unfortunately led to fruits and veggies being depleted in minerals. Cooked foods provide about half the potassium levels naturally occurring in fresh fruit and veggies, whereas, processed foods provide little potassium and much more sodium. Over time, consumption of mineral deficient food will inevitably create mineral deficiencies preventing normal cellular function resulting in dis-ease.
Adequate potassium levels during pregnancy and growth periods in childhood is crucial! Jarvis studied the relationship between adequate potassium intake and heightedness, and found insufficient potassium led to stunted growth. Almost one hundred years later, Jarvis’s findings are still relevant and alarming as the earth is that much more mineral deficient.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most powerful and versatile health tonic’s today. Bacteria and yeast are added to crushed apples to create this fermented potion. Research and case studies demonstrate the efficacy of the utilization of organic, unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar for natural remedies of: warts, sunburns, fighting infection, hangovers, stabilization of blood-sugar levels, balancing of blood Ph levels, food poisoning and heartburn. Other health benefits of ACV include: stimulating thinking, increased energy, weight loss and flushing out of toxins. You can keep a bottle or two in your pantry to use as needed.
Here are some ways you can use ACV in your daily life:
- Apple cider vinegar can help treat stomach aches, heartburn, and diarrhea
Add 1-2 teapoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of filtered water and drink to help relieve stomach aches, heartburn, and diarreah. If the diarrhea is being caused by a bacterial infection, the apple cider vinegar could help contain the problem, thanks to its antibiotic properties. Pectin in the ACV was found to soothe intestinal spasms.
- Apple cider vinegar can help improve digestion
Add 1-2 teapoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of filtered water and drink to improve digestion and intestinal function. If you drink ACV regularly, preferably before each meal, your digestion and assimilation of food will increase. This can also reduce hunger.
- Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar
Multiple studies have shown a link between ingesting apple cider vinegar and balanced blood sugar levels. One study found that people with type 2 diabetes who were not taking insulin, had lower glucose levels by morning when they took two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed. Another study conducted at the Arizona State University found the after-meal blood sugar levels of people with insulin resistance lowered when they drank apple cider vinegar.
- Apple cider vinegar cures hiccups
The sour taste of apple cider vinegar can stop a hiccup in its tracks. The vinegar overstimulates the nerves in your throat responsible for hiccups and “cancels out the message to hiccup,” said Mallory Kievman. Kievman took the hiccup remedy further by creating a lollipop that includes apple cider vinegar. Kudos to this teenage entrepreneur for bringing her eighth grade science fair project into the public marketplace where all can benefit.
- Apple cider vinegar can remove dandruff
Use apple cider vinegar to remove dandruff. One theory suggests that the acidity in the vinegar makes it harder for the fungus that contributes to dandruff to grow on your scalp.
- Apple cider vinegar clears up your skin
The antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar helps keep acne under control. The malic and lactic acids in ACV exfoliates and softens skin, reduces red spots, and balances the pH levels of your skin.
- Apple cider vinegar eliminates foot odor
The acids in the apple cider vinegar can balance the pH level of your skin and fight off the bacteria that causes smelly feet and underarm odor. Once the vinegar dries the strong smell will disappear.
Please remember: ACV is acidic like tomatoes, oranges and lemons and will erode the enamel of your teeth so cleanse your mouth after ingesting.
Wishing you radiant health!