Reasons to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
I am sure if you live on planet earth you have heard of reasons to drink Apple Cider Vinegar. But who could imagine that apple cider vinegar would be the key to revitalized life and health? Certainly not me. And not because I didn’t believe the hype. I just didn’t think I would need revitalizing, especially not this soon. That was before I turned 45 and stuff started happening. Not good stuff. Weird stuff. Painful stuff. Thankfully, a nutritionist friend of mine suggested I start drinking an ounce or more a day. Now, I have ACV in my refrigerator and on the counter, just in case I run out. I made a vow not ever to be without it again.
There are numerous studies and research that touts the healing power of ACV. Now, I am a researcher, but I don’t necessarily like just taking what everyone says at face value. I am also one of those people that don’t like to take prescribed medicines and other man-made remedies unless I absolutely have no choice. So as I started to get older, I wanted to know more about natural remedies and how to take better care of myself. I am not exactly a fanatic, but I do see and understand the importance of taking care of your body so it will take care of you later. It’s all a part of my self-empowerment. I call it empowered health. I am taking control of my health, of my well-being. After all, no one else is responsible for my health but me.
I guess I should start at the beginning. The beginning I alluded to earlier. Last year I turned 45. There, I said it out loud and for the world to hear and read. I am 45 soon to be 46. Why is this a big deal? People turn 45 every day right? True! But I had never been 45. I assumed 45 would come and go just like 44 or 40 or even 35; Boy was I wrong!
Age 45 came and so did a slew of other issues, seemingly. While I’m in utter disbelief at my body everyone keeps telling me its age. That’s what happens when you get that age. Well, I don’t just take people’s word at face value either. You have to prove it to me. But something certainly happened in my 40’s. So I guess maybe they are right. But that still doesn’t mean I have to take it lying down. I’m fighting all the way. I aim to take back my power and age gracefully.
In the meantime here are all of these 40 something symptoms that’s happening to me. My metabolism seemed like it completely stopped. I think it was probably at zero if that’s possible. I felt myself gaining weight regardless of my morning walk/jogs, and no matter how much I starved myself, not one pound would drop. Now, my husband, on the other hand, would walk around the house and lose weight. That’s another article. This is not the worst of it So, I’m gaining weight. That’s a big issue in and of itself. I also live in Florida and my head is starting to feel heavy and weighted down and behind my eyes start to ache. My nose is running, and I am constantly sniffling.
I am sure you probably already know what was happening but I didn’t. It had never happened to me before. For me, this was the worst feeling. Fatigue and aching eyes. I thought I was dying. Well, come to find out I have a newfound allergy. I don’t know if its pollen or dust or just to everything. So, I am wondering how have I have lived in Florida for 40+ years and never had an allergy and now I have allergies, not just one, multiple. Yes, so the doctor says oh yeah, sometimes that happens with age. Here we go again everybody is bringing up that age thing.
And as if that wasn’t enough my body is starting to ache. I mean literally hurt. Mind you I’ve never in my life felt these kind of symptoms before so I’m thinking there’s something seriously wrong with me.
This is where the Apple Cider Vinegar come in. Not just any ACV. My nutritionist friend told me it needed to be Braggs Organic with the Mother. I am not a technical writer. I am more like a story teller, so I can’t tell you why it needs to be organic and why it needs to have the mother. Yes, I did ask, but I don’t remember the reasons. At the time, they were good enough for me. I just wanted to feel better
I have a hard time following exact instructions so of course I took a little bit more than an ounce a day. Probably like four or five ounces throughout the day. I would drink it by itself or put in water with lemon. I also found this other recipe for a detox with the ACV that included lemon, and cayenne pepper, with honey. That was great as well.
Anyway, now that you know why I needed it, here are some of the Apple Cider Vinegar benefits I have found. I am sure there are more, but these are the issues I had so that I can say without a doubt, ACV works for these issues.
Relieves Sinus/Nasal Congestion
I don’t think I can explain how bad I was feeling. My head was exploding, and I thought I was going blind. I am not one to get in bed when I am not feeling well. So I kept going just like a soldier, but there were days when I just felt so awful. I just wanted to crawl into a ball and cry. I had started to purchase Claritin-D and other allergy medicines, but I did not really start to feel better until I was combining the ACV and the allergy medicine. Then there were some days I didn’t have to take the Claritin-D at all. I would have a swig of ACV, and I felt brand new. So I absolutely recommend ACV for clearing your sinus and nasal passages.
Somehow I found the detox recipe of ACV, cayenne pepper, water and lemon, with honey if needed and I started to drink it every morning. I also begin to give it to my husband. Well, let me tell it most certainly will detox you. If you are looking for a good detox? Let’s just say we were detoxing like clockwork. 🙂 No doubt about it Apple Cider Vinegar is a detox.
Now the energy boost was a bonus for me. I hadn’t really expected that. But if you recall I was saying earlier how fatigued I was. And perhaps it was due to the allergies because I have heard that sinus infections and allergies can drain you. Whatever it was I noticed the immediate energy boost after I drank an ounce or two of ACV. Even today I still take it first thing in the mornings and the evenings when I know I am going to stay up late. Which turns out to be almost every night. But yes, Apple cider vinegar is an energy booster.
Relieves Joint Pain
Yes, this was an added bonus for me as well. One morning I got up and I had no pain No stiffness or weird feeling in my body. My arms were not hurting. My leg was not hurting. Now I had also started juicing as well so it could be a combination but I noticed that even after I stop juicing for a while, I was just taking the ACV I still had/have no pain. So yes, Apple Cider Vinegar relieves joint aches and pain.
While I can’t speak to the weight lost benefits. Not yet anyway. I have to say that it does curb hunger. When I drink it first thing in the morning, whether alone or with the water and lemon detox I find that I am not hungry for hours. It also helps when I take it in the evening. I don’t feel the need to snack. So yes, I can definitely say that ACV curbs hunger as well.
Now I am sure with just a little research you can find all kinds of scientific studies and other articles and blogs about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. In fact, I am pretty sure there are a lot more health benefits. But I can only share with you what I know to be true for me. I believe those studies, but this is what I know for sure.
I hope you have enjoyed my testimony of how Apple Cider Vinegar have helped me take back my health. I plan to share a lot more with you as we go on this journey of empowered health. If you have some ACV testimonies or any testimonies for that matter we love to hear more about them. Please feel free to leave a comment.
God bless you and take care of you. Remember we only get one chance to get it right. There are no do-overs. So let’s live our best life now.