An apple a day may very well be the fibre source that keeps the doctor away, but squeezing and fermenting the juices out of this traditional fruit does the same and is one of the best things you can introduce into your body to help it in today’s food culture.
So what’s up with apple cider vinegar? Why are its infinite applications in an eco-household – cleaning house and body – not a myth? ACV is not really that nutritious in itself. As Dr. Eric Berg says, the reason why it is so good for you is the acetic acid which forms as bacteria and yeast turn the sugars from the apple juice into alcohol (cider) and then into vinegar. Contrary to popular belief, most of us have a too alkaline body pH, caused by constant stress of our fast lifestyles and overflow of cortisol. The adrenal strain of too much stress and cortisol make you lose the H+, aka acid, through urine and disrupt the pH balance. The pH of apple cider vinegar is close to the pH of stomach acid (from 2.5 to 3.5) and it is a completely natural relief and cure.
- Have you ever had acid reflux? The regular prescription is antacids, which as a side effect have – more severe heartburn after the initial short lived relief. This is because the problem is not too much stomach acid, but too little, in fact it is so alkaline that the valve on top of your stomach doesn’t close shut and the acid keeps backing up into the esophagus . Almost every case of heartburn can be fixed by taking ACV, which brings the stomach acid pH back to normal and closes the valve
- Our stomach acid gets more alkaline as we age and we can’t break down food properly anymore, developing digestive issues, such as inability to digest protein and absorb minerals such as calcium. Calcium then deposits in soft tissues and nerves and causes all sorts of problems – calcification and stiffness, arthritis, cataracts, kidney stones, twitches under the left eye, cramps in calves, neuritis … Taking more calcium when your body is the wrong pH doesn’t work because it cannot be mobilised. Alkaline bodies also have a potassium deficiency leading to high blood pressure, constipation, fatigue, irregular heart beat… which can all be regulated by drinking ACV.
- If you’re on a high protein diet the residue of breaking down protein is guanidine – a highly alkaline compound which causes a lot of problems when accumulated. ACV helps flush it out and clean the body, while simultaneously allowing for proper protein breakdown with less waste products and enhanced production of amino acids. ACV speeds up the digestion by increasing the necessary enzymes and rebooting normal stomach acid pH.
- It also helps you control pathogens in the body, fight infections, viruses and unfriendly bacteria and cleans up SIBO. It boosts the whole immune system by mobilizing white blood cells.
- It helps you absorb calcium, magnesium and iron and vitamins such as K,C and B12, which all need a certain pH to be absorbed.
- It helps stimulate the bile production and release, allowing for normal bile flow and relieving symptoms like bloating, burping and gas after eating. It’s also a great help in preventing gallbladder stones (we’ll go deeper into this tomorrow) as well as managing blood sugar levels and affecting insulin resistance which is the first and foremost reason why it enables you to burn excess fat and lose weight.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is go back to basics to the remedies of our grandparents, because they work. They might have not known this much chemistry or any at all but were wiser than our overmedicated population. Please think twice when taking antacids as they may be doing more harm to an already stressed and overly alkaline body. Get some apple cider vinegar ASAP. The next time you feel an acid reflux coming, take two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water. If it passes your body is too alkaline. It’s as simple as that. Do two tablespoons each day before a meal as a cure or prevention. Side-effects? There are none.