No one is absolutely sure when fermented foods like vinegar were first discovered and introduced as added flavor to the then everyday meals of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, but there is evidence suggesting at least 10 ,000 - 11,000 years ago. China was using vinegar to preserve foods and for pickling from as early as 1200 - 1800 BC.
One story says Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, once bet The Roman General Mark Anthony that she could give the two of them a meal of such value as to be beyond ones belief. At the end of the meal Mark Anthony protested that the meal could not have possibly been as valuable as the Queen had promised. Cleopatra then ordered her servant to bring a cup of vinegar in-which she then placed a priceless pearl from around her neck and watched it dissolve. She then drank the vinegar and won the bet.For most of us such extravagance is not necessary. The real value is in learning to use this Oldie but Goody for it`s many health giving qualities. From it`s earliest uses right up to today apple cider vinegar has been, and continues to be used, as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments.
The acid in the vinegar has been successfully used over and over to aid numerous skin conditions including bacterial overgrowth, removing the heavy residues left behind from soaps and shampoos and even aiding in such things as reducing acne out breaks. It improves hair and skin helping it maintain a more youthful appearance and is a useful disinfectant.
By placing apple vinegar and a little salt in your bath water you will make the water more neutral, making it a more natural bath which is great for skin and body odor. It is useful to bring apple cider vinegar on trips abroad when there are possible problems with contaminated food and water. Putting vinegar in water kills many types of bacteria and was used in ancient times for this very purpose. In the same way when you drink a couple of teaspoons full of apple vinegar in 8oz`s of water just before a meal it can help kill food bound bacteria helping reduce the chance of food poisoning.
When it comes to effective weight-loss we need to let go of this desire to go on some fad diet for a certain time with the intention of returning to current eating traditions. The only weight-loss plan that will work is one that is designed to be maintained for life. As part of that life time strategy, including apples and apple vinegar will work great toward your initial weight-loss and ongoing weight management.
Pectin is a water-soluble fiber found in both apples and apple cider vinegar which has a positive effect on weight-loss. In some cases using foods high in pectin has resulted in weight-loss of up to 3lbs per week when accompanied with proper calorie restrictions and moderate exercise.
While 3lbs a week is what many of you are looking for it should be noted that we recommend a loss of 1lb per week for sustainable results. If you are following a sensible, sustainable plan and with the help of apple cider vinegar you are able to loose more that's great. But please remember to think in permanent, sustainable terms and not in terms of crash or fad diets.
Some of you may be wondering why not just eat apples instead of taking vinegar. Both have their individual benefits. The peel of an apple contains high amounts of insoluble fiber which aids in keeping your bowels moving which helps the body in many important ways. Apple Vinegar and it acids aid digestion meaning you get more nutrition, better digestion of food, increases protein and hormone synthesis and reduces over production of insulin by helping regulate how fast carbohydrates are metabolized.
All illness is an imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. To help regain balance we recommend eating more fruits, vegetables, fish, sea vegetation, nuts and seeds. We also believe apple cider vinegar can be a part of maintaining balance. We further recommend daily meditation along with deep breathing exercises and practicing a spiritual faith of your choosing.