An little apple cider vinegar a day keeps the doctor away…
Many of us remember old home remedies passed on from our parents and grandparents, and some of these are not just “old wives’ tales.”
- According to some scientists, chicken soup has an anti-inflammatory effect, speeds up the movement of mucus, and helps relieve congestion. Breathing in the steam from a bowl of soup while eating it may also help loosen secretions in respiratory passages.
- Honey helps alleviate coughing, has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and even helps healing when placed on some skin wounds, sores and burns. (CBS Early Show).
- Another home remedy—apple cider vinegar—has broad claims and a big following. Some claim that as far back as 400BC, Hippocrates used vinegar as an energizing and healing substance. (Apple Cider Vinegar.com)
A leading authority and proponent of apple cider vinegar as a remedy is Dr. Deforrest Clinton Jarvis (1881-1966). As a country doctor in Vermont, he became intrigued with local home remedies, studied them and used them on his patients with positive results. He published Folk Medicine in 1958 discussing harmless self-treatments that resulted in substantial healing. Apple cider vinegar in mixtures or alone helped his patients with colds, infections, rheumatism and arthritis.
Dr. Jarvis felt the success of vinegar was, in part, related to it’s acidic properties. Apparently, our modern highly processed, hi-fat diets cause our blood to be alkaline. Apple cider vinegar, though a weak acid, corrects this excess alkalinity and helps the blood fight infection and dissolve mineral deposits in the joints. Dr. Jarvis first experimented with cows, and later successfully used his home remedies on his patients.
Cows left on their own eat acidic plants and grasses, but the American cattle industry has long fed them more alkaline grains to fatten them quickly. Dr. Jarvis believed this led to some common infections and proved his theory by including a few ounces of vinegar in a group of cows daily feed. The cows he treated remained infection-free.
Most advocates of apple cider vinegar promote using a few teaspoons before meals to aid digestion and solve some of the problems mentioned above.
Some even believe it can dissolve kidney stones! Sounds too good to be true to this grandmother, but simple home remedies often have as good of results as expensive medicines with side affects, so it’s always worth a try!
(Information on Dr. Jarvis from Doctor Yourself.com, Andrew Saul, author)
Charlotte tip: you can buy organic apple cider vinegar at Trader Joe’s. A purer form of the vinegar, it has a cloudy look.