"nature opened the first drugstore." -- D. C. Jarvis, M.D.
Have you heard about the potential health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey? Health experts have advised us that drinking a mixture of apple cider vinegar and raw honey benefits the body in ways that may surprise you. While it's a bit of an acquired taste, a blend of apple cider vinegar and honey has some important therapeutic uses and health benefits both internally and topically. Read on to learn more.
Apple cider vinegar is low in calories but high in nutrients
Raw honey is healthy too
Apple cider vinegar and honey are even better when combined
When combined together, apple cider vinegar and honey are even better for promoting good health. Internally, these health benefits include:
- reducing the severity and duration of coughs and colds
- alleviating the symptoms of seasonal allergies
- decreasing bloating
- reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- improving insulin production and reducing sugar spikes
- aiding with heartburn and indigestion
Externally, or topically, a blend of apple cider vinegar and honey can help to:
- treat acne and reduce the severity of breakouts
- soothe and heal sunburn and certain rashes
- promote faster wound healing
- promote smoother and more elastic skin
- give more luster to hair and reduce hair frizz
- treat dandruff by increasing moisture in hair follicles
While you may think that adding apple cider vinegar and raw honey to your daily diet is rather safe, you should always speak with your medical provider if you have any questions or concerns. Depending on your health history, your lifestyle and any medications that you are taking, there could be some specific sensitivities or symptoms that should be discussed with your doctor.
how often should you drink apple cider vinegar and honey?
For optimal benefit, you can safely drink a blend of apple cider vinegar and honey every day. Select a robust herbal tea (such as rooibos or hibiscus) and let steep until lukewarm. Then stir in a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of raw honey. This healthy blend of apple cider vinegar and honey can be consumed in other ways. Combine ACV, honey, oil and spices for a zesty salad dressing or flavorful meat marinade.
Apple cider vinegar should be diluted before drinking (with water or herbal tea) as the acidity in undiluted ACV may cause digestive stress and stomach pains. Also note that too much acidity in your diet can cause low potassium levels and also lead to tooth decay. For this reason, some people prefer to take a daily dose of ACV in the form of capsules or gummies. You should discuss the potential benefits of apple cider vinegar and raw honey with your health care provider to learn how a blend of these two power foods can be part of a holistic plan to improve your health and wellness.
What type of Apple cider vinegar and honey should you use?
Buy the raw and unfiltered versions for both. Check the ACV label. You want to see the word "mother" on it. This means that the apple cider vinegar contains beneficial bacteria and enzymes. ACV with the "mother" will be cloudy with a layer of sediment at the bottom. Shake the bottle each time before using to get some of this good stuff in your blend.
As for honey - same thing. You want to purchase raw and unfiltered honey which is minimally processed to preserve the enzymes, vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. As for flavor, you will want to use a robust honey that will not be overpowered when combined with the vinegar. Some good honey choices include tupelo, wildflower, and basswood.
Dr. D.C. Jarvis, a Vermont country doctor who faithfully served his community for many years, was a big believer in both apple cider vinegar and raw honey. He saw first hand how these two functional foods promoted better health and wellness in his patients. His experience with natural remedies led to his writing a best-seller that he titled "Folk Medicine." His conclusion that "Nature opened the first drugstore" is just as valid today as when he published his book in 1958. So try it today and experience for yourself the benefits of apple cider vinegar and raw honey.