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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

(Raw, Unfiltered & Unpasteurized)

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Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for over 5000 years as a medicinal vinegar. It was used during the civil war to disinfect wounds and Japanese Samurais drank it for strength and power. Apple cider vinegar is said to have been used by Hippocrates for treating wounds and healing sore throats and coughing. Today, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used to cook, clean and most importantly… to improve our health!

ACV is most powerful in its abilities to provide healing to the body on a cellular level in a very short amount of time, sometimes minutes depending on the ailment at hand. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples, which develops healthy organisms known as prebiotics. These organisms are what feed good bacteria in the body known as probiotics that are housed within our digestive systems and contribute to our overall well-being. Keeping a healthy eco-system with natural foods nourishes not just the digestive system where probiotics provide a large part of their healing and regulating effects, but also helps maintain a healthy microbiome. This can help reduce inflammation in the digestive system, joints, and even other areas of the body such as the heart, blood, and more.

Apple cider vinegar contains a variety of nutrients that help in its ability to do many things in the body that reduce inflammation fairly quickly. It has an alkaline pH, so it keeps our blood from becoming too acidic, which is what ultimately makes us feel so poorly. ACV can also reduce insulin in the body to balance blood sugar levels, it helps the body produce enough hydrochloric acid (HCL) needed for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients, it contains a large amount of potassium which reduces pain, it assists with natural cleansing and elimination, can relieve a minor headache and joint pain, flushes the cells of wastes, and promotes a healthy heart and blood pressure levels. Finally, it contains vitamin C that reduces inflammation, stress, and contributes to a healthy immune system to keep the body strong.

Alkalising
It may seem strange that something acidic is alkalising, however when you take apple cider vinegar internally it actually has an alkaline effect on the body. During digestion the acid breaks apart, and the potassium and magnesium form alkaline ions called potassium or magnesium citrate that increases alkalinity.The body functions best in a slightly alkaline state, allowing you to feel your best each day.

Digestive
Apple cider vinegar can help stimulate the production of stomach acid, aiding in the digestion of fats and proteins. In addition to this, a good quality apple cider vinegar that contains the ‘mother’ (live enzymes) will contain both probiotics and prebiotics that feed the good bacteria and promote the growth of a healthy microflora in the gut.

It’s said “Father of Modern Medicine”, Hippocrates, used apple cider vinegar for cleaning wounds and relieving coughs. So why has this folk remedy remained popular since Ancient Greece?

We’ve listed some of the health-enhancing properties of The Mother.

It could help improve digestion

Like other fermented foods, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar contains healthy bacteria – the gut-friendly bacteria that helps to keep your digestive system working properly. Cider vinegar could provide relief for those with stomach problems like indigestion or heartburn. This is because it neutralises stomach acid whilst acetic acid fights harmful bacteria.

It could support your immune system

Prevention is better than cure, so protecting your immune system means you’re more likely to ward off diseases and infections. And here’s where the healthy bacteria in raw cider vinegar come into play. Studies have found that healthy bacteria could help you recover sooner if you do get sick.

It helps lower blood sugar levels

Keeping your blood sugar levels in check is important and studies have shown that the acetic acid found in cider vinegar could be beneficial. In fact, drinking 4 teaspoons of vinegar before a high-carb meal helped to prevent blood sugar spikes. And if you’re counting your calories, research found that acetic acid stops your body from absorbing the calories from carbs.

There are a number of ways apple cider vinegar helps boost your immune system. Firstly, as it is fermented, it contains beneficial bacteria and prebiotics that can have a positive impact on immune health. Secondly, it has antibacterial properties that can fight off the pathogens wreaking havoc in your body. Lastly, it encourages detoxification through lymphatic drainage and enhances circulation, which can help the body remove the bad bugs more quickly.

Boosting your immunity can be done very easily when incorporating apple cider vinegar into a tea, juice, salad dressing


Many home remedies involving apple cider vinegar involve organic or unpasteurized versions of the product, ones still containing the mother of vinegar.

The fermentation process is critical to producing the primary ingredient found in the vinegar: acetic acid. The 5-6 percent concentration of acetic acid contributes to the sour, pungent taste, and is also responsible for the numerous health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

The key to the natural remedy’s health benefits are held in a cobweb-like substance known as “The Mother”.

When you buy apple cider vinegar and are looking to benefit from it the most, go for unpasteurized, raw and organic apple cider vinegar with ‘the mother’. This is the healthy organism that develops during fermentation and provides the medicinal benefits.

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What is ‘The Mother’ in Apple Cider Vinegar?

You can see Mother as a cloudy substance floating in some bottles of vinegar. The Mother is believed to be rich in health-boosting natural protein, healthy bacteria and acetic acid.

It forms naturally as raw organic vinegar ferments, producing a murky, brownish vinegar. If a vinegar looks crystal clear it’s been filtered and pasteurised to remove The Mother and most of its nutrients.

Stimulates Immune Support

Super Immune booster

There’s an easier way to boost your immune system: apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar assists in detoxifying the lymphatic system and regulating homeostatic functions of the human body. Researchers believe that antioxidants are found in cider vinegar which reduce the oxidative damage done to the body by free radicals and improve the health of our blood and organs.

Cider vinegar was recently determined to be a strong antimicrobial agent and alternative to toxic and expensive chemical disinfectants. One of the most fatal bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is resistant to disinfectants but is found to be killed by acetic acid. Especially in patients who are immunosuppressed, apple cider vinegar is an excellent natural antimicrobial tonic to rid the body of harmful bacteria and provide immune support.

Helps Reduce Pathogens

Protecting you from harmful bacteria, apple cider vinegar helps reduce pathogens like E. Coli and other dangerous foreign entities to the body. In fact, the main ingredient in ACV is something called Acetic Acid which shows to prevent and stop bad bacteria from spreading in your system.

Reduces Free Radicals in Body

Free radicals are pushed away since apple cider vinegar actually harvests them and keeps oxidation stress and damage from taking out important tissues and cell membranes. Unruly free radicals can land you all sorts of problems like arthritis, immune diseases, and even emphysema. ACV helps keep the correct amount of these free radicals to allow health to come to you and stay.

May Inhibit the Growth of Cancer Cells

Apple cider vinegar can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and lower the odds with its anti-cancer properties. While keeping other cancers at bay, apple cider vinegar assists in shrinking tumors.


Anti-microbial properties

Studies show that apple cider vinegar has anti-microbial properties, meaning it’s able to kill off those bad germs that spark our seasonal colds. It can also destroy the bacteria that causes food poisoning. What’s more, thanks to its natural vitamin and mineral profile, ACV is a great source of immune-boosting nutrients.

Supports Digestion

Apple cider vinegar is a raw and fermented product that is teeming with gut-friendly bacteria known as probiotics. The probiotics that are found within ACV have been shown to promote healthy digestion while alleviating digestive issues such as diarrhea. Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to decrease or eliminate many symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Great for Weight Loss

What’s more, one study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry demonstrated that adding apple cider vinegar to your diet results in weight loss, reduced risk of obesity, and improved cholesterol levels.

ACV improves digestion and the bioavailability of your foods. In other words, what gets eaten is properly used in the body.

Studies show that taking apple cider vinegar with a meal helps to increase satiety, meaning you’ll feel fuller after each meal. This can result in less calories consumed throughout the day.


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How to use it

General recommendation is between 1-2 tablespoons per serving with your choice liquid mixture (always dilute it with some other form of liquid).  And always rinse your mouth with a cup of water after using. 

ACV Morning Tonic

Combine 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water(room temperature).

Natural ACV Tea

Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to warm water to drink as a natural tea. Add a green tea bag for even more healing effects.

ACV Spiked Smoothie or Simple Salad Dressing

Add apple cider vinegar to a fruit-based smoothie to add a tangy, zesty twist or use apple cider vinegar as a natural salad dressing.

Vinegar is as delicious drizzled on your Friday night fish and chips. But beyond the usual, here are some wonderful ways to get the most out of apple cider vinegar:

ACV Healthy, Cleansing Super Shot

Make a cleansing shot with water, cayenne pepper, and a touch of honey to add sweetness. (Cayenne is naturally anti-inflammatory and cleansing too)

ACV is also acidic by nature, even though it alkalizes the body once it reacts with our blood, though too much may lead to some discomfort because it’s so powerful. So, like most natural remedies, a little will go a long way.

Energize and Detoxify: Improve your energy levels and detoxify your body with apple cider vinegar. Drink a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ACV in 1 cup of water after waking up or in the mid-afternoon when your energy begins to slow down.

Treat a Sore Throat: Take 1-2 tablespoons of ACV and mix with 2 oz of water. Gargling with this mixture will naturally disinfect your mouth and throat while improving immune function.

As a daily drink

Stir two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into a large glass of water before bedtime. But remember, always dilute it before drinking. On its own, vinegar’s acidic nature means it can be harsh on your throat and damage your teeth.

As an alternative to salt

Trying to cut down on your sodium intake? Swap salt for a dash of apple cider vinegar to enhance the flavour of your usual meals.

As a salad dressing

Whisk it together with olive oil, honey and lemon juice trickled over crisp salad leaves.

As a steam facial treatment

Facial steaming opens your pores and helps to clear impurities. To take the treatment to the next level, simply add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a bowl of hot, boiled water. Cover your head with a towel and sit over the steam for up to 15 minutes. When you’re done splash your face with cool water and gently pat your skin dry.

As a skin cleanser and toner

Why not switch your usual skin care products for an all-natural alternative? After rinsing your face with water, finish by wiping with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Before attempting this, do a patch test to prevent any skin irritation.

Remove Warts: Completely remove warts within 7-15 days. Saturate a cotton ball with ACV and place it on the wart holding it in place with a bandage. Allow the wart to soak in ACV. Repeat this process every 24 hours until wart is gone. (Note that it is normal for the wart to become inflamed and throb during the first couple days of treatment.)

As a cleansing hair rinse

For a boost of moisture and shine that soothes an itchy scalp, apple cider vinegar is just the thing for thirsty hair. First, mix equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water in a bottle. After washing your hair as usual, pour on the mix then rinse with water for softer, cleansed hair.

Treat Dandruff: Eliminate dandruff in one week by saturating your hair with a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water. Leave the solution in for 15 minutes before washing. Repeat this routine daily for one week.

Disinfect Wounds and Burns: Apply ACV to minor cuts, large wounds, and burns to speed up the healing process. The anti-microbial properties of ACV help reduce pain and risk of infection.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

A few points on using apple cider vinegar safely.  

– More is definitely not better, using too much can burn your throat.

– Not diluting it enough or not rinsing your mouth with water afterwards may cause your teeth enamel to weaken over time.

– Also since it has the potential to lower your blood sugar levels if you are diabetic I would definitely  monitor closely.

Apple cider vinegar immune booster recipes


Apple Cider Vinegar Green Tea

​Ingredients
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Green Tea
1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon of raw honey
Directions
Heat 1 cup of water and steep green tea for a few minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients into cup of green tea, stir and enjoy


Your Mid-day ACV Water Boost

Ingredients
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
8 oz. of water
Pinch of cayenne
1/2 teaspoon of raw honey
Directions
Mix all ingredients into large glass stir and enjoy.


ACV Cranberry Zing

Ingredients
1-2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Cranberry Juice
1 1/2 Cup of water
2 teaspoon of raw honey
Directions
Mix all ingredients into a large enough container (16-24 oz.)
note: Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and also are beneficial to urinary tract, digestive, and heart health. 


ACV Salad Dressing

Ingredients
1/4 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Ginger powder
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 teaspoon of raw honey
Pinch of Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
Directions
Place all ingredients in jar or bottle and shake.
Use what you need and store the rest in the fridge.

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