The Miracle In Your Pantry
The merits of apple cider vinegar have been touted for decades. It has a long list of health and beauty benefits. It has been hailed for curing or relieving allergies, sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, acid reflex, sore throats, and arthritis. It can soothe bug bites, stop hiccups, treat eczema, and reduce swelling of feet during pregnancy. It is said to kill bacteria and viruses thus helping to maintain good health and kick colds and flus. It’s often used as a beauty aid for hair and skin, help with stubborn weight loss and assist with detoxification. Lastly, it is an inexpensive, toxin-free, natural household cleaner.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Fibromyalgia
While apple cider vinegar does not treat fibromyalgia per se, it has been reported to alleviate many of the symptoms experienced by those living with fibromyalgia. These include:
- Fatigue – Stress (both emotional and physical) causes lactic acid to build up in the body resulting in fatigue. The potassium in apple cider vinegar combats this.
- Joint Pain and Headache – Apple cider vinegar keeps the body’s pH level slightly alkaline which helps eliminate joint pain as well as headaches.
- Swelling and Inflammation – Apple cider vinegar may be rubbed onto visibly swollen areas. Consuming apple cider vinegar helps relieve inflammation in the body.
- Gastrointestinal Issues – Apple cider vinegar contains pectin which helps sooth the colon lining. It assists with loose bowels by forming more “bulk” in the G.I. tract.
While rigorous scientific research cannot support any claims that apple cider vinegar fights or cures fibromyalgia, many anecdotal reports suggest relief and reduction from debilitating fibromyalgia symptoms.
Since it is natural, inexpensive and has no side effects or negative consequences (other than a taste that gets some getting used to) many people feel it’s worth a try.
Why Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help?
It turns out apple cider vinegar has some amazing health properties. The malic acid in apple cider vinegar may improve the flow of oxygen to the muscle cells. Trace nutrients in apple cider vinegar may also help with something called “oxidative stress” which is what occurs when energy is converted into those very damaging free radicals. Apple cider vinegar helps raise the body’s pH levels which decreases acidosis, a major factor in pain management.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Good Health
Most apple cider vinegars found in the grocery store have been filtered, refined or distilled but this over-processing actually destroys almost all of the things that makes it beneficial to one’s health. The best results come from raw, cold pressed, organic apple cider vinegar that has not been pasteurized. This formula should also contain the “mother of vinegar.” Apple cider vinegar in this form will contain the beneficial raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that aid in healing. It is best purchased from a health food store or brewed at home.
The recommended dose of apple cider vinegar is about one to two tablespoons of unfiltered, cold pressed, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar per day. Working up from 1 teaspoon is recommended and finding methods of taking it that are palpable advised. As always, consult with a homeopath or doctor whenever embarking on any homeopathic treatment route.
By Alicia DiFabio, Psy.D.
Alicia DiFabio, Psy.D. is a freelance writer with a doctorate in psychology. Her personal essays and parenting articles have appeared in various newspapers and magazines. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four girls, one of whom has extensive special needs. She can be found writing about her adventures in parenting at her blog, Lost In Holland.