Got Vinegar? (day 11)

breakfast: oatmeal. blueberries. tea. almond milk.

snack: hummus. corn chips.

lunch: butternut squash soup. apple. glass of almond milk.

dinner plans: curried chicken. rice. cauliflower.

I think I am actually okay with this no coffee thing.

Other observations… hmm… feeling great today. ūüôā ¬†Loving life.

A friend recently recommended I try taking a little unfiltered apple cider vinegar every day for health – so I decided to look into it. It seems that people have made many unproven or even¬†dis-proven¬†health claims regarding ACV, but that there can be some benefits to it. ¬†It doesn’t look like something I need, and it is recommended that you talk to your doctor before trying. ¬†But just for kicks, here is some info I found:

“Here are some medical uses of vinegar that do have promise, at least according to a few studies:

  • Diabetes. The effect of vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best-researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits.¬†Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. For instance, one 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%.
  • High cholesterol . A 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol. However, the study was done in rats, so it’s too early to know how it might work in people.
  • Blood pressure and heart health. Another study in rats found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure.¬†A large observational study also found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t.¬†However, it’s far from clear that the vinegar was the reason.
  • Cancer . A few laboratory studies have found that vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.¬† Observational studies of people have been confusing. One found that eating vinegar was associated with a decreased risk of esophageal cancer.¬†Another associated it with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
  • Weight Loss . For thousands of years, vinegar has been used for weight loss.¬†White vinegar (and perhaps other types) might help people feel full.¬†A 2005 study of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread.
  • Soothe Heartburn According to Betty Shaver, a lecturer on herbal and home remedies at the New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York in the book “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies,” apple cider vinegar may help reduce the burning, pain and discomfort of heartburn. Apple cider vinegar may help restore the pH in your body by neutralizing the acids in the stomach that are causing the pain. Pour 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar in 1/2 cup water, then sip the mixture while eating a meal to help reduce heartburn pain after eating, says Shaver.
  • Relieve Symptoms of Food Poisoning Apple cider vinegar may help reduce the upset stomach and diarrhea associated with food poisoning because it has antimicrobial properties and may help restore the natural balance in your body. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests mixing 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup warm water. Stir thoroughly and sip the mixture slowly throughout the day to relieve your food poisoning symptoms.
  • Cure Toenail Fungus Fungus may grow on the toenails, especially if it is exposed to damp, dark areas, like the inside of your shoes and gym locker rooms. Soaking the afflicted foot in apple cider vinegar may help neutralize the pH of the foot, which may help it fight and eliminate the fungal infection, according to natural home remedy website Health911.com. Mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 quarts warm water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a large container, then soak the foot in the mixture for 15 minutes. Rinse the foot with water and dry it thoroughly before putting your shoes or socks back on.

What Are the Risks of Apple Cider Vinegar?

On the whole, the risks of taking occasional, small amounts of apple cider vinegar seem low. But using apple cider vinegar over the long-term, or in larger amounts, could have risks. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it’s quite harsh.¬†Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed.¬†Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth.¬†One study found a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement stuck in her throat.¬†She seemed to have suffered lasting damage to her esophagus. Vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin.
  • Long-term use of apple cider vinegar could cause low potassium levels and lower bone density. If you already have low potassium or osteoporosis, talk to your doctor before using apple cider vinegar.
  • Apple cider vinegar could theoretically interact with diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and heart disease.
  • If you have diabetes, check with your doctor before using apple cider vinegar. Vinegar contains chromium, which can alter your insulin levels
  • (above facts were cut and pasted from¬†http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar and¬†http://www.livestrong.com/article/271774-ph-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/)

Unproved claims: great skin, great hair, improved digestion… cures sinus infection, gout, arthritis, acne, flu, chronic fatigue etc.

So…. Should I try it just for the remainder of the blogrimage? ¬†opinions please.


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