A few years back, I began to ingest apple cider vinegar(ACV) twice a day. It may have been when blood work suggested I was “prediabetic” and I read that ACV may help control blood sugar. Maybe it was because ACV could reduce the risk of cancer.
Or it could have been that ACV was touted to help loose weight. Then again, it may have been before any of the procedures I had done to relieve the pain of arthritis in both knees and right shoulder. Supposedly, ACV is the twenty-first century elixir.
The actual task of ingesting ACV was not pleasant. Since I failed to see any miraculous results I didn’t repurchase ACV when I ran out the last time. I did give it a good few years before giving it up.
When I was diagnosed with colon cancer, one of my sisters (she still drinks ACV) was surprised. The first thing she asked is if I was still using ACV. I told her that I hadn’t been taking if for about a year or so. I have no proof one way or the other if I had continued daily doses of ACV would it have prevented the colon cancer. I am not going to beat myself up over it.
I told my sister that I could almost feel the enamel eroding from my teeth so I stopped taking AVC. Partially true, but I never found the most efficient method of getting it down.
I tried pouring it into a cough medicine dosage cup and tossing it back like a shot of whiskey. I remember seeing Pipere do that after evening meals. He would make a funny aaahh sound and kind of grit his teeth and shake his head. Then he would look at me and simply say, “it’s medicinal.” Much as I loved Pipere, I never acquired the taste for whiskey. But I felt I was looking pretty much like him when I tossed back a shot of AVC.
That wasn’t working for me. I tried chilling the AVC; didn’t help the sensation or taste. I tried to put the dose in my morning water intake with ice. Nope. Plus if I didn’t screw the top onto the water bottle just right (arthritis in my hand), it would leak out and saturate everything in my tote bag while on the train.
Recently a friend was talking up the benefits of ACV. I have put on a few pounds so I figured I’d give it another shot. Bought a bottle today and poured it into my bottle of water. I didn’t measure. It was probably not enough because I drank it without making any faces.
Mom used to rinse her hair with vinegar. Back in the day, I think she also added vinegar to her douche bag. In both instances it was distilled white vinegar rather than ACV.
In fact, I have used distilled white vinegar for household cleaning and laundry on and off for more than twenty years. It works great on ceramic tile floors, windows and mirrors. Almost always I would add a cupful of vinegar to the washer when washing new clothes. My son now puts vinegar in every load of laundry he does and swears by the addition.
We had a very fair skinned couch surfer several years ago who spent too many hours in the Florida sun. We soaked cloths in vinegar and applied it to his bright red, painful burn for relief. Works for bug bites too.
I have a book which I probably purchased through Publisher’s Clearing House when I entered their give away, entitled “Over 100 Helpful Household Hints” compiled by Christine Halvorson. The book has recipes and dilutions for kitchen cleanup and other cleaning uses. It is green and could replace all or most of household cleaners under your sink. Tips for using vinegar for home remedies, pet care, cooking and even fun type experiments with kids are provided in the book.
Dr. Oz discusses the facts and myths of ACV. “Bottom line: Vinegar can be beneficial in several ways, but it isn’t a magical cure-all and doesn’t replace common sense behaviors like eating a healthy, balanced diet, notes Taub-Dix. Plus, vinegar is an acid, so going overboard with it or not rinsing out your mouth after consuming it can erode tooth enamel over time.”