Dr. Di's Health Tips - August 2003
The use of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for weight loss is the latest around the fitness and weight-loss industry. Most people think that an apple cider vinegar diet is a new invention. In fact, it's been around a long time, just now returning to popularity.
The word vinegar comes from the Latin word vinum meaning wine and acer meaning sour. These two words were combined to make vinegre. In 5,000 B.C., the Babylonians fermented the fruit of date palms and created date vinegar. The Romans made vinegar from grapes, figs, dates and rye. Julius Caesar and his armies would drink vinegar and water for its antiseptic properties. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine", recommended vinegar for his patients who fell ill. Many ancient cultures used vinegar and valued it for its medicinal benefits. It was used for disinfecting wounds and for insect bites and snakebites. Vinegar compresses were useful for healing bruises.
The ancient Egyptians are commonly recognized as the inventors of apple cider vinegar, or at least they were the first to realize its' medical benefits. Records show that as far back as 3000 B.C., the Egyptians were using apple cider vinegar not just as an antiseptic, but as a weight loss agent as well.
It needs to be understood that (AVC) will not reduce a person's weight that does not control their intake of food. If combined with a low caloric diet consisting of a wide variety of fresh fruits, raw salads, raw, steamed, or stir-fried vegetables, brown rice, tofu or other proteins, beans and whole grains, ACV can assist in weight loss. This means all refined carbohydrates, processed foods, white flour and sugar products, sodas, coffee, and dairy products are eliminated from the diet.
In moderation animal proteins such as meat, fish, eggs and natural cheese are ok.
Apple Cider Vinegar can be used three times a day as a cocktail of ½ tsp honey plus 1 tsp ACV in a glass of purified water at room temperature. In addition, ACV can be used as a massage oil to reduce fat according to the Diet Research Center in England. In this case, they used three parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part almond or olive oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also said to help with headaches, liver and gallbladder problems, itching scalp and dandruff, constipation, arthritis, excess mucus, heart disease, sore aching joints, kidney and bladder problems and digestion problems.
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the many ingredients in the Isagenix products for weight loss and some of this information came from Tony Escobar's resources on Isagenix. Also, much of this information came from the Bragg Crusades Paul and Patricia Bragg whom have promoted ACV to support a supple, pain-free, tireless and ageless body.
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