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Monday, December 12, 2011

Traditional Elixir of Youth and Vitality, ACV and Honey

"I just don't feel good.", says the mom. "What doesn't feel good? What's wrong?", says the doctor.
"I don't know", says the mom.

I can't count how many times we go through this dialog. It is so very frustrating for the patient who cannot pinpoint what the problem is, for the caregiver who frequently hears these complaints, and for the physician whom we visit in anticipation he or she will make a difference.

Born at the end of the baby boomer generation, many of my peers are dealing with aging parents and the heartache of feeling helpless as they lose their vitality and slowly slip away.

Many people of my parents' age group can remember the excitement back in the mid-1940's when Sir Alexander Fleming, Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of penicillin.  That discovery spawned the boon of the pharmaceutical industry and as time went on people began to put more faith in modern medicine and herbal knowledge was often no longer routinely passed down to the younger generation. 

As a little girl in the 1960's and 70's I can remember all the talk about the end to world hunger with the advancements in agriculture growing out of the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. The amount of food that could be grown and reaped per acre would be able to keep up with our growing world population as well as to aid poverty, drought stricken areas.

Our age of technology and the demand for supermarket prepared and convenient meal planning has been wonderful but we are now paying a price.  As a consequence of not maintaining consistent, natural, healthy, balanced diets, many, many people are fed but remain malnourished.  Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have resulted in a population lacking in energy and feeling half sick much of the time.  Noninfectious and degenerative conditions are able to get a foothold in a body weakened from deficiencies in important nutrients such as potassium.  Premature aging, mental and physical fatigue can often be linked to a potassium deficiency.

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" was an example of the old-fashioned folk wisdom spoken by our grandparents. They may not have known exactly why, but apple-eaters have always had a certain healthfulness and apple glow.

Traditionally, an at-home remedy for many ailments, and even called an anti-aging elixir, is the daily intake of raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey.  This mixture taken with a glass of water has cleansing and disinfecting properties to detoxify the body and fight germs and bacteria.

Natural, undistilled, organic, raw apple cider vinegar was the world's first natural medicine and considered a perfect food.  Commercialized vinegars do not contain the same health values of raw cider vinegar.  The powerful enzymes and minerals are destroyed during the distilling process.  Public demand for clear, "pretty" vinegars are the reason natural, raw vinegars are rarely on store shelves.  Raw vinegar is unheated and unfiltered, so it will appear cloudy with the "mother" still floating around.  Quality vinegars containing the "mother" retain the health benefits of minerals, pectin for fiber, and amino acids.

Also desired is raw honey that has not been heated excessively through pasteurization. The only way to get that pourable,perfectly clear look of most commercial honeys is to heat it and then filter it excessively. The problem with heat is that many nutrients are very sensitive to it and die. You may get strange looks when you tell people your raw honey is 'alive', but you're absolutely correct to a certain extent.It's the beneficial enzymes found in raw honey that make it so digestible to humans. Raw honey is filtered, but very minimally and in a manor not to destroy the health promoting enzymes and other nutrients.

So, how does this vinegar and honey remedy work?  With our modern diet of processed and commercialized foods full of unhealthy fats and starches, a person's bloodstream tends toward becoming acidic.  A body remains in balance when more alkaline.  Fresh fruits, leafy green vegetables and legumes are examples of alkaline forming foods.  A food's pH has nothing to do with its acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body.  Citrus foods are acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are alkaline.  Meat will test alkaline before consumed but it is actually very acid-forming within the body.  When the pH or acid-base ratio is off balance the body is forced to borrow minerals from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body.  Stress and allergic reactions also produce excessive acids in the body.  Continued high acidity can lead to damage and possibly disease.

 The aged have more trouble anyway with kidneys that just cannot function as optimally as in their youth to filter out and eliminate toxins and wastes.  Add the burden of having to detoxify all their medications, it is no surprise people feel sluggish and blah.

Apple cider vinegar and honey are both alkaline-forming and can correct excess acidity in our systems.  Conditions that can be helped include:
Bone and muscle aches
Shooting pains upon standing
Dull skin, hair, and nails
Chronic fatigue
Lack of mental alertness
Cold hands and feet
Poor digestion

Many of these complaints sound very familiar with our elderly parents.  Rediscovering this age-old remedy once called the "fountain of youth" may be a godsend for our loved ones.  With a little cooperation and a willingness to try something perhaps not prescribed by their doctors, wouldn't it be grand if these ailments could be relieved.  Relieved by getting to the root of the problem and supplying the body with what it needs to function correctly, rather than feeling there is no other choice than to deal with the side effects of yet another prescribed pharmaceutical designed to address just the symptoms.

Mix a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of raw honey in a glass of water.  Take twice daily.

This information came from various sources authored by supporters of Paul and Patricia Bragg.