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Apple Cider Vinegar and Allergies: The Evidence

Apple-Cider-Vinegar-and-Allergy-Prevention_CoralTreeWe will know the adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While it is something that we are all aware of, fermented apple cider vinegar proves to be even more beneficial. For centuries vinegar was used to cure a number of illnesses mainly due to its medicinal properties. The benefits of apple cider vinegar dates back to the time of Hippocrates. Going forward in the modern world, science has discovered phenomenal benefits of using apple cider vinegar to combat allergies. 

How does apple cider vinegar help? 

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting high quality apples which brings about nutritious bioactive compounds present in the fruit. The process increases the antioxidant and antimicrobial potency. Our digestive system is closely associated with our immune system. Infected individuals with good gut health also has a better immunity. Around 90% of the immune cells are present in our intestine. Eating and drinking food which contains healthy bacteria is one way of ensuring good health. 

  • Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of the human body. The whole system is cleansed effectively. 
  • It helps clear out the lymph nodes. The majority of the bacteria, toxins, fungi and viruses accumulate in the lymph nodes. During the allergy season you can feel the swelling of the nodes in the neck or the back of the throat. 
  • The body gets rid of toxins by creating an allergic reaction. As a result most people when exposed to allergens start sneezing or coughing. Also pH balance in the body is affected. Using apple cider vinegar not only helps get rid of the acidic toxins but also balances the pH by making it slightly more alkaline. As a result mucus production is reduced and congestion is released. 

There is a great deal more to apple cider vinegar 

It is just not effective for combating allergies but has a host of other benefits as well.  

  • It helps in the reduction of bad cholesterol LDL, and helps prevent heart disease. 
  • Amino acids present in Apple cider vinegar also help reduce the inflammation caused after severe exercise. 
  • There are several studies that indicate that drinking apple cider vinegar improves insulin sensitivity in diabetics. It helps by balancing the blood sugar levels.  
  • It reduces appetite and aids in weight loss 
  • When used in cooking the vinegar effectively gets rid of e-coli and salmonella contamination. 

The best kind of apple cider vinegar is made from apples which are grown organically. It is completely unfiltered and unprocessed.  

According to the Environmental Working GroupsDirty Dozen list, twelve foods have the highest amount of pesticides. Apples are considered as the number one produce which is contaminated and tops the list. 

It should be kept in mind that the more processing something undergoes, the less beneficial it is for our body. Unprocessed apple cider vinegar has a murky appearance and comprises of strand like substances, known as the mother, present in the bottleThese strands are known as the mother. It contains essential phytonutrients which help you lead a healthy life. It is rich in gut healthy bacteria, proteins and enzymes. 

Using apple cider vinegar on a daily basis keeps you and your loved ones safe from allergies. Why use antihistamines which make you feel drowsy when there is invigorating apple cider vinegar to be consumed. What’s more you don’t even have to worry about contamination from pesticides because Coral tree organic apple cider vinegar is free from all harmful chemicals. 

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