Our Acid and Alkaline Levels
Apple Cider Vinegar Foods such as alcohol, sugar and other carbohydrates are some of the foods that cause increased acid levels in the body. Taking raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar before meals will help counteract this.
Lemons and raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar are both naturally acidic. However, because of the way they are metabolized when consumed, they become alkaline forming in the body.
Research has shown that our bodies strive to attain a healthy acidic-alkaline balance, although the majority of us tend to be more acidic than alkaline.
Opinions differ on the ideal health balance. A 60/40 alkaline-acid ratio is recommended by some advocates, while others suggest an 80/20 alkaline-acid ratio is more appropriate.
It is important to note that in a pH ‘balanced’ body, different parts of the body have different alkaline/acid ratios. For example, the pH of a healthy vagina may differ from the pH of the gut, even in the same person.
It is generally realized that our modern diet, with its heavy inclusion of simple carbohydrates, causes an overall acidification of our bodies, which provides an environment that allows non-beneficial microbes to thrive and multiply, to the detriment of our health and wellbeing. High acid levels in the body depletes energy and increases the risk of infection.
As well as keeping pathogens at bay, when the body is kept more alkaline, the increased energy level enables the body to more effectively fight off illness and disease. For most people, the first move towards improved health is ensuring the body becomes more alkaline.
It has been found that a high alkaline producing diet such as fruit and vegetables, and apple cider vinegar helps decrease the calorie burning muscle mass that is lost as we age.
A recent study of older adults found that those whose diets consisted of food that metabolized into alkaline residues had retained more muscle mass. The conclusion was that in some cases the outcome was almost enough to counteract the 4.4 pounds of lean tissue that is typically lost each decade as we age.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Neutralize Stomach Acid
It is believed that apple cider vinegar helps to balance the pH in the stomach by neutralizing the acid. This effectually helps eliminate heartburn and acid reflux.
When stomach acid leaks back into the esophagus it results in an unpleasant burning feeling in the chest or throat known as heartburn or acid reflux.
When the food in the stomach is in a milder acidic environment it will still be digested efficiently. However with less acid there will be fewer problems with the esophagus, and less chance of acid reflux or heartburn.
A recent survey conducted by the earth clinic website nominated apple cider vinegar as the most popular and best home remedy to relieve symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
A dose of 10-15 mls (2 – 3 teaspoons) of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before meals or whenever an episode of heartburn or reflux is experienced is recommended. If the taste of the vinegar is a deterrent add the dose to a glass of fruit juice and the taste will be almost unnoticeable.
It will also benefit general health to add apple cider vinegar to your cooking or use as a salad dressing.