Sunday, January 10, 2010

Vinegar's Many Uses and Benefits

There are two types of vinegar I love and use regularly, apple cider vinegar and distilled white vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar has been used for hundreds of years and has a long list of benefits. It is known for being rich in enzymes and potassium, helping digestion, heartburn and acid reflux, balancing the body's PH, helping with weight, arthritis, acne, blood pressure, and the list goes on! You can also give it to pets and farm animals to help with general health, arthritis, fleas and makes their coat healthy and shiny :)

This type of vinegar is made from fresh apples that mature and ferment. Once fermented or matured, it contains what is called the mother. The mother is natural pectin and apple residues and the presence of the mother means that the minerals and enzymes (good stuff) have not been filtered out or destroyed. When looking for apple cider vinegar look for one that is organic, raw,unfiltered and unpasturized.

The next type of vinegar I mentioned was white distilled vinegar. I use this vinegar for cleaning, disinfecting and other household uses. Apple cider vinegar would work just as well but I save the raw, organic, unfiltered vinegar for taking internally and use the filtered, processed vinegar for cleaning.

White distilled vinegar is usually made by distilling corn into corn alcohol, combining it with other ingredients and then fermenting. This vinegar goes through a process of ultra filtration.

There are many uses for this type of vinegar. You can use it for cleaning, deodorizing, disinfecting, sunburns, insect bites, and more! Here's a helpful tip, cleaning with vinegar is economical, earth friendly, and non toxic! Next time you need to disinfect your home pick up the vinegar instead of toxic household cleaners. Those toxic cleaners are bad for us, our children and the earth but vinegar is just as effective and non toxic.

If you are interested in more information about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar check out these sites:

Interested in what you could clean with white vinegar? Look at this site it has 1001 uses!

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