Think back to when you were young and to the days you used to play in the yard with friends in the hot sun on a beautiful summer’s day. Did you ever come inside with sunburn on your face, only to have your mother or grandmother tell you to take a “dishrag” and soak it with apple cider vinegar – then have you press that on your face to help relive the sunburn?
Apple cider vinegar has been around for hundreds of years and can be used for just about everything you can possibly think of!
Here’s a great example of all the different potential benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Can be used to clean the home, & make laundry brighter
- Promotes weight loss
- Detoxifies the skin
- Aids in digestion
Apple Cider Vinegar isn’t just for “home remedies” and cleaning the house – it also can be medicinal!
According to the Body Ecology website, “Research has shown that vinegar can help people with Type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance (not diabetic, but high risk) by improving insulin sensitivity. In the study, vinegar was just as effective as drugs (metformin and acarbose) used to treat diabetes.”
You do want to make sure you purchase the right KIND of Apple Cider Vinegar – we highly recommend the raw fermented kind like in the picture above. Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar has been quite the fan favorite at Gentle Wellness Center.
Another great thing about ACV is that it’s absolutely fantastic for liver cleanses! Next week, we will be beginning a liver cleanse at the Center with the Andreas Moritz protocol and have been drinking 1 quart of water with 1 teaspoon of ACV this week (first thing in the morning!) to help flush the system and prepare us for our cleanse!
Gallstones may develop when there is too much cholesterol in the bile secreted by your liver. Bile usually dissolves or breaks down cholesterol. But if the liver makes more cholesterol than bile can dissolve, hard stones may develop. Gallstone usually forms in the gallbladder, however they also may form anywhere there is bile. You must be aware that it is not for the faint hearted, and can cause some unpleasant reactions including abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Tips to Consider Before Doing a Liver Cleanse:
- It is not recommended to do liver cleanses, or any other intense purifying treatment, if the person has impaired kidney function. If there are any doubts, there are very useful home test kits to measure the urinary albumin for detecting kidney dysfunction early (www.drclark.net). Under no circumstances should a liver cleanse be done if urinary albumin is detected.
- Before doing a liver cleanse, the intestine must not be congested or have any obstruction. Juicing or fasting 12 to 14 hours before the flush.
- Must avoid eating fats on the day of the cleanse for it to be effective.
- Do not cleanse if you are sick or recovering from a sickness, because you will be weak and the cleanse requires energy.
- After the liver cleanse try to continue emptying the bowel regularly to continue excreting waste.
- You can do a liver cleanse even if you have your gallbladder taken out (wait at least 6 to 12 months for precaution of healing).
Why Is It Important to Cleanse the Liver?
The liver is the hardest-working organ in the body. In today’s life we are exposed to an ever-increasing variety of chemicals, whether from environmental pollution, foods or stress. Many holistic practitioner believe a regular liver cleanse is critical. A liver cleanse means taking a break from ingesting toxins, and providing the liver with the nutrients it needs to cleanse and repair itself.
The food we eat affects our body and mind in profound ways. Most people, after their liver cleanse, can expect to experience a significant increase in energy. They will also feel more mentally sharp, be able to think more clearly and have more stable moods and emotions. Poor diet is a big contributor to anxiety and depression.
Problems that can masquerade as gall bladder problems include:
Stomach inflammation known as gastritis – this may be caused by infection with bacteria known as helicobacter pylori; these bacteria live in the stomach lining and flare up if you eat excess sugar or excess carbohydrates
Reflux of acid from the stomach back into the esophagus
Ulcers in the stomach or duodenum
Liver cysts caused by sluggish bile flow (these are often small)
Fatty liver with liver congestion
Severe emotional stress causing spasm in the smooth muscle in the gut
Adverse drug reactions from anti-inflammatory drugs which can upset the liver and stomach
Foods For A Healthier Liver:
- Water: (good quality filtered), preferably alkaline. Because water flushes toxins and waste products from the body, a feeling of more energized and alert when the body is fully hydrated (which most usually aren’t!). Usually eight to 10 8-ounce glasses will do the trick. Gradually up the amount—too much water can be harmful, when the body is not used to it.
- Crucifers: (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, and daikon) contain vital phytonutrients—flavonoids, carotenoids, sulforaphane, and indoles—to help your liver neutralize chemicals, pesticides, drugs, and carcinogens.
- Dark Leafy Greens: (Kale, Brussels sprouts, dandelion and cabbage) contain high levels of sulfur, which supports your liver in its detoxification process, triggering it to remove free radicals and other toxic chemicals.
- Sea Vegetables: One of the oldest inhabitants of the earth, sea vegetables detoxify your body by preventing assimilation of heavy metals, such as cadmium, as well as other environmental toxins.
- Sprouted Seeds, Nuts, Beans, and Grains: those sprouts are super high in enzymes, proteins that act as catalysts for all of your body’s functions. Broccoli sprouts appear to be high in sulforaphane, which triggers your body’s natural cancer protection.
- Sulfur-Rich Foods like garlic, onions, shallots, leeks.
- Fruits mainly the berries antioxidants to help the liver protect the body from free radicals.
- Apples: like berries, contain powerful phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, which can fight inflammatory disease. They also contain pectin, a valuable source of soluble fiber than can help eliminate toxic buildup.
- Prebiotic-Rich Foods: are found in asparagus, leeks, cruciferous vegetables, and several root vegetables—burdock, chicory, dandelion, beets, and Jerusalem artichoke.
- Cultured Foods: fermentation, an ancient form of preservation in which food is naturally transformed by microorganisms that break down all the food’s carbohydrates and protein, aids in digestion, thanks to a plethora of healthy bacteria like lactobacilli.
- Healthy fats: such as; flax seed, hemp seeds, Chia seeds, coconut oil, avocado and cold press unrefined extra-virgin oil.
- Herbs: such as; ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, fennel and turmeric.
- Meat should be from clean grass fed and raised without pesticides. Avoid factory-farmed meat that have chemicals, hormones and antibiotics.
- Fish is healthy and protein-rich. Some wild-caught fish, such as Atlantic mackerel from Canada, sardines, and anchovies, and salmon are notable for their omega-3 fatty acids and their lower level of contaminants.
- Whey protein powder (look for high quality from grass fed cows) is an excellent source of protein. A byproduct of milk and cheese, whey protein has been promoted for its health benefits since the time of the Greek physician Hippocrates. Much of this has to do with the fact that it provides all the key amino acids for glutathione production, a key protector of your liver and entire body.
- Marine base (microalgae) along with high levels of chlorophyll, which helps heal you by removing toxic drug deposits and heavy metals in your body, improve liver function, and neutralize carcinogens.
- Land-based like cooked lentils, chickpeas, and black, kidney, and pinto beans.
Check out the articles below for some more great uses on Apple Cider Vinegar and remember – comment below with any of your thoughts or suggestions!