Alternative Health: Apple Cider Vinegar
“The best of condiments is vinegar.”
—Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam)
In-shaa’ Allah, i think during at least the first part of Ramadan, i am going to try to put up post daily on alternative health. Again, i would like to emphasize that this month is a prime to to make some changes in our dietary habits. The way many of us eat today is just blind imitation of the standard American diet (SAD). Much of the food we consume is of a dubious nature from a health perspective (i’m not talking about whether or not the food is halaal (Islamically permissible) that many studies point to their “lack of benefit” to human health (to put it euphemistically).
Also, what might be seen as “radical” dieting was taken for granted just a couple of generations ago:
The way most of us eat today has no precedent in human history. We are all familiar with the health crisis in America—and i’m referring here not to the ribaa (usury) based insurance industry, but to the general state of diet based diseases, such as, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, ad nausem (literally). Also, many of the mental/emotional problems people are suffering from can be traced back to what folks stuff in their gut. God-willing, this Ramadan is a good time to educate oneself and others about healthy alternatives and to break bad habits.
Among the great healthy alternatives is apple cider vinegar (ACV). It has numerous benefits (as are mentioned in the links below). The way i take it is with a 2-3 teaspoons in a cup of water and as much honey as wish (which is usually 3-4 teaspoons). Ideally, i use raw organic honey, but usually i use the bulk honey i purchase at Whole Foods. First i put the honey in a cup, then the ACV and then about a two inches of room temperature water. I use the room temperature water because it, along with the ACV will help dissolve the honey. Once the honey is completely dissolved, i fill the cup with cold water (or room temperature water in the cold weather) and then drink it.
This drink is VERY refreshing. It feels like your insides are getting a cool soothing shower. It is good to drink when fasting for it is said that ACV helps reduce one’s thirst. Also, the ACV is suppose to be good with balancing one’s weight. It is also good to take a couple before eating, for it helps with the digestion process. Although the ACV is itself acidic, it has an alkalizing effect on the body (which is particularly useful when fasting and a lot of toxins are coming out of the body).
One note: be sure to get the organic ACV, for it contains what is called the “mother” in the vinegar. You should be able to find a quart sized bottle for about $7 or less at the health food stores. Some links on ACV and its benefits:
This is a blog with people’s experiences with ACV: