This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
(Editor’s note: I am not a doctor or health professional and do not claim to have expertise in the matter. Just sharing what happened and what seemed to work for me and others who tried it. If you are ill, please consult a doctor before trying these home remedies.)
These past few days have been very busy and stressful. Two nights ago, I was feeling run down and had a sore throat. I felt I was catching a cold. I cannot afford to catch a cold and miss work, not to mention Thanksgiving. My brother had been telling me he avoided a cold by drinking two tablespoons of Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. When I first heard about it, I told him no way I’d drink is, it would be too nasty to hold down. Well, this time I was motivated to try it. I did not have Bragg’s brand apple cider vinegar, but I did have a store brand apple cider vinegar. I mixed two tablespoons of it into a cup (8 ounces) of water and drank it. It did not taste great but not as horrible as I thought. Ok, I did pinch my nose to drink it down faster. I felt a small burning sensation down my sore throat, but it was more relieving than painful. After that, I rinsed my mouth and brushed my teeth.
The next morning I did a self-check: no sore throat, no runny nose and no run down feeling. Wow, it seems like the apple cider vinegar remedy seems to have done the trick. (I am not a medical professional, and this is an anecdotal account so your results may vary) My brother has given his 5-year-old this remedy with a bit of honey and has helped avoid colds from daycare this way.
I started reading up on the benefits of apple cider vinegar and there are several attributed:
- Improves digestion and prevent acid reflux
- Helps fight allergies (human and animals)
- Helps sinus problems and sore throat
- Relieves arthritis and gout symptoms
- Helps cure constipation
- Promotes weight loss
- Balance out high cholesterol
- Prevent urinary tract infections
As a caveat, when drinking this mixture, you must rinse your mouth afterward, as apple cider, like other acidic solutions may wear down tooth enamel.
I have not tried it for anything else, but I was impressed with the initial result. I purchased Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider vinegar at the local grocery store and I am trying it out twice a day to see if my fall allergies improve. So far so good. Share your favorite cold prevention technique in the Comments if you have one!
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