The following article originally ran in my column “Here’s to Your Health” and was originally published in The Patch online. They’ve since changed their website and so many amazing articles are gone forever. LUCKILY I found this in my in-box!
Here’s to Your Health
“Vinegar worth Bragg-ing about”
By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
I love vinegar!
I put vinegar on everything: vegetables, fish, brown rice, bread and even on French fries if I’m in a cheating mood.
There are so many types of vinegar that can be used for culinary flavoring: balsamic, rice, malt, sherry, red wine, and white wine, to name a few.
But the one vinegar that offers more than flavoring is apple cider vinegar – real apple cider vinegar that’s raw, organic, unfiltered and containing “the mother” which is a stringy substance floating around in the bottle. When you see “the mother” in a bottle of vinegar that is when you know you have the real deal; a product with its nutrients intact.
Real apple cider vinegar is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented. Real vinegar contains a ton of vitamins and minerals. It’s the only vinegar I keep in my home.
Bragg Live Foods (which include Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar “with The Mother”) were founded by Dr. Paul C. Bragg, a health crusader who opened the first health food store in 1912. Crippled by TB as a teenager, Paul Bragg developed his own eating and exercise program which got him back into top health. He excelled in running, swimming, biking, progressive weight training and mountain climbing, and thus went on to begin his health crusade helping people from all walks of life.
I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Bragg’s daughter, who is also a health crusader and health guru to the stars (including Katy Perry, Clint Eastwood, Cloris Leachman and The Beach Boys, to name a few!)
“You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do,” Patricia said. “It’s so important to be a good captain of your life.”
In addition to eating a vegan diet (which includes beans and brown rice) with 60 percent raw vegetables daily, Patricia has an apple cider drink three times a day for her health.
Mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water balances sugar, balances acid/alkaline, eliminates constipation, improves digestion, retards the onset of old age, relieves PMS, and assists in weight loss. This mixture also helps get rid of minor skin rashes and improves skin texture. And I can certainly attest to that – at 47-years of age, I do not have cellulite!
Patricia rubs the vinegar all over her skin. She said, “My face looks like a shining apple!” She recommends using the vinegar as a hair rinse to get rid of dandruff. It can also be used to get rid of shingles, sunburn and mosquito bites. It can also be used as a gargle for sore throats.
“All our singers gargle with it,” Patricia said, and shared that singer Katy Perry consumes the vinegar drinks three times a day to keep her vocal chords strong.
And the drink helped Cloris Leachman get rid of her asthma. “Things like this happen all the time,” said Patricia.
Real apple cider vinegar has been around since the beginning of time. Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” has used the vinegar around 400 B.C.; Julius Ceasar used it as a tonic to ward off disease; and in Japan, warriors drank it for power.
“The ‘mother’ is the miracle,” Patricia said, referring to the stringy substance in the bottle. “The mother is the mother enzyme that forms from the apples. In the early days they all [all the apple cider vinegars] had ‘the mother.’”
But in the late 1930s and 1940s, consumers thought that real apple cider vinegar looked “dirty.”
Manufactures started boiling vinegar, killing “the mother” and then straining it.
Fortunately the organic, unfiltered, nutritious “mother” is available today in health food stores and even supermarket chains such as Shop Rite and A&P. Everyone can enjoy this delicious tart vinegar and all of it has to offer.
For more information on Patricia Bragg, go to: http://www.bragg.com/