Inflammation is a word that is used often, yet hard to define. Most of us have a hard time separating inflammation from an ankle sprain vs. inflammation contributing to heart disease and arthritis. In order to understand how to fight it, it’s important to understand how and why it occurs!
Inflammation is a very common and innate response to an injury, pain or stress. It is part of our bodies natural defense system to prevent something worse and/or speed up healing time.
Acute inflammation is the first response to an injury or pathogen. It’s acute because it should only last several days or less.
There are a lot of players involved in the inflammatory process, but the basics are: heat, redness, swelling, and pain. These four eventually lead to loss of function as a way to prevent future injury. Acute...
Although many people feel that Apple Cider Vinegar is something new on the health scene, it’s actually been around since 400 B.C. Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, treated his patients with it! Apple Cider Vinegar has been traced back to Egyptian urns and even Julius Caesar’s army used it to fight off disease.
Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh, crushed apples which are allowed to mature and ferment naturally in wooden barrels. Natural ACV is brown in color, usually has a cobweb-like substance floating in it and never needs to be refrigerated. It often has a very pungent odor and may even cause you pucker! These are all good signs of a natural ACV! That cobweb-like substance is called the “mother” and that is where all the health benefits are found.
You may have noticed over the last few years it has become harder to find natural ACV. Stores took some of them off their shelves because consumers buy based on looks and natural ACV is...