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Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Cider Vinegar Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Effect: Rajasic, Alkalizing
Recommended for: Spring
Type: Ferments
Color: Brown
Moves energy: Outward

Serving Size: 1/4 tsp
Species: Malus domestica
Family: Rosaceae
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ayurvedic perspective

Often used for weight loss, vinegar strongly increases the flow of bile. Bile is a fatty, oily substance made by the liver, and stored in the gall bladder. It helps you digest fats. Since bile is also a fatty oily substance, draining bile from the liver to the small intestine pulls fats out of the blood. Bile is one of the main pathways of cholesterol metabolism for many animals.

Since the liver detoxifies the blood, bile often contains toxic metabolic by-products. Draining bile thus cleanses the liver, and has a cooling, Pitta pacifying effect on the blood, which can get congested in the spring. Apple cider vinegar, since it is made with apples, contains malic acid, a known liver tonic.

By increasing bile, and stimulating the GI tract, Vinegar softens and hydrates stool. Vinegar on the skin softens the skin. Sour taste is emotion, it grounds the heart. Vinegar can help you come back to earth after too many hours on the computer.
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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I believe drinking 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with water twice a day cured my stomach ulcer. It is alkalizing and reduces the burning sensation.

- Emma, CA, 02-07-13 (Reply)
I wonder if I have misunderstood the symbols above. Pitta has a slash through it, which I understand means it is Pitta aggravating. Yet your notes say that vinegar increases the flow of bile, cleansing the liver, which has a cooling, Pitta pacifying effect on the blood. Thank you for any clarification.
- Anne, Beaverton, OR, 02-09-14 (Reply)
please clarify, if ACV is cooling by detoxifying the liver (pitta pacifying), yet the symbol says it's pitta aggravating..
- sohini, 05-16-15 (Reply)
Vinegar can aggravate inflammation and irritate the digestive tract. It is very stimulating. But it cools the blood. So the answer is that it increases pitta in the GI, and descreases Pitta in the blood!
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 05-19-15 (Reply)
Apple cider is an old folk remedy for menopausal hot flashes. I have known women who have felt a positive reduction in night time hot flashes and sweats in less then a week after taking apple cider daily. How would apple cider create this result? It purifies the blood and perhaps for some women it is the sluggish toxic/ama build up that is a contributing factor in their night sweat hot flashes.Also I am confused about apple ciders acidity. I have read that although apple cider is acidic it has alkalizing effect on the body. Kindly advise.This website is rich is information and its dedication to heath is exemplary. Thank you. Deborah Swann CT
- Deborah Swann, Trumbull, CT, 06-25-15 (Reply)
Does Apple Cider Vinegar have Ruksha Guna? I have aggravated vata and my skin always itches when I consume anything that has Ruksha Guna (apple, licorice, eggplant etc).
- Nateshan Soundarapandian, FL, 01-07-16 (Reply)
Since apple cider is sour in taste, it generally stimulates secretions in the body and therefore should not be drying.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 01-08-16 (Reply)
Increasing the amount of pitta is called "vitiation" of pitta. Pitta individuals can overproduce bile and digestive fluids, which can lead to problems (just as too little of the above can). Small amounts of vinegar should be okay as a medicine for pitta constitutions, but too much is certainly not recommended.
- WEBSITE, 02-16-16 (Reply)
Hi John, ACV seems to help the arthritis in my fingers. But will it exacerbate my bone loss?Thank you.
- Jane Hulting, Elkins park, PA, 06-27-16 (Reply)
Generally apple cider vinegar is not considered to exacerbate bone loss, but it is best to check with your doctor about using it.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 06-27-16 (Reply)
There are few things that are considered "always a good thing" in Ayurveda. Everything depends on the individual and the situation.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 09-12-16 (Reply)
As a form of medicine, how would you recommend consuming apple cider vinegar? I know it depends on the person and situation...but to have a general idea would be helpful. :) Thank you so much for all the work you put into this amazing site!
- Laura Fitzsimmons, 02-28-17 (Reply)
Many people find it useful to put about about 10 drops of in a large glass of hot water first thing in the morning.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 02-28-17 (Reply)
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