Many of my patients come to me with areas that are tight and painful. Though there are many things that can cause this, one of the most common culprits is lactic acid buildup from lack of oxygen getting to the skin and muscle.
I believe this happens more often to us these days because of the lack of nutrition in our foods. The muscle and skin helps your body protect itself from the “cellular garbage” it produces, but for whatever reason it cannot clean away.
So I often advise my patients to do a cleanse. But here’s a big caveat: Don’t waste your money on pills, potions or expensive “kits.” All you need is one simple ingredient that you can get at your local grocery store: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (or OACV for short) is considered a superfood and it helps you slowly “detox” the body. Hippocrates was said to have used it as a health tonic and American soldiers are said to have used it to combat indigestion, pneumonia and scurvy.
Apple cider vinegar, made from whole apples and not pasteurized or filtered, will also contain all these nutrients along with the many enzymes, vitamins and amino acids produced during the two fermentations needed to make the vinegar. Many experts believe that this extra fermentation is what gives OACV its health benefits and why it helps in weight loss.
OACV is also packed with antioxidants, which help prevent cancer and protect the body against damage caused by exposure to chemical toxins. How’s that for a healthy benefit?
The most common and popular brand to look for is Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. The sediment in the bottle is called the “mother.” It’s produced by the processed by the fermentation and it’s the most nutritious part of the vinegar (so make sure so shake the bottle well!). If you’re on a budget, Trader Joe’s has a very good, lower cost option.
I’ve put the directions for doing the cleanse below. Give it a try and let me know in the comments section how it works for you.