For years, possibly even thousands, vinegar and/or apple cider vinegar has been claimed to have medicinal value. The verdict is still out on whether research can back up these claims, but for those of you willing to give alternative and natural methods a try, apple cider vinegar may be a great way to address some health issues.
I first heard about the benefits of apple cider vinegar for people with yeast infections or other fungal conditions such as Candida. According to Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet , this vinegar can help promote healthy microflora in the gut, balancing the inner ecosystem. She also states that it can aid in digestion and stop sugar cravings, both of which are symptoms for those with an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut. 
Apple cider vinegar has also been said to help with skin problems (such as acne), detoxify the body by cleaning the kidneys, cure allergies, help with upper respiratory infections, ease arthritis and stiff joints, ...
Like many digestive disorders, acid reflux disease or GERD (gastric esophageal reflux disease) has grown to be a substantially common problem among Americans. The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Digestive Diseases reports that based on a study conducted in 2004, 20% of the US population suffers from symptoms of GERD on a weekly basis. This is just one of many digestive disorders that affect 60 to 70 million people, many of which may have been prevented with a good diet to begin with. 
For those that don’t know, GERD symptoms arise as a result of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), not closing well. This causes food and hydrochloric acid to leak back into the esophagus, which results in a burning sensation in the chest, also known as heartburn. Even though most traditional treatment methods can improve symptoms in the short term, over time these approaches can actually make the problem worse by not addressing the underlying cause and disrupting the body&rsquo...
The combination of kale, red onion, fresh and dried fruit and sweetened almonds and a surprise ingredient – chia seeds -- makes for a knock-out salad. A citrus vinegar makes this raw salad refreshingly tart but the honey sesame almonds, dried cranberries and pear add a nice sweetness and crunch. It will hit the high note on your Thanksgiving spread with your vegetarian and meat-eating guests alike.
This autumnal salad features one of my new favorite salad greens: raw kale. My love of kale is no secret. But even though it is rising in popularity as a salad or smoothie ingredient, many people are unaware of its health attributes. Here are five health benefits of raw kale :
It has more vitamin C than an orange
Kale is a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid
It has the highest concentration of vitamin A among all leafy greens
Kale is high in calcium
It has plenty of phytonutrients like quercetin and sulphoraphane
Many of kale’s ...
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