Issue #010, April 2009
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- You won't believe the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic, Natural and Holistic Dog Care
News You Can Use
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar - Mother Nature’s Miracle Medicine
We swear by many natural remedies, but the benefits of apple cider vinegar are tough to beat. It is extremely effective at fighting disease and eliminating many common ailments that plague both humans and dogs. In this article, we will focus on the health benefits for your canine companion.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a golden liquid concentrated with the healthy goodness of apples. Its contents include:
- More than 30 important nutrients
- 12 minerals
- 6 vitamins
- Essential acids
- Several enzymes
- Large dose of Pectin for heart health
So… it contains all of these healthy vitamins and minerals, but what are the direct benefits of apple cider vinegar to your dog?
You might be thinking, “Wow, why have I never heard of this before,” or “Yes, I’ve heard of the benefits of apple cider vinegar, but I’ve never tried it for myself or my dog.” Well, now you know it’s time to give it a shot! :)
- Apple cider vinegar has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties that give the immune system a good boost, arming your dog with the strength to ward off pests like fleas and ticks and also diseases like parvo.
- Apple cider vinegar is also the king of skin and hair remedies. It is effective at fighting itching and scratching from allergies or bites. When applied directly to a hot spot on your dog’s skin, ACV will calm the redness and swelling all while providing your dog with some much needed relief. ACV can be poured directly on your dog’s fur after a bath and then rinsed, which will cure dandruff, rejuvenate hair and help balance the PH levels in the body.
- Apple cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent. It improves health and function of the vital organs such as the kidneys, bladder and liver.
- Apple cider vinegar can help fight tooth decay and splitting of your dog’s toe nails which are a direct result of a lack of potassium in the body.
- Potassium is also essential in replacing worn-out tissues within the body, making ACV beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.
- Apple cider vinegar has also been found to be helpful in the treatment of the following: allergies, osteoporosis, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, constipation, muscle cramps, diarrhea, depression, ear discharge, eczema, fatigue, bladder problems, metabolism and stiff joints.
Here are a few ways to treat your dog with ACV:
- Simply add 1 Tablespoon to your dog’s daily water (for dogs under 15 lbs, use only 1 teaspoon)
- Pour the ACV over your dogs food, or mix it in with their meal
- For the treatment of arthritis or sore muscles, soak a compress in warm ACV and apply directly to the joints.
- Pour over your dog’s fur after a bath and allow to soak for one minute, then rinse. **Warning** Do not get ACV into your dog’s eyes.
Before making a purchase, be sure to look for All-Natural apple cider vinegar such as
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. It should have a rich amber color with the “mother” of the apple visible as sediment in the bottom of the container.
The strength of the vinegar is also important. Look for an ACV with a 5 to 6 percent acetic acid. That’s what gives vinegar its tart and sour taste. DO NOT purchase a commercially distilled vinegar…it has absolutely no health benefits!
Want more information about apple cider vinegar? Check out these great resources:
Bragg, Paul and Linda, N.D., Ph.D., “Apple Cider Vinegar, Miracle Health System”, Published Health Science, Santa Barbara, California
Jarvis, D.C, M.D., D.C. “Folk Medicine”, and “Arthritis and Folk Medicine”, Published Fawcett Publications, Inc., Greenwich, Connecticut
Puotinen, C.J., “The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care” Published Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut
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