Monday, 28 October 2013

Apple Cider Vinegar - A Home Remedy For Allergies

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I've had some success with coping with my allergic rhinitis with the use of anti dust mite bedding covers and consumption of Quercetin supplement. The former has improved my sleep tremendously. I never wake up sneezing (& suffering) in the middle of the night anymore. During the day, I also feel that Quercetin has helped in keeping my allergies in better control.

However, Quercetin is not suitable for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive. We would be happy to have a new addition to our family, letting nature takes its course. So I've decided to stop taking Quercetin for the time being. But it is not easy to find a replacement for Quercetin. I know Butterbur and Stinging Nettle are all good for allergies, but from what I gather, they are either not advisable to be taken during this period of time or there is not sufficient information to determine they can. And so here I am, searching high and low for any natural food or supplement that is effective for allergic rhinitis, but yet safe for consumption during pregnancy or whilst trying to conceive.

I came across drinking diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) water as a home remedy for allergies. I've always known the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar in aiding digestion and weight loss, but never quite heard of it being used for allergies until last week when I did a quick search online. I'm very encouraged by the many positive feedback from readers of Earth Clinic , Food For Thought Blog and Sarah Kovac's blog. There are a few others as well, but I've forgotten to bookmarked them. You can always do a google search to find out more.

The recommended dose from Earth Clinic:

1/8th cup raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Preferably organic.
Mix with 16 oz of water.
Sip it throughout the day.

You may add some raw honey for better taste and if you get some stomach upset from it, you may wish to add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda to help overcome it.

I have started this last Wednesday but not the full dosage yet as I've got a sensitive gastric. So I have started only with 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with full cup of water and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. I plan to gradually up the dose. Although some have recommended taking it before food, this option is not for me due to my sensitive gastric. So make some adjustment to this concoction, based on your own body's reaction.

I'm using Bragg raw unfiltered Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (see picture above). This is one that I've had at home as I use it for salad dressing at times. You can use other brands but the Apple Cider Vinegar has got to be raw and unfiltered to be effective. Remember, anything that is processed would lose its effectiveness as the enzymes are lost during the process. Same for honey.

This is a cheap and easy to make home remedy. Now I hope it will work for me and my allergies.  I plan to write about it later to gauge its effectiveness. Do check back!

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