I try to avoid popping pills unless I absolutely have to when I'm only slightly sick. The idea of filling my body with toxic chemicals just to get over a touch of cold or flu really bothers me, since I think many people overmedicate their bodies. Modern society's tendency to always first turn to antibiotics to cure minor ailments is helping create stronger germs and bacteria, while also diminishing the ability of our immune systems to fight diseases on their own.
There are really much more natural options people can try first to help relieve symptoms of a cold or flu, like drinking apple cider vinegar!
Apple cider vinegar has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to the human body, and the ways it helps relieve a cold or flu include ...
Making the pH of your body more alkaline
When you're sick with the cold or flu, your body is a bit more acidic than it should be. In general, an acidic body has more difficulty absorbing the nutrients, vitamins and oxygen it needs to stay healthy. This is what causes your fatigue and general malaise when you're sick. Drinking apple cider vinegar will help balance out the pH levels of your body by making it more alkaline and relieve some of those symptoms of discomfort, while also helping your body regain the vitamins and strength to become healthy again.
Detoxifying your body
Apple cider vinegar helps thin the blood and break down any mucous in the body. When it does this, your circulation and metabolism runs a little better, therefore allowing all of your organs to also function better.
ACV helps blood circulation by oxidizing blood cells, which prevents the blood from becoming too "thick", so to speak. This means your vessels and heart won't have to work quite so hard to keep blood flowing through your body, so your blood pressure goes down.
When the potassium in apple cider vinegar breaks down mucous in your body, this includes the unpleasantness in your sinuses and eyes, which means you'll be able to breathe and see better. You'll be able to bring up the phlegm in your throat a lot faster as well, as your body will be able to expel more efficiently.
As apple cider vinegar is rather strong, so most people dilute it before drinking it. You can mix some with water, juice or tea to make it more tolerable. Try starting with an eighth of a cup with another beverage of your choice, and work your way up to stronger ratios to see where your comfort level is. Some people drink it once a day, some people three times a day, it's up to you.
Don't go overboard though, as you don't want to risk making your body too alkaline, which can cause problems as well. I mean, you'd have to work extremely hard and consume a lot of alkaline things all day in order to put your body in a state that it would become a problem (and who would do that?), but it's a warning I feel like I should give anyway.
And of course, you don't have to wait until you're sick in order to drink apple cider vinegar. Try working it regularly into your diet to get its healthful benefits on a daily basis.