Organic produce often costs 50 percent more than conventional produce and that can add up on your grocery bill. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, pored over the results of more than 100,000 USDA and FDA tests for pesticides on 46 popular produce items. The list below is ranked from most to least commonly contaminated produce to help you decide which fruits and vegetables to buy or not buy organic.
Preferably Organic-Most Commonly Contaminated
Spinach Bell peppers
Celery Grapes (imported)
If Budget Allows, Buy Organic
Green beans Mushrooms
Hot peppers Cantaloupe
Oranges Sweet potatoes
Cucumbers Winter squash
Collard greens Watermelon
Grapes (domestic) Plums
Turnip greens Tangerines
Honeydew melon Cabbage
It's Your Call-Least Commonly Contaminated
Source: Environmental Working Group
Acid Reflux Syndrome
If you suffer from acid reflux syndrome you should take a little apple cider vinegar in water with each meal as it helps to prevent the symptoms and cure acid reflux syndrome.
Read all about the recipes and remedies for Apple Cider Vinegar and acne
One area where apple cider vinegar may be used is for arthritic pain. When using it to relieve this pain it is best used externally either by creating an apple cider vinegar poultice (dip in a mixture of ACV and water) or by soaking aching hands or feet in an ACV and warm water solution.
If you have athlete’s foot you can also find relief by applying either a cotton ball or cloth soaked in ACV to the foot and then allowing it to dry before putting back on shoes or socks.
Sipping a solution of apple cider vinegar and water (approximately 1 tablespoon of ACV to a glass of water) can help to relieve the wheezing of asthma and can be repeated if necessary.
Create a douche using 2 tablespoons of ACV to 4 cups of warm water.
If you have problems with high cholesterol you can get help by using the general recommended dosage of ACV with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Coughs and Colds
1-2 teaspoons of ACV can be used in ½-1 glass of water for colds and coughs; for colds drink half a cup several times a day and for coughs drink when the throat is irritated or before meals.
A solution of ACV in a spray bottle of water that is sprayed onto the hair once or twice a week and then left for about fifteen minutes before rinsing thoroughly can also help to get rid of dandruff.
A number of studies have also shown that apple cider vinegar may be beneficial in treating diabetes and helping to lower glucose levels. Two tablespoons of ACV taken at bedtime (with water) can help reduce glucose levels by about 6% in the morning. You could also try the generally recommended dosage to help lower blood glucose levels.
If you suffer from eczema you can use apple cider vinegar both internally and externally. Take the generally recommended dosage three times a day and then also apply diluted ACV to the skin externally.
Taking the generally recommended dosage of ACV three times a day, with meals, can help to relieve fatigue.
Regularly taking ACV may also help to prevent food poisoning. There are testimonies of people who drink Apple Cider Vinegar with meals and don't suffer from food poison when others who ate the same food did get the food poisoning.
Hay Fever and Allergies
Hay fever and allergy sufferers can also benefit from taking regular doses of apple cider vinegar (the generally recommended dosage.
Apple Cider Vinegar Cures: Headaches
I haven't tried this and pain relief would depend on what is causing your headache. If you are suffering from a headache you may find it a relief to inhale ACV vapours. This can either be done by boiling ACV in water on the stove, using a vaporizer or simply inhaling from a small bottle.
Apple Cider Vinegar Cures: Weight Loss
This is a bit of a controversial topic but apple cider vinegar for weight loss has been used for centuries. Some report amazing resulted and for others it's ineffective. The claims are that the regular dose of apple cider vinegar with your meals can help increase your metabolism and so help your body to burn more fat and calories as well as suppress your appetite naturally.
Menstrual and Menopausal Problems
Some women have found that regular dosage of ACV tonic can also be used to help alleviate symptoms of heavy and painful periods, as well as the hot flushes and sweats associated with menopause.
Apple Cider Vinegar for your Pets
Apart from being good for humans, apple cider vinegar is also good for your cats, dogs and horses. For dogs it can be used to prevent fleas and ticks, for itchy skin, smelly ears, and lack of appetite or dogs colds (watery discharge from eyes, runny nose and a coughing sound). For cats it can be used for skin problems, upper respiratory or ear infections, and itchy skin (scratching).
Apple Cider Vinegar and Your Teeth
When using apple cider vinegar cures it is important to realize that in its undiluted form ACV can harm your teeth and dental enamel. As an extra precaution, you can rinse out your mouth after drinking your ACV tonic.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Your Digestive Tract
You should never take ACV in undiluted form as the acid can harm the digestive tract. The benefits of Apple cider vinegar cures and natural remedies are quite vast but as I mentioned before it is best incorporated into a healthy lifestyle for best results.