In addition to the tang it brings to cookery, apple cider vinegar has long been prized as a DIY jack-of-all-trades in everything from home remedies to household cleansers. As it turns out, what’s good for you is good for your pets, too: There are a number of ways that apple cider vinegar can make their lives easier.
For best results, don’t just grab any old vinegar off the store shelf. “It is only the unfiltered, raw variety that has the beneficial bacteria, enzymes and minerals that make it such a health-promoting solution,” writes chef Suzy Scherr in The Apple Cider Vinegar Companion (Countryman). Look for a product that is certified organic and non-GMO.
Here are some ways to promote your furry family members’ well-being with apple cider vinegar:
• Minor flea infestations can be dealt with by washing your dog or cat with a mild shampoo, rinsing and then spraying on a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water.
• Soaking the paws of allergy-prone dogs in vinegar can help ease itching. Likewise, ears that are itchy or mite-infested respond well to a solution made with a half-cup each of vinegar and water.
• Ear problems in cats respond to a half-tablepoon of vinegar mixed with a half-tablespoon of rubbing alcohol.
• Undiluted vinegar can be sponged into the coat of animals who have encountered skunks.
• When taken internally, vinegar can help dogs and cats with many of the same issues that arise in human health, such as blunting blood sugar spikes, aiding weight loss and soothing sore muscles.
Household pets aren’t the only animals who can benefit from apple cider vinegar. Horse owners have found that vinegar helps improve digestion and control pests. Other ways to employ apple cider vinegar in the horse barn include using it as a mane and tail conditioner as well as a wound and hoof treatment, and in rinse water when washing saddle blankets and pads to remove soap residue.
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The Emotional Underside of Infertility
A ccording to federal statistics, more than 7 million women have sought help for infertility. A’ndrea Reiter, a holistic fertility practitioner in New York City, has met many of them. “I kept encountering smart, driven women who had been on excruciating journeys filled with frustration, anger and sadness,” she writes in How to Get Pregnant Even When You’ve Tried Everything (Llewellyn).
Reiter’s response? “You have way more power on this fertility journey than you’ve been led to believe.”
As the subtitle of her book, A Mind-Body Guide to Fertility, suggests, Reiter believes that emotional issues underlie all physical dysfunction. In cases of infertility, she says such issues range from the external—problems stemming from work stress, family expectations and relationship difficulties—to internal patterns of negative thinking: “I’m too old,” “I should be pregnant by now,” “I’ve miscarried before, so I will again.”
In How to Get Pregnant, Reiter shows the reader how to access the often-hidden blocks that hinder fertility. For instance, she says, “Often when the egg count goes down, we are losing faith in our ability to create.” To counteract that, she suggests visualizing the growth of healthy eggs and to write out reasons why the running-out-of-time belief isn’t true. The book’s case studies help the reader see these concepts put into action.
“You’re not a uterus with feet,” Reiter writes. “You’re a person who has relationships, a career, past experiences, etc., that all inform who you are.” Learning how to accept who you are—and how to envision yourself as a mother—is the main message of How to Get Pregnant.
Green Tea Substance May
Prevent Heart Attacks
Fatty deposits within blood-vessel walls, known as plaques, can narrow coronary arteries and set the stage for heart attacks. However, it appears that a compound found in green tea may be able to help dissolve these hazardous blockages.
Plaque buildup, known as atherosclerosis, starts when the inside of the artery is damaged; cholesterol, calcium and other substances gather at the site, narrowing the artery. In addition, recent research indicates that abnormal proteins are also trapped in the developing blockage, similar to the plaques seen in Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain disorders. These protein buildups not only narrow the artery further but may also make the blockage unstable, increasing the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Researchers at two British institutions, University of Leeds and Lancaster University, are studying epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a tea phytonutrient long linked to cardiovascular health. They found that EGCG binds to the abnormal proteins, making them less likely to damage blood vessels.
Study results were published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The team is now working on ways to get effective amounts of EGCG into the bloodstream.
“It has been known for some time that EGCG can alter the structures of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Lancaster’s David Middleton, PhD, one of the study’s authors. “Our results show that this intriguing compound might also be effective against the types of plaques which can cause heart attacks and strokes.”