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This healthy eating journey has been a process for me. I’m always working on it to eat better to feel and be healthier so I can share my discoveries with you.
One thing I love that has been easy for me to incorporate into my daily routine is apple cider vinegar. And not just any apple cider vinegar — organic apple cider vinegar.
I often enjoy what I call an “elixir.” I make it partly because I really like it, and partly because I know it’s really good for me.
I use only organic apple cider vinegar, and there are a couple of brands that are easy to find at the local grocery store. Apple cider vinegar is the fermented juice of crushed apples. Among other virtues, it contains acetic acid and nutrients such as B vitamins and vitamin C. Because adding “stuff” to food is popular these days in order to make a greater profit, in my opinion, paying a little more to know what you’re using is organic is well worth it.
My elixir consists of lemon, tart cherry juice and apple cider vinegar. I cut a lemon into eight pieces and use two or three pieces, squeezing the juice into a glass. Then I add about two to three tablespoons of tart cherry juice and finally add the crowning ingredient…about 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Of course, using all organic ingredients is preferable, but if I can’t find organic lemons, I go with organic tart cherry juice and the organic apple cider vinegar and use regular lemons.
Be sure to use tart cherry juice. Cherry juice and mixes of cherry and other juices are easier to find, but then you’re adding sugars you really want to avoid.
Depending upon my mood (and the temperature outside, time of year, etc.), I add cool water (not ice cold) or warm water from the tap. I have well water, so you may keep filtered water in the fridge which would be great as well. Sometimes I use sparkling water which is refreshing too.
I add to this mixture during the day and add more lemon or vinegar if it gets too weak for my taste. Lemon juice and organic apple cider vinegar, although acidic on the outside, once introduced into your body help to create an alkaline environment. This is important because, for one thing, cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment. We have created acidic environments in our bodies from all the sugar we consume (both the obvious sugar and the sugar hidden in our processed foods).
Apple cider vinegar may also help to lower blood sugar levels and change how food is absorbed in our systems, so go make yourself a glass or a warm cup of “elixir”, and enjoy it and its health benefits all day long.
This article was originally published on my site at http://thinstronghealthy.com/organic-apple-cider-vinegar-elixir/
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Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com Cheryl offers ongoing information and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor. She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.