Morning Health Shot
Well, slightly more than a shot, but it sounds more fun than 'drink', so.
A couple of years ago, my eldest sister started raving about apple cider vinegar and how having a bit of it everyday was like the solution to all world problems. It felt a little strange to be considering drinking something as intense as ACV but the idea stuck with me. Over time, I kept reading about at-home health shots, wellness elixirs and it kept getting interesting.
A few weeks ago I decided, I'd finally give this a shot. I started reading up on what everyone was putting in their drinks, the benefits of each ingredient and it all sounded pretty great. I pulled 8 of the ingredients that resonated with me the most, from various drinks on the internet, put it all together and made this super drink.
I've been having it in the morning before breakfast, since a couple of weeks now and I'm addicted. Not because it tastes like the best thing in the world (it doesn't) but because it just feels great to be putting such fantastic stuff into my body everyday. N doesn't like it much (and actually has to smell a candle after), but he still has it. I don't hate the taste AT ALL, in fact I kind of like it and am pretty pumped to start my day with it.
The full 'recipe' is below but I'll list everything that's in it: Ginger, Lemon, Apple Cider, Organic Honey, Cinnamon, Turmeric (root is better but I use powder), Cayenne Pepper and Black Pepper.
The benefits of all these ingredients are multiple, I'll link some sites right at the end of the post that I found explained each well. You can click and read up to satisfy your brain, if you'd like to find out more. If you don't want to read, here's a quick summary for you: This stuff is badass and will make your body happy.
Ginger, 1 inch knob
Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp.
Organic Honey, 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon, 1/8 tsp
Turmeric powder, 1/8 tsp
Cayenne Pepper, 1/8 tsp
Black Pepper, 1/8 tsp
Filtered water, 1/3 cup
1. Juice the ginger and lemon. I use a lemon squeezer for both. (A juicer would get your more ginger juice but I haven't bought that yet).
2. Add all ingredients to the ginger and lemon juice, except water.
3. Add water and mix it all up. You can add more water if you want, to dilute the taste. I like it a little intense.
Raw, unfiltered ACV only, with 'mother'. It's mentioned on the bottle.
And here's my entire week's stash that I make on the weekend and shove in the fridge. Every morning I give it a good stir because stuff has usually settled down and pour some out for N and me.
By the way, I love it even more undiluted, so without any water. But N would throw a shitfit if I did that, so I add water because I make it for the both of us together. Also, there's ACV in it so I guess it's better to dilute to not screw up the teeth?
Can you add more stuff to it? Yes. Can you eliminate some things? Yes. It's really upto you what you want to do with it; From what I've read, people add garlic, oregano oil, collagen, orange juice instead of water, etc. Just don't put something you're allergic to (obviously).
And before I disappear, PLEASE make sure you check with a doctor before you do this for yourself, if you have any doubts or have a medical condition. Bodies react differently to things, and it may not work for everyone, so I don't want a lawsuit or something because I have no money.
Benefits of each ingredient, click through and read: Ginger, Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Honey, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper and Black Pepper.
Until next time.