Apple Cider Vinegar

appleAlthough no expert in food trends, I spot apple cider vinegar mentions popping up in magazines, websites and in e-newsletters delivered to my inbox. I think it may be the newest health craze…and for good reason.

In a recent study conducted in Japan, 175 obese individuals took either vinegar or water for 12 weeks every day. At the end of the study, those who used vinegar had lost weight. On average, the vinegar group lost one to two pounds throughout the three months.

Apple cider vinegar has also been known to help with diabetes and blood sugar control. In fact, ingesting vinegar helps block some of the digestion of starch, keeping blood sugar lowered.

But don’t drink it straight from the bottle. Dilute one to two tablespoons into a glass of water and slowly sip with meals. It’ll help with digestion and possibly constipation.

Keep healthy in 2015 with this recipe!

Dr. Breckin Harris, PLLC, says, “This recipe cuts through a cold and flu in a fraction of the time. It’s antimicrobial effects obliterate bacterial and viral infections- as well as serves as minor detox, blood cleansing, acne clearing, skin glowing, atherosclerotic reducing, metabolism jump starting and weight loss, stamina improving, and energy increasing drink.”

1. Mince 1/2 cup garlic and 1/2 cup ginger
2. Boil garlic and ginger in 2 cups apple cider vinegar for 4 minutes.
3. Add 3 to 4 cups of water and 4 tablespoons of honey to the pot.
4. Cool and drink. Make sure to drink (eat) the garlic and ginger- very IMPORTANT! Add more honey or water if desired. Tho, you want it nice and tangy.
5. Drink 1 cup twice daily- or more if you can handle it.

Not to be used if on blood thinning meds (i.e., Warfarin/Coumadin). Not be used if you have a recent TIA, stroke, or heart attack or are on potassium sparing drugs (i.e., spironolactone). Use sparingly if nursing or pregnant (not to exceed one cup daily).