Last fall, I began serving my son and myself a daily apple cider vinegar tonic after hearing repeatedly how healthy and beneficial apple cider vinegar is. Since we began drinking it in October or November 2010, we’ve had one cold each and no flu incidences. My husband has consistently refused to take the tonic…and has been sick more frequently. Shortly after Thanksgiving, he was violently ill with a vicious stomach flu that skipped our son and me entirely.
When I began giving it to my son, I referred to it as “apple water,” and the name has stuck. He loves his apple water and will guzzle it in the space of a few minutes. We drink it once a day with a snack. It’s important to only use raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, as the high heat used in pasteurized vinegar negates most of the benefits. Most grocery stores will carry smaller bottles of Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar, but at usually a premium price ($6.00+ for one quart at Pick ‘N Save). I got the following gallon-sized jug from The Granary for $17.95:
No matter what price you find it at, keep in mind that it’s cheaper than a doctor co-pay and either over-the-counter or prescription medicines!
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
- 1 cup water (preferably filtered)
- 1 to 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (such as Bragg’s)*
Place water in a cup or glass (I just put my son’s in a sippy cup). Water can be cold or lukewarm (we prefer cold), but should never be hot. Add honey and vinegar; stir well and drink. If you let it sit for a while without drinking, stir again or the vinegar flavor may be very strong. I also recommend not inhaling through your nose just before taking a sip!
*My son gets 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey. I started myself at 2 teaspoons vinegar to 1 teaspoon honey; now I take 1 tablespoon vinegar with no honey. Not that I dislike the honey, but stirring it into the water can be a pain because raw honey is more solid at room temp than processed honey, and I’m a big girl—I really don’t need it. (Please note, however, that raw honey does have its own health benefits.)
*Shared at Monday Mania*