I had been dealing with a variety of health issues recently, cases that have hindered my day-to-day activities, my plans with others, and even my time with Jesus. I’ve been watching my diet carefully and have been doing research on ways to counteract what seems to be going on with my body, and I kept coming back to one item that can cure just about anything, or so it seems—apple cider vinegar.
I could hear my mom’s voice in my head. Every time I would get the beginning tickles of a sore throat she would make me—against my protests—gargle with vinegar water, and just like that, the rawness would subside.
This is just one of SO MANY ways apple cider vinegar can help our bodies out.
Apple cider vinegar has been known to help with:
- Stomach issues/preventing indigestion
- Curing hiccups
- Bad breath
- Soothing a sore throat (just like momma taught me!)
- Lowering cholesterol
- Clearing a stuffy nose
- Clearing acne
- Weight loss
- Getting rid of dandruff
- Boosting energy
- And so much more!
If you’re wanting to catch the benefits of apple cider vinegar, start mixing a tablespoon or two in a glass of water, juice or whatever works for you to get it down. Some people take it without a liquid to dilute it. I avoid this because if it isn’t diluted, it could be too acidic for your esophagus. If you’re wanting to gargle with it, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a small amount of water and get it as far back into your throat as possible to get the best effect. It’ll probably burn, especially if you have a sore throat, so don’t be alarmed. You can rinse your mouth out with water after or brush your teeth to help get the taste out.
Besides adding it to my water, the main way I include apple cider vinegar in my diet is by adding it to my daily smoothie. Recently, my favorite recipe has included the following ingredients (all measurements approximate—I never actually measure):
Smoothie w/Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup of spinach or kale
- 1 cup of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
- 4 oz container of yogurt (usually Activia, whatever flavor is on hand—love the probiotics!)
- Protein powder (optional)
- ¼ tsp of minced ginger
- ¼ cup of ground flaxseed
- 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Water/ice as needed
I usually enjoy my smoothie after a workout—in fact, it’s sometimes the treat I have to motivate myself TO work out—so I usually consume it in the afternoon. If I add apple cider vinegar to my water, I drink it right away after I get up in the morning.
I hope you try and enjoy this recipe and maybe even check out apple cider vinegar for yourself. Implement it in the ways the work for you, and while I pray that you don’t have any health issues, I also pray that if you do this is something that works for you.
In the scriptures, Jesus says in the book of John chapter 10 verse 10:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
I don’t know about you but when I don’t feel well, especially for an extended period of time, every area of my life suffers. As I mentioned above, I was constantly feeling sick, canceling plans, and avoiding time with God because I felt completely awful. Even though I’ve only made a slight diet change, it’s already helped so much. I’m excited to continue on this journey to living the life God has called me to live and living it abundantly.