• Monika

Immune boosting "fire" water


It all starts with the all mighty apple cider vinegar - raw, organic, unpasteurized, unfiltered and unheated kind (like Bragg's). Raw vinegar contains the “mother of vinegar”, i.e. strands of proteins, enzymes and bacteria that give the product a murky appearance. Most people believe that the "mother" is responsible for most of its health benefits, so buy it raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Wide variety of research has proved numerous health benefits of consuming apple cider vinegar such as:

  • supporting immune system function; having antimicrobial and antibacterial properties;

  • improving insulin sensitivity and helping with blood sugar response after meals;

  • helping control weight and even aid in weight loss;

  • promoting healthy digestion and pH balance;

  • soothing irritated skin, dry throats; relieving muscle pain from exercise,

and many many more - for more reading see links below under 'resources'.

Additionally, apple cider vinegar can be used as a fantastic natural food preservative, inhibiting bacteria growth and preventing food from spoiling.

All you need to make this "fire" water is basically two ingredients: apple cider vinegar and water. The rest is entirely up to you.

I made these three varieties today:

Basic guidelines:

Use 1-2 TBS of apple cider vinegar for every 8 oz of water. Then add your spices and fruit to your liking. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving to allow sufficient merging of flavors.

or

Use 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water for stronger solution - "fire" shots! Worse case if you make it too strong you can dilute with water later.

NOTE: Because of high acidity of this drink (especially the fire shots) I highly recommend drinking it through a straw (to avoid future holes in your enamel).

Pretty simple, right? You can drink this multiple times during the day.

This "fire" water is:

  • refreshing

  • full of flavor with a bit of a kick to it - it will taste like vinegar so don't expect it tasting like lemonade - it is a health drink after all

  • virtually calorie free

  • energizing

  • nourishing

  • wonderfully moving (for your intestines)

ENJOY!!!!

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-816-apple%20cider%20vinegar.aspx?activeingredientid=816&activeingredientname=apple%20cider%20vinegar

http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/12/06/the-surprising-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar

http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/