- helps to flush out toxins from the body
- balances our digestive system and the production of bile
- aid in weight loss due to a soluble fiber called "pectin"
- anti-cancer properties of citrus limonoids (this one is actually study-based and very interesting)
- contains high levels of vitamin C and potassium (which is actually true)
Benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar are said to be:
- an anti-glycemic effect by blocking digestion of a portion of the starches you eat
- feeds good bacteria in the gut and aid in digestion and elimination
- helps balance your blood's pH
- helps reduce blood pressure
Regardless, lemons and apple cider vinegar have been used in eastern medicine in methods of healing and physical wellness, so what the heck, let's make some mouth-puckering sour, bitter beverages. And, hey, if it helps me shed the lbs, I am all the more down to try it.
- 6 lemons
- apple cider vinegar
- fresh ginger root (or ground ginger)
- Truvia/stevia sweetener (optional)
What you will be preparing is a concentrate which you can either drink directly in small amounts or mix with water in a larger glass with ice. I have refined this recipe after trying it before. The recommendation from the internet (and supposedly health professionals, too) is to drink it first thing in the morning before eating or drinking, so that it can have the maximum benefit. To make your potion:
1. Rinse the lemons and juice them on a juicer, set juice aside.
3. Put 3 cups of water in a pot, bring to boil. Turn heat down slightly to rolling boil, add in ginger root and 1 tbsp honey. If desired, stir in 1-3 tbsp Truvia/Stevia to add sweetness. Boil for 10 minutes.
4. Pour ginger mixture, 6 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice into heat safe pour-able container, preferably some kind of pitcher. Stir until mixed. Cool in fridge.
You will end up with a murky, darker looking lemonade. The concoction will settle, so stir it up before you consume it. I keep mine in the fridge for a week and dilute with water and ice when I want to drink it. You can also add extra sweetener before you drink it if it is too bitter for you.
I typically do not use this long term, it is very acidic so it might cause some indigestion long term.
Try it out, and let me know what you think!
***Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or trained in medical practice, so this post is obviously not a substitute for medical advice (duh). This potion is not intended to substitute your normal medications or treat any disease you may have, please consult your doctor before starting any changes to your diet and medicine (double duh). I am just reporting the trends, you are ultimately the responsible adult in charge of your own health (I hope).