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Are you always looking for a simple, easy and convenient fix for your ailments? Do you trust natural and home remedies more than modern medicines?
Well in that case we have more good news for you? Here’s something which will increase your trust in natural healers. The 2015-2020 dietary guidelines provided by the USDA emphasizes, how consuming all five food groups is important for staying healthy. According to the USDA, rates of chronic diseases have increased over the past century. About half of all American adults suffer from one of these preventable diseases.
And as per the USDA, the major cause for these diseases is the consumption of unhealthy food. Now, who would have thought that the food which is supposed to keep us healthy is becoming the main reason for most of our troubles?
Scientific study has made it pretty clear that, by following a healthy, nutritional and balanced diet, we can prevent and reduce some of these diseases.
However, there are some foods which can help us treat as well as prevent these diseases. If you are wondering what those food are? Let me tell you that you won’t have to go on a shopping spree. All you have to do is go to your kitchen and find these items:
- apple cider vinegar
Yes that’s it! These food items are the solution to most of your troubles. But, before you start stacking them up in your pantry, let us see how do they affect our body and how should we consume it.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar, honey and garlic
All these items have their own unique benefits. That is why it is widely assumed that a combination of all these items together or a mixture of any one with the other would increase the benefits. There are several studies supporting this assumption.
Another study shows that this particular mixture prevents colds and diseases like arthritis, asthma, ulcers and many more. Garlic is particularly founded to reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
Sarah Whitman writes that the “Indian Journal of Medical Research” states that honey is helpful in healing wounds, sinusitis, acid reflux etc.
One of the most talked about benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey and other combinations is that it helps in weight loss.
Apple cider vinegar, honey, and garlic for weight loss
Obesity and heart diseases are two of the major chronic diseases prevalent in the American population. Almost 65 % females and 63% males were obese or overweight in 2009-2012.
Apple cider vinegar reduces the negative consequences of eating a high-fat diet. Honey keeps the digestive system healthy. It is a source of pro-biotics. Because of this the body is able to take in nutrients very easily. And of course, it tones down the strong acidic taste of apple cider vinegar.
D.C Jarvis in his book Folk Medicine (1958) says that adding honey to the vinegar increases its benefits. He called this combination “THE HONEGAR”
A daily dose of Garlic and Apple Cider Vinegar has proved to be a powerful fat destroyer and weight reducer, according to Dr. Raymond Fish of London’s famous Obesity Research Centre.
Apple cider vinegar and garlic for cholesterol
A recent study shows that nearly 84 million American men and women were affected by high cholesterol in 2010. Adults over 20 years of age had cholesterol levels greater than 200 mg. while some of them had cholesterol levels even higher than that.
The British Medical Journal Lancel reports that consuming garlic reduces cholesterol level. Foods containing high fats can be neutralized by adding Garlic to it. Mrinalini Sundar, says that Garlic also fights infections that affect the lungs. (Improve Your Lung Capacity With These Natural Remediesby Mrinalini Sundar | July 6, 2016, 7:30 PM IST)
A Japanese study indicates that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day reduces cholesterol.
But before you try out all these combinations, take a look at what people who have used it, have to say about it.
Kristin Canning, in her article ‘I Drank Apple Cider Vinegar for a Month’, shares her experience of taking apple cider vinegar for a month to lose weight. Her conclusion as she puts it “My weight definitely didn’t change”.
“am using the mixture of apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Honey and Ginger for more than one year. It has given relief from my knee joint pains, and surely a tooth ache which actually got infected requiring Root Canal Treatment, now no more problems with that particular tooth.”
These are just some of the few testimonials about the numerous health benefits of acv, honey, ginger, garlic and lemon.
If you have made up your mind about starting to use these natural remedies, then I am sure you will need some help to start. Here are some of the finest recipes you would find. These recipes will make you enjoy these items.
And in the same time it will provide the health benefits you are looking for.
Recipes to try
Charushila Biswas, a certified specialist in Fitness and Nutrition suggests that having ACV with hot water and honey will have the same effect as honey and lemon with water. she suggest the following recipes:
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup warm water
Add ACV and honey to a glass of warm water. Mix well and drink.
If you are unable to drink this concoction than try out this recipe
Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon green tea leaves
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 cup water
- Heat the cup of water until it just starts to boil.
- Remove the pot from the flame and add the green tea leaves. Close the lid and let it steep for 3 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a cup and add apple cider vinegar.
- Add a teaspoon of honey.
- Stir well and drink.
You may also try this recipe suggested by Nutritionist Prema Kodical.
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup ginger juice
- 1 cup garlic juice
- 1 cup lemon juice
Mix all these ingredients and boil it for some 30 minutes. Then let the mixture cool. Add honey after the mixture has cooled to sweeten it. Take 1 tsp of this concoction everyday on empty stomach.
Here is another Lemon Ginger Cider Vinegar infusion recipe for you.
- 1 1/2 cups hot water (the same temperature you would use to make tea)
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (or up to 3 tsp)
- 1 tbsp honey (I use manuka honey)
- 1 tsp fresh ginger juice or 1/2 to 3/4 tsp powdered ginger spice or 2-inch knob peeled ginger, sliced (ginger is to taste – use more or less as desired)
If you are using fresh ginger juice or powdered ginger, then combine all ingredients mix well. Serve hot and sip it like a tea.
If you are using fresh ginger, then Combine the peeled fresh sliced ginger and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan and simmer on the stovetop for 2-3 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces, and then stir in the lemon juice, cider vinegar, and honey. Serve hot and sip it like a tea.
So before you start using these natural healers, remember the first rule to leading a healthy life is always to maintain a healthy diet along with some physical fitness. So, just make sure that you are eating healthy food and doing some physical activity too.
Combined all these will surely work wonders on your body and health. And if you need any further assistance or guidance, make sure you visit your doctor first. This post is not a substitute for medical advice.