There are tons of energy drinks on the market. The most popular is, of course, Red Bull. This is a Health, Fitness and Personal Energy blog and not a critic’s corner so I won’t write about the pros or cons of any of the “so called” energy drinks out there. But at my workshops and seminars, I often mention my own energy drink and am bombarded with requests for the ingredients. So I thought I would write a short blog post about my “drink of choice” and how I make it. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar may sound a bit weird to you but I’ll share it anyway.
Just for the record, I dropped alcohol out of the mix almost five years ago. No big deal, but I still like something with a little bite to it. I had tried the Apple Cider Vinegar drink even before the end of the alcohol era. I had read Paul Bragg’s little book about Apple Cider Vinegar and sort of got hooked on the idea. You can get the book on Amazon – cheap ($.99, yes 99 cents, for the download version. The book is called Apple Cider Vinegar, by Paul Bragg. Imagine that. NOTE: If you don’t have the Kindle book download capability on your PC, get it from Amazon – IT’S FREE on the Amazon site and you can read any Kindle book on your PC.
It turns out that even though, outside the body, Vinegar is acidic, once inside the body, it is alkaline in the blood, and that’s where the benefit comes into play. There are a lot of Apple Cider Vinegars on the supermarket shelves, but the one, and only brand to use is Braggs.
So, for those who have asked, here’s how I make my own concoction. I fill 2/3 of a tall, 16 oz. glass with water and add two tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Then I add a tiny bit of real Sea Salt or Himalayan Rock Salt. Yes salt. Salt is one of the most important minerals in the body, but most typical table salt has additives that tend to deplete the mineral content of the salt, or are “supposedly” not good for you. Yes I have high blood pressure, controlled by medication, but I don’t use salt on much of anything else except eggs, so I am not concerned about too much salt. Sea salt or Himalayan Rock Salt (Trader Joe’s brand) is supposed to be OK, even with Hypertension, according to some sources.
After the salt, I shake a little cayenne pepper and a little ginger into it and add about a tablespoon of honey. I’m told that raw, unfiltered honey is best, but it is also expensive as. So I use the supermarket brand of honey, usually Wildflower or Clover honey. Add ice and you’re “good to go”.
Then I drink the stuff.
Like Coke, vinegar can be used as a cleanser and rust remover, and will probably disintegrate a raw steak too. But apparently Apple Cider Vinegar is on the “good vinegar” list and is OK in the body. Just make sure you use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. And no, I am not shilling for Bragg, it’s just that it is the only one the purists use. You would be a heretic if you used some other brand. Seriously!
You will have to develop a taste for the end result. I have. I actually like the taste and the slight tangy edge to it. When made this way, the concoction acts as an alkalizer for the body and that’s a huge positive.
Give the concoction a try. You will either like it or you won’t.
Has it done me any good? I don’t have the slightest idea, but I haven’t had any digestive problems for years, I feel great, and my personal energy level is higher than ever!
Oh, by the way, you can get Braggs ACV at Whole Foods, MOM’s, most health food stores and many chain supermarkets. Don’t settle for any brand other than Braggs. It’s the one that works.
Thanks for reading.