It would be remiss of me to not include a post about one of my favorite ways to consume honey in my celebration of National Honey Month. I first learned about apple cider vinegar at some point last year and started drinking it daily as a pick-me-up. I was out of honey at the time, so I mixed in maple syrup with it instead.
I soon found out that (contrary to my prior belief), I really did enjoy the taste of this natural energy drink. Just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (it has to be organic, and with “the mother” – I’ve found Bragg’s to be the best-tasting brand, by far) and one tablespoon of honey (honey, for me, just tastes better with this than maple syrup – the maple syrup is just too strong) mixed together in water does the trick.
I’d heard of apple cider vinegar in the context of weight loss. I haven’t found it to do much for me, in that respect, but weight loss for me is less important than the other benefits I’ve discovered. These include:
- sinus infection treatment – like, total green, thick snot eradication
- sore throat reliever – almost instant relief
- excess water (bloating) relief
- irritable bowel symptom relief (works for both constipation and diarrhea – it just regulates it all)
- menstrual flow minimizer and cramping relief (as I get closer to menopause, my periods are getting ridiculously heavy and hard to deal with – I keep my apple cider vinegar close by me at all times during that most horrible of weeks)
- slight stimulant – but not in a jittery, unpleasant way – I just get a natural lift at the most-needed times (usually a few hours after lunch)
In the Braggs’ apple cider vinegar book, they recommend drinking the apple cider vinegar and honey water two to three times a day, but I find all those benefits just drinking it once a day. I only drink it once (sometimes, if I have a really bad sinus infection, I’ll drink it twice a day) because of the only thing I don’t like about the apple cider vinegar. It has a tendency to crash your blood sugar, if you lean at all to the hypoglycemic side (and I do). This effect would be great, however, if you have a major problem with high blood sugars. But I always have to eat something with some carbs and protein when I drink the apple cider vinegar honey water (which may be why I’ve not seen much weight loss with it).
Still, the good outweighs the bad, in my opinion, so the apple cider vinegar honey drink stays in my daily routine. I even cook with the apple cider vinegar. I throw it into any recipe that calls for any kind of vinegar (and even some that don’t). I just enjoy it that much.
Now I want to know: have any of you tried the apple cider vinegar and honey water? What have you experienced? Talk back to me in the comments!