Apple cider vinegar (ACV) and honey are two amazing natural substances. When you consume them in their unprocessed, raw forms, the health benefits are plentiful. If you put the two together, the results are even stronger. Raw sweet honey also makes the taste of the drink more pleasing.r
Raw honey also has been used for thousands of years as a health food as well as a sweetener.  Local honey is great, but make sure it is truly raw for this recipe to benefit from the enzymes present.r
Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food preservative, vinegars medicinal uses soon came to light.r
Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds, while medical pritioners in the 1700s used it to treat everything from poison ivy and croup to stomach aches. Vinegar was even used to treat diabetes.1r
Traditionally, vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process, leaving it rich in bioive components, giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, and many other beneficial properties.r
“Mother” of vinegar, a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar, indicates your vinegar is of the best quality. Most manufurers pasteurize and filter their vinegar to prevent the mother from forming, but the “murky” kind is best, especially if youre planning to drink it.r
Health benefits of ACV and honey mixr
The traditional health benefits of this drink combination, especially on an empty stomach include:r
Digestion Improved digestive health, including help with constipationr
Weight loss aidr
PMS helpr
Reduce inflammation -Better joint health and joint pain alleviation (good for arthritic pain)r
Relieve a sore throatr
Help with seasonal allergiesr
Regulates stomach acid, relieving acid refluxr
Promotes clear skin Youthful appearance and better condition of the skinr
Remedy for bad breathr
Increases energyr
Reduced cholesterol levels and lower blood pressurer
Why is the combination of ACV & honey so successful?r
The benefits of the mixture can be explained by looking at their chemical properties and interions with the body. Many experts believe that we become ill when our bodies turn overly acidic (pH below 7). Vinegar is naturally acidic, but when consumed, it turns alkaline. Honey, too, has a low pH, but raises the alkalinity of the body once eaten.r
The two substances are a perfect way to get rid of excessive acidity (resulting from stressful lifestyle and unhealthy foods and drinks) and building an internal environment with a protective pH. Our bodies function at their best and healthiest when the bodys pH is approximately 7.4, so slightly alkaline.r
How to make ACV & honey healing drinkr
Make sure you get the ingredients that are unfiltered and in their natural forms. Honey and ACV that have not been processed, thus have maintained all their nutritional properties, appear cloudy. Also, check the label and go for ACV with the ‘mother of vinegar, which can be seen as a pulp on the bottom of the bottle.r
Mix together:r
1 teaspoon raw honeyr
1 teaspoon ACV (if you can tolerate the taste, increase the dosage to up to 1 tablespoon)r
8 oz. warm water (1 glass)

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