Here’s How to Make Natural Infection-Fighting Tonic
Nutritionists and doctors are beginning to realize that some of the best treatments for illness can be found in the foods we eat. You may have read about certain nutrition-packed foods called ‘superfoods’. Well, here’s a recipe for a natural tonic that you can make at home with six of the best superfoods around:
2 tbsp turmeric powder or 2 knuckles of turmeric root
24 oz apple cider vinegar (unfiltered and organic)
1/4 cup finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 fresh peppers, the hottest you can find (wear gloves when handling)
1/4 cup grated ginger
2 tbsp grated horseradish
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Combine all ingredients except the vinegar in a bowl and mix well.
Transfer to a 32-ounce mason jar, and then pour the vinegar into the jar.
Close the jar tightly, shake well and store in a cool, dry spot.
Shake the mixture several times a day for two weeks, and then strain all of the liquid through a cheesecloth into a separate container.
Use the remaining herbs and vegetables for cooking.
Why are these superfoods so good for you? Here’s more information about each of them:
Since ancient times, the bright yellow spice Turmeric has been used in Indian and Chinese medicine. Its natural form is a twisted, brownish root that is ground to make the spice. The main compound in turmeric is curcumin, an anti-inflammatory substance that is also an anti-oxidant. The spice isn’t easily absorbed into the bloodstream, but taking it with black pepper aids uptake. Because curcumin is fat soluble, it also helps to eat turmeric with foods that have some fat in them.
There have been studies showing that turmeric extract helps fight cancer, dementia and heart disease. Many people have reported that turmeric cures diarrhea and helps irritable bowel syndrome and other stomach ailments.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This cure-all has been praised for diabetes relief, weight loss, lowered cholesterol and many other beneficial results. One thing that has been proven is that apple cider vinegar helps lower blood sugar by blocking the digestion of some starches. Studies have shown that taking apple cider vinegar regularly can also lower cholesterol.
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The unfiltered product has a hazy appearance, and even may have strands or a blob of beneficial bacteria. Don’t let this turn you off, though, because this is the part that’s so good for you. Apple cider vinegar is strong and should never be taken undiluted.