Nutrition & Immunity – Fire Cider

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Recently on the FeNom Iron Eater Youtube page, I posted a Vlog called Nutrition & Immunity  where I discussed how the way you eat can impact your immune system! (Click the title to watch if you missed it!).

In the video, I talked about the homemade Fire Cider recipe I make to keep my immune system thriving by promoting healthy probiotics in my stomach, decreasing inflammation, building the B-cells of my immune system, and keeping a balanced internal pH.  All of the ingredients in this potent jar will not only “put some hair on your chest” but it can also help you prevent getting ill or recovery quickly if you are already sick!

Ingredients

4oz Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, organic, unfiltered, with the mother present inside [the ‘gunk’ at the bottom])

12oz of water

1 whole lemon

2″ of fresh ginger root (I have subbed with ginger powder)

2″ of fresh turmeric root (I have subbed with ginger powder, or brewed turmeric tea and used that water towards my 12oz)

2 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon (or soak whole cinnamon sticks in your jar!)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

The very first thing to do is to thoroughly clean all of the roots and the lemon before using for anything!  You don’t want the bad bacteria from wherever your fruits and roots came from to be part of your Cider!

Using my juicer, I juiced the ginger root and turmeric.  Of course not much was yielded from the small roots but the small amount pulled from the root is pure and potent to have its positive effects!

I also used the juicer to juice 1 whole lemon, rind and all (rinds also have beneficial nutrients too!) and the 2 cloves of garlic.  Again, it doesn’t look like much but it is powerful! IMG_9623 1

A juicer is not required for this recipe!  You can cut and smash up the ginger, turmeric and garlic and add to the jar to soak and you can hand squeeze the lemon! (The longer your roots and garlic soak in the water/vinegar the more potent it will get over time!)

All of the ingredients go into one big jar and shake well!

You can take 1 tablespoon per day in the morning and at night to continually protect yourself from getting sick! Working in a Crossfit gym all day handling sweaty equipment and high-fiving sweaty people, I take at least 2 per day!  If you feel like you’re coming down with something, you can take up to a 1oz shot to really support your immune system to tackle whatever is bringing you down!

It’s recommended that you take it after eating a meal, since apple cider vinegar can be too strong for an empty stomach’s lining.

Benefits of Ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar:  helps to keep the body alkaline (more basic than acidic) which benefits digestion and inflammation, helps to detoxify the liver and lymphatic systems which helps cells remove toxins and better promotes your immune systems response.

Lemon: also helps to keep the body alkaline, provides vitamin C and antioxidants to support the immune system.

Garlic: strengthens immune system B-cells, acts as an antibiotic, and lessens the severity of colds and infections.

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory properties help your body’s defense system fight intruders properly and is a strong antioxidant.

Ginger: has positive effects on digestion, is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant as well.

Cayenne: also has positive effects on digestion, has antioxidants and beta carotene (which supports the immune system).  Since it’s spicy, it raises your body temperature which helps your circulation to clear out intruders that risk your health!

Cinnamon: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and helps to fight off bacterial and viral infections!

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