The Alternative Daily
There are two ingredients that are always found in my household. They are known to offer a range of therapeutic properties and taste delicious in a wide selection of recipes. Often being two key ingredients in one of my favorite homemade vinaigrettes, there’s no denying the beneficial use of both apple cider vinegar and raw honey.
Perfectly balancing one another in terms of acidity and sweetness, these two health-promoting ingredients will help you flush toxins, promoting optimal positive health. Whip up this tonic yourself, adding it to your current daily health regimen. Work with your body and it will help you ward off diseases and essentially improve your quality of life long-term.
Why take a tonic?
Tonics come in many shapes and forms, utilizing a wide range of ingredients and remedies. Put simply, a tonic is any medicinal substance that can be taken in order to restore vigor and overall well-being. If you feel rather sluggish, you may be in need of a good ol’ fashion cleanse — ridding your body of toxins and waste.
When you are experiencing a blocked colon, toxicity will generally follow. This creates a combination of symptoms that you may be experiencing this very moment. Of course, constipation is often a key sign, as well as increased acne, fatigue, aches and even bad body odor.
To cleanse your colon, welcome an effective, gentle and easy-to-take drinkable remedy into your routine. Working with your body, the use of an apple cider vinegar and raw honey cleanse will simply purify your system, allowing you to naturally flush out waste. As your body retains more “good” bacteria, your digestive and immune system will benefit.
Apple cider vinegar (which is essentially fermented apples) and raw honey both offer probiotics. It’s been found that when consuming probiotic-rich foods, you’re able to detoxify accumulated heavy metals, according to a 2015 study published in the journal of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
It’s also been found that when studied in mice, as well as in human intestinal cells, the oral administration of certain probiotics is able to reduce the uptake of the heavy metal cadmium. This heavy metal is known to cause inflammation of the intestine and damages to the gut barrier. As barrier cells are killed, permeability and absorption into the body increase.
Apple cider vinegar and raw honey: the ultimate colon cleaners
Both raw honey and vinegar have a vast history — often viewed as traditional remedies for just about everything. Like any ingredient, it’s important to source the most beneficial option. When it comes to apple cider vinegar, you should only consume unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar that contains the mother.
Often looking as though the vinegar has congealed, you will notice little floating pieces within the vinegar — don’t let this put you off. It is the “mother” that provides your body with key enzymes and beneficial bacteria. In turn, you’re able to improve both gut and colon function.
Based on the active components in apple cider vinegar, including acetic acid, catechin and gallic acid, these bioactive compounds are known to offer antioxidant, antimicrobial and anticancer benefits, all while reducing your risk of obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and more.
Once again, raw honey is a functional food with a unique composition. For years, it has been well understood that raw honey can help to overcome cardiovascular, liver and gastrointestinal issues. Containing more than 180 substances, this sweet treat contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins and active enzymes.
Within one study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers concluded that raw honey offers protective effects which are dependent on its antimicrobial and probiotic properties. As colonic probiotic bacteria increases, several benefits follow, including detoxification and antigenotoxicity — reducing your risk of genetic mutations and overall disease.
As you can imagine, when you combine these two key ingredients, you’re left with the ultimate colon cleanser that supports your overall immune system. Change your diet and you’ll change your life.
Homemade Colon Cleansing Tonic
1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1.5 tbsp raw honey
8-oz glass of water
As mentioned, this remedy could not be more simple. Remember, when sourcing apple cider vinegar, always select an unpasteurized option that contains the mother, as well as unprocessed, raw honey.
1. Simply combine all three ingredients, stirring until the honey is well dissolved. Done!
In order to get into a set routine, take this tonic at the same time each morning, afternoon, or evening — whatever best suits you.
No need to worry about being by a bathroom. As mentioned, although this remedy is fast-acting in that it will be rapidly absorbed and utilized by the body, you will not need to worry about problematic bowel movements throughout the day. It will, however, quickly begin working with your digestive system to improve functioning.