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Switchel. The healthiest drink you can make for yourself.

Once I came to the realization that the health care system we rely on has it’s limits to outside the box thinking … especially when it comes to new fangled illness, syndromes, and diseases that are cropping up these days,  I decided that I needed to take charge of my own journey back to health.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me.  I am in no way saying doctors are bad. I am in no way saying that medicine is bad.  In fact doctors, medicine, hospitals and surgery have made wonderful advances and cured many things and are truly helpful… for most ailments. Doctors, specialists,  hospitals have had great success rates in helping things that they have known and studied. Things that have been around awhile so that the trial and error period, and the throw the darts at the wall period are over, have had wonderful healing success rated and some have even been eradicated such as mumps, measles, polio, typhoid, small pox, etc.

However, what I am saying is that book learned doctors who have studied only past known ailments are being inundated with new ailments, syndromes and diseases that they are throwing known pills at that may not be the correct answer to the problem.  Things such as Autism, Aspergers, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. that have all cropped up since the late eighties and have had more and more people effected by them over the past three decades than the doctors were prepared for.  And sadly the numbers of people affected is increasing. 

And because these new syndromes have popped up, doctors are pretty much i-need-to-take-my-addicted-to-pills-pilldumb-founded. They are still in the trial and error period. Every one in the medical field is still very much throwing darts at the wall… “take this pill, it has worked for this symptom before.”

That’s why researching and trying new natural things has been important to me. Because these things are natural, I am not harming my body further with man-made chemicals.  Also, if what I try doesn’t work … I can stop it and move on. No harm no foul.

One of the greatest discoveries I have made recently on my natural healing journey is Switchel.  “Switchel, what the heck is that? Sounds like a tree branch or something. Gross!”  Hang on, let me explain.    It is not a branch in water.  Its all natural ingredients such as;   Ginger, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cinnamon, and Maple Syrup,  have many health benefits to chronic pain sufferers, as well as all of the “normals” in the world!   😉

product_gingerGinger – Ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory, has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to cure pain. Ginger helps relieve arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps and muscle soreness.  During colder days, ginger can help spice up your circulation, too!  Another great health benefit of ginger is  that it has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Has all sorts of benefits. This includes weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.  ACV has been hailed for curing or braggs_acv_1relieving allergies, sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, acid reflex, sore throats, and arthritis. It can soothe bug bites, stop hiccups, treat eczema, and reduce swelling of feet during pregnancy. It is said to kill bacteria and viruses thus helping to maintain good health and kick colds and flus. It’s often used as a beauty aid for hair and skin, help with stubborn weight loss and assist with detoxification.   Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother  has had great helpful affects for people with chronic pain, such as Fibromyalgia.   It has been proven to relieve symptoms of fatigue, joint and headache pain,  swelling and inflammation, as well as the gastrointestinal issues that seem to be inevitable with chronic pain patients.

CinnamonCinnamon –  Mmmm can’t you just smell it? You use it in baking and cooking all the time. And once you smell it you feel like a warm hug, home.    Other than smelling great, Cinnamon is one healthy herb!  It boasts benefits of lower cholesterol, blood sugar regulation,  aids in curing yeast infections, cancer prevention, and promotes a healthy brain.  As well as it being anti-bacterial, anti-clotting and providing arthritis relief.

** One thing that I learned while researching Cinnamon. There are different kinds.  “Cassia” is an herb which looks and tastes like cinnamon and can be found on some store shelves labeled as cinnamon when actually it does not carry the health benefits of true “Ceylon cinnamon”. The first step in using cinnamon safely is knowing what you are getting. Cassia contains higher amounts of coumarin than true cinnamon and coumarin is responsible for some of the side effects listed below.  Eating Ceylon (real) cinnamon will not give you these issues. 

  • Skin Irritation
  • Stomach Irritation
  • Increased Heart rate
  • Uterine contractions
  • Blood thinning
  • and possible Kidney and liver problems.

Here  and also this one  are great resources for finding out about the REAL cinnamon.

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Maple Syrup – No, we aren’t talking Aunt Jemima. If you actually eat REAL maple syrup that came from trees, not from a chemistry lab you can reap great benefits.  Maple syrup is low on the glycemic index, has many antioxidants, and nutrients.  When used in appropriate amounts, maple syrup nutrition benefits can include the ability to lower inflammation, supply nutrients and better manage blood sugar.  Maple syrup can also help fight against cancer and provides important vitamins and minerals,  as well as helping with beautiful skin (B0nus!)

So here’s what you do to make it: 

  • Glass Jar with a tight lid – recycled spaghetti sauce jars, or ball canning jars work great

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with the mother

  • Stir these ingredients well 

  • Fill the jar with water.  

  • put the lid on and shake really well before opening each time.

  • 1 jar should be 2 servings

  • you can choose to drink it cold, or warm as a tea.

 

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