This winter, I have already enjoyed lots of fire cider benefits to my health. Over the Christmas holiday, almost everyone was coming down with the flu and really struggling to recover. My fiancé was one of these poor souls; so as soon as I was able to, I brought over a quart-sized jar of fire cider and we took shots of it together every day! I didn’t love the flavor and pinched my nose to minimize the sensory experience but he loved the taste and was soon asking questions about other ways to drink it and how to make his own batch of fire cider.
The good news is that as a result of taking fire cider every day for almost a week, I did not come down with the flu! After this success, I am sold out on the benefits of Fire Cider and had to write a blog spreading the good news.
Absorbing vitamins from food
Fire Cider works well to boost the immune system because all of its vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are from it are from food. This means that the body can absorb all of the immune-boosting properties because our bodies are created to absorb necessary nutrients from the food we eat.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar supports digestion and is well known to be antimicrobial.
Citrus has long been known for adding many vitamins, and antioxidants, and for boosting immunity.
While ginger is most widely used for its antiemetic and digestive benefits, it is also antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant to the body.
Rosemary & Horseradish
Both contain powerful antimicrobial properties and add a lot of flavor.
Garlic is well known for its immune boosting, antiviral properties, and antimicrobial properties.
In addition to boosting your immune system, onions are full of antioxidants, vitamins C and B, and are anti-microbial.
Jalapeno & Peppercorn
Did you know eating hot peppers can help you live longer? Hot peppers also have so much vitamin C and work as a decongestant to help heal the body.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese Medicine for its anti-inflammatory results. Recent studies have shown Turmeric decreases cancer growth, free radicals, and inflammation in the body.
Throughout history, cinnamon has been used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a very powerful spice that can protect the body from free radicals, oxidative damage, and can even lower the risk of heart disease.
Organic Raw Honey
Organic Raw Honey is one of the most well-recognized medicinal foods for its antimicrobial properties. Even the CDC (an organization that is not usually very naturally minded) recognizes honey against the common cold as a cough suppressant.
Utilizing fire cider benefits
Fire cider can be taken to prevent sickness, boost immunity as well as to treat an active cold, flu, or infection. To prevent sickness, fire cider can be taken daily to boost the immune system. I prefer to pour one shot and shoot it back quickly. Some folks like to add theirs to hot water and honey for a zesty hot apple cider drink but as long as fire cider is taken regularly, you will see significant benefits.
Now that you understand all of the fire cider benefits, it’s time to make your own. Check out my fire cider recipe and get creative with flavors and ingredients you enjoy.