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Fire Cider

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Steeping Fire Cider
Fire Cider is a potent tonic
Fire Cider is an all-natural, organic herbal remedy for cold and flu but also for so much more. Although it can speed up the healing process of a cold or flu, I use it as preventative medicine to keep me and my gut healthy all winter long. Fire Cider boosts immune function, increases blood flow and oxygen delivery, breaks up mucous, and helps the body to remove wastes from tissues. As the colder months creep in and our immune systems all grow a little weaker, this powerful potion gives our gut a little kick start and warms it up so it can function at a higher level and fight against colds and flu. The word “fire” refers to the many warming ingredients in the cider that help our digestions function properly.
A healthy gut is the key to overall health
Why? All the good microbes are, for the most part, hanging out in our guts and their job is to support our immune system, protect us from diseases, and detoxify the body. This good bacteria is so important for our bodies, which is why taking antibiotics weakens our defense system. Yes, antibiotics take out the bad bacteria- which play a role in inflammation and chronic disease- but they also wipe out our good bacteria, which is vital for optimum health! Bacteria (good bacteria) is our body’s best friend, which is why I like to consume komucha, kefir, miso, and other products that contain probiotics. Don’t worry though, friends, if you drink a shot of this fire cider once or twice daily (preferably in the morning when your digestion is its clearest), you won’t need any antibiotics because you will be so incredibly healthy and feeling stellar all winter long!
So what’s in this magical stuff?
I could write for days about the beneficial properties of all the ingredients in the cider so I will just list a few of their powers. The ingredients in this cider are all warming, so essentially, they give our digestion a big bear hug when it gets cold out.

Horseradish root: pungent, deeply heating, has long been used as a diuretic, antibacterial and antiviral, aids digestion and stimulates the release of enzymes to help break down food.

Apple cider vinegar: helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, increases energy, fights infection, detoxifies the body and liver, stimulates cardiovascular circulation, breaks up mucous throughout the body, cleanses the lymph nodes and reduces congestion.

Ginger: traditional stomach soother, relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract, immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the major cause of aging, many diseases, cancer, and arthritis. Increasing the amount of anti-inflammatory ingredients in your diet (like turmeric, ginger, and omega-3 fatty acids) will help you stay young, vibrant, fresh, and active!

Raw honey: an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant. Keeps things (i.e. infections) from growing in the body. It is important to buy raw honey because it has not been heated or processed and, therefore, still contains all of its sweet minerals, phytonutrients, and antibacterial powers.

Oranges & lemons: antioxidant, antibiotic, contains vitamin C, helps absorb iron into the blood.

shotMorning shots anyone?

Fire Cider

1 quart apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s brand)

1/2 cup fresh horseradish root, grated

5-6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/2 cup of onion, chopped

1/2 cup of fresh ginger root, grated

1/4 cup of fresh turmeric root, grated (if this is hard to find just omit and use turmeric powder in your other dishes)

juice of two oranges

juice of two lemons

1/4 cup of raw honey, dissolved in warm water

Place all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a large glass jar (or separate evenly into several smaller glass jars). Mix with a wooden spoon to incorporate all ingredients. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the ingredients, give it a stir, and seal the glass jar(s) tightly. Place in the fridge, let steep for 4-6 weeks, and enjoy a shot or two daily!

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The brand of fire cider I used to buy before making my own. Great stuff but it gets pricey!

*4-6 weeks seems to be the ample amount of time to let the cider steep in order to get the most benefits and flavor from it, however, you can make a big batch and start taking it right away. The good news is, it will get even better and more potent with each day you take it!

*I like to take a neat shot of fire cider in the morning after my tea and before I’ve had my coffee. I don’t mind the strong flavor but it can be a little offensive to some so try adding more honey or maple syrup to your shot. I take 1-2 shots in the morning as preventative medicine.

*Fire cider is also great in marinades, dressings, Bloody Marys, or to add some zest to a big glass of lemon honey water.

Cheers to your health and keeping every piece of you warm these winter months,

)O( Sarah

manda shotMy sister taking her morning shot

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Spring Cleaning

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Hello lovelies, happy spring! Warmer weather, blooming flowers, bike rides & frolicking/picnicking/sprawling on lawns are all in sight and this makes me a very happy girl. It is such an uplifting feeling when spring comes back around offering all of its rejuvenating, positive energy.

The theme for my meditation today was creating balance and the mantra was: my outer world reflects my inner world. As our outer world makes a transition, it feels right to make one on the inside as well. Just as we would look to our home for some spring cleaning, now is a perfect time to look to our most sacred homes- our bodies- for some cleaning as well. Staying in rhythm with nature as best we can is a wonderful way to create balance in our lives.

A great way to clean out winter and make room for spring is a juice cleanse. I was recently told that the two things that take up the most energy in our bodies are thinking and digesting. A juice cleanse, where you drink only vegetable and fruit juices, allows our bodies to focus less on digesting and more on cleansing. Meditation is a great practice to pair with a juice cleanse because it means less thinking! Time to not only clear the body of toxins but clear that busy mind.

To be completely honest, I have never done a full juice cleanse. What I have done is replaced breakfast and dinner with juice and kept lunch on the lighter side [grains, steamed veggies, sweet potatoes.] Even replacing just dinner with juice provides great benefits for the body. Plus, if you are new to cleansing, it is the easiest meal to replace since the body’s digestive fire is low and you are engaging in less activity at night.

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Juicing with a juicer instead of a blender is very important. A juicer extracts fiber, which is important during a juice cleanse (but try not to throw the pulp away, you can use it in baked goods or as compost). You want to eliminate fiber from your diet so your body does not use up energy digesting it. The point of a juice cleanse is to give your digestive system a break from all that hard work it does!

Here are some juice combos that I especially love but feel free to play around with your veggies and fruits and see what new and colorful combos you come up with.

Helpful tip: it is important to incorporate some kind of sweet component into your juice so it doesn’t taste so “green”. Apples and oranges are perfect picks but if you are on a strictly veggie juice cleanse, I find beets and carrots to be wonderful sweeteners.

Juice combos:

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carrot-orange-apple-ginger

kale-spinach-celery-parsley-apple-lemon

pineapple-lemon-ginger-mint (you can use a blender for this one)

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Goodbye winter, hellooooo spring!

Cheers,

Sarah

[Photos: homemade beet-carrot-ginger juice//green juice from fortheloveoffood]

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