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Supplement Review: Fire Cider – Tweefontein Herb Farm *

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Stimulate the senses and kickstart the immune system with Tweefontein’s housemade Fire Cider, a spicy blend of medicinal herbs, roots and Thai peppers infused in a base of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Fire Cider makes a tasty and nutritious salad dressing and an exquisite hot sauce. Enjoy Fire Cider as an alternative to alcohol based tinctures for a cold remedy or immune tonic, use about 1 TBS, 3-5 times daily for best results. Packaged in 5oz. bottles.
Ingredients: Organic Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root, Chives, Horseraddish Root, Garlic, Garlic Mustard Root, Thai Peppers, Oregano, Rosemary, Black Peppercorn
-tweeherbs.com

It’s pretty strong! The Apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic are strong! People use it as a tonic for when the aren’t feeling good, I think it’s good to take every couple days! As a metabolic booster. I want to try to make my own and see how it is matched against theirs.

Recipe: Fire Cider
Have you heard of fire cider? The first time I encountered this traditional folk recipe, I have to admit I was terrified. Horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and hot peppers infused in vinegar? To drink? It took me years before I tried it, but you can be braver than me. It’s worth it! Plus you can use fire cider in so many ways — from cold cure to cooking to cocktails.

Hot, pungent, sour, and sweet, fire cider is certainly not for the faint of heart. Yet this fiery concoction has been revered for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion, and increase circulation. Fire cider can be sipped neat on its own, mixed with other beverages, or used in cooking. (You might think of it like a savory shrub.) It’s especially useful to have fire cider on hand in cold weather.

As a folk remedy there are countless variations, but most fire cider recipes include ingredients like fresh horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and chile pepper. These are infused in apple cider vinegar (vinegar draws out many plant constituents), which is then strained and sweetened with honey. My recipe is based on the one popularized by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar (see her video and recipe here). In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, I like to add turmeric, citrus, and herbs like parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Together they form a potent punch that is immune-boosting, antibacterial, antiviral, congestion clearing, and warming.

I really encourage you to have fun and create your own fire cider according to your tastes and available ingredients. In fact, I make it a little different every time. In some batches I use spices like cinnamon and cardamom or add vitamin C-rich rose hips. Other times I use ground cayenne or dried chiles rather than fresh habaneros or jalapenos. If you use ground chile, start with a small pinch; you can always add more to taste after you strain the vinegar.

If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you might take to fire cider right away, tossing back shots to get your blood flowing on a cold winter day. If you have a more timid palate, you might want to dial back on the chile, sweeten with extra honey, and start with small dashes of fire cider in your food rather than drinking it straight.

A few serving suggestions:
Straight up: Rosemary Gladstar recommends taking 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and then repeating every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. Some people also take fire cider as a preventative during cold and flu season.
Mix with lemonade or orange juice
Mix with hot water and extra honey to make a tea
Use in place of vinegar in salad dressings and condiments (like this fire cider honey mustard at Salt+Fat+Whiskey)
Drizzle on steamed vegetables or sautéed greens
Use in marinades for meat, tofu, and tempeh
Add to soups and chilis
Try a couple of dashes in a cocktail, such as a Bloody Mary

Are you inspired to make fire cider now? I’d love to hear what you put in yours and how you use it.

Note: As with any health concern you should, of course, listen to your own body and the advice of your health practitioner. If you’re curious about the research associated with some of these ingredients, check out the University of Maryland Medical Center’s guides to garlic, ginger, and cayenne/capsaicin.

Fire Cider
Makes 1 pint or more

1/2 cup peeled and diced horseradish
1/2 cup peeled and diced garlic
1/2 cup peeled and diced onion
1/4 cup peeled and diced ginger
1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric
1 habanero chile, split in half
1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 lemon, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)
1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste

Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 1-quart jar. Fill the jar with vinegar, covering all the ingredients and making sure there are no air bubbles. Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well.

Let the jar sit for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember).

Strain the vinegar into a clean jar. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within a year.
-Thekitchn.com

Sounds pretty good! Lets give this a whirl! Stay tuned!


Alkaline vs Acidic in the body & Product Review: Healthy Habits Ionpod & Essentia Water

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Healthy Habits IonPod Portable Alkalizing Water Bottle Features: Alkalizing and energizing water bottle. Changes body’s pH level from acid to alkaline, the healthy recommendation. Alkalize and energize ordinary water or purified water. Increases the pH of ordinary tap water in minutes. Lowers the ORP of ordinary tap water in minutes. Reduces acidity. Reduce premature aging. Increases hydration. Purge your body of toxins and acids. Reusable stainless steel construction. Lasts for up to 1 year. Includes instruction manual. Description:Purge your body of toxins and acids with Healthy Habits IonPod, a reusable stainless steel water bottle.

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First of all:
The girl pictured above must be 4’9″ and 89lbs because the ionpod looks huge in her hand!

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This thing is tiny!! I would have to refill it about 20 times in a single day! In order for it to change the PH to 10, I have read that you must leave the water in it overnight so that’s about 6-8 hours. So I can use the bottle only twice a day, I would have to buy 10 of them and have them strategically placed all over the house and office. That’s insane! This thing is useless!! Do not buy it!!

I tried it last night: it only holds 10oz (you can squeeze in 11oz) I drink a gallon a day, that’s 128oz! What is 10oz going to do for me…

The taste isn’t that bad.

I went to whole foods today and bought a bottle of Essentia 9.5pH water 50.7oz for $1.99. The taste is smooth not bad.

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Save your money to buy the machine which usually runs in the thousands $$

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That’s $1200 pictured above and $1795 below

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Are they worth it?

A water ionizer is an appliance that ionizes water. Although there is no empirical evidence that ionized water is beneficial to human health, it is marketed with claims that it is an antioxidant and can slow aging and prevent disease. Such claims contradict basic laws of chemistry and physiology.
-Wikipedia

Alkaline Water

I just recently discovered how important pH balance is for the body. As it turns out, the body should be more alkaline than acidic. I found that interesting, since alkaline is my screen name. Here is some information on the subject.

Acid-Alkaline Balance

Proper Health starts with the correct acid-alkaline balance in your body. The pH level (acid – alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. Extended acid imbalances of any kind can overwhelm your body, and lead to health complications.

Just as the body regulates its temperature in a rigid manner, so will it manage to preserve a very narrow pH range – especially in the blood. As a matter of fact, the body will go to such great lengths to maintain a blood pH of 7.365 that it will even create stress on other tissues, body systems, and organs to do so. Chronic acidity will interrupt all cellular activities and functions – it interferes with life itself.

When the pH of the body gets out of balance (too acidic), we may experience low energy, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains, and even more serious disorders.

The cycle of acidity begins primarily as a result of three things:

1. Ingesting acids. Eating too many acidifying foods like processed sugar, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc. Create an acid ash in the body. These acids can overload the body’s ability to neutralize them.

2. Creation of acids. Pathogens and microforms create acidifying toxins in the body. As the body becomes more and more acidic, bad bacteria, yeasts and other microforms proliferate in the body. Since these organisms are living, they eat as well as create resulting toxins. These toxins are often very acidifying.

3. Improper elimination of acids. Not all acids are the same; some are weak and some are strong. Weak acids like citric acid are much easier to neutralize than strong acids like uric acid. The body uses many systems in order to buffer acids including breath, mineral reserves, and fat. When the body’s buffering systems become compromised, excess acids build up.

The process of reestablishing acid-alkaline balance begins with proper diet and nutrition. This includes eating alkalizing foods (vegetables, low sugar fruits, etc.), super hydration (drinking plenty of alkaline water that is ionic and structured), and proper supplementation.
-alkaline.org

I’ve had the Ionpod for 2 days and the medallion on the top of the lid fell off already! It hasn’t left my room except for initial cleaning and refilling in the kitchen. Then, it goes back to my dresser on a coaster. What a piece of junk! Save your money for the machine!