Day 336: Grapefruit Juice Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

dr oz grapefruit apple cider vinegar drink

I’ve wondered about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar for quite some time. An article would catch my eye and I’d read it and think I should try that. And then forget about it until the next time I came across information. The reported benefits are many, ranging from preventing kidney stones to relieving a host of digestive issues to aiding in weight loss to lowering blood pressure. It is also beneficial for relieving allergies and sinus infections.

I have some type of allergic reaction to something in the air, in November….every November. Not in the spring. Not in early fall. In November. You’d think the colder temps would signal the end of allergies. But something gets to me and I start taking over the counter stuff like Mucinex and 24 hour allergy meds and part of my morning is spent coughing and sneezing to clear my airways!

dr oz uses for apple cider vinegar

Last week, apple cider vinegar popped back into my awareness, arising without seeing an article about it. I considered mixing a tablespoon with a cup of water and drinking it every day, to see if it really did help with my sinuses and allergies. Greg, not knowing that I was thinking these thoughts, told me about a recipe he saw for apple cider vinegar mixed with grapefruit juice and wrote it down for me. I love when those kinds of synchronicities happen. They nudge me in the right direction.

Today, after sniffling the past couple of days, even though we are now past November, I decided to start the drink and use it as a first for this day, and also give it a week or so of consistent ingestion and see what happens!

This recipe is attributed to Dr. Oz, well known health expert and TV personality. According to Dr. Oz, the drink, consumed three times a day before meals, not only detoxes and aids in weight loss, it is full of antioxidants that slow aging and reduce the risk of cancer. The apple cider vinegar in the drink improves blood sugar levels, promotes heart health, balances ph in the body and has antibacterial properties.

The recipe is simple:

1 Cup grapefruit juice (I use a light juice with no fructose syrup, to cut down on sugars)

2 Teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

1 Teaspoon of honey, optional. Use only if drink is too tart

That’s it! The grapefruit juice contributes vitamin C and its health benefits are many as well. They  include raising metabolism, and decreasing the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Honey has health benefits also, however, I prefer the drink without the added sweetness. I like the tanginess of grapefruit juice and I couldn’t really taste the apple cider vinegar. One article I read suggested the amount of vinegar could be increased to 2 tablespoons, once you’ve acquired a taste for the drink.

dr oz grapefruit juice

I found the drink refreshing. I mixed up the juice and vinegar and drank it before each meal. It seems this evening that I am breathing easier, with less congestion. This week I’ll be mindful of how I feel and note any improvements. I’d much rather enjoy this pleasant healthy drink than rely on over the counter drugs, which help but have side effects of their own. I’ll report back later. Cheers!

 

Day 335: Gratitude Grams

gratitude gram Dayan 2

What a perfect first, coming so soon after Thanksgiving. Greg found this site online and shared it with me. Due to very cold temperatures today, and having the sniffles, I remained house bound all day. This created the wonderful opportunity to try out the site and express gratitude to some of my favorite people, my children and my grandson Dayan.

gratitude gram Elissa and Josh

The website is elementofgratitude.org and this is their gratitude gram project. It is all free. The site is easy to navigate and the grams extremely easy to create. From my computer (or my iPhone would work as well) I uploaded the recipient’s photo, chose a filter if I wanted one, and added a personal message. After the gram was completed I could email it, or post it to twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. I would like a texting option so I can send gratitude grams to my younger grandchildren who don’t have Facebook pages, and I’d like an option to post directly to the recipient’s own Facebook page, rather than sharing from my wall. Over all, though, I like the site.

gratitude gram Nate and Megan

The idea behind the #ThxLeads2Giving project is that thanks leads to giving. The website states: Research has shown the benefits of gratitude for physical, psychological, and relational health include higher levels of life satisfaction, positive emotions and social interaction, and lower levels of depression and envy. With the evidence indicating how important gratitude may be, each of us can actively cultivate more of this virtue in our own lives and help activate more abundant gratitude in the world. There is a cyclical relationship between gratitude and giving. Dr. Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude hypothesizes that gratitude “moves recipients to share and to increase the good they have received,” thereby creating opportunities for others to experience gratitude and for the original giver to reap the myriad rewards associated with gratitude.

gratitude gram Adriel

#ThxLeads2Giving seeks to show the world how gratitude and thankfulness leads to giving and vice versa. They have declared tomorrow, December 2, as Giving Tuesday, with a focus on Global Gratitude. With gratitude being foundational to my life, I am happy to have found this site. I look forward to sharing gratitude with others by telling them, often, how thankful I am for them and for journeying together through life.  Thanksgiving is more than a day set aside once a year to express gratitude….it is a lifestyle, lived daily and expressed frequently. I….am….grateful.