Unfortunately, it is the time of the year where people are coming down with weakened immune systems, poor digestion and overall lower health than normal. As someone who is studying the health and wellness of our society, I continually aim to boost my body systems, especially when I notice myself burning out.
Recently, I have seen my digestion, immune and energy levels have been extremely low. I feel constantly tired, aggravated and sluggish. Maybe this is because I'm taking 6 courses at school? Maybe this is because it is winter time? Whatever the reason, I needed to make a change.
There are MANY wonderful ways to help your body feel your best in the winter season, a great one includes taking in proper macro and micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals). Kaylee (my roommate) and I are always reminding each other to take vitamins and minerals daily. I have posted sticky notes around the house to remind us a little extra.
The other day, I was searching up immune boosters on the internet and came across common ingredients. So I decided to brew one up myself. I have always been a fan of combining herbs and natural sources to increase your health so this is one of my many tests.
I decided to create an anti-inflammatory tonic. So, I retrieved my giant mason jar (which was recently full of pickles) and decided to whip up a nice recipe. It was very simple to make as the ingredients are household items I always have. If you are feeling out of it, this may help you to feel better.
Most items on this list are accompanied by a source of information you can click on to further your interest. Also, these ingredients are often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which I intend to go to school for in the future after Douglas College.
Here is what the tonic consisted of:
Traditionally known to help nausea and upset stomach, ginger is a great digestive herb. There are new studies relating to the use of ginger for pain management with arthritis as well. You do not want to take extreme doses of ginger and pregnant women should take it with caution.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
ACV if taken properly can be used to reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels and all anthropometric measures (body fat %, waist circumference, BMI, etc.). This one study shows it's effectiveness in obese and overweight individuals in increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. ACV can also aid in regulating appetite.
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Can also be known as Curcumin and is mainly known for it's anti-inflammatory effects on the human body. It is also an anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. Scientists are working on increasing it's bioavailability to the body in vitamin/pill/liquid form however powder form works great to add to your diet.
Known historically for it's multiple uses in health, cinnamon can minimally aid in those with Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Cinnamon can improve appetite and relieve indigestion. Cinnamon has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties to it that can overall increase one's health.
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A great way to get some Vitamin C which can benefit the immune system. Although Vitamin C is not directly proven to get rid of the common cold, it can aid in in boosting our body's natural defence. According to an article from Canada's Natural Health and Wellness Magazine, lemons also provide a good source of potassium, with anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties.
Raw honey is full of antioxidants, which are known to reduce damage from oxidative stress we are exposed to. Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties make it special in this delicious tonic.
This oil may have been over-estimated in it's health benefits initially but it should not be forgotten about. Coconut oil is anti-microbial and contains anti-carcinogenic effects (carcinogens are from emitted radiation). The small amount in this drink adds subtle sweetness.
Holistic health practitioners recommend bitters for digestive health. It is considered a tonic known to secrete gastric juices and bile in the stomach. The current one I use is called "Iberogast" that contains a variety of herbs and roots for gastro-intestinal disturbances (bloating, upset, gas, etc.).
This allows the tonic to fully soak up each nutrient effectively.
The full recipe:
(I chose to create this in a large quantity so I could have a shot or glass of it each morning and night, feel free to only use half of the suggested amounts).
GINGER ROOT (1/4 cup grated or chopped)
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (1/3 cup)
TURMERIC (2 tablespoons)
CINNAMON (1 tablespoon)
LEMON (1 large slice)
RAW HONEY (1/4 cup)
COCONUT OIL (1/8 cup)
DIGESTIVE BITTERS (10-30 drops)
HOT WATER (enough to fill the jar)
1. Chop ginger and lemon.
2. Place all ingredients in a large jar.
3. Boil a full kettle. Once hot, place water into jar, filling it to the top.
4. Stir well, let sit overnight.
5. Strain the tonic well.
6. Enjoy as a shot or diluted in a glass of water.
Hopefully this post encouraged some of you to try your own homemade tonics. They are simple and effective for helping your overall holistic health.
Thanks for reading how to flourish.