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    Your Grandparents Were Right

    DeForest Clinton Jarvis graduated from the University of Vermont Medical College in 1904. A few years later, in 1909, he opened a family practice in Barre, Vermont. But not very many patients were coming into his new office, and he wondered why. After asking around, he learned that the local folks always used home remedies for common illnesses. Only when such remedies failed did they seek out a doctor.

    For Dr. Jarvis, that revelation started a life-long study of home remedies. In 1958, he published a book called "Folk Medicine" which became a best-seller. Dr. Jarvis wrote: "I believe the doctor of the future will be a teacher as well as a physician. His real job will be to teach people how to be healthy."

    Two natural remedies that get a lot of attention in his book are raw honey and apple cider vinegar. He recommended drinking a tonic of apple cider vinegar and raw honey 3 times a day.  Many of your grandparents may have followed this advice, and they were smart to do so.

    Reported Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

    Some of the reported health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar with honey include:
        > Lowers blood sugar and may help to regulate diabetes
        > Lowers cholesterol and improves heart health
        > Aids with weight loss
        > Helps to soothe a sore throat
        > Helps to calm a cough
        > Promotes better digestion and helps to calm indigestion
        > Boosts the immune system
        > Moderates leg cramps
        > Promotes healthy joints and may help with arthritis
        > Provides a healthy energy boost
        > Helps moderate the effects of seasonal allergies

    Which type of honey and apple cider vinegar is best?

    Raw and unfiltered honey is always the best choice. Raw honey has not been pasteurized (heated to over 160 degrees Fahrenheit). And when honey is unfiltered, the beneficial "tag-alongs" such as pollen, propolis and enzymes remain in the honey.

    You should get apple cider vinegar with the "mother."  Vinegar with the "mother" contains the same beneficial yeast and bacteria that turned the apple juice into vinegar. These good bacteria are also known as probiotics, and they help to regulate and strengthen your immune system and your digestive system. The "mother" also contains enzymes that help to break down food and extract the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

    Bragg's Organic, Raw and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is a great choice. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use as the "mother" tends to sink to the bottom of the container.

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    Making the Tonic - A Simple Recipe

    Making a tonic of honey and apple cider vinegar is easy:

        > Pour hot (not boiling) water into a coffee or tea mug
        > Add 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey
        > Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
        > Stir to mix completely and enjoy

    For variety, we also like to use herbal tea instead of plain water. For this, brew a hearty tea such a rooibos or nettle and allow to cool slightly before adding the honey and vinegar.

    For better health and wellness, drink some of this tonic daily (especially during fall and winter).

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