“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…”– Me, this week
Oh boy, I have well and truly realised that flu season is upon us.
Today I’m going to share a little natural Health Hack with you that I like to employ during the winter months to ward off any unwelcome illnesses.
I give you…
(although I’ve found it referred to as several things, I’m sticking with this one)
In a small jar or container combine the following:
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tsp horseradish
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar
- Optional: Add some honey (this has added health benefits and cuts through the aggressive taste…kinda).
This will store in the fridge for about 10 days
I shake it up and put 2 tablespoons into a glass with a dash of water and down it every morning when I first come downstairs.
Warning: Its an aggressive but wonderful way to start the day.
A note on the water:
I like to add just a dash, so that I can still have it in one mouthful, whilst cutting through the acidity of the ACV. ACV is amazing – just do a simple internet search and you’ll find the world singing its praises, however its not great for your teeth due to how acidic it is.
Contravertially (in my opinion) one of my mates fills his glass with water, which would of course dilute it FAR more, but I think it’s still gross and only extends the drinking process.
Go free and experiment with your water amounts! You’ve been warned.
So… why the f#*! do I do this?
…having just spent a good paragraph telling you how gross it is, I’ve realised I’ve not really sold you on it.
The long and short of it is: it is insanely good for you, and I’ve come to really like the morning kick. It wakes me up, and I’m starting my day off on the right note by putting something great into my body.
It is particularly excellent if you actually HAVE a cold/flu – there are many recipes on the internet for it, you can even buy it pre-made (for the low low price of just one of your kidneys!). I haven’t re-invented the wheel here. However, I like to use it as a preventative measure and for it’s general health benefits.
Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients and just some of the potential benefits of them:
Garlic has been known to boost the function of the immune system. It’s been found to help reduce the length and severity of cold/flu.
Ginger is very anti-inflammatory and helps fight infections (flu)
Horseradish is a powerful antioxidant, and supports the healthy function of the respiratory system
Another anti-inflammatory, it gives the shot a kick and really warms you up
Honey has antimicrobial properties that help it fight some bacteria and viruses (cold & flu!)
That’s all from me folks – happy Fireshotting! 🙂
Disclaimer: do your own research! The internet is a wild place family! This is just me sharing my knowledge and experiences with you. I’m not a doctor. This shot also certainly won’t cure you if you’re sick, but I find it goes a long way to helping prevent or reduce my winter illnesses!