I’ve been trying for a loooooong time to get healthy, fit, strong….and finally lose the last 10 baby pounds. Yes I’m in decent shape, but I have zero energy. I’m tired all the time (thanks to bed-wetting & teething), can barely keep up with my kids, and just feel blah. I want to just wake up and have energy, so I have enlisted the help of several friends, a nutritionist and my acupuncturist to help heal some of my ongoing issues. Enter apple cider vinegar.
One thing that I’ve learned in my pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, is the importance of hydration. I had low amniotic fluid during both of my pregnancies requiring hospitalization, so you would think I would have learned. But no, I always forget to drink enough water. In order to help me push fluids, lose weight, and optimize my health, here are some of the things I drink literally every day.
Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This one I call swampwater, and I gagged the first time I tried it. Not a ringing endorsement I know, but a few days later…I craved them.Dr. Leonor Murciano-Chen, PHD, acupuncturist, and spiritual healer introduced me to supergreens when I was first trying to get pregnant. Suffering from stage 4 endometriosis, my diet changed drastically when I struggled with infertility. Leonor says, “They are great for balancing the PH of the body because we tend to eat more acidic foods. To maintain health we need alkaline foods as well. Supergreens provides that, and all the obvious trace elements naturally found in all green vegetables. It’s a great way to balance our diets without eating green vegetables for every meal!”I use a a 24 oz. cup and started with a 1/4 scoop. Then as you (and your digestive system) adjusts to the supergreens, you can up it to a 1/2 scoop, and then eventually a whole scoop. I drink at least 24 ounces a day, but I used to drink 48 oz. It really does help to keep you full. Oh and if you can’t take the taste at first, try mixing them with emergen-C…my favorite is the Acai Berry! The bonus of this is you are getting the proper amount of hydration throughout the day, and feel full too.
Disclosure: I received samples from first NUTRIENTS to facilitate this review, however all opinions are always 100% my own!
Jenna Brussee says
I drink something similar to your Detox Lemon Elixer when I have a cold. Warm it up and it feels great on a sore throat!
I actually drink the same thing but with a splash of apple juice every morning. I couldn’t drink it without the juice LOL
Kristen Hewitt says
It’s not so bad actually! I try to limit sugar so you get used to it…
I am SO bookmarking this post for future reference! I really,really want to try your Detox Lemon Elixir, but alas, I know this is not i the cards until I’m done nursing K, which, if she goes as long as Scotty will be until she’s 17 months. :-/ She HATES when I eat raw lemons.
That said, I have taken a tablespoon of Braggs daily for years, right after I down my tablespoon of fish oil, and take a Shatavari capsule. I also put a lot of cinnamon in my raw oats smoothie each morning because I have funky blood sugar levels, and the properties of cinnamon certainly help to regulate that.
Excellent post, Kristen!!! Thank you. And Happy Mother’s Day, Mama! xo
Kristen Hewitt says
I’m curious what type of fish oil you use?
Yvonne I. Wilson says
The detox lemon elixer is the one that is most appealing to me..I tried the super greens and the taste of it first time was not near gagging like your first time experience, but yeah, just do not like the taste. I love the raw oats blended with a small sized banana even though I do not use it as often as I should.
Thanks for sharing! Happy Mother’s Day!
Oh I love my Bragg’s too! I’m a huge supplement taker so I will be checking out NUTRIVIE Energy! Excellent post! Have a fabulous Mother’s Day!
Thanks to my daughter’s Ninja, I’m drinking fruit/kale smoothies every morning, and I am definitely feeling the benefits! Thanks for sharing!
Stopping by from SITS girls.
Kristi Campbell says
I’m going to have to try the apple cider thing. I used to find it so easy to lose weight but have these ugly 10 pounds to lose and nothing (really ok fine I cheat) is working.
Kristen Hewitt says
I cheat too Kristi! It is so hard…but we can do it!
Jennifer Johnson says
I am a big fan of apple cider vinegar but have not gotten in the habit of adding into my diet. Need to try the detox elixr
Caryn Sullivan says
I drink hot water and lemon and it makes a difference. I used to only jump out of bed with the thought of a Starbucks mocha. Now that I’ve started eating clean, I actually crave this.
Kristen Hewitt says
Caryn you are my inspiration! I desperately want to cut coffee…but can’t get past the headaches.
Kemya Scott says
The detox lemon elixir sounds like a winner. I usually do warm water with half lemon in the morning, but I’ve never added to it. I’ll have to try the apple cider vinegar. This is a great post, very helpful!
First Nutrients says
Thanks for sharing – we love your blog!
Thanks for sharing! I love drinking (I usually juice something) for breakfast. The thought of a heavy meal (especially one I prepare myself 😉 ) first thing in the morning just doesn’t sound appetizing. I’ll have to try your detox lemon elixir!!
Elizabeth (Rock-A-Bye Parents) says
I am always low on energy. Mine stems from my IBS and it’s very hard to find things that will give me more energy without upsetting my stomach. :-p
Stories of Kel says
that is a good idea! Ive always just done shots of ACV and it is pretty much torture. Some lemon would be nice 🙂
Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been drinking a cup of hot water with the juice of one lemon every morning. I’ve heard about the benefits of apple cider vinegar but have never found a way to drink it that is acceptable so I’m excited to give this a try.
Prudent Wisdom says
Thanks so much for linking up at the Pintastic Pinteresting Party!!
Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration says
Hi Kristen – I absolutely have to try this and thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinned! Hope you have a great Wednesday and happy rest of the week!
Natasha In Oz says
I drink this every day too! It’s hideous but really helps with so many issues. I used to get acid reflux when I ate tomatoes but now I don’t get reflux at all! It is a brilliant drink!
Thanks for sharing this at the Say G’Day Saturday linky party. I’ve pinned this and am featuring it at my Friday Favorites post.
Best wishes and hope to see you again this Saturday!
Natasha in Oz
Karren Haller says
Hi there, Im new to your blog, stopping by from Natasha’s blog today. We have Braggs in our fridge for years, use it everyday, but I like your recipe. Thanks for the tip.
I would like to invite you to join our Weekends Are Fun Party as well, hope you have time to stop by!
Have a great day!
OK. Going to try this after my next trip to the store. I think I have everything but the Stevia on hand, and this seems like the Stevia is an important ingredient!
April the Steadfast Reader says
Fabulous! I know what you mean about the difficulty of staying hydrated, sometimes it’s just so hard!
I don’t have a healthy drink yet. Maybe I need to get one, now that I don’t drink pop and I am limiting myself to 2 cups of coffee a day!
good for you! Happy New Year!
I need to drink more water, and stay hydrated, but it’s hard lol I’m going to have to try that elixir!!
I do pretty much the same “Detox Lemon Elixir” in the morning except with 1 tsp of baking soda added in there and generally without honey or stevia. When I gave up coffee (caffeine), this drink took its place, and it’s definitely become my cleansing kick in the morning! I’d never heard of the Green Superfood, but after I read this a while back, I did some research on it and really like the ingredients. I just bought some and started it up, too, in the morning :). I’m glad I read how awful you thought it tasted at first, because it prepared me for the worst. Luckily, it didn’t end up tasting as bad as I was prepared for. I’m interested to see the effects!