Try a vinegar drink — some find it refreshing

By Vicki Hyatt | Jan 09, 2014

In any newsroom, there’s a wide variety of topics that surface on any given day. The latest one is the newest health trick both Jessi, The Mountaineer’s assistant editor, and I have incorporated into our daily routine.

It includes adding a tablespoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey to a cup of water each day. If this is too strong for you, use more water and add more honey. I first heard about the wonderful benefits of vinegar from Joanna Swanson, a fairly regular contributor to the paper when it comes to letters and news articles. (She also drops by with doughnuts on occasion!)

Joanna explained the principle that basically holds that it is harder for disease to survive in an alkaline environment. Since many of the foods and beverages humans consume daily are acidic, the apple cider vinegar — and the honey, too — counteract that and bring the balance back toward alkaline.

In her email reminding people of the practice, she called the drink “refreshing.”

I was all for trying it, but wasn’t prepared to buy into the refreshing part until I tasted it. Both Jessi and I found it was true and became quick converts to the practice. In addition, we find it decreases our appetite and gives us more energy, just as Joanna promised.

I have bottles of both vinegar and honey at my desk, available for any who want to try it.

Reporters Shelby Harrell and DeeAnna Haney weren’t buying into the theory. Even when DeeAnna was sick and we begged her to give it a whirl because of the disease/alkaline theory, she simply couldn’t choke the drink down.

Shelby is bombarded not only by Jessi and me singing the praises of vinegar and honey, but by her mother, an alternative medicine practitioner who also uses the preventive strategy. She broke down the other day to make our special vinegar drink, but it didn’t look like she found it at all refreshing.

For years, I have always kept an ample supply of Zicam rapid melts — said to reduce the severity and length of a cold — as well as echinacea, a natural immune booster, ready for when it is needed. I’m a true believer in both, and take both at the first hint of a cold. I also share liberally with my colleagues because any time someone is sick, we all know what it means for the rest of us.

I haven’t been sick in at least the past decade (or more) despite being surrounded by family members or colleagues suffering from colds, bronchitis and even pneumonia. No matter how many sneezes or germs that I might come in contact with, they’ve never stuck.

I attribute my good fortune to these dual ounces of prevention. Now with the added protection of drinking vinegar and honey daily, I feel invincible.

Cold and flu season is upon us, so I share these tips as food for thought.