Live Your Dreams Now.

I just recently had another good friend pass from this earth. Be for passed we talked about many things, but one thing that really seemed to be at the forefront of his thoughts was that he wished he was not having to die with his dreams still inside him. Sending love, blessings and a wish that you will make all your dreams come true.

Probiotic Peaches And Cream Soda… It’s Delicious!

So delicious on a hot summer afternoon.

There’s just something about the summer season that just doesn’t feel quite “summer” without peach cream soda. Now we finally have a healthy version that will not only cool you down, but strengthen your immune system and keep your gut healthy.

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 10 cups peaches sliced
  • 3 1/2 cups organic cane sugar 
  • 14 cups water
  • 7 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  water kefir or kombucha

Instructions

  • Put the peaches, sugar, and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer about 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
  • Blend the peaches, and pour them through a fine-mesh strainer into a large bowl.
  • Add the vanilla extract and kefir or kombucha to the mixture in the bowl and stir. Once combined, pour into flip top bottles and set in a warm area of your home. I like to put them near the water heater.
  • After a couple of days, open a bottle to check for taste and let the fermented gasses out so it doesn’t build up too much. Fermentation can take anywhere from 2 days to a week.
  • Make sure you check the bottles daily so you don’t have any explosions. Move the bottles to the fridge once they are ready.
  • NOTE: If you have rejuvelac use it instead of water kefir or kombucha.

May your life be filled with every blessings. Dr. Bobby

Raw Vegan Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup carob powder 0r raw cacao
  • 1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup yacon syrup or honey
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Combine the oats, carob-cacao powder, ground sunflower seeds, yacon-honey and chopped nuts. Mix well and press into the bottom of one 8 inch square dish.
  2. Chill and cut into squares to serve.

These are simple to make and really taste great.

Sending love and blessings, Dr. Bobby

6 Key Reasons Millions Of People Use Alternative Medicine

Maybe you’re curious about alternative medicine and want to know why so many people use it. Maybe you’re skeptical about alternative medicine and are curious about why so many people put their faith in it.

According to The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), “In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM.”

“Among adults aged 18 and over, increases were seen from 2012 to 2017 in the use of yoga, meditation, and chiropractors during the past year.” (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db325-h.pdf).

According to Grandview Research, 70% of adults surveyed in 2017 in the United States believe complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) provides positive results. 78% of those responders were women, and 62% were men. 

Grandview Research reports that “the global complementary and alternative medicine market size was valued at USD 52.00 billion in 2017.”

There are actually a number of reasons that millions of people use alternative medicine and the reasons can be different for everyone. Here we will discuss only a few reasons.

Availability

One reason that many people use alternative medicine is that it is widely available. For example, the use of herbs to maintain optimal health or to make home remedies, making it more accessible and affordable for a wide range of people. Mind body practices such as yoga and meditation can be easily practiced at home without the high costs often seen with traditional medicine practices. 

Affordability

A related reason is that alternative medicine is usually more affordable than conventional medicine. People who may have trouble paying for medical bills may be drawn to the comparatively low cost of alternative medicine. 

The cost of going to alternative medicine practitioners for services like acupuncture may be high but the cost of obtaining herbal supplements, essential oils, and other accoutrements of alternative medicine can be far more affordable than a trip to the hospital.

Natural Strategies In Healing

Prescription drug use is at an all-time high in the United States, and often patients complain that the first go to of their doctor is to write a script. 

Most all of the therapies used in CAM are natural, this is far from the often chemically based interventions seen in conventional medicine. This includes but is not limited to, herbs, essential oils, diet, supplements, chiropractic treatment, mind-body practices and naturopathy. 

This does not mean that CAM is a cure for any and all conditions, but it can offer a natural alternative and sometimes be a replacement of conventional medicine tools. 

Improved Life Quality and Side Effects Of Treatment

Another important reason people use alternative medicine is that it can improve life quality and lessen side effects of treatment. When people endure serious illnesses or chronic conditions, inevitably their life quality suffers, and side effects of conventional medicine treatments bring undue hardship. CAM can help. 

For example, Music Therapy is often used in pain management, which can be helpful for conditions such as arthritis and other chronic pain syndromes. Cancer.gov reports that acupuncture is helpful in reducing the side effects of treatment. 

Trust

Millions of people all around the world genuinely trust alternative medicine as they have for the whole history of humanity. Some of the therapies used in CAM, including acupuncture, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Herbalism have been in use for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations. Eastern culture strongly believes in their effectiveness in the modern world. 

A more accurate term for “alternative medicine” might be “folk medicine.” “Folk” is usually used colloquially but it comes from the German word for “people,” so “folk medicine” means something like “the people’s medicine” or even “popular medicine.”

Another reason that might shock skeptics of alternative medicine is that some proponents of alternative medicine are skeptical of institutionalized medicine. What this really comes down to is whether we should trust man-made and manufactured solutions more than we should trust natural solutions.

Recent Studies

A final reason that an increasing number of people trust alternative medicine is that the reasons not to trust it are dissolving. A recent increase of scientific curiosity in alternative medicine has led to a number of legitimate scientific studies on its effects. 

While several alternative medicinal cures and practices have been “debunked,” many, including essential oils, therapeutic touch, meditation and yoga are becoming more popular because scientific studies are adding validity to the trust that many people already placed in them. 

If this article inspired you to look deeper into alternative medicine, that’s great. If it convinced you to have a little more understanding and respect to people who do use alternative medicine, that’s even better.

You don’t need to use alternative medicine yourself to understand that there are reasons that other people believe in it, that it often helps, and that it seldom hurts.

If you are interested in exploring alternative medicine, you can ease into it by talking to your primary care provider. Many conventional doctors recommend alternative therapies to their patients and can provide more information on how to get started. 

You should also talk to your healthcare provider before exploring alternative medicine if you are on any medications. While very few alternative medicine practices are harmful for healthy people, some can interact with prescription medications.

A holistic medical doctor is trained in the use of both conventional and alternative medical care and is something of a one stop shop.

Wishing everyone the best day ever. Dr.Bobby

Raw Vegan Pecan Pie Recipe

My mom’s side of the family are all from the south and Pecan Pie is one desert the ladies in our family really pride themselves in making. I think we may have joined the ranks of some of the best of the pie makers with Our Raw Pride Pecan Pie Recipe.

Raw Pecan Pie Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecans, soaked overnight hours
  • 2 cups of pitted dates soaked 3-4 hours
  • 1 /2 cup or 1 small ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup Yacon Syrup raw maple syrup or Honey, if you’re not vegan
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg

Directions: Process 1 cup of the pecans and all the other ingredients in your food processor Pour filling into pie crust, and press the remaining 1/2 cup of pecans spread across the top of the filling, brush the top with honey or agave and refrigerate for an hour.

Pecan Walnut Macadamia Pie Crust

  • 1 cup pecans, soaked for 12 hours, drained and dehydrated under 118 degrees for 10-12 hours
  • 1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight, drained and dehydrated under 118 degrees for 10 -12 hours
  • 1/4 cup of macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup Yacon Syrup or (Option for non vegans – raw honey or maple syrup.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound organic dates, seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Place all ingredients in to your food processor and process . It will form into a ball.
  • Rub a little raw virgin oil into your pie plate them begin pressing small amounts of your crust into your pie plate. Continue until entire pie plate is covered.
  • Sometimes I like to put my crust into dehydrator at 1o6 degrees for a an hour or so, as I like a dryer crust.

Making A Healthy Green Smoothie: What to Use and What to Skip

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By Heather McClees

Ah, there’s nothing like the first sip of a really great, green smoothie. Green smoothies are nothing new these days, but some have more filling properties than others. If you’re making a fruit and green smoothie for a meal, you’ll want to add some specific filling, nutritious properties to make it even more satisfying. Green smoothie recipes vary from light to heavy and while some may low amounts of calories, many have enough to equal a well-sized meal. A light smoothie can be a helpful way to add in some extra nutrition into your day, while a larger, more calorie-dense smoothie is helpful for consuming on-the-go or as a meal alternative at home.

Before you fill your blender with a ton of ingredients and make your smoothie complex and creative, hold that blending thought for just a minute! You’ll want to be careful what you toss into your blender, since many ingredients aren’t so optimal or won’t keep you full a long time.

Try out some of the following suggestions when you head into the kitchen to make your next amazing green smoothie. These tips will make your smoothies full-bodied and delicious, while also keeping them healthy and satisfying.

Filling Ingredients for Your Green Smoothies:

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are packed with nutrition and belong in every green smoothie you make. For a nutritional dense smoothie, opt for kale, spinach, and romaine. Also be sure you rotate your greens so your body gets a variety of nutrients in each smoothie you make. Pack one to three cups, depending on how large you’d like your smoothie. Always go for fresh or frozen organic greens whenever possible so you can keep your smoothie free from chemicals and pesticides. Here are 5 Reasons Organic Food is Really Worth Your Money, if you’re on the fence about going organic or not.

Berries

Berries are rich in fiber so they’ll help keep you fuller longer than fruits lower in sugar. Berries are also low on the glycemic index and incredibly friendly to your blood sugar. Best of all, they’re some of the most nutritionally dense fruits you can eat and packed with antioxidants. Use raspberries and blackberries for the highest fiber content, and try some blueberries, goji berries, and acai berry puree for an awesome antioxidant boost.

Seeds

Chia, hemp, and flax seeds are extremely high in fiber, bursting with omega 3 fatty acids, and packed with energizing B vitamins and magnesium. They are also a great source of potassium and protein. Chia and hemp seeds are also great sources of iron and contain all essential amino acids, making them a complete protein. Use two-three tablespoons of hemp seeds, a couple tablespoons of chia, or one tablespoon of flax seeds in your next smoothie recipe. You can also try pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds as another nutrient-rich option. This Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a great idea to try for the fall season.

Raw Nut Butter

Raw nut butter is a good source of healthy fats to keep your metabolism and brain fueled all day long. Raw varieties will be free from salt and oil that roasted and salted nut butters contain, which makes them a bit of a better choice for your smoothies and will satisfy you just as well. Nut butters are high in calories, so if you’re using seeds, keep your nut butter to a couple tablespoons per smoothie. A little bit of almond butter, cashew, coconut, walnut, or pecan butter will go a long way towards satisfying you and keeping you full. Not into nut butter or all out? Just use a couple tablespoons of raw nuts instead!

Veggies

Don’t get too scared here, now – veggies actually make an awesome (and very filling) smoothie ingredient to use. Sneak a couple of frozen broccoli florets, some frozen or fresh carrot pieces, a couple tablespoon of pumpkin (which is great in the fall), and even some zucchini squash in your smoothie. Veggies will provide an even greater source of fiber to keep you full, and you can pat yourself on the back for getting in an extra serving of veggies in just one meal!

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Organic Brazil Nuts – The Life Extending Nuts.

Brazil nuts have about 2,500 times as much selenium as any other nut. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which has been proven to protect against heart disease and cancers like prostate cancer.

Brazil nuts’ high selenium content also discourages the aging process and stimulates the immune system. In a study of patients with early Alzheimer’s disease, antioxidants – including selenium – boosted mood and mental performance. Like all nuts, brazil nuts are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Brazil nuts are high in minerals including zinc and magnesium, and contain useful amounts of phosphorous, copper and iron.

EVERYTHING IS BECOMING “MILK”

Check out our walnut milk recipe at the end of the article.


With the rise in vegetarianism and veganism, food manufacturers are looking for new, innovative ways to get us to drink plant-based milk. I

n the past five years, non dairy milk alternatives have grown an amazing 61 percent, and the market is expected to reach more than $35 billion by 2024. The almond and coconut milks of the world are just going to continue getting milkier, and there’s a whole host of other plant-based options, from peas to bananas, that are joining the party.

When choosing a dairy-free milk, ideally look for an option that has a short ingredient list, is unsweetened, offers a source of protein, and is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

How to Make Walnut Milk

  1. Soak walnuts for 12 hours.
  2. Strain the water and rinse walnuts.
  3. Add to blender with enough water to make it as thick as cream or as thin as milk.
  4. OPTIONAL – cinnamon or nutmeg
  5. Blend walnut mixture on high for 1 minute.
  6. Strain through a nut milk bag.
  7. Place in a glass jar & store in the fridge!

Blessings and miracles, Dr. Bobby

More Vegan Snacks Are Being Enjoyed By Meat Eaters Than Ever Before.

Check out our make it at home recipe.

The plant-based foods trend has been around for a while. What’s new is more people — even those who don’t eat only vegan or vegetarian are exploring plant-based snacking as they become more aware of the downsides of eating processed meats, with some just wanting a break from meat as they seek more ways to add diverse and savory flavors into their regular snacks and meals

Easy Vegan Eggplant Jerky

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Dried eggplant jerky is a healthy alternative to beef jerky.   For this recipe, it is best to use a dehydrator if you have one, as the eggplant can be made with no added oils and fats.  It will still retain a crisp, yet chewy texture, packed full of flavor much like your favorite jerky.

If you do not have a food dehydrator you can use an oven, but will have to coat the eggplant in oil first so they do not stick.  The baked version is not quite as healthy, but is much more “jerky” like. 

  Eggplants are like flavor sponges and suck up any herb or spice you throw at them. The marinade I have written is just a suggestion and feel free to experiment with your favorites.  Some people like to keep it simple and use a smokey barbeque sauce which has a similar effect, but also contains added sugars.  It’s up to you and your flavor preference. 

Ingredients

  • 1 Italian eggplant
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (or smoked paprika)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • salt and pepper to taste

  Method:

  1. Slice eggplant into 1/2 inch slices lengthwise. 
  2. Remove the round ends and re-stack.  
  3. Cut again lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips which makes an eggplant strip that resembles bacon. 
  4. In a large bowl combine all ingredients.  
  5. Place a plate or lid (if the bowl comes with one) and shake so that everything is evenly coated. 
  6. Let this stand for at least an hour.  You will notice a lot of water coming out of the eggplant.  This is normal as eggplants release water when in contact with salt.  
  7. Arrange slices of eggplant on a food dehydrator and dry for 3 hours, or until crisp.  
  8. If you are using an oven, first coat the eggplant pieces in olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until crisp.  (Keep a close eye on them as you do not want them to burn.) 
  9. They are now ready to be eaten and will keep for quite some time as they are dehydrated. 

Wishing you the best day ever.

Dr. Bobby & Sue Ellen, RN

Best To Make Your Own Fermented Foods & Avoid The Sodium

Fermented foods not only taste great they are good medicine.

Fermented foods are gut healers

Fermented foods such as Sauerkraut increase levels and bioavailability of many nutrients and introduce microorganisms into the gut, which help maintain a healthy digestive system. They also have beneficial effects on blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, immunity, and the brain.

Dr. Ann Wigmore’s Fermented Veg-Kraut

  • 1 green cabbage
  • 1 purple cabbage
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 sweet red onion
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice or rejuvelac
  • Optional Seasonings to taste (garlic, cayenne, herbs, caraway seeds)

Finely chop cabbage, saving outside leaves. Chop carrots and onion. Place vegetables into a large bowl or crock-pot. Mix in optional seasonings. Cover the top outside with cabbage leaves. Place large plate and weight on top (we use a large stone). Press down to remove air from Kraut. Leave at room temperature for 3 days or until it is sour enough for your taste. Place the Kraut in a glass jar with a lid and refrigerate. It will keep up to for several weeks. Eat a ½ cup serving a day with meals and enjoy the wonderful flavor and nutritional benefits of this wonderful food! Another zero fat, healthy bacteria, non-fruit recipe to give you amazing health!

Wishing you the best day ever,

Dr. Bobby

Kale Makes The Dirty Dozen List At # 3 For The First Time


Most of us love kale and eat it or use it in our smoothies on regular bases. Today, if you are eating kale and you want to minimize your exposure to pesticide residue consider buying organic. For the first time since 2009, this leafy green vegetable has made the nonprofit Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen list, which ranks conventionally grown fruits and vegetables by the amount of pesticide residue on them after rinsing and peeling, as tested by the USDA and FDA.

Of 47 fruits and vegetables, kale came in #3 for most contaminated, with 92 percent of samples having detectable levels of two or more pesticides. Some 60 percent had traces of DCPA (Dacthal), a possible human carcinogen that has been banned in Europe but is still allowed on U.S. crops.

The other fruits and vegetables on the 2019 Dirty Dozen list are, in descending order of contamination: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes. Those with few, if any, detected pesticide residue—on the Clean Fifteen list—are avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), onions, papayas, eggplants, asparagus, kiwifruit, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms, and honeydew melons.

Pesticide perils?

The harm of pesticide residue in food is not clear—and most Americans would benefit by eating more fruits and vegetables, no matter how they are grown (conventionally with synthetic pesticides or organically, mostly without). But it makes sense to minimize exposure to pesticides when possible, especially when it comes to infants, children, and pregnant women, since developing bodies are more susceptible to pesticide toxicity. One way to do this is to buy organic produce. But because organic produce generally costs more (and may not always be available), you can limit organic purchases to the fruits and vegetables that tend to have the most pesticide residue and opt for conventional versions of those that tend to be least contaminated. Bear in mind, however, that organic produce is not necessarily 100 percent free of pesticides, since botanical pesticides (presumably safer) and a few synthetic pesticides are allowed in organic production, and because pesticides may drift from non-organic farms.

Bottom line: By choosing organic versions of fruits and vegetables on the Dirty Dozen list, such as kale, and conventionally grown produce on the Clean Fifteen list, “you can have all the benefits of eating more produce while at the same time reducing your exposure to pesticides,” according to the Environmental Working Group.

This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.

A Powerful Mushroom Medicine For Cancer

By Nick Polizzi 

During these summer months, my family and I love foraging for medicinal plants to stash at home for whenever we need a little boost.

But it’s not just the green stuff that can help us heal — there’s another category of forest dwellers that are packed with mood-lifting and immune supporting nutrients that can transform your health.

Mushrooms!

Now, before we dive into this mysterious realm of natural medicine, I want to first make it very clear that foraging for mushrooms is dangerous and we do not advise that anyone harvest mushrooms from the wild without the guidance of a trained professional.

That said, these fun-guys (mushroom pun) are nutritional powerhouses, and many of them have been used since time immemorial to treat all manner of serious illnesses – including cancer.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one safe and readily available mushroom whose cancer healing properties make it a medicinal force. I’m talking about maitake.

You might know maitake as Hen of the Woods or the Dancing Mushroom, coined for the way it grows at the base of oak trees. Well, scientists are beginning to discover that this little mushroom comes with some big healing abilities…

After years of studies, this VIP mushroom has proven to be an amazing preventative. It’s so powerful, in fact, that maitake extract is being tested for its cancer-fighting ability. Early tests have yielded promising results, particularly with breast cancer.

Maitake can slow tumor growth by inhibiting a cancerous cell’s ability to produce its own blood vessels, slowly starving and shrinking the tumor. It’s also used to curb the nasty side effects that come with chemotherapy.

But, maitake takes cancer prevention and healing to the next level. 

One of the main healing constituents in maitake is beta-glucan, which regulates your immune system to kill off existing bacteria, viruses and fungi. Beta-glucan, which is usually found in oats and other fibrous foods, is currently being studied as an anti-cancer remedy. Preliminary animal studies show that beta-glucan stops the spread of cancer by triggering an immune response to fight off foreign cells.

Maitake is also a hepatic which detoxifies your body while ensuring that your liver is protected. As the main organ that purifies your blood and detoxifies chemicals and drugs, it’s important for those diagnosed with cancer to keep the liver running in tip top shape. It’s especially beneficial for those who have chosen the chemo route. 

Among it’s many other benefits: maitake is rich in fiber which lowers cholesterol, regulates bathroom trips and can help maintain your body’s insulin response. It’s protein, calcium, and iron content makes for strong bones, muscles and tissues, and its B vitamins and vitamin D2 help your body convert food into energy.

It also supplies the copper, potassium, magnesium and selenium your body needs to keep up communication within your nervous system. 

And as a diuretic, maitake helps you pass everything from your system. 

With all these amazing benefits, adding maitake to your regular diet is a no-brainer… at least for me. It’s completely safe to consume, so you can throw it into your dishes whenever you need a boost! 

My family and I love adding this woody, mild taste to our stews and sauces — particularly during flu season. Since maitake literally boosts your immune system, it gives us that extra nutritive push to get better.

For those of you who prefer a cuppa tea, here’s a nourishing (and delicious!) maitake tea recipe:

Maitake Chai Tea

Ingredients:

  • maitake strips
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 peppercorns 
  • 5-8 cloves
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • a chunk of ginger
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups milk or milk substitute
  • sweetener if you so choose

Instructions

  • Simmer all herbs in a pot
  • Strain out the liquid
  • Return to the pot
  • Add milk and warm to your preference
  • Enjoy!

And again, please do not pick mushrooms from your yard or nature trails without a trained guide. If you’re uncertain about a mushroom, leave it be.

You can easily find maitake in most health food stores, either fresh or dried — both forms of this special mushroom have healing benefits that just may improve your life.

Stay curious,

Nick Polizzi
Host of Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness 
& Founder of The Sacred Science

Is Celery Juice A Nutritional Powerhouse?

Generally speaking, most people don’t think of celery as a “nutritional powerhouse.”  Of course, on the other extreme – this past year, celery juice has been trending as the “cure-all” for a wide variety of health conditions.  Today, we’ll focus on some undebatable facts about this vegetable.

Celery contains many essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It’s also full of flavonoids and antioxidants.

One of the main flavonoids studied is apigenin, and studies show that this flavonoid is responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of celery. Whether you eat it as a snack or you juice it and drink celery juice, there are many benefits to adding celery to your diet.

Can celery and celery juice help to destroy cancer cells?

The short answer is yes.  But, it’s important to understand why – and do not think of this vegetable as the “only way” to effectively overcome a cancer diagnosis.  It ought to be thought of as part of a comprehensive approach.

Back to why consuming celery has an anticancer effect: it’s the flavonoid apigenin – found inside celery – that shows such promise in fighting and destroying cancer cells.  In fact, many studies show the ability of apigenin to not only inhibit the initiation of tumors but to completely stop their progression, as well.

This flavonoid can fight cancer at every stage, preventing cancer, suppressing cancer, and even part of a cancer-reversing program.  From ovarian cancer to prostate cancer to one of the biggest killers, pancreatic cancer, the use of this flavonoid in celery has been credited with powerful anticancer effects.

Even more health benefits of consuming celery and celery juice

Beyond destroying cancer cells, drinking celery juice or eating the vegetable offers many other significant health benefits, including:

  • Fights inflammation: Inflammation is the main cause of many diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. The powerful flavonoids found in celery help to reduce the risk of chronic inflammation – protecting the body from dis-ease.
  • Heals the digestive tract: Drinking celery juice also benefits the digestive tract, can prevent ulcers, and can even help heal the gut due to issues like, leaky gut syndrome.
  • Offers liver protection: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a problem that continues to grow as people keep eating too much sugar.  It’s a serious problem that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. However, studies have found that celery helps to improve liver function and reduce the buildup of fat within the liver.
  • Prevents UTIs: Celery can lower uric acid production – which can help prevent gout and stimulate the production of urine. It also has compounds that help fight microbes and pathogens, which makes it excellent for fighting off urinary tract infections and kidney problems.
  • Lowers blood pressure: Celery has some excellent blood pressure lowering properties as well. The phytochemicals included in celery, as well as the minerals like magnesium and potassium, help relax the blood vessel walls, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
  • Fights thirst and dehydration: Not only does celery have a lot of fiber, but it has a high water content that includes lots of great antioxidants and electrolytes. A glass of celery juice can be an excellent way to quench thirst and fight dehydration.

So, as you can see, celery is much more than just a yummy crudité item.  It’s packed with nutrients that provide valuable health benefits.

Just make sure you go with organic celery since it’s been added to the “Dirty Dozen” list because of the number of unwanted chemicals found inside conventionally grown celery.

Sources for this article include:

Wiley.com
MedicalNewsToday.com
NaturalHealth365.com
NIH.gov
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Are organic apples better for you?

As we understand more and more about the importance of gut health, many people are making food choices to feed a healthy microbiome in the gut. If you’re working to keep your gut healthy, organic apples offer a far better choice than pesticide-treated, conventional apples. In fact, a new study supports the benefits of going organic, specifically when choosing your apples.

Thankfully, a team of Austrian researchers took a closer look at both organic apples and pesticide-treated apples, publishing their findings in Frontiers in Microbiology.

It’s just one of the latest studies comparing organic agriculture and chemical-intensive agriculture to dig deeper into the benefits of organic farming.  According to the study results, organically managed apples are a far better choice for people who want to eat a diet that supports optimal gut health.

Organic apples offer a more distinct and diverse bacterial community

Researchers reported that organic apples that are freshly harvested offer a significantly more distinct, even, and diverse bacterial community when you compare them to conventional apples. Scientists took a look at both conventional and organic apples, looking at the complete apple microbiome, including the fruit pulp, stem, peel, calyx, and seeds. Apples were all weighed, divided up, and put through multiple tests to find out the diversity and number of the microbiota.

While both types of apples had about the same number of bacterium – about 100 million – most of those microbes were found in the seeds, calyx, and stem of the apple. This means that if you want to enjoy the great benefits for your gut’s microbiome, you need to eat the whole apple instead of tossing the core.

Do NOT ignore the health dangers linked to toxic indoor air.  These chemicals – the ‘off-gassing’ of paints, mattresses, carpets and other home/office building materials – increase your risk of headaches, dementia, heart disease and cancer.

When comparing the organic apples to conventional ones, every area of the organic apple had great bacterial diversity, and the distribution of microbes was more even in the organic apples. The organic apples also were dominated by Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus – which are both known to benefit gut health.

While conventional apples had about the same number of bacterium, the most common type was Buckholderiarles, which can be pathogenic to people. Conventional apples also contained low amounts of Escherichia-Shigella, another human pathogenic kind of bacteria.

Study supports the benefits of organic agriculture for health and more

The study supports the many benefits of organic agriculture for health. When compared to foods grown in chemical-intensive agriculture, organic foods are shown to be better for the human microbiome based on this and other studies. It supports the positive impact of switching to an organic diet as a method of reducing cancer risk, lowering levels of pesticides within the body, and improving overall health.

Beyond the health benefits, organic agriculture offers several other benefits as well. It helps boosts local economies, aids in the crisis to our environment, and can even help boost the bottom line for farmers. Overall, purchasing organic foods doesn’t just promote gut health and overall wellbeing, it’s an excellent choice for the local environment and the success of local economies – that makes going organic a win-win for everyone.

Sources for this article include:

Frontiersin.org
BeyondPesticides.org Naturalhealth365.com

7 Benefits and Uses of CBD Oil (Plus Side Effects)

7 Benefits and Uses of CBD Oil (Plus Side Effects)

Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments.

Better known as CBD, it is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa (1Trusted Source).

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.

This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.

It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may ease symptoms of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.

Here are seven health benefits of CBD oil that are backed by scientific evidence.

1. Can Relieve Pain

CBD Oil and Cannabis Leaf

Marijuana has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. (2Trusted Source).

More recently, scientists have discovered that certain components of marijuana, including CBD, are responsible for its pain-relieving effects.

The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response (3Trusted Source).

The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.

Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters (4Trusted Source).

For example, one study in rats found that CBD injections reduced pain response to surgical incision, while another rat study found that oral CBD treatment significantly reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation (5Trusted Source6Trusted Source).

Several human studies have found that a combination of CBD and THC is effective in treating pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

An oral spray called Sativex, which is a combination of THC and CBD, is approved in several countries to treat pain related to multiple sclerosis.

One study of 47 people with multiple sclerosis examined the effects of taking Sativex for one month. The participants experienced improvements in pain, walking, and muscle spasms. Still, the study didn’t include any control group and placebo effects cannot be ruled out (7Trusted Source).

Another study found that Sativex significantly improved pain during movement, pain at rest and sleep quality in 58 people with rheumatoid arthritis (8Trusted Source).

SUMMARYCBD, especially in combination with THC, may be effective in reducing pain associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

2. Could Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have devastating impacts on health and well-being.

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth (9).

Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headache (10Trusted Source).

What’s more, medications like benzodiazepines can be addictive and may lead to substance abuse (11Trusted Source).

CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach.

In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test.

The group that received the CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, compared to the placebo group (12Trusted Source).

CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder (13Trusted Source).

CBD has also shown antidepressant-like effects in several animal studies (14Trusted Source15Trusted Source).

These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.

SUMMARYUsing CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies.

3. Can Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms

CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain.

One study looked at the effects of CBD and THC in 177 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience relief from pain medication.

Those treated with an extract containing both compounds experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those who received only THC extract (16Trusted Source).

CBD may also help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are among the most common chemotherapy-related side effects for those with cancer (17Trusted Source).

Though there are drugs that help with these distressing symptoms, they are sometimes ineffective, leading some people to seek alternatives.

A study of 16 people undergoing chemotherapy found that a one-to-one combination of CBD and THC administered via mouth spray reduced chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting better than standard treatment alone (18Trusted Source).

Some test-tube and animal studies have even shown that CBD may have anticancer properties. For example, one test-tube study found that concentrated CBD induced cell death in human breast cancer cells (19Trusted Source).

Another study showed that CBD inhibited the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice (20Trusted Source).

However, these are test-tube and animal studies, so they can only suggest what might work in people. More studies in humans are needed before conclusions can be made.

SUMMARYThough CBD has been shown to help reduce symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and may even have cancer-fighting properties, more research is needed to assess its efficacy and safety.

4. May Reduce Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects more than 9% of the population (21Trusted Source).

It is thought to be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin (22Trusted Source23).

Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.

One test-tube study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines (24Trusted Source).

Another study had similar findings, concluding that CBD may be an efficient and safe way to treat acne, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities (25Trusted Source).

Though these results are promising, human studies exploring the effects of CBD on acne are needed.

SUMMARYCBD may have beneficial effects on acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and its ability to control the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands.

5. Might Have Neuroprotective Properties

Researchers believe that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders.

In fact, one of the most studied uses for CBD is in treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Though research in this area is still relatively new, several studies have shown promising results.

Sativex, an oral spray consisting of CBD and THC, has been proven to be a safe and effective way to reduce muscle spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis.

One study found that Sativex reduced spasms in 75% of 276 people with multiple sclerosis who were experiencing muscle spasticity that was resistant to medications (26Trusted Source).

Another study gave 214 people with severe epilepsy 0.9–2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound (2–5 g/kg) of body weight. Their seizures reduced by a median of 36.5% (27Trusted Source).

One more study found that CBD oil significantly reduced seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome, a complex childhood epilepsy disorder, compared to a placebo (28Trusted Source).

However, it’s important to note that some people in both these studies experienced adverse reactions associated with CBD treatment, such as convulsions, fever and fatigue.

CBD has also been researched for its potential effectiveness in treating several other neurological diseases.

For example, several studies have shown that treatment with CBD improved quality of life and sleep quality for people with Parkinson’s disease (29Trusted Source30Trusted Source).

Additionally, animal and test-tube studies have shown that CBD may decrease inflammation and help prevent the neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease (31Trusted Source).

In one long-term study, researchers gave CBD to mice genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease, finding that it helped prevent cognitive decline (32Trusted Source).

SUMMARYThough research is limited at this time, CBD has been shown to ease symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. CBD was also shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in test-tube and animal studies.

6. Could Benefit Heart Health

Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome (33Trusted Source).

Studies indicate that CBD may be able to help with high blood pressure.

One recent study treated nine healthy men with one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to a placebo.

The same study also gave the men stress tests that normally increase blood pressure. Interestingly, the single dose of CBD led the men to experience a smaller blood pressure increase than normal in response to these tests (34Trusted Source).

Researchers have suggested that the stress- and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure.

Additionally, several animal studies have demonstrated that CBD may help reduce the inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease due to its powerful antioxidant and stress-reducing properties.

For example, one study found that treatment with CBD reduced oxidative stress and prevented heart damage in diabetic mice with heart disease (35Trusted Source).

SUMMARYThough more human studies are needed, CBD may benefit heart health in several ways, including by reducing blood pressure and preventing heart damage.

7. Several Other Potential Benefits

CBD has been studied for its role in treating a number of health issues other than those outlined above.

Though more studies are needed, CBD is thought to provide the following health benefits:

  • Antipsychotic effects: Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms (36Trusted Source).
  • Substance abuse treatment: CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior (37Trusted Source).
  • Anti-tumor effects: In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects. In animals, it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer (38Trusted Source).
  • Diabetes prevention: In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation (39Trusted Source).

SUMMARYSome studies suggest that CBD may help with diabetes, substance abuse, mental disorders and certain types of cancers. However, more research in humans is needed.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Though CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe, it may cause adverse reactions in some people.

Side effects noted in studies include (40Trusted Source):

  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Fatigue

CBD is also known to interact with several medications. Before you start using CBD oil, discuss it with your doctor to ensure your safety and avoid potentially harmful interactions (41Trusted Source).

This is especially important if you take medications or supplements that come with a “grapefruit warning.” Both grapefruit and CBD interfere with cytochromes P450 (CYPs), a group of enzymes that are important to drug metabolism (42).

One study performed on mice showed that CBD-rich cannabis extracts have the potential to cause liver toxicity. However, some the mice in the study were injected with extremely large doses of the extract (43).

SUMMARYAlthough CBD is generally considered safe, it can cause adverse reactions like diarrhea and fatigue in some people. It may also interfere with certain medications.

The Bottom Line

CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease.

For those with cancer, it may even provide a natural alternative for pain and symptom relief.

Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered.

Though there is much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.

Written by Jillian Kubala, MS, RD

Sending love and blessings to all. Bobby

Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work?

Overview

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. Early research is promising regarding the ability of CBD oil to help relieve anxiety.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another type of cannabinoid, CBD doesn’t cause any feelings of intoxication or the “high” you may associate with cannabis.

Learn more about the potential benefits of CBD oil for anxiety, and whether it could be a treatment option for you.

How CBD works

The human body has many different receptors. Receptors are protein-based chemical structures that are attached to your cells. They receive signals from different stimuli.

CBD is thought to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively.

The exact way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood. However, it may alter serotonin signals.

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety.

The conventional treatment for low serotonin is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as sertraline (Zoloft) or fluoxetine (Prozac). SSRIs are only available by prescription.

Some people with anxiety may be able to manage their condition with CBD instead of an SSRI. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.

Research and evidence

Several studies point to the potential benefits of CBD for anxiety.

For generalized anxiety

For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rats.

Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioral signs of anxiety. Their physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved.

More research needs to be done, specifically on humans and GAD.

For other forms of anxiety

CBD may also benefit people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD)and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well.

In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.

Multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

For other neurological disorders

CBD has also been studied in other neurological disorders.

A 2017 literature review on CBD and psychiatric disorders concluded that there isn’t enough evidence to tout CBD as an effective treatment for depression.

The authors did find some evidence to suggest that CBD could help with anxiety disorders. However, these studies were uncontrolled. This means that the participants weren’t compared to a separate group (or “control”) that might have received a different treatment — or no treatment at all.

Based on their review, more human tests are needed to better understand how CBD works, what the ideal dosages should be, and if there are potential side effects or hazards.

2016 studyTrusted Source found that CBD can have antipsychotic effects in people with schizophrenia. Moreover, CBD doesn’t cause the significant debilitating side effects associated with some antipsychotic drugs.

Dosage

If you’re interested in trying CBD oil for your anxiety, talk to your doctor. They can help you figure out a starting dosage that’s right for you.

However, the nonprofit National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) does advise that very few commercially available products contain enough CBD to replicate the therapeutic effects seen in clinical trials.

In a 2018 study, male subjects received CBD before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The researchers found that an oral dose of 300 mg, administered 90 minutes before the test, was enough to significantly reduce the speakers’ anxiety.

Members of the placebo group and study subjects who received 150 mg saw little benefit. The same was true for subjects who received 600 mg.

The study only looked at 57 subjects, so it was small. More research, including studies that look at female subjects, is needed to determine the appropriate dosage for people with anxiety.

CBD side effects

CBD is generally considered safe. However, some people who take CBD may experience some side effects, including:

  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • changes in appetite
  • changes in weight

CBD may also interact with other medications or dietary supplements you’re taking. Exercise particular caution if you take medications, such as blood thinners, that come with a “grapefruit warning.” CBD and grapefruit both interact with enzymes that are important to drug metabolism.

One study on mice found that being injected with CBD-rich cannabis extract increased their risk for liver toxicity. However, some of the study mice had been given extremely large doses of CBD.

You shouldn’t stop taking any medications you’re already using without talking to your doctor first. Using CBD oil may help your anxiety, but you could also experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking your prescription medications.

Symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • irritability
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • fogginess

Is CBD Legal? Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.

How to buy CBD oil

In some parts of the United States, CBD products are only allowed for specific medical purposes, such as the treatment of epilepsy. You may need to get a license from your doctor to be able to purchase CBD oil.

Medically reviewed by Alan Carter, PharmD on August 13, 2019 Recently Updated— Written by Kristeen Cherney

Blessings, Dr. Bobby

Possible Health Benefits Of Almonds For Cancer Patients

Almond seeds contain ‘laetrile’ – a substance that is also known as vitamin B17. Although presently there is not sufficient scientific evidence, many herbalists claim that laetrile is effectual in treating cancers. When laetrile is used in its pure form, it is safe and does not harm our health.

However, following hydrolysis, laetrile is known to produce hydrocyanic acid, which is an extremely fast acting poison. Hence, people using laetrile should use the substance with great prudence and carefulness. When taken in tiny measures, this extremely poisonous substance invigorates respiration, enhances digestion and, at the same time, makes one feel good and healthy. Even the leaves of the almond trees possess remedial properties and some herbalists use them to treat diabetes. Almond trees enclose a compound called taxifolin, which is said to possess anti-tumor properties

Should You Mix Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey?

Written by Lisa Wartenberg, MFA, RD, LD on August 19, 2019

Honey and vinegar have been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years, with folk medicine often combining the two as a health tonic (1Trusted Source).

The mixture, which is typically diluted with water, is thought to provide a range of health benefits, including weight loss and reduced blood sugar levels.

This article explores the combination of apple cider vinegar and honey, including its potential benefits and downsides.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

Why do people mix apple cider vinegar and honey?

Vinegar can be made from most sources of fermentable carbs. Apple cider vinegar starts with apple juice as a base, which is then fermented twice with yeast. Its main ingredient is acetic acid, giving it its characteristically sour flavor (1Trusted Source).

On the other hand, honey is a sweet and viscous substance produced by bees and stored within a cluster of waxy, hexagonal cells.  (2Trusted Source).

Honey is a mixture of two sugars — fructose and glucose — with trace amounts of pollen, micronutrients, and antioxidants (3Trusted Source45 Trusted Source).

Many consider apple cider vinegar and honey to be a tasty combination, as the sweetness of honey helps mellow vinegar’s puckery taste.

Consuming this tonic is thought to provide many health benefits. However, given that both ingredients have been studied separately, the effects of this mixture specifically are largely unknown.

SUMMARY Apple cider vinegar and honey are consumed both individually and as a mixture in folk medicine. Nevertheless, few studies have investigated the potential health effects of combining them.

Potential benefits

Some people mix apple cider vinegar and honey for its purported health benefits.

Acetic acid may promote weight loss

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has been studied as a weight loss aid.

In a 12-week study in 144 adults with obesity, those ingesting 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of apple cider vinegar diluted in a 17-ounce (500-ml) drink daily experienced the most weight loss and a 0.9% reduction in body fat, compared with two control groups (6 Trusted Source).

Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to keep you feeling fuller longer, as it slows down how quickly nutrients from foods are absorbed into your bloodstream — an effect that may further aid weight loss (7 Trusted Source8Trusted Source).

Still, when you combine honey and vinegar, keep in mind that honey is high in calories and sugar and should be consumed in moderation (9).

May help alleviate seasonal allergies and cold symptoms

Both honey and apple cider vinegar are considered natural antimicrobials.

Honey is thought to help relieve seasonal allergies, as it contains trace amounts of pollen and plant compounds. Some studies show that it may help relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever (10 Trusted Source).

Yet, it’s unclear how adding apple cider vinegar to honey may influence these effects (1 Trusted Source2 Trusted Source4).

Also, the mixture may help alleviate certain cold symptoms, such as coughing (11 Trusted Source).

What’s more, due to its fermentation process, apple cider vinegar contains probiotics. These helpful bacteria aid digestion and boost immunity, which may help you fight a cold (12 Trusted Source).

May improve heart health

The chlorogenic acid in vinegar is thought to help decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, potentially reducing your risk of heart disease (1 Trusted Source).

Plus, in rodent studies, honey has been shown to lower high blood pressure, another risk factor for heart disease (1 Trusted Source13 Trusted Source).

It also contains polyphenol antioxidants, which may reduce heart disease risk by improving blood flow and preventing blood clots and the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Still, more research in this area is needed (14 Trusted Source).

Furthermore, apple cider vinegar may reduce inflammation and decrease your risk of plaque buildup in your arteries, which can protect heart health. Though, more human studies are needed to explore this possible benefit (15 Trusted Source).

SUMMARY The potential health benefits of honey and apple cider vinegar have mostly been studied separately. Vinegar is believed to aid weight loss, while both are believed to improve heart health and alleviate cold and seasonal allergy symptoms.

Potential downsides

While the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey have been studied individually, very little is known about the effects of consuming them as a mixture.

Possible effects on blood sugar and cholesterol

One study that examined a similar combination containing namely grape vinegar and honey observed some negative health effects (3Trusted Source).

In the 4-week study, participants drinking 8.5 ounces (250 ml) of water with 4 teaspoons (22 ml) of a grape-vinegar-and-honey mix and some mint for flavor daily experienced slightly increased resistance to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels (3Trusted Source).

Increased insulin resistance is linked to type 2 diabetes (16).

Additionally, levels of heart-protective HDL (good) cholesterol decreased at the end of the study. Low HDL cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease (3Trusted Source17Trusted Source).

Keep in mind that this was a small and short-term study. More research is needed to confirm these findings. A study investigating the effects of honey and apple cider vinegar — rather than grape vinegar — is warranted.

Can be harsh on your stomach and teeth

The acidity of apple cider vinegar may worsen gastric reflux, though some people have claimed that it improved their symptoms.

However, given that no solid evidence can settle this debate, listen to your body’s cues.

Furthermore, due to its acidity, apple cider vinegar has been shown to erode tooth enamel, potentially increasing your risk of tooth decay.

Therefore, it’s recommended to dilute the vinegar with filtered water and rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking it (18Trusted Source).

More research is needed to determine the effects of combining it with honey.

Interestingly, some studies have shown honey can help ward off gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath (19Trusted Source20).

Can be high in sugar

Depending on how much honey you add, your mixture may be very high in sugar.

It’s important to limit added sugars in your diet, as consuming too much can have negative effects on your overall health.

Too much added sugar — especially from sweetened beverages — is linked to an increased risk of conditions like heart disease and obesity (21Trusted Source22Trusted Source).

Though small amounts of honey can fit into a healthy diet and may even offer health benefits, it’s important to enjoy it in moderation.

SUMMARYDrinking apple cider vinegar and honey may have downsides, including negative effects for tooth and stomach health. More research is needed on the health effects and risks of this mixture.

Purported effects on body alkalinity

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, or from most acidic to most alkaline.

Some people claim that eating certain foods or supplements, such as apple cider vinegar and honey, can make your body more alkaline and ward off diseases like cancer and osteoporosis (18Trusted Source).

However, your body has complex systems in place to keep your blood pH level between 7.35 and 7.45, which is needed for its proper functioning. If your blood pH falls outside of this range, the consequences can be fatal (18Trusted Source19Trusted Source).

Foods and supplements, including a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey, do little to influence blood alkalinity (18Trusted Source19Trusted Source).

In fact, food only affects the pH level of your urine. Whether apple cider vinegar can alter your body’s acid-base balance in the long term need to be investigated (18Trusted Source19Trusted Source).

SUMMARY Some people claim that apple cider vinegar can help alkalize your body and ward off disease.

Best uses

In folk medicine, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons (21 grams) of honey are diluted in 8 ounces (240 ml) of hot water and enjoyed as a comforting tonic before bedtime or upon waking.

You can enjoy this warm mixture on its own or add lemon, ginger, fresh mint, cayenne pepper, or ground cinnamon for flavor. If you have gastric reflux or heartburn, it’s best to drink it an hour before you lie down to decrease symptoms.

Moreover, apple cider vinegar and honey are complementary ingredients in a culinary context. Together, they can make a wonderful base for salad dressings, marinades, and brines for pickling vegetables.

However, the safety of combining apple cider vinegar and honey for young children has not been studied. It’s best to speak with your child’s pediatrician before using this mixture as a home remedy.

Additionally, children younger than 1 year of age should not eat honey due to the risk of botulism, a rare and potentially fatal illness caused by bacteria (23Trusted Source).

SUMMARYApple cider vinegar and honey can be used widely in people over the age of one. To drink it as a hot tonic, dilute the mix in warm water before bedtime or upon waking. It can also be used in the kitchen to dress salads, marinate meats, and pickle vegetables.

The bottom line

Apple cider vinegar and honey are often combined in folk medicine.

The mixture is generally diluted in warm water and drunk before bedtime or upon rising.

It’s claimed to aid weight loss and improve seasonal allergies and blood pressure. Still, most research focuses on the effects of each ingredient separately.

While not enough is known about the health benefits of this mixture, it can be a delicious and comforting drink to enjoy at the start or end of your day.