I used to have the best immune system in the world. In my 20s, I’d go for years – years! – without getting so much as a cold, even though I was exposed to all the germs of the NYC subway system and an office full of coworkers five days a week.
Now each winter, even though I work from home and basically only come in contact with my family, I’m pretty much sick with back-to-back illnesses from November through March. I don’t know if it’s the exposure to kid germs, fewer hours of sleep, getting older, or what, but it can get pretty depressing each winter.
This year we started doing something new to boost our immunity that’s actually been working amazingly well. I was skeptical about it at first, but what did we have to lose? My husband’s coworker swears by drinking a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of apple-cider vinegar mixed in, plus a heaping tablespoon of raw honey. She gives it to her kids all winter long. I started doing the same thing – we drink it every other day or so – and so far, dare I say, we’ve not had anything major erupt in our household.
The kids still bring home the beginnings of viruses, but then I give them extra doses of the drink and they make a full recovery within a day or two. My husband has also caught a couple of things, but managed to kick it quickly each time. He hates hot beverages, but has fully subscribed to this tonic.
Here’s the recipe that my husband’s coworker passed along. We use a teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar instead of a tablespoon to minimize the vinegar smell. It tastes good, like a warm, zingy apple juice, and both my kid drink it willingly. (For them, I use only a half cup of hot water to melt the honey and dilute the vinegar, then add half a cup of cold water, so the liquid doesn’t burn their tongue.) If you’re as desperate as I was about feeling better in the winter, you might want to try it out. I swear, I’m the last person to be throwing out homeopathic cure-alls, but here’s what I know: I’ve made it through November, December and January without so much as a sniffle.
Just two more months to go!