Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jogging in a Jug


You may have heard about the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar.   It is thought that apple cider vinegar can aid in digestion, flush toxins, help balance blood sugar, lower cholestrol and blood pressure and the list goes on and on.  The health claims of acv have been around for years, but some of us are slow to learn about such things.  

I have suffered with joint and muscle pain for over a decade (which is much better now that I went gluten free 5 years ago, but that is a whole other discussion).  A friend of mine suggested that I try drinking a tablespoon of acv each morning to help reduce my pain level.  She said that her mother-in-law was receiving great results for her arthritis symptoms.  When she told me about this 7 years ago, I thought it sounded like a cheap and easy regiment.  After two days I decided that, even diluted in water, I could not "stomach it".  I abandoned the whole idea.


Fast forward 7 years-
 I have been having great pain in my big toe on my right foot and felt that I might be developing a heel spur on the same foot.  For some reason acv came to my mind and I entertained the idea of giving it another shot. I began searching the internet for more information about the benefits of acv and found that folks were claiming it to help a myriad of problems from acne and arthritis to chronic fatigue and weight loss.  Convinced that this was going to "cure my ails", I began drinking one tablespoon of this pungent sour stuff stirred into an 8 ounce glass of water.  I used it to take my morning vitamins.  I figured that I will "kill two birds with one stone".  I'm not going to lie, it was NASTY! Four days into my new routine, a customer of mine chimed into a discussion that I was having with another customer about drinking acv.  She said that when she was in high school, her mother used to make her and her siblings drink  4 ounces of Jogging in a Jug every morning.  I told her that I had never heard of such a product, but jotted the name down so that I could look it up when I got home.  It sound like a joke.  Jogging in a Jug, really?  I figured her mom had made up some sort of pet name for vitamins she wanted them to take.  I was shocked to learn that there really was a drink by that name.  Apparently it got its name because it was supposed to provide the same benefits of jogging.  I found a recipe for jogging juice which is made of just three ingredients, 100 percent grape juice, 100 percent apple juice and apple cider vinegar.  Easy enough.  I mixed up my own batch and put it in the fridge.  I decided that it had to taste better than just acv and water.  

1 cup 100 percent Apple juice
1 cup 100 percent Grape juice
2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

I actually doubled the recipe and keep it in the fridge.  I drink 4 ounces of the Jogging Juicafter eating breakfast everyday.   I have been taking acv for two weeks total.  A week ago I substituted drinking the jogging juice mixture for the plain acv.  It's probably too early to tell if it is doing any good, but  I will say that I do seem to have a little more  energy.  My usual thought when it comes to starting a new health routine, is to give it a month or two before making any judgement on its effectiveness.  

Some of the information that I read about Jogging in a Jar pointed towards caution in taking a solution that has such a high acidity content.  They advise only drinking only 2-4 ounces.  If you are a diabetic, the sugar content may be a problem.   Do some research of your own and consult your physician if you have any questions.  

Happy health to everyone!

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