On Tap: Fire Cider

By Amber Golshani, ND

Fire Cider is a traditional folk remedy that works with your body’s wisdom to promote health and restore balance. Fire Cider is a traditional herbal remedy of apple cider vinegar that is infused with herbs, fruits and roots. Created decades ago by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar for “winter health”, my modern adaptation is designed to support vibrant health year round. With warming herbs and spices, sweet, soothing and moistening honey, and tangy cider vinegar, Fire Cider is a balanced formula that supports good digestion, strong immunity, warms the circulatory system and supports metabolism.

In Naturopathic Medical school we would often say that “good health starts in the gut” and indeed, in many cases this is true. How well our body functions is directly related to how well our digestive system functions. We have to be able to break down and absorb nutrients so our cells can have the optimal raw materials to build new healthy functioning cells. It doesn’t matter if your diet is A+ or you take really expensive supplements, if you cannot digest what you are taking in, then you cannot build healthy cells.

Fire Cider before your meal helps to supports good digestion by stimulating digestive acids and enzymes so you can break down and absorb better.

Apple Cider vinegar has long been revered as a remedy for a host of ailments–from infections to pain, wounds and skin issues. As the pharmaceutical revolution took hold, vinegar fell into the background. But she’s back with new science to support her!

Balance Blood Sugar Levels- One study of people with Diabetes Type 2 (who did not take insulin), showed that if they took 2 tbsp of ACV at night before sleep, they have lower blood sugar in the mornings. Another study found that taking ACV before a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar levels after the meal as compared to those who did not take the ACV. Even the American Diabetes Association concluded that “vinegar can significantly improve post-prandial insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant subjects”. (Diabetes Care Journal, January 2004).

Infection Fighter- Several studies have validated what our ancestors already knew- ACV has anti-microbial activity. One study demonstrated that ACV showed “multiple antimicrobial potential with clinical therapeutic implications” (Yagnik, Serafin, and Shah, Scientific Reports, Jan 29 2018).

Weight Loss and Improved BMI -Though I do not advocate diets and dieting, when the body is functioning properly, often people (with weight to lose) will lose weight as a natural side effect of becoming healthier overall. One study showed that malic acid (a main acid in ACV), increased satiety, leading to a feeling of fullness. There were 175 people with obesity who took 1-2 tbsp of ACV per day which led to reduced belly fat and weight loss (between 2-3 lbs on average) over 12 weeks. Another study found that body weight, BMI, visceral fat, waist circumference and serum triglycerides were significantly lower in the vinegar vs the placebo group. Of course, there is no magic pill and a healthy lifestyle and diet are of utmost importance.

Three Cheers for Dr. Amber’s Fire Cider