Apple Cider Vinegar: A Healthy Way to Start Your Day

The first decisions you make each morning can set you up for success the rest of the day.

When you choose to start your day in a healthy way, both physically and mentally, you set a precedent that says you won’t settle for anything less than what is best for you and your body.

Today, I want to share with you a simple and delicious way to begin your day in a healthy way … one that could help you to feel energized and ready to take on the day.

Your Morning Health ‘Cocktail’


  8-12 oz. of filtered warm water

  1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

  1 half lemon (squeezed)

As soon as you wake up in the morning, you can make this healthy "cocktail," which comprises just three ingredients — water, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Some variations of this drink include cinnamon, honey and/or a sweetener.

All you have to do is add each ingredient into a glass at the recommended doses, stir and drink.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this drink. That’s because the punch this cocktail packs includes several health benefits.

A big focus, and why I chose to write about this drink, is because it aids in digestion. Jump-starting your digestive system first thing in the morning can give you a feeling of vitality and help you avoid feeling bloated, lethargic or sluggish — like other meals might.

As I’ve written about in the past, your digestive system is responsible for the health of an incredible amount of other systems in the body, including your brain.

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Apple cider vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process, leaving it rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, caffeic acid and more.

This gives it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and many other beneficial properties.

A Key Ingredient in High-Quality Vinegar

The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, known as the mother of vinegar.

"Mother" of vinegar is a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar. It indicates that your apple cider vinegar is of the best quality.

My go-to brand is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, which is organic, non-GMO, raw and unfiltered. But there are plenty of other brands available, and what you may already have in your pantry can also do the trick.

10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Rich in enzymes to maintain a healthy gut
  2. Helps relieve allergies
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Reduces inflammation
  5. Helps relieve muscle pain from workouts
  6. Helps dissolve kidney stones
  7. Helps prevent sinus infection
  8. Helps prevent acid reflux
  9. Helps prevent arthritis
  10. Lowers levels of fatigue

So, you could just take apple cider vinegar by itself. But lemon juice adds to our cocktail’s one-two punch.

That’s because lemon juice provides immune-boosting levels of vitamin C.

Lemons are rich in bio-flavonoids, which destroy harmful free radicals in the body, aid in digestion and offer even more health benefits (listed below).

10 Benefits of Lemon

  1. Boosts your immune system
  2. Flushes out toxins
  3. Is a natural blood purifier
  4. Helps relieve respiratory issues
  5. Helps aid in throat infections
  6. Helps rejuvenate skin
  7. Reduces blemishes
  8. Decreases wrinkles
  9. Naturally energizes you
  10. Hydrates the body

Lemons also contain the vital mineral magnesium, which we talked about in-depth last week as part of a healthy body and diet.

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Starting your day with this healthy cocktail could be a great way to set your day up for success. A healthy body is a healthy mind, and both determine the outcome of your day.

Just keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is acidic, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how much you consume so you get the most benefit from it.

But if adding this apple cider vinegar cocktail sounds like something you might want to add to your healthy routine, it’s something you could do every morning, every day of the week.

Happy and healthy investing,

Brad Hoppmann


Uncommon Wisdom Daily

Your thoughts on “Apple Cider Vinegar: A Healthy Way to Start Your Day”

  1. I am asthmatic and the apple cider vinegar in warm water seems to cause me problems with gasping to get my breath breathing when I swallow it – help- because I want the benefits of this drink.

  2. Excellent article. Cider vinegar has a longstanding reputation as a health stimulating food. Mixed with hot water and a bit of honey, it does all that you say, and more.

    One quick note about Vit C (Ascorbic acid): 1/2 of a lemon provides lots of Citric acid, about 20 times more than the paltry 27 mg of Ascorbic acid (Vit C) there. 27 mg is just 1/3 of the daily “prevents scurvy” recommendation – far below optimum daily intake of Vitamin C, which is a stress hormone produced in the bodies of most animals (excepting man, monkeys and guinea pigs.)

    I concur with Lew Wilson: More apples, and other fresh fruits and veggies!

    That said, your morning cocktail still beats the pants off of anything found in a coffee cup, and when the Chinese do a 1/2 million person study of it, I predict they will find the results similar to spicy foods.

    RAW DATA: 100 ml of lemon juice will have 4.7 grams of Citric acid, but only about 1/10 of a gram of Vit C. (; also

  3. Who can argue with the flag, motherhood and apple pie.
    But as Fluoride supporters, we claim to have raised a family of “Look ma, no cavities” after a couple of generations (or more) as witless investors in amalgams and dentures.

    A glass of warm water to start the day is an old pioneer habit.
    Old time pickle juice (diluted vinegar with sugar and spices) seems to be appropriately substituted by apple cider vinegar and honey in your latest version of a feel good recipe.
    Apple cider vinegar may be one more way to get the “an Apple a day keeps the doctor away…” but it lacks the roughage and bulk of the original material… Maybe something of each? Pickled apples?

  4. I suffer migraines , cause , citrus juices , Orange & lemon !
    Any lemon juice replacements ?
    But i already use olive oil and red-wine Vinegar and apple Vinegar for my salads !

  5. Hi Brad,

    This cocktail sounds interesting. But I am living in my second consecutive country where lemons are not available. Will I get the same benefit from limes?



    P.S., I am a former gator, too.

  6. Been a drinker of apple cider vinegar over 20 years. Be warned the acid attacks your teeth, so drink it quickly, like <10 min, not too fast (stomach upset) . Afterwards drink/rinse with something (water) to neutralize the acid. I stopped getting sick after drinking vinegar, so I can attest to the benefits, just protect your teeth$$$.
    God bless,

  7. Non-pasteurized honey is essential with this cocktail to battle arthritis. I have clients who use that combo to feel better.They have told me that it actually becomes something they crave if they don’t have it. I also encouraged others who don’t want to drink it to use the honey/vinegar combo to make a sweet/sour sauce for chicken, etc. Recently I saw something on the importance of the apple cider vinegar to aid in keeping the colon healthy and aid in preventing gastric issues. Great topic! Thanks!

  8. I have a question regarding the cocktail of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and water. I have heard that it’s best to drink this through a straw because the vinegar and lemon juice can strip the enamel from your teeth. Have you heard this before ?

  9. I keep concentrated lemon juice on hand. Would that be an acceptable substitute for the half lemon in your recipe? If so, how much concentrate, about two tablespoons? Thanks for your articles.
    Ralph Garner
    Blue Ridge, GA

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  11. Thanks for that advice Brad. I learned about the value of lemon juice many years ago but had never considered mixing it with apple cider vinegar.

    As strange as it may seem, lemon juice in water will actually make you more alkaline which, for most people, is desirable. The explanation that I was given is that, in helping digestion, lemon pulls more calcium, and other alkaline minerals from your food. I have done some long term monitoring of my urine pH and besides lemon, there are other things that help to alkalize. Rest is a big one. Certain types of calcium will also have a long lasting effect but it takes some time before it is noticed.
    I wasn’t aware that there was much magnesium in lemon but I am sure that most are deficient in that element as well.

    As for the water used, I would recommend water with no fluoride in it which requires not just a simple carbon filter but a Reverse Osmosis system. The whole issue with fluoride is just coming to the public’s attention. You can find the story at

  12. Does it have to be filtered water? I drink mostly “natural spring water” from grocery store or water from faucet from our well. We don’t have a water filter and I certainly don’t want one on kitchen counters.

  13. Hey Wendy – here’s a good article on the morning cocktail you drink with a slight variation -it’s got Brendan convinced this is the way to start each day!


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