20+ Health Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

A while ago I shared a few things from my daily regimen that helped me while I was going through chemotherapy. You can find my whole list here. One of those items was Apple Cider Vinegar because it helps remove toxins and supports a healthy immune system, rich in enzymes and potassium.

Apple cider vinegar has so many uses, from cleaning to cooking to health. You can treat and relieve so many things with Apple Cider Vinegar. Here are just some of the uses…


20+ Health Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #health


I use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.  I take it straight from a spoon, but you can also dilute it in water if you need to. I was getting a sore throat recently and I took a spoonful of vinegar every few hours and it disappeared quickly.  You can read their book Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System to learn more about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and how to use it.

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Choosing Health: The Joy of Energy

I want to be healthy so that I have energy.  I want to feel good. I used to crash diet, and starve myself, run marathons and tri-atholons….never with the idea of getting healthy. It was always with a goal of having the perfect body. It was like chasing the wind.   My mother-in-law used to tell me: it’s not what you are eating, it’s what’s eating you.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness….  -Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

There are always so many new resolutions in January to get healthy or get in shape. I stopped those long, long ago.  A heard a guy on the radio yesterday say he’d been in the gym for 10 days straight, and had even forgotten to take the price tags off his gym clothes.  That sounds familiar.  I used to start out with good intentions, but the problem was I jumped in all crazy.  I finally figured out that I needed to just make small changes here and there…otherwise I’d burn out, and quickly.

New Year's Baby Steps on a Healthy Year, Whole Foods, and an Active Family... A wonderful cycle if it's strengthened. #quote #theyearofjoy

Me On Exercise: I try to hike as often as possible…with my husband, as a family, or with a friend. It makes the time pass quickly and I tend to push myself a little more. My goal is 4 days a week and it usually ends up being about 2. Sometimes 1.  A quick walk around the block is perfect sometimes.  Mr. LBB and I both have the 7 minute app. I try to do that at least once a week. One workout fit into 7 minutes. Boo loves it.

Me On Eating: We try to prepare dinner and eat together as a family every night. Not only is it quality time together but we are more aware of what we eat. The preparation changes our orientation to our food. We eat as much raw, living food as possible.  As we make small gradual improvements, they stick. I love visiting the farmers market and trying new vegetables from Trader Joe’s and Clark’s.  I try to stick to the simplest of preparation so that we avoid MSG, preservatives, and sodium.  Food I used to crave seems intolerable now. Boo lights candles at dinner…it’s a celebration of gratitude.  I think the food you eat, and how it’s prepared, should be filled with joy.

Love yourself and love your body by choosing health this year over dieting.

There is joy in energy, and energy in joy.

As a family we’ve started to incorporate little things over the last 12 months to make them habits. And it has to be natural and easy, otherwise we will drift off the path. We tried juicing but it just took too much time. It doesn’t mean we failed, we just shifted our focus to work for us.  Now we use make smoothies with a hand blender. We all have our different preferences too…this one’s mine:


The Green Colada: healthy smoothie recipe with pina colada taste #smoothie #healthy #recipe

I switch up ingredients but this is my basic recipe: [Read more…]

How to Prepare For Almost Anything (with Free Downloads)

How to Prepare For Almost Anything including Disasters (with Free Downloads: household inventory, emergency checklist, financial summary, etc) via lilblueboo.com #organization #household)


More organization tips for those of you that love organization! How to prepare for almost anything…..yes, I like to be prepared.  This is just a start…..but it takes away some of the anxiety of “what if”…..promise! And it’s a simple system. I uploaded all my documents and the templates to save you some time!


Storing Personal and Legal Documents via lilblueboo.com

We keep a central envelope for all of our personal documents. It’s easy to grab and put back items as they are needed. We keep all the obvious items in the envelope like birth certificates, passports, etc but I also keep photo copies of all of our wallet contents in case a wallet or handbag is stolen (I wrote an entire post on that here!) Other things I keep in the envelope: [Read more…]

Photo of the Day: Juice Bar

If you live in the desert you’ve probably been to Harvest Health Foods and Luscious Lorraine’s (the deli inside). I love to visit the juice bar when I don’t feel like making my own juice. My favorite? The Green Drink: cucumber, kale, apple, lemon……with ginger added.

I’m in detox mode…..trying to get my energy back. That means eliminating the yucky stuff….but also feeding the body with good stuff as well. Your body can’t get rid of stuff if you don’t put stuff back in. Profound right?

When I’m not feeling great:

Water (flushes you out)
Probiotics (help with digestion)
Miso soup (a live food, helps with digestion)
Fresh juices (easily absorbed and you don’t spend any extra energy on digestion)

Coffee Enemas (speaks for itself haha)

I’m feeling better already!

If you missed my Lil Detox List…..click here to see all my favorite things.

My Li’l List: Healthy Living and Detox

I wanted to share a few things from my daily regimen that have helped me the last few months….things that I’ll carry with me even after chemotherapy stops!  These things have helped me with nausea, detox, energy etc. So much so that everyone things sometimes I have more energy WITH cancer than before. Please do everything at your own risk. Keep in mind some things don’t work for everyone…..I just want to share what has worked for me. Please do your own research and consult a doctor when in doubt!

I’ve tried to break these down on a “need to know” basis…..only the information I’ve retained and feel I need to know.

Gin Gins Ginger Candy: Ginger helps relieve nausea among other health benefits.

Ginger Candy. For nausea. My friend Aileen got me hooked on these Gin Gins candy…..great for nausea. I don’t like the taste of ginger but I love these….they are a little spicy hot and taste almost like caramels. I even let them dissolve in peppermint tea. You can find them at World Market and Trader Joe’s or online.




Sublingual Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps to heal the blood! Sublingual vitamin tablets dissolve immediately under the tongue, resulting in quick and direct absorption……..bypassing the digestive system – resulting in the maximum amount of nutrient assimilation.

Women are supposed to get 10,000 IUs a day of Vitamin D! My mom bought this one for me from our local compounding pharmacy….but I found it on Amazon as well.




Coffee Enema: Based on the Gerson Therapy. Gerson believed that caffiene could stimulate the liver and gall bladder to discharge bile.  The liver alone, especially in cancer patients, cannot deal with a sudden influx of toxins into the bloodstream. The coffee enemas increase liver filtering, greatly aiding the liver’s ability to remove serum toxins.

I know not everyone wants to talk about coffee enemas….but I swear they’ve changed my life.  I only wish I’d started doing them years ago. All you need is an enema kit from the drugstore. You can usually find them in the women’s hygiene section.  I do one at least every few days. There are directions on the box but basically just brew organic coffee like you regularly would and add it to the enema bag and dilute with water (make sure to let the coffee cool or mix with cool water!). So much better than laxatives or any other kind of stimulant. You’ll be cleaned out more naturally and quickly…..not like laxatives which can catch you by surprise!




Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath: Detoxifies and helps re-alkaline the body….using the skin as an organ of elimination and detoxification.

Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath…..known for it’s healing properties and ability to detoxify the body. Dr. Singha’s practice stressed the importance of the skin as an organ of elimination and absorption. I use it a day or so after chemotherapy. I run a warm bath with the mixture….climb in…..and slowly add hot water to the bath so it gets hotter and hotter.




Wheatgrass: Wheat-grass juice is very high in chlorophyll content and contains every necessary nutrient. Benefits include boosting of the immune system and nervous system and improving digestion and metabolism. It contains antioxidants which repair damaged cells. It can increase red blood cell count and improve blood disorders.

Get it at your local farmer’s market, health food store or grow your own……or even find a local juice bar where they juice it for you. I usually get about 2 full cuttings from a small palette. You can cut all the wheat grass off and water it well and it grows back a second time. It keeps well in Ziploc bags for a few days! We press the juice…enough for a shot of wheatgrass….and add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and chase with a lemon. Juice a bunch to add to a an enema bag to feed your digestive system.

I love this little compact wheatgrass press from Lexen. It’s affordable ($48) and great quality. It’s also super compact and just attaches to a countertop or table.





Cell food: Contains 78 ionic minerals, 34 enzymes, 17 amino acids, electrolytes and dissolved oxygen. Oxygenates and feeds your body’s cells all day long.

I just add a few drops to water, juice….anything I’m drinking! Easiest thing ever….you can carry it in your purse!




Probiotics: Improves intestinal microbial balance and inhibits pathogens and toxin producing bacteria. Probiotics restore the balance of intestinal microflora which is important to a healthy immune system.

I use two kinds. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics and Jarrow-Dophilus EPS. I try to remember to take them a few times a day but if I remember once a day that’s better than nothing! I buy them at my local health food store.





Local Honey: Helps dissolve mucus and stimulates healing. Can help with allergies.
Local Bee Pollen: Energizes, aids digestion, helps build red blood cells….it’s the most complete known food source.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Helps remove toxins and supports a healthy immune system, rich in enzymes and potassium, can help arthritis and joint pain.
Chia Seeds: Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are the primary building block of cells. Great for heart health and full of antioxidants.

I mix all of these into a super shot….and drink it all at once. A shot glass of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, with a bit of local bee pollen and honey, sprinkled with some chia seeds.


Click here for 20 other uses for Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar! 


Kombucha: A probiotic beverage which improves digestion. It also is anti-oxidant rich so it helps to boost your immune system and energy levels. It can aid the liver in detoxification.

Kombucha is made from a sweetened tea into a culture (a symbiosis of bacteria and yeasts). I try to drink about one a day. I love the ones with ginger in them because they help to settle my stomach even more.



Keep in mind…..I am ADHD. This would have been impossible for me to integrate into my life if I didn’t have help. My mother and my friend Megan have given me little bits of information at a time and I would integrate one thing at a time. It didn’t all happen at once. I’d be too overwhelmed. Do what works for you!  If you forget something…..who cares!  If you don’t feel like doing something…..don’t do it. It doesn’t have to be stressful. As my friend Megan tells me: your body will tell you when it needs something!

Anything you think I should add? Leave it in the comments!