This organic vinegar is available at local grocery stores.

I’ve written recently about trying to get healthier and I am continuing on that mission — still drinking my gallon of water a day and walking every afternoon when possible.

One of my vitamins I take every day is an apple cider pill and I was getting low. The bottle has on the front “weight loss,” and I’m all about that so I wanted to get another bottle. What the heck, couldn’t hurt, right?

While at Drugco Express picking up some medications this week, I asked my favorite pharmacist, Marley Newsome, about the vitamin because I didn’t see the brand I was already taking.

“Ya know, I was even thinking about buying a bottle of apple cider vinegar because I’ve heard people take it like that,” I told her.

“Oh, one of my co-worker’s husbands swears by it and has lost a ton of weight,” she said.

“Really!? How much does he drink?”

She then proceeded to tell me he drinks ¼ of a cup every morning mixed with water, but you must drink it on an empty stomach.

She showed me the kind to get — BRAGG Organic raw-unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. It even states on the front, “Your daily does of wellness.”

I purchased some immediately and on Wednesday morning, I poured out ¼ cup and mixed it with water. I then took a big gulp.

I nearly puked it was so bad. I probably sounded like my cat in the middle of the night hacking up a hairball. So I added more water … and more water … and more water. I’m not going to lie, it was so hard to get down, but I did it and then later on looked up “the benefits of vinegar” just to see if this horror would be worth it every day. Well, the answer is yes.

After doing a search on the internet, I found a story by Lacey Baier at

Some of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar:

• A natural laxative and it can improve digestion

• Lowers blood sugar levels

• Improves insulin sensitivity

• Increases satiety and helps people to lose weight

• Reduces belly fat

• Lowers cholesterol

• Lowers blood pressure and improves heart health

• Prevents and decreases the risk of getting cancer and slows down the growth of cancer cells

Wow, so many things it’s helpful with, but of course the statement about the blood sugar levels then sold me completely. If interested, please visit this website and check out for yourself all the helpful information listed.

After reading a bit, I found out all you really need is two tablespoons to be beneficial. OK, I can do this I thought.

So Thursday morning, I measured out two tablespoons of my vinegar, then added a squirt of honey and then my water. This was so much easier to handle and is now going to be part of my morning routine.

I’ve also talked to a few friends and they are going to give it a try as well. I’m sure this is not a secret for many reading this, and are probably thinking, “Duh, Tia. I’ve known about vinegar for a long time now.”

Well, once I started thinking about it, I remember my dear grandmother, Annie Babb, pouring a vinegar mix over my hair after washing it, so it’s been helpful for a long time — I just forgot for a little while.

I’m just so happy I’ve again discovered the great qualities of something so simple. Here’s hoping I can give you a positive update in the near future!

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at or 252-410-7056.

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at or 252-410-7056.