Meet The Immune-Boosting, Gut-Healing Tonics This Hollywood Actress Swears By
Jennifer Esposito, a busy Hollywood actress bouncing between TV shows and movies, should’ve been on top of the world—but she felt terrible. After being tested for every disease under the sun, she finally came away with a celiac diagnosis and a new perspective on food that changed her life. In her new cookbook, Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for a Delicious Life, she reflects on the food philosophies that have led her to become vibrant, healthy, and full of life. Many of these are grounded in boosting bodily immunity, nourishing the gut, and stopping inflammation in its tracks.
She shares a number of remedies and recipes for fighting inflammation and healing the gut, but these two acid-balancing tonics are two of her favorites. They're incredibly easy (each uses only one ingredient, plus water!), and utilize ingredients commonly found in any kitchen. "I recommend starting your day with one before putting anything else in your body. Both are hydrating, nourishing, and incredibly effective at reducing acid in the body," she says. "An alkalized body can better absorb vital nutrients so you can stay stronger, physically and mentally, and is also crucial for gut health. And both remedies are particularly effective if you have an acid stomach, such as from heartburn or reflux."
She also notes that they help with her immunity. "I believe they are what keep me healthy when everyone around me is catching cold viruses."
Jennifer recommends trying them on different days and seeing which taste you prefer and which works best for you.
Jennifer Esposito's Go-To Gut-Healing Tonics
- Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda into 1 cup filtered water until dissolved, then drink.
- Mix 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar into 1 cup warm filtered water, then drink. (It may sound counterintuitive to say that vinegar reduces acid since it is an acid, but in the body it seems to have an acid-lowering effect. It certainly works well for me.)
Liz Moody is an author, blogger and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody has written two cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. She also hosts the Healthier Together Podcast, where she chats with notable chefs, nutritionists, and best-selling authors about their paths to success. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Food & Wine & Women’s Health.