How to Mix Lemon Juice & Vinegar

If you're mixing lemon juice and vinegar in the kitchen, you're probably whipping up a detox drink or trying to balance your pH levels. Apple cider vinegar has long served as an all-natural detoxification agent; in addition to packing vitamins and minerals, its acetic acid content cuts through toxins and bolsters circulation -- but has traditionally been taken by the spoonful, like bitter medicine. Mixing the time-tested elixir with lemon juice and other common ingredients makes vinegar more palatable, and you'll pick up a few additional health perks along the way.

Apple cider vinegar
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Step 1

Add about two spoonfuls of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. [3, 5] In addition to detoxing, apple cider vinegar aids weight control by stabilizing blood sugar and helps ease digestive discomfort. [1, 2]

Step 2

Squeeze or pour in pure lemon juice, in an amount equal to the vinegar. Lemon juice packs vitamin C and also helps your body regulate its pH levels. [3, 5]

Step 3

Sprinkle in a spoonful of cinnamon. Cinnamon not only lends the drink a warm, spicy flavor, it offers plentiful antioxidants and helps normalize blood sugar levels. [3]

Step 4

Stir in honey -- another antioxidant-packed addition that gently sweetens the drink --- [4] until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Take this drink every morning to help encourage healthy pH balance, or drink the mixture three times daily -- about 20 minutes before each meal -- for two weeks as part of your detox routine. [3, 5]

Crystal Mercado

Crystal Mercado enjoys writing and began writing professionally in 2010. She holds a vision-care assistant certificate and focuses her writing toward the dispensing of eye-wear. Mercado is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Miami-Dade College.