My Organic Remedy to Help Keep the Flu Away – Fire Cider

Written by Max Goldberg on January 21, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.


(Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and this article is not intended to treat or cure any illness or ailment. It is for informational purposes only, and please consult your doctor before taking anything.)

With 48 states fighting the flu and 29 children having died from the virus, it has definitely been on my mind, especially since it is in the news every single day.

That being said, I have not gotten and would never get a flu shot. (My friend Vani Hari wrote about the garbage that they put in these shots, in case you are interested.)

My idea of staying healthy and avoiding being sick is to make sure that my immune system is strong as it can be.

So, I am:

– Getting as much rest as I can.

– Juicing a ton. Mostly green juice, ginger shots, and carrot juice. Separately.

– Taking my supplements, including cod liver oil capsules for the Omega 3-s.

– Meditating, as usual. Stress weakens the immune system.

– Getting as much Vitamin D from the sunlight as possible. This isn’t easy in NYC in the winter.

– Washing my hands with non-toxic soap. I am completely addicted to Vermont Soap Organics Lemongrass Zen foaming hand soap. This stuff is amazing and makes for a great gift.

– Taking a tablespoon of coconut oil after working out.

– Eating foods that will boost my immune system. Some of these are fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi (the beneficial bacteria keeps the gut healthy and fights the germs), citrus (Vitamin C), ginger (has sesquiterpenes, which fight viruses), honey (anti-microbial properties), and onions (contains immune boosting compounds).

I also recently found a very interesting drink that seemed to have the best of everything — Fire Cider.

Fire Cider is a remedy that has roots in folk medicine and has been around for many, many years.

The base is certified organic apple cider vinegar and raw unfiltered honey. (As I have written about before, there is no such thing as USDA certified organic honey.) Other certified organic ingredients include oranges, lemons, onions, horseradish root, ginger root, habanero pepper, garlic, and turmeric.

Plus, it is gluten-free and contains no alcohol.


I drink about an ounce once per day, depending on how I am feeling, and that is enough to make me wince. This stuff is spicy STRONG.

Can I say that Fire Cider alone has kept me virus-free this winter?

It is impossible to say that one specific thing has kept me healthy, but it is certainly part of the equation and it contains many of the most important immune boosting foods that our bodies could have.

As soon as I found this product several months ago, I became a big, big fan.

Fire Cider is sold at retail locations nationwide and is available for purchase online.


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  1. I purchased this and cannot wait for it to arrive. I love spicy and this sounds as though it will be enjoyable to take. I live in central NY and the Fire Cider Co. is not far but no one carries it in this area. I think I will need to recommend to my favourite Green Planet Grocery in Syracuse. Thanks Max!

    Written by danielle on January 25, 2013 @ 9:45 pm
  2. Hi Danielle,

    That is fantastic to hear and let me know what you think about the product after it arrives!!!

    Also, did you know that I am a fan of Green Planet as well??? Take a look

    Have a great weekend!

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 26, 2013 @ 4:36 pm
  3. I purchased the FIRE CIDER and I LOVE IT! It works with anything from a cough to a scratchy throat!
    Now I have everything to make my own!

    Written by Kamma on January 28, 2013 @ 10:20 am
  4. Max, just wanted to let you know I received the Fire Cider and love it. I have already placed an order for more. Just curious; What brand of cod liver oil do you use? I was thinking of trying Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil Capsules, what do you think? I work in a busy hospital in central NY and refuse to get a flu shot. Just trying to stay healthy when1/2 the ICU is flu +.

    Written by danielle on January 28, 2013 @ 10:24 pm
  5. Hi Kamma,

    So glad that you like it!! That’s awesome!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 29, 2013 @ 11:58 am
  6. Hi Danielle,

    I am thrilled that you love it!! I do as well and try to drink it every day.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 29, 2013 @ 12:01 pm
  7. You didn’t mention elderberry syrup in your list & I keep hearing about it as a natural flu fighter. Wondering what your take is on that?

    Glad to read your review of the Vermont soap, I have been planning to order products from them.

    Written by Dee on January 30, 2013 @ 1:44 pm
  8. Hi Dee,

    I don’t know a ton about elderberry syrup and have never used it. That being said, it may be very good but I don’t have any experience with it.

    Vermont Soap Organics is one of my absolute most favorite brands in the whole industry. Period. The owner is brilliant and someone with tremendous ethics. And the products ROCK!!!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 30, 2013 @ 4:22 pm
  9. Hi Max,

    Ginger shots are just pure ginger juice? Cold pressed? How often do you take them?



    Written by Rodrigo on October 10, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
  10. I’ve making this for years and there are recipes all over the place for this that have been used for generations. Is there something in particular that makes this product stand out from what my grandmother made? Ingredients are basically the same.

    Written by Tracey on September 27, 2014 @ 3:27 pm
  11. Hi Tracey,

    It is probably very similar but they are making it for you. Essentially, you are paying for the convenience factor and an exact formulation.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 6, 2014 @ 11:59 am

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