You’ve probably heard the term “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but that sounds like boring nonsense for boring bitches, amirite? When it comes to health, there are far more intriguing things that people swear by, for example, take the tale of Lucia DeClerck and her gin-soaked raisins.
The New York Times reported a story about DeClerck, a 105 year-old woman from New Jersey who discovered she contracted Covid-19 on her 105th birthday. The oldest resident in her care home, DeClerck also had taken both doses of the vaccine prior to learning that she contracted the illness.
Given the fact that she’s right in the age group most at risk from potentially life-threatening outcomes due to Covid-19, her recovery hits as a feel-good story. In fact, she’s one of the oldest people to have caught Covid-19 and subsequently recover.
The NYT reported that DeClerck is known for her rosary, her sunnies, and her knitted hat.
When asked what she thinks helped her to recover so well, she claimed that healthy food and prayer assisted, however she also told them about another trick up her sleeve — gin-soaked raisins.
Apparently, each morning DeClerck indulges in 9 gin-soaked raisins that have been infusing in the booze for 9 days. And this isn’t her only ritual. Apparently she also brushes with baking soda and drinks aloe juice daily.
If you do the math, you can probably guess that this hasn’t been her first pandemic. She also lived through the Spanish Flu. 105 is a long time, and it’s mind boggling to think of the changes that this resilient woman has witnessed in her incredible lifetime. Certainly enough to recognize the wellness-power of booze and eating your fruits and veggies.
Thank you, Lucia, for being the wellness guru that we sorely need. We’re sick of the GOOP types, with their white leggings and their kale enemas (or whatever the hell they’re selling). What we need is a badass who’s a survivor, who’s been through some shit, and who knows how to prepare the elixir of longevity using simply a jar, some raisins, and some gin.
Bless you, and may you spend many more years being rad as fuck!