Read Before Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss

Updated on September 5, 2017

3 of the Many Health Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

Why It Works
Other Notes
Weight control
Helps regulate blood sugar and control cravings
Not a quick fix but could help make a weight-loss program more effective
Constipation relief
Aids in digestion
Improves heart health
Contains malic acid which clears clogged arteries, lymph nodes, and organ tissues

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an age-old ingredient for healthy living. Drinking it can bring a number of health benefits.

There has been some research about how ACV can help you lose weight. In 2009, The Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry journal published a study finding that drinking it for just three months caused significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides.

It can also improve heart health. The vinegar contains malic acid which clears clogged arteries, lymph nodes, and organ tissues.

When applied to the skin, it can help eliminate acne, warts, and many other skin blemishes and discolorations. A lot of people add a touch of ACV to their bathwater in order to improve the health of their skin.

Apple cider vinegar has a number of other health benefits: it treats heartburn, improves sleep quality, is a home remedy for insomnia, improves energy levels, helps with digestion, and strengthens the immune system.

However, despite all the potential benefits of apple cider vinegar, it’s not a quick fix. If you’re looking to lose weight fast, then ACV is not right for you. Think of it as a marathon, rather than a sprint.

Read the guidelines below to learn how about taking ACV for weight loss.

Always use a straw when drinking apple cider vinegar, even if it's diluted. This will protect your teeth from the acid.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) water
  • 2 tsp. apple juice, organic preferably
  • 2-3 tsp. apple cider vinegar, organic preferably
  • 1 tsp. honey, raw


  1. Blend ingredients together.
  2. Add more water or honey to taste.

Tips to Prepare Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

  1. Mix 2-3 tsp vinegar with a minimum of 8 ounces (225 grams, or one cup) of water. You can add more water if the taste is still too strong for you. You can also add honey, which really helps improve the flavor.
  2. The ideal quantity of ACV will vary from person to person. Typically I use 1 tablespoon (15ml) per 8oz water but I have known people who mix 4 to 5 teaspoons (20ml to 25ml) per cup of water.

How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

  1. I recommend drinking it with a straw. Highly acidic foods can damage the enamel on your teeth and, even diluted, ACV can cause some serious damage.
  2. I drink it in the morning on an empty stomach and at night before dinner. Others have found routines that work better for them.
  3. It’s not a bad idea to brush your teeth immediately before and after your drink. Alternatively, rinse your mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda, which will counteract the acidity in your mouth and protect your teeth.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: About 8 oz.
Calories 26
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 7 g2%
Sugar 7 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 10 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss (and Other Health Benefits)

How do I drink it?
Mix 2 tsp with 8 oz of water.
Drink it with a straw to protect your tooth enamel.
When do I drink it?
Drink it before or after meals.
Some don't like drinking ACV on an empty stomach, and others say it helps control cravings if they drink it after eating.
How often do I drink it?
2 - 3 times a day
You can increase the amount of ACV as your body gets used to it
Do I need to add honey?
No. It's just to improve the flavor.
If you're avoiding sugar, use Stevia instead.
Which brand should I buy?
Any unpasteurized, unfiltered brand is fine
Bragg is a well-known organic brand of ACV. Organic is best, if possible.
Can I drink unpasteurized ACV raw?
Yes. The acidity level is high enough to kill bacteria like e. coli
Just be sure to dilute it.
How much is too much?
It's recommended to drink no more than 2 tablespoons a day.
If you experience any burning or nausea, either reduce the amount of ACV or try drinking it at a different time.

1. Which Brand of ACV Is Best?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It should be made from cider or apple juice and should have a pale to medium amber color. Pretty much any brand will do: Bragg and Heinz are two of the better known ones, but there’s nothing wrong with a store brand or a generic version.

I do, however, strongly recommend that you buy the organic version.

2. Organic or Non-Organic?

Organic apple cider vinegar (also known as unpasteurized or raw) contains the "mother of vinegar,” a substance filled with living nutrients and bacteria, which are responsible for many of the health benefits.

The organic kind will also be unfiltered, unheated, and unpasteurized. You will notice some strand-like sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so you’ll want to make sure you shake it before using. By contrast, the non-organic kind will be clear in colour.

3. Can I Drink ACV by Itself?

While a 5% acid concentration may not seem like much, that’s actually pretty high for something you eat. As such, I would not recommend drinking the vinegar by itself since the taste can be pretty intense!

4. Can I Drink it With Tea, Coffee, or Juice?

Many people don't like the taste of ACV and would prefer to mix it with something a bit more appetizing and there is no harm in doing that. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that caffeine may slow down the absorption process, so use herbal or decaf tea if possible.

Also keep in mind that if coffee, tea, and juice are all acidic. So if you are mixing ACV with a fruit juice, you will be increasing the acidity levels of the drink, which is not very good for your teeth.

A number of people have also asked if they can mix the vinegar with carbonated water, soda, or energy drinks. I say, if it helps you get past the taste, do whatever you need to. However, soft drinks and energy drinks are not good for your health: they contain a lot of sugar and other chemicals which are best to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight. And soda is even more acidic than coffee or juice!

For best results, I recommend (as I said above) plain water (with a bit of honey mixed in) at a ratio of about two teaspoons of vinegar to eight ounces of water.

It's not advised to drink ACV with milk, since the vinegar will cause the milk to curdle.

Did You Know?

ACV contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps break down and remove unwanted fat from your body

5. When Is the Best Time to Drink it?

Another common question is, “What’s the best time of day to drink the mixture?”

You can drink it any time of day, but I’d recommend drinking it before meals because it improves digestion. My recommendation is to drink it right after waking up and again right before dinner.

6. How Often Should I Drink it?

I would recommend taking it twice a day, though you can drink it three to four times a day.

However, drinking more won’t help you lose weight faster. Simply upping the frequency or dosage won’t really benefit you. Quick weight loss is not possible with apple cider vinegar. You have to give it time to work.

7. Can I Take ACV in Pill Form?

While many people prefer to take it the old-fashioned way, there's a growing number of people who opt for pills because of their convenience and and ease. Taking pills can also address your concern about damaging your teeth. However, there isn't much research about the pills' effectiveness.

Personally, I prefer the liquid form. I like seeing the strand of the "mother" at the bottom of the bottle and knowing that the probiotics will soon be helping me.

Consult Your Doctor Before Using ACV

* If you take strong medications.

* If you are pregnant.

* If you are breastfeeding.

8. Does ACV Interfere With Medications?

Some studies report that, when combined with some medications, ACV can lower potassium levels and may interfere with the absorption of some medicines as well. If you are taking prescription medicines or have an existing medical condition, consult your physician before going on cider vinegar diet.

Pregnant and breast-feeding women should speak to their physician about apple cider vinegar and its effects. While there’s no research indicating that there should be any danger, there’s no research guaranteeing its safety either.

Many doctors recommend that pregnant women not consume any unpasteurized foods to reduce the risk of ingesting bacteria. This would eliminate organic vinegar, which is the kind that has all the health benefits.

How to drink apple cider vinegar

Take a Break for Best Results

For best results, take a week off of using ACV once you are in a routine of using it every day for three or four months.

One final word: I recommend taking a break every now and then to give your body a rest. You don’t want your body to get used to it and have the effects diminish over time. I try to take a week or two off after every 3 to 4 months.

Also, some research shows that prolonged use of cider vinegar may deplete the body of iodine. So, taking a break from cider vinegar may also help your body recover.

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about cider vinegar, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Don't forget to read all the existing comments, as you may find the answer to your question there.


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      nasiim 6 days ago

      Am overweight so how long it gonna take it to work in my body?

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      Arunav 2 weeks ago

      Can I prepare a litre of the drink for the entire day and carry it with me to have it the 3 times recommended or do I have to prepare it every time ?

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      Kodi 2 weeks ago

      Do you have to use unpasteurized ACV for it to help and give you all the benefits. Can you use just regular ACV?

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      Leema 2 weeks ago

      I have been drinking this apple cider vinegar for the past 3 months now i have reduce a lot. Seriously its working. And i regularly do exercise at home for 1hr.

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      Debbie 3 weeks ago

      Can i drink applecider if im on high blood medication?

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      big o 3 weeks ago

      Can i just do the two tablespoons before each meal without putting it in any drink

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      Alana Niall 3 weeks ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Galvin, take it 2 to 3 times a day - which is a total of 4 to 6 tablespoons in a day.

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      Suvarna 3 weeks ago

      In mc (periods) acv are drinking or not

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      Sanndeep 3 weeks ago

      How long should one take acv?

      I had stopped taking it since last 3 months but my belly fat is returning back and weight is increased by 2 kgs .

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      Alexa Rain 4 weeks ago from egypt

      Great hub, really i want to start diet and don't know from where should i begin, you give me a big push now.

      thank you this is very helpful.

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      Royston pinto 4 weeks ago

      Hi ,

      Awesome article ....made things soo much clear to me about the use and how to's of ACV.

      But i have a question....

      Does ACV have negative effects with alcohol? Not a sense if i drink a glass of ACV and after 3 hours i go out drinking ...are there negative efeects ?

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      Lisa Boge 4 weeks ago

      Is there any info on hyperactivity ,or increased insomnia while on this program

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      4 weeks ago

      Omg if only most people bothered to read the pages before asking the questions. Over 50% of questions would have not needed to been asked so no wonder there's no reply to them.

      Well done on a really informative page, looking forward to trying this twice a day with warm water to help ease my acid indigestion, if I lose a few pounds in the process can only be a bonus.

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      4 weeks ago

      its 2 teaspoon not two tablespoon, 3 times a day is 2 tablespoon.

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      Lindsay 4 weeks ago

      Can you just drink the ACV in shot form, no mixer just 2tsp in a shot glass?

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      April 5 weeks ago

      U mentioned raw vs not. Can not pasteurized "raw" still be as effective?

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      Susan 5 weeks ago

      I've been drinking ACV for a few weeks. I add it to crystal light to be able to drink it. I LOVE the taste the way I mix it. I'm addicted. I put a few pounds on. It Gives me headaches if I put too much in. I will keep drinking it cuz I love it how I mix it and see what happens with more time.

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      chris 5 weeks ago

      can I use ACV with my maintenace of metformin and for blood presure med.just like Lozartan? pls reply.

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      Salena 5 weeks ago

      Can I use hot water instead of cold with the same effectiveness?

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      Mar Lar Min Din 5 weeks ago

      Can I drink ACV with gastric?

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      Ashley platt 5 weeks ago

      Should the water be warm or cold??

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      galvin 5 weeks ago

      you say to add 2 tablespoons to 8 oz. water.

      then you say 2 to 3 times a day

      then under how much is too much you say max 2 tablespoons.

      If you take it 2 to 3 times a day that is 4 to 6 tablespoons.

      Which is it?

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      Any restritions of what I can and/or should not eat during?

      Also, Will alcohol affect the diet?

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      Sheila 5 weeks ago

      I just started tonight drinking the ACV. I mixed 3 tsp vinegar and 4 tbsp water. It is ok to take simvastastin and Levothyroxine while drinking this?

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      char 6 weeks ago

      Do I need to shake the ACV bottle to disperse the 'mother' throughout the liquid before using?

      Does ACV effect Hypothyroidism in any way?

      Does ACV need to be refrigerated after opening?

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      Sarah 6 weeks ago

      I was drinking 1 tablespoon in my 24 oz water bottle at work. I refill the bottle 2 or 3 times at work, and when I got home I would drink a tablespoon in 8 oz of water or with apple juice. I was working out two or 3 times per week and I saw faster results with the ACV. I got married and we both stopped working out for awhile and been snacking at night... Fat and happy again, but miserable carrying all the weight and developed high blood pressure. Restarted the regimen yesterday. I hate the first week but looking forward to the energy burst I know is coming.

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      Esra 6 weeks ago

      How much pounds will you lose if you try this?

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      Norma 7 weeks ago

      I take Synthroid. I’ve been drinking vinegar before taking it. Is that bad?

      My fasting blood sugar is 110-125. Prediabetic.

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      shoba kay 7 weeks ago

      I am on Amlodipine 100mg for High blood pressure.Can I take ACV?

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      Miguel 7 weeks ago

      Can I take ACV and a multi vitamin at the same time ?

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      Gen 7 weeks ago

      How about using mouthwash after ?

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      Alison 8 weeks ago

      I was wondering can you mix all the ingredients without the water and just take it like a shot then drink water afterwards?

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      Alana Niall 8 weeks ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Sam, yes, definitely bad for your teeth. Please dilute cider vinegar as mentioned in the article above.

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      Nandar 2 months ago

      Can drink apple cider vinegar while doing diet program (as the diet program includes eating only veg/fruits a whole day for some days ) ?

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      ANN 2 months ago

      It’s been working for me. Lose 11 lbs in 2 months

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      Jana 2 months ago

      Can a 13 years old girl drink it

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      Sam 2 months ago

      I drink it chilled in the fridge in a shot glass, like a shot. Would this too be bad for my teeth?

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      Namratha 2 months ago

      I m 4 months feeding mother, can I use unpasteurised Apple cider vinegar. Taking this will effect my baby health?

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      Judy 2 months ago

      Can i eat fruits alone and cucumber during this intake in a day? Will dieting help?

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      Bill M 2 months ago

      I've read about the benefits of drinking acv many years ago in a book called Folk Medicine. I drink it regularly since I was about 8 or 10 years old because I liked the taste and read the book. I find when I drink it I feel better, get fewer (f any colds) and do not gain weight. When I don't regularly drink (mornings mostly and sometimes at dinner) it I do not seem to feel as good and I gain weight although I have always drank it for its other benefits.

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      Dawn 2 months ago

      How do you know if you have taken to much vinager after only taking 2-3 teaspoons .could it be your body detoxing first

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      Rachel 2 months ago

      I have been taking apple cider vinegar twice a day for almost 2 month and I lost 14 lbs

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      Anushree 2 months ago

      Is acv preferrable during periods?

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      Manisha 2 months ago

      Shall i give it to my 12 year boy

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      Joan VG 2 months ago

      Would drinking diluted apple cider vinegar reduce the iron in your body ..? I have been using 2 tbsp Every day for 1 year now I am iron deficit.. please reply

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      Andrew 2 months ago

      I been using Apple Cider Vinegar for about 3 weeks so far with Baking Soda, and really haven't noticed much of a differents yet! I drink it with fruit Juice because it does not taste good with just water. I do use medicines and I believe they might be working better. How long does it take to notice the differents in weight, I do notice my stomach isn't as hard as before ans seems looser. IAM 242lbs. Have not notice anything of lower Diabetic yet I don't take any shots for it and have had it since 1997. I do take pills though.

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      Heena Desai 2 months ago

      Can i mix apple cider vinegar with fennel water?

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      JESILETTE BURLAT 2 months ago

      Can I drink ACV while taking my maintenance or anti hypertension drug?

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      Elizabeth 2 months ago

      I'm diabetic can use i ACV?

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      Alaa Chalabi 2 months ago

      Can I drink it right before going to sleep or do I have to be awake and moving for it to be affective?

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      Ladan 3 months ago

      This report it was great, thank you.

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      Annette 3 months ago

      Can you drink the organic raw cider vinegar with hotter or does that kill the probiotic content? I've used aspalls organic cider vinegar for nearly 30 years 1,tablespoon in cup of hot water with teaspoonful of honey to break down acid in the body to reduce arthritis inflammation as per margaret hills book 'curing arthritis the drug free way' so I'm learning new things today

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      Michael 3 months ago

      This is incorrect. If u drink it raw with no water it is definetly a quick fix. You can lose 12 pounds in a week Please correct information that says not a quick fix as this is very wrong.

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      S Kinman 3 months ago

      Finally found my fix: add one tablespoon ACV to cup of apple juice. It actually makes the apple juice taste better.

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      bob spaulding 3 months ago

      to a two quart pitcher, how much acv should be added ?

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      Alana Niall 3 months ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      HI Lourie, if you are experiencing headaches, reduce the quantity of ACV, or have it with meal rather than on an empty stomach and see if the headaches stop. If the headaches persist, consult a doctor.

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      hey 3 months ago

      can you mix in a smoothie and ACV still be effective?

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      Anonymous 3 months ago

      Can I take ACV if I am on birth control?

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      SUE CHAFFEY 3 months ago

      Im on day 2 and im loving that its helping me with my sweet craving .

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      Lourie O'Roake 3 months ago

      This is Day 2 for me on the ACV.. since I have started it - I have had headaches ? Is that common? What is causing the headaches? When do you start noticing the weight coming off from this?

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      J NZ 3 months ago

      Hey Rex, NZ Summer is at the end of the year so Dec-Feb is best!

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      Rex Lanyi USA 3 months ago

      Thank you for all of the terrific information! One benefit that I have found taking ACV (and that hasn't been mentioned by others) is that it makes me thirsty for more water. That should be a plus, since water is good for you in general and helps to make you feel full.

      By the way, what would be the best time to visit New Zealand, since I have always felt that it is the most beautiful place on Earth?

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      daniel agcaoili 3 months ago

      How long can you store ACV in a glass of water without refrigeration?

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      Renee 3 months ago

      Is it ok to mix ACV in hot water?

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      Worreck Pada 3 months ago

      Im from the Solomon Islands and where can i find this product please.

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      Beverly 3 months ago

      Does drinking ACV daily after a couple of weeks cause your hair or skin to become dry?

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      Neha 4 months ago

      I didn't get it yet that if you recommended that 2tps of ACV we can drink a day , then you wanted to say that one tps right after waking up and 1tps before going to bed!???? Or we can take 2-2tps each time in a day

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      Emelinda C Sanchez 4 months ago

      Is it okay if I mix ACV to hot water ? .. I mean boiled water ?

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      Teresa 4 months ago

      Can you drink alcohol while taking this, I drink beer on Mondays and Friday's. Just wondering? Thank You...

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      Conny 4 months ago

      Does the apv needs to be refrigerated.

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      lijo 4 months ago

      Can I use ACV plus baking soda during Breast feeding?

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      Meera 4 months ago

      Can I use ACV during breast feeding?

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      abi 4 months ago

      its is really work for reduce weight ?

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      Mac 4 months ago

      will it damage liver if you have liver problems already?!?

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      Nurse 4 months ago

      what if the ACV is filtered? is it? ok?

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      Diane 4 months ago

      Can I take ACV with vitamin c

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      Mo 4 months ago

      I have been on Apple cider vinegar for about three weeks and now I have a funny test in my mouth pls want can I do?

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      Marlena 4 months ago

      I have been drinking ACV for a couple months and I noticed a difference in my all around gut health. I also found if you put it in tomato juice with a dash of hot sauce it's very tasty. I don't really see any difference in my weight though but I'm going to keep on drinking ACV

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      Maandrea 4 months ago

      been drinking ACV for a week now and this blog really helped me in knowing more about ACV, great work! thanks!

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      Dennis Connolly 4 months ago

      Can I drink this with grapefruit juice right before I go to bed

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      Mary S. 4 months ago

      Why are almost all of these questions left unanswered? I had the same question about using this with Garcinia Cambogia and found there was no reply. I find it unfair to tell someone that they can ask questions and that you will "try to respond, usually within 24 hours" when the only responses I saw were the ones telling people to contact a doctor. I only went back as far as 5 months and found very few answers.

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      Resa 4 months ago

      can i take apple cider at the same time i take Myra 400E & Gluthatione?

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      Asma m 4 months ago

      Can i mix ACV with highly sugared juice?

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      Mariam 4 months ago

      In how many days can I reduce weight

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      Jane 4 months ago

      I am taking prenatal pills such as folic acid to prepare for pregnancy as im trying to conceive. Is it safe for me to drink acv?

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      Christine 4 months ago

      Question ... Can you take acv in the morning and later take a pre workout drink?

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      Maria 4 months ago

      NEVER brush straight after consuming acid foods or drinks. It will literally strip the enamel off teeth. It is advisable to brush beforehand and I usually rinse well with water after drinking ACV. Using a straw will reduce the acids area of contact too...

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      the fox 4 months ago

      do you shake the apple cider vinegar before you use it ???

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      diane 4 months ago

      is it safe for my 14 year old?

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      Pinkysmash 4 months ago

      For how long should i take ACV? How long it will be effective to me..? Taking it for a long time means you're becoming immune to it & no effect at all?

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      Bob 4 months ago

      I've been mixing with my daily use of Metamucil any problems with this?

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      Mia 4 months ago

      ACV contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, and I heard that Beta carotene pills may increase the risk of Lung cancer. I'm a smoker, and ACV contains Beta-Carotene, would this have side effects same as pills? is it risky?

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      Ingrid 4 months ago

      What can I eat while being on this diet?

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      Marestte Moral 5 months ago

      Hot, warm or cold water? Thank you

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      Claire Fiedler 5 months ago

      Can you use ACV in cold seltzer and get the same effect? I find paired with oeange seltzer, ACV tastes a lot better although I do not mind it paired with warm water Just a question. Thank you

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      Margo 5 months ago


      Is this tea safe to drink ice cold?

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      Ming 5 months ago

      Can i added organic ACV to organic aloe vera juice?

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      anne 5 months ago

      How many weeks can i consume the apple cider vinegar drink?

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      Haris 5 months ago

      I want to conceive. Can i use apple cider vinegar?

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      Samia tohme 5 months ago

      Can I prepare the day's ACV allowance with water and keep it in a bottle to use as needed or do I have to mix it just before drinking it?

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