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How To Detox With Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

Updated on May 19, 2015

Losing Weight with Apple Cider Vinegar

One of the most common questions I get from readers is whether drinking apple cider vinegar is an effective way to lose weight. The answer is yes.

It contains enzymes and acids that work to suppress our appetite, leading us to eat less and consume fewer calories. It also has probiotics that helps you burn fat more quickly by speeding up your metabolism. There is also new research showing that ACV can lower blood sugar levels by slowing down the rate at which your body absorbs glucose. That in turn lowers insulin levels which are strongly related to weight loss.

So, if you are thinking about weight loss, then apple cider vinegar provides a natural, home remedy for burning fat, with no bad side effects.

In fact, all the side effects of drinking cider vinegar for weight loss are good ones - it improves digestion, boosts energy, and strengthens the immune system. Do you know of any other weight loss method with these benefits?

Did You Know?

The ancient Babylonians first mentioned the health benefits of apple cider vinegar over 5,000 years ago!

Why Lose Weight?

Most people want to lose weight to look attractive, and, of course, doing so boosts our self-image, gives us confidence, and helps us become more successful. However, weight loss also offers major health benefits. In fact, a small reduction in body weight can trigger major improvements in your well-being. Even losing as little as 5-10% of your bodyweight can drastically reduce your chance of becoming diabetic, suffering a heart attack, or even developing cancer. (Source: Book "What To Eat" by Dr David Katz)

Losing weight can also improve your blood pressure, lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and improve glucose tolerance, according to Catherine Champagne, a researcher at Louisiana State University Pennington Biomedical Research Center. In addition to helping you lose weight, ACV offers a number of other health benefits too. In fact, it’s been used as a home-made remedy for illness since 3000 BC!

Apple Cider Vinegar Diet for Weight Loss

Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

Ever since I started reading about apple cider vinegar about seven to eight years ago, I have been amazed by the cures and uses for apple cider vinegar.

It's truly a magical drink. Mix it with honey and water and you even have a nice-tasting drink. The recipe couldn't be easier:

Take 1 to 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, and mix with one cup of lukewarm water. For taste, you can mix in a spoon of honey too.

Drink twice a day before meals.

Because apple cider vinegar offers so many benefits and has almost no side effects you can (and should) include apple cider vinegar as part of your daily diet. I would recommend keeping the following suggestions in mind.

  • Organic, unpasteurized, and unfiltered. All these three factors are important.

    It's important to take note of this because the usual vinegar in the market is neither organic, unpasteurized, nor unfiltered. It doesn't contain the "mother" – the grainy substance you see at the bottom of the bottle. The "mother" is where all the beneficial bacteria and enzymes are found. So make sure that you buy the organic version.

  • Drink before every meal. Ideally, you should drink apple cider vinegar soon after waking up and again in the evening before dinner. Because it makes you feel full, you will eat less and consume fewer calories.
  • Mix with your drink of choice. Some people prefer to add the vinegar to tea, coffee, or soft drinks. While this is acceptable, I prefer to avoid mixing any caffeinated drink (tea, coffee, cola), or carbonated drink (soda) with apple cider vinegar. Mixing the vinegar with tea, coffee, or soda makes the drink even more acidic – so make sure that your stomach can handle the acidity of the vinegar first. Also, caffeine can affect the absorption of cider vinegar.
  • Take it with you. Some people prefer to fill a large water bottle with a few teaspoons of vinegar and take that bottle with them to work. That way, they can drink the mixture all day.
  • Don’t drink straight ACV. It is acidic and may cause damage to the enamel of your teeth. In fact, some people prefer to use a straw even while drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water.

What to Expect on the ACV Diet

It will take at least a few weeks to start showing results. This is not a lose-weight-fast drug. It's a natural drink that helps you lose weight over time while also improving your immune system, digestive system, and metabolism. All these health benefits of apple cider vinegar combine to help you lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Many people make cider vinegar a daily habit and report some amazing benefits. I have heard from many people who have successfully lost weight by regularly drinking apple cider vinegar. That said, keep in mind that ACV is not a miracle drink that will let you lose a lot of weight fast. It takes time. So, be patient. When taken regularly it can help keep your immune system strong and prevent life-threatening illnesses like diabetes, heart problems, and even cancer.

Did You Know?

Apple cider vinegar was one of humanity's first experiments fermenting fruit juice. Wine and apple cider vinegar share the same roots. In fact, the term vinegar is derived from the Latin words vinum (wine) and acer (sour) to form French word vyn egre which means sour wine.

Summary

  • Apple cider vinegar has been on the menu since 3000 BC.
  • An apple cider vinegar diet can help you lose weight.
  • It's a great remedy for minor ailments and can also help prevent major illnesses like diabetes and cancer.
  • Make apple cider vinegar a part of your daily diet.
  • Buy only organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar from the market.
  • Never drink undiluted apple cider vinegar.
  • You can use apple cider vinegar as salad dressing.

Your Experience with ACV

Have you been drinking apple cider vinegar?

Do share your experience in the comments section below.

Also, if you have any questions, please ask them using the comments section. I will be happy to answer your questions about the apple cider vinegar diet.

Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar

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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      Thanks for the info!

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Thank you Ariel-Cal for your comment. I hope you found the article useful. Do share your experience.

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      Sushma Webber 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for this article. I have a bottle of ACV that I forget to take a daily dose. Your article reminded me to start making it a part of my diet. Thanks for letting us know about its benefits for weight loss.

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Sushma, many thanks for your positive feedback. Yes, ACV is truly magical, and has many health benefits, in addition to helping to lose weight. In fact, cider vinegar is one of the best fat burning diets I have come across.

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      womentips 3 years ago

      It gives me a new way for weigh loss and my diet plan.thank you.

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      Bex Walton 3 years ago from Kent, UK

      I've heard a lot about Apple Cider Vinegar before, but never thought of it as something to use for detoxing. I'm currently on a diet plan so this hub has come at the right time; looking forward to incorporating it into my plan. Thanks!

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      Jeanette S 3 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      I hope adding to honey will help. I am going to try that tonight. I was taking a shot glass and drinking 1 shot at dinner time but the vinergar would feel like it was ripping at my throat and cause it to feel raw lol Thanks!

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Jeanette, thanks. It is advisable to dilute ACV with water instead of drinking it raw. Yes, adding honey will improve taste and give health benefits too. For best results, drink ACV before meals.

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Thanks Shown. ACV diet has multiple health benefits. Drinking apple cider vinegar every day boosts energy too.

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Thanks Shown. Yes, cider vinegar is great for hair fall, weight loss and skincare.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      It's definitely a fact that apple cider vinegar has a multitude of uses in terms of health. I have read very lengthy articles on this and even purchased a book on the subject at a Health Food Store. Very interesting.

      Your article is very informative and helpful! Thank you for sharing...UP+++

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Many thanks for the positive comments. Yes, apple cider vinegar is effective for detox, weight loss in a healthy way and for stopping hair fall.

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      Erin Nichols 3 years ago from Montana

      I use Bragg's ACV daily and I love it. How did I not know about the hair thing? That is such interesting information and so useful for me because I have thin, usually sad hair that stays in a messy bun. You may have just changed my hair life. Thanks for the information. Great hub! Voted up!

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Thank you very much for the positive feedback about this article. I am sure apple cider vinegar will be useful in solving your problem of thin hair.

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      Inga 3 years ago from New York

      Thanks for info.:)

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Thank you MeltAway. :)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Really cool, great information packed into this hub. I knew someone who lived in the country and she was so full of vitality, she used to make apple cider vinegar & herb tonics that she would take. I'm not really sure what was in them but I guess they worked for her. Nice information here, voted up.

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi, thanks for your positive feedback and for sharing your story.

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      Genie Esther 3 years ago

      Great article! I like to take ACV prior to a work out. I find that it reduces cramping considerably.

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      101Ways2Life 3 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Genie, that's a tip. Thanks for sharing.

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      bfelder 2 years ago

      I love acv I would drink a little all the time but it was just the regular avc. I recently purchased the braggs avc after reading a few articles and found out that I don't think I could live without it, I love this stuff taste and all the benefits that come with it. I read about a drink mixture of the braggs avc, honey, cinnamon, lemon juice and water this drink taste so good I could drink it all day I mean all day Lol.....

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Yes, that's a tasty drink. LOL.

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      Grace Simshauser 2 years ago

      Does apple cider vinegar really get rid of bladder infection?

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Grace, it would really depend on the infection. What ACV does is improve the health of our digestion system, which in turn increases the chances of fighting infection.

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      Michelle 2 years ago

      Can we take ACV if we have gastric? thanks.

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Michelle, your question is not very clear. Could you please explain what kind of gastric (stomach) problem you are suffering from?

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      samantha 2 years ago

      Hey. I recently bought some ACV from GNC with mother in it to use for detoxing and acne and the endless uses its good for while also using a cleanser too. I started using acv at the end of my cleansing and its help tremendously with cutting myvappetite and boosting my energyvlevels. I feel great and have lost 4 lbs in just 1 week n a half of the acv and cleanser combined with a small workout 3x per week. I mix 2-3 tbl spoons of acv with 1 tspn of sugar dilluted with water ( or small amount of unsweet tea) and lemon juice and some honey stir it up with some ice and put in my plastic mason mug w/ a straw and I drink this an hour before any meal (usually before breakfast and dinner) and it cuts my appetite to half of what I would normally eat. Acv is heaven sent. Lol :) love it. Cotton ball of acv for toner is great too! Love the article.

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Samantha, thanks for sharing your experience. Glad to know that ACV is helping you live a healthy life.

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      Joyce M 2 years ago

      Question? The liter method sounds good. If there is any left of your drink, does it need to be refrigerated or can it sit out all day?

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      Joyce M 2 years ago

      Also, can you make this ahead of time and heat in microwave to lukewarm temp say in the morning or evening?

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Joyce M, thank you for your questions. cider vinegar is a preservative, and as such you don't need to refrigerate either apple cider vinegar, or the ACV drink you make. Just make sure you secure the bottle cap tightly, because ACV contains enzymes, which may attract microbes from the environment, and may produce "vinegar eels". Regarding your second question, whether you should microwave the ACV drink, I would advise against doing so. While there's not much research in the area of microwave effects on cider vinegar, it is safer to assume that micrwave may change the properties of cider vinegar. Better alternative will be to put 2 to 4 tsp of hot water in the ACV drink, so that it becomes lukewarm.

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      Akisha 2 years ago

      I really love this article. It's very informative! Now I know why my mom was upset when i just used it for a science experiment. Thought it was just some ordinary vinegar LOL..

      Maybe she's into this acv diet...and i'm planning to try it now. =)

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      yasmeen kouser 2 years ago

      Hello 2day istarted apple vinger let me result after one month

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      soma 2 years ago

      i also use acv for 6 months, and i lost 10 kg, really its miracle drink.

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      puan min 2 years ago

      Thank you i hv been drinking acv for few years i am very agree with the comment

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      beccabit 2 years ago from Utah

      I'v been taking apple cider vinegar daily for a week now and my kidney started to hurt. Well I constantly have kidney stones and they are painful. Last catscan I had 7 stones in my left kidney. Well, apparently apple cider vinegar breaks up kidney stones so they pass and can prevent you from having more. And I am pretty sure its working!

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      Runner Girl Person Awesomeness 2 years ago

      Hi and thanks for the info! I had previously used ACV to slow down my period, and it really worked! It also works very well to clear up acne; it worked better than any skin care product has done and it only took a week to notice. Also, ACV tastes HORRIBLE(or at least I think so) so be careful not to throw up, actually. But, the nasty taste also decreases your appetite! The first day of drinking it I couldn't even look at food. Awesome stuff!!

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      eva espiritu 2 years ago

      Hi im a survivor of colon cancer can i still go wd the acv diet? Thanks

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Eva, please consult your doctor if you have any serious medical condition.

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      Malorie 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I have heard lots of people adding Cayenne Pepper to this drink. Just curious if you have done that or if the benefits are worth it :)

      Thanks!!

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Malorie, yes, cayenne pepper can speed up metabolism rate and help in losing weight further.

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      Heather 2 years ago

      Can you drink too much?

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      Vivien Lawson 2 years ago

      I have diabetes can this help me.

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Heather, experts will tell you that you can drink as much as you wish with no side effects. However, as with other things in life, it is advisable to stick to the prescribed quantities.

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Vivien Lawson, yes ACV is very useful in helping people with diabetes. It helps in regulating the blood glucose levels. However, if you are already on medication for diabetes, please consult your doctor before introducing ACV in your routine.

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      Denise Lawson 2 years ago

      Do apple cider diet pills work the same way as Acv?

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Denise, I have answered this question often. According to one research, ACV drink works better than ACV pills. I personally prefer ACV drink. Hope this helps.

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      yvonne 2 years ago

      Does it work if i bought the generic brand of it

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Yvonne, it is highly recommended that you buy a good, organic brand.

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      Patricia Jepsen 2 years ago

      I lost 60 lbs by drinking apple cider vinegar , honey and green tea. It took me 2 years. I drink it everyday to help control my diabetes and high blood pressure too. I do not have to take any medicines. It works wonderfully! I recommend it to everyone who asks me how I lost all of my weight.

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      Rick Grimes 2 years ago

      Is there anything ACV can't do?! I've heard its great for acne treatment as well, although (thankfully), I've never had to try it.

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Patricia Jepsen, thank you for sharing your positive story here. Would you mind giving some more information for the benefit of other readers - do you mix green tea along with ACV or do you drink these separately?

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      HI HealthyFitness, yes ACV is good for acne too. I have written another article about how to use ACV to treat skin: javascript:hpLoadLink('article',3898759, '', '')...

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      Sally Trezza 2 years ago

      I have incorporated apple cider vinegar in my regimin, mostly for skin care, but also for consumption and wieght loss. I notice a difference when I use it!!

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      101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Thanks Sally for sharing your positive experience of using apple cider vinegar.

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      Mell Watson 23 months ago

      or we can just eat lots of apples jejje :) great hub

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      George 23 months ago

      "Homeopathic" is a very specific kind of preparation of substance that involves continuously diluting that substance. Vinegar is not a homeopathic remedy at all. Many people misuse that term as a synonym for "natural", "herbal", "naturopathic" and the like.

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      101Ways2Life 23 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Thank you George for pointing out. That error crept in during copy-editing. I have fixed it now.

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      Coryna 23 months ago

      Thanks for posting about ACV it was very interesting. I have used Braggs in the past and I think that would be the best way to use it. The capsules don't seem to have the same benefits, most likely because they are not pure, unpasturized like the Braggs. I know it also helps people with heartburn. And a naturopath once told me that good digestion is essential for good health and poor digestion will cause a deterioration in health. So good to remember to take care of it.

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      Engelis 23 months ago from Albania

      I was the apple cider vinegar for my face too! It is a good cure to acne. However you must not use it if you have open scars as it will burn as hell and maybe make them worse.

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Apple Cider is so amazing... Thanks for bringing it back into my life. I hace 4 bottles under my sink and its time to use them . Thanks again.

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      Aladdins Cave 22 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Very informative, thank you

      Gave you thumbs up, and now I will read your pages on how to make

      Apple Cider Vineger

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      Betty 22 months ago

      How many weeks should you stay on the ACV diet? It is dangerous for a long period of time.

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      101Ways2Life 22 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Betty, there's limited research available to answer your question. I tend to take a break for a couple of weeks once in a while, so that the body doesn't get too dependent on ACV.

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      Tech2Globe 22 months ago from Delhi

      nice post you share here....

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      Betty 21 months ago

      I started getting headaches. Is this normal?

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      101Ways2Life 21 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      You could discontinue the use and see if your headache goes away.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Our bodies constantly strive to maintain a state of Acid-Alkaline equilibrium. AVC. Is excellent for keeping this balance Since reading your article I have re-instituted my daily ACV shots, I have been experiencing a great boost in energy. I am also making sure that I remind my clients to not miss getting this wonderful health elixir into their daily health routine. Thanks again for the reminder. Blessings

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      Manju Dhillon 21 months ago

      is acv an acidic diet ?

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Manju, raw apple cider vinegar with the mother in it, is acidic outside the body, when ingested it balances the bodies pH. As a Naturopath I use it in health protocol, where my client has measured over acidity. Within a few days we taking the apple cider vinegar their pH is balanced. Hope this helps.

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      Seritha 21 months ago

      I am a very acidic person. I have not been able to eat fresh fruit since 1980 when I had my third daughter for about 24 years . I get very sick and I vomit like my stomach is coming out. I started taking ACV and one day I ate a grape and I didn't get sick , then I ate small piece of and apple and I didn't get sick . I attribute all this to the Apple Cider Vinegar.

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      Tonia 21 months ago

      I had the Gastric By Pass. Would this be safe for me to do?

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      101Ways2Life 21 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Manju, apple cider vinegar is acidic, but once we drink it, it becomes alkaline in our body, and helps in balancing the pH factor.

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      Agility Beauty 21 months ago from U.S.A

      its very nice and i will try it

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      Elizabeth 20 months ago

      After years of using on and off products and not seeing results I tried it 2 years ago and it helped me lose 30 lbs. I'm going to start up and use it again because of health issues and hopefully going to stick to my diet regimen permanently this time. Its one of the safest things I've ever tried thats all i can say!

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      Dee 20 months ago

      I watched your video (above). I could not make out what you were saying at the tail end of your video - you said, "I like to put in a few drops of ____________?? - very potent stuff....." into the drink of acv, 1/2 a lemon and water. What is the name of the essential oil that you talk about in your video that is edible and okay to drink??? Thank you.

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      101Ways2Life 20 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

      Hi Dee, in the video, I think Laura London refers to Lemon Essential oil to be used as a substitute for lemon if you don't have a lemon handy. Be sure that the essential oil is edible.

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      mish 20 months ago

      Can i buy american gardens acv bottle ?

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      Laura Writes 14 months ago

      I would definitely have to mix the vinegar with something else for this to work for me. Good hub, thanks!

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      Helen 14 months ago

      My sister-in-law had a cyst on her reproductive organs and blocked tubes. She started using acv and within a couple of months her cyst was gone and her tubes we unlocked. Not long after that she became pregnant.

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      Oceaniceyes Dubai 9 months ago

      Hi...good day to you....i tried apple cider mixing with grape fruit as what i have seen in other sites but the thing is my stomach was so painful after i drink that mixture...i suffered all night and cant sleep because of pain...

      My question is why i felt that terrible pain after what i did of mixing grape fruit? Please advise for better way..

      Thanks a lot!!!!

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      Donna 9 months ago

      Hi: started ACV 1 week ago using 2tbs with 2tbs of lemon juice and 1tsp cinnamon but can only do this once a day. Does this seem too much or should I cut down and use more than once a day. Thanks

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      Bernicestine 7 months ago

      can I drink this cold,warm doesn't really appeal to me?

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      zoe 7 months ago

      can you use whilst breastfeeding? ,

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      Yolanda Martinez 4 weeks ago

      I have been drinking it for about a 2weeks ...How long till I will see the results

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