07/19/2012: Maccadoo13 from Lytle, Texas, United States: "I have to hurdle over the smell more than the taste, but their is some ways that are not so bad. I like it in a can of spinach. First I drain the liquid then I pour in the ACV till it fills the can...."
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[YEA] 01/21/2010: Maybell from Los Lunas, New Mexico: "This is a tonic my husband swears by...1 cup/mug of warm water (not boiling,) 2 tsp. of raw natural honey, 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar and one tsp. of BLACK STRAP molasses. This tonic gets him going in the morning. He also uses it when he has worked hard and his feet/muscles are sore."Replies
[YEA] 05/01/2010: Cmontana from Bozeman, Montana replies: "I became a vegetarian 5 months ago and am also a breastfeeding mom. I thought my loss of energy was simply a side effect from the birth and being up a lot at night. I started the "tonic" you describe a few weeks ago - a friend suggested it to me. WOW! My husband and I call it our "hippie drink" - 1-2tsp black strap molasses 1-2tsp apple cider vinegar (with the mother) 1-2tsp blue agave in purified water (about 8 oz.) - it will really rev you up in the morning an make you feel cleansed."
01/01/2011: Greensativa from Bullhead City, Arizona replies: "It's always nice to know that breastfeeding mothers are proactive in their health and the health of their young."
09/04/2011: Happymomof2 from Atl, Ga replies: "For my kids, I put 1 tbsp ACV in 4oz of cold "Simply Rasberry Lemonade" and add 4 drops of lemon juice. I suppose any brand of raspberry lemonade will work. You can smell the ACV a little but not taste it, they love it!"
02/22/2012: Km from Mesa, Az replies: "Thank you for all those recipes. I too have found the taste of ACV and smell "gagging". But I have understood the health benefits outweigh the "gag", so I am going to try those recipes. Thank you."
[YEA] 01/15/2010: Butterflyjess from Lincoln, Nebraska, Usa: "I started on acv about a week ago for weight loss. I started slow with one tsp and have been building up. In the last few days I have just been adding a splash to each glass of water I have, as I drink a lot durring the day. I make a tall glass of ice water with the acv and the juice of 1/4 a lime. It's quite good! The lime compliments the acv well and takes out some of the bitterness."
[YEA] 12/27/2009: Becky from Riesel, Texas: "I recently lost 40 lbs on a popular diet. I knew that ACV was a natural diuretic and just generally good for you so I started drinking about 2-3 tablespoons full in a glass of water every day. It also cured my acid reflux... I still didn't like the taste so one day I was drinking some lemonade that I made and I poured the vinegar into that. It's really good! Tastes sort of like a whiskey sour...actually if you add a shot of whiskey, you'll be pleased if you like whiskey sours.
It is so good that my husband has me make him one occasionally...after forcing him to taste mine. I probably use more vinegar that the 2-3 tablespoons I was drinking to begin with, but it makes a really enjoyable beverage."
12/21/2009: Stephen from Bronx, Ny, USA: "Apple Cider Vinergar Recipes
Hey guys, I have read most of the recipes listed to mix with apple cider vinegar. I still cant stomach it!!(lol), it is so powerful.. The best one i have found is with grapefruit juice. Any other suggestions?
12/22/2009: Dawn from Srb, Fl replies: "I make a vinegarette with it and put it on a salad. I use 2 tsp acv 3-4 tsp olive oil, cut up 1 clove garlic, salt and pepper and the blend blend it up. Its wonderful. I have used the drink also but I like this better"
01/11/2010: Tracyred from Sydney , Nsw/australia replies: "try some liquid natural sweetener - i like the stuff from the stevia plant - and with water - oh, and i plug my nose too :). i down it, then wash it down with pure water...."
01/20/2010: Rhapsodie from Belfast, Ny replies: "Stephen, I love my cider vinegar mix. 1-2 tbsp. of vinegar, 1-2 tbsp of honey, 1-2 cups of hot water, ginger to taste, cinnamon to taste, and sweetening to taste. My recommendation is to use the same measurements of vinegar and honey as you do water. The benefits of the honey, ginger, and cinnamon are very healthy. Honey is a healing agent, cinnamon reduces the glucose effect of the honey, and ginger decreases inflammation. I am diabetic and have no sugar problems with the use of this recipe. I have also noticed the benefit of reduced appetite, increased healthy feeling, loss of arthritis pain, more regular bowel movements and NO ACID REFLUX or pain from the combination."
09/27/2010: Angie from Fayetteville, Georgia replies: "I like to take ACV with pomegranite juice which is very tart so the ACV tastes better. It is expensive so sometimes I use grape juice or apple juice. I also drink it through a straw to help protect my teeth and to make it easier to drink. I drink ACV for acid reflux and arthritis pain in my fingers."
07/19/2012: Maccadoo13 from Lytle, Texas, United States replies: "I have to hurdle over the smell more than the taste, but their is some ways that are not so bad. I like it in a can of spinach. First I drain the liquid then I pour in the ACV till it fills the can. I like it right out of the can after its been refrigerated, I'll serve it on a Pyle of lettuce with a small can of tuna. It's very refreshing on a hot day to freshen me up and help cleanse my digestive track. I also like it when my wife makes her red Mexican tomato/chili salsa I put it on almost everything. ACV is very interesting, Here in the Southwest we have a high amount of Alkalinity which hinders our effort to keep a green garden, and my dogs get a splash or two in their bath water for fleas, I read the other day somewhere aboout it's use cleansing the scalp, The trick here is figuring out how to get over the smell and on occasion the taste. "If God gives you lemons, find somebody with Tequila" LOL. Just make it fun.
03/19/2013: Judy from Ocean Springs, Ms replies: "I drink it with Spicy V8."
11/30/2009: Wil from Glendale, Az, Usa: "i been taking ACV for 3 days. I take 1 tsp. pure ACV direct to mouth then i follow it with a glass of water and a bite of sweet chocolate to take away the taste of ACV. Just wondering if its a good idea or is there any side effects of doing that. What i read, 1 tsp. of ACV and dilute it with 8 oz of water mix it with honey or nothing. For my belief i don't have any health problem. Please let me know."Replies
01/14/2010: Alyssa from Okc, United States replies: "I have read that taking ACV undiluted will cause the enamel on your teeth to come off."
01/20/2010: Rhapsodie from Belfast, Ny replies: "Wil, I love my cider vinegar mix. I am not sure about tooth enamel but I have found that my mixture has not damaged any of my teeth. Actually it has cleaned up the problems I was having with a cavity. The benefits of the honey, ginger, and cinnamon are very healthy. Honey is a healing agent, cinnamon reduces the glucose effect of the honey, and ginger decreases inflammation. I am diabetic and have no sugar problems with the use of this recipe. I have also noticed the benefit of reduced appetite, increased healthy feeling, loss of arthritis pain, more regular bowel movements and NO ACID REFLUX or pain from the combination. Also if I use the vinegar repeatedly through the day I have noticed a distinct lack of appetite for sweets and fatty salt food. RECIPE: 1-2 tbsp. of cider vinegar, 1-2 tbsp of honey, 1-2 cups of hot water, ginger to taste, cinnamon to taste, and sweetening to taste. My recommendation is to use the same measurements of vinegar and honey as you do water."
07/16/2010: Stephanie from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Pure raw honey NEVER goes bad. If your honey goes bad that means it is not pure and water has been added to it. Also studies have shown that diabetics do perfectly fine with honey and it in fact regulates sugar levels. http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/good-quality-honey.html"
05/01/2011: Ken from Austin, Texas replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux
What ever recipe you use, don't use the most common vinegar in your food store. Get _____ Organic Apple Cider Vinegar it is so much smoother tasting than the most common vinegars. You can find it in Whole food stores and here in Texas most grocer stores sell it."
05/29/2011: Kimberly from Vero Beach, Fl replies: "I mix it with hot sauce and drink it down."
11/23/2009: Wilskie from Glendale, Arizona, United States: "I've been reading your site for a week now, and i read about ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) that really helps. I don't have any health problem right now, but just want to prevent or just want to do some precautions. I tried the measurements of 2 tsp ACV and 8 oz of water with honey. But i can not take the taste. So, what i did, I took a 1 tsp. pure ACV direct to mouth, then i followed with water about half of glass and then i ate little dice of chocolate. I did it after meal. Just wonder if its ok doing that instead of diluting with water. It gives me hard time to finish 8 oz of water with 2 tsp of ACV. Just wonder if my idea will work and safe???
11/17/2009: Michele from Brisbane, Qld, Australia: "Hi, firstly thank-you for everyone's input it's been very interesting to read differing comments and feedback. My question is this: What do you think about mixing Aloe Vera juice in with the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy? I spoke to the local Health Store owner and she thinks that mixing 50mls of Aloe juice, 40mls of ACV, 10mls of Manuka honey, 250mls of water and 1/4 teaspoon of Bicarb is the way to go... Please advise?
03/11/2011: Bill from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hello:
Do you see any downside to combining a half/gram of cayenne, a half/gram of tumeric, a half/gram of cinnamon with honey and a splash of vinegar in water as a morning drink? I'm wondering if these particular substances in combination might cancel each other out in any way. Thanks."
03/16/2011: Alain from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada replies: "Answer to Bill from Los Angeles about combining cayenne pepper, turmeric, cinnamon ...
All these are not remedies but natural organic compounds. Good spices are alkalizing because they contain minerals. Furthermore, it was known for ages that black pepper acts synergistically with turmeric, that is why you have mixes of spices like curry. Black pepper acts synergistically as well with ginger.
Here's what I add to my cup of tea (16 oz): ¼ teaspoon of each of these spices- ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper powders. Simple and yummy.
See these for black pepper and turmeric:
Scientists find turmeric and black pepper spices may prevent breast cancer
"Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin's bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper's hot property called piperine, " says Kennedy. "This is one reason it's thought that curry has both turmeric (curcumin) and black pepper combined."
03/17/2011: Marla from Atlanta, Georgia, Usa replies: "Reinforcing what Alain said, piperine is known to significantly increase bioavailability of a large number of nutrients. Adding it to virtually every meal as well as to supplements is a great, easy, cheap way to boost both your nutrition and the beneficial effects of your supplements (or natural substances ingested with the goal of improving your health). See this article www.naturalnews.com/024829_piperine_curcumin_black_pepper.html or the numerous articles in Google Scholar about piperine research."
11/16/2009: Rachel from Los Angeles, Ca: "Apple Cider Vinegar and fruit
I am interested in trying Apple Cider Vinegar for many benefits, but mostly to help with my asthma. I am wondering if there is any reason that I can't just add it to my morning smoothie. Most of the recipes I see combine it with something sour (lemon, tomato juice, etc) so I wonder if the natural sugar in fruit reacts with it. I make my smoothies with a cup of light vanilla soy milk, 2 tbls. fat free greek yogurt, 6-8 frozen strawberries, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, about half a frozen banana and flax seeds. I tried adding a little ACV this morning and I even kind of like the sour taste it creates.
Just wondering if anyone had any info. Thanks!"
01/20/2010: Rhapsodie from Belfast, Ny replies: "Rachel, I do not believe you would have more problems adding the vinegar but, I would like to suggest that you add another calming agent to the recipe like local honey. I have used local honey for the last year and my allergies and asthma have disappeared. I use a drink of 1-2 tbsp. of honey, 1-2 tbsp. of cider vinegar, 1-2 cups of hot water, sprinkles of cinnamon and ginger, along with other sweetener so that it tastes good as a morning tonic. The benefits of the honey, ginger, and cinnamon are wonderful additions to the vinegar. Honey is a healing agent also after about a year it helped my allergies decrease, cinnamon reduces the glucose effect of the honey, and ginger decreases inflammation. I am diabetic and have no sugar problems with the use of this recipe. I have also noticed the benefit of reduced appetite, increased healthy feeling, loss of arthritis pain, more regular bowel movements and NO ACID REFLUX or pain from the combination. Along with that I had no pain this month like I normally do."
02/20/2011: Special01 from Indianapolis, In, Usa replies: "I used organic apple cidar vinegar with mother. On the bottle it recommends adding a tablespoon of black strap molasses.... This taste really good. I do this at night and it seems to help me sleep better. I add the Apple Cider Vinegar to a warm glass of water and add bsm."
[YEA] 11/13/2009: Tams from Chicago, Illinois: "I have been taking the acv drink off and on for a couple of years. I am bad about taking multiple doses in a day so I usually end up with just a morning dose. I also do not do a "full" dose. My recipe has been 1 tsp of organic, raw acv, 1 tsp of honey, 8oz of water. With this recipe first thing in the morning before any other food and a waiting time of 30-60 minutes before eating I notice I always have a great bowel movement soon after. Also, while there are small, almost unnoticable benefits, like having a cold for two days instead of ten, I mostly notice the benefits when I stop drinking it for several days. I suddenly feel sicker, more unhealthy and have less energy. After reading all these posts, I plan on increasing my daily dose to the two tablespoon dosage to get the full effects of acv. ACV is also known for balancing your pH levels, too.
On another note, I'm not sure why honey is frowned upon in the recipe. If it is because of the sugar aspect then I have a suggestion. For the last year I have used raw agave nectar in my drink instead of honey. Agave nectar has no glycemic index, making it safe for diabetes. It also does not spoil, like honey, has a similar although lighter taste and texture, but mixes a lot quicker and fully compared to honey, even in cold water. I put in just a little more than a tsp in my concoction. With agave I can add more if I need to without worrying about glucose levels. (I am not diabetic, but more hypoglycemic so I need to be careful.) Hope this is helpful to those who need some sweet to their drink!"
EC: The problem with agave nectar is that some products have been found to contain maple syrup or corn syrup!
Read this October 27th article in the WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704335904574497622806733800.html
"...But the Glycemic Research Institute, a Washington, D.C., laboratory, issued a warning Friday that diabetics experienced "severe and dangerous side effects" during testing of an agave nectar. "The diabetics passed out on the floor and had to be taken to the hospital," says Ann de Wees Allen, chief of biomedical research at the lab. She declined to say how much of the product the diabetics consumed during the test, saying that would be disclosed after a complete analysis of the results.
The product tested was a maple-flavored version of the Volcanic Nectar brand agave, sold by Global Goods Inc., of Highland, Utah. Company President Brian Oaks said the product, which has never been sold, had a significant amount of maple syrup in it, which likely caused the problems. Dr. Allen says the nectar had an extremely small amount of maple syrup in it and is almost identical to the company's flagship agave product. Previous tests, in which diabetics consumed a small amount of Volcanic Nectar agave, had resulted in the lab awarding a "diabetic friendly" seal to the Volcanic Nectar product, which it has since rescinded.
The lab has stopped testing agave on humans amid safety concerns. Also, Dr. Allen says the lab refused to test four other agave products after a chemical analysis it commissioned from another lab found they were mixed with high-fructose corn syrup, which was not disclosed on the label. She declined to name the brands.
01/20/2010: Rhapsodie from Belfast, Ny replies: "Tams, I read your information and I wanted to let you know that I am an insulin dependent diabetic and I use honey regularly with almost no effect to my sugar. I believe this is because honey is almost a pure food. Also the recipe I will give you tastes wonderful to me. I drink 2-4 mugs of it each day.
RECIPE: 1-2 tbsp. of honey, 1-2 tbsp. of cider vinegar, 1-2 cups of hot water, sprinkles of cinnamon and ginger, along with other sweetener so that it tastes good as a morning tonic. For each measure keep the number the same you will find that the taste will be better.
The benefits of the honey, ginger, and cinnamon are wonderful additions to the vinegar. Honey is a healing agent also after about a year it helped my allergies decrease, cinnamon reduces the glucose effect of the honey, and ginger decreases inflammation. I am diabetic and have no sugar problems with the use of this recipe. I have also noticed the benefit of reduced appetite, increased healthy feeling, loss of arthritis pain, more regular bowel movements and NO ACID REFLUX or pain from the combination. Along with that I had no pain this month like I normally do. I buy a local honey and if I use under 3 tbsp. at one time I do not take any insulin. I should be taking over 5 units for this amount of sugar but if I do my body goes into shock. Part of the reason could be how the cinnamon and ginger I use with my recipe work with the honey."
[YEA] 11/03/2009: Anita from St. Petersburg , Florida, Usa: "My brother and son came up with a similar recipe, 2 teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and pure honey in glass of cold water, and found that a dash of Lemon extract added made it taste just like lemonade! You don't taste the vinegar or honey, just the lemon flavor. Further, in hot weather, put the glass in the freezer for a few minutes and it becomes like a 'slushy'! I have used the honey & cider vinegar since 2003 and found it knocks a sore throat or cold right out."
10/21/2009: Sunny from Milwaukee, Wi: "Two Cautions about how to take ACV: I noticed that there is a SUGGESTION to NOT combining ACV and baking soda. NEVER NEVER do this! Vinegar and baking soda combined is used as a natural DRAIN CLEANER and also to make pretend volcanos to amuse children...it creates a chemical reaction that is VERY dangerous to ingest. It foams and emits a gas..and is powerful enough to clean blocked drains. YOu don't want this in your body! Please post this info for your readers. I was alarmed that anyone would do this!
Secondly, someone asked about taking ACV straight. It is not recommended by health professionals, because there is the possibility of acid burns in the throat. It depends on the person, but it's happened. It's very acidic, and not a good idea to take straight, just to be safe. Mix it up with something! That's all..thanks!"
10/21/2009: Dricci93 from Fairfield, Maine replies: "Sunny - question: everyone is posting a healthy alternative, apple cider vinegar, to relieving gout attacks. My question is if ACV is good for gout, then how would the acidity in vinegar be good for gout? ACV contains acid, gout is flared up with too much acid in the body. Can you help me with this question. Thanks, Dotti"
10/21/2009: Carmen from Nova Scotia, Canada replies: "My husband drinks this mix fairly regularly. First pouring a glass of water second adding the baking soda then the ACV. This diluted mixture produces a MILDLY fizzy drink, with no ill effects. Thanks for the drain cleaner tip, I won't waste the ACV on it but will try it using white vineger and baking soda."
10/21/2009: Elaine from Cleveland, Ga replies: "Is this true?"
EC: Not according to the feedback on this page: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acv_baking_soda_cures.html
However, there have been side effects reported: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acv_baking_soda_cures5.html#SIDEEFFECTS
10/18/2009: Mary F. from Jacksonville, Fl: "Hello all ACV fans! Well I have been in the kitchen trying all kinds of recipes & I have used my 3 children as guinea pigs! Here's their votes:
Getting an (A ) grade = Warm apple cider with a shot of ACV (YOU can not taste the ACV)!!!!!! This is my personal favorite! I am wondering why I haven't heard anyone use this one??? Please let me know if there is some kind of problem with this way for health benefits.
Getting a (B ) grade = Orange Juice & Lemon Juice ACV
Getting a (B-) grade = Cranberry Juice ACV
Hope that helps!
Mary (From Jacksonville Fl) :0)"
09/25/2009: Rick Suddes from Ojai, Ca, Usa: "I made up some strong Thai Oolong Tea using purified water. On the _____ Health Drink it says 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar, 8 oz of purified water and honey to taste. To use as a heath drink. I replaced the purified water with purified Thai Oolong Tea. Does anyone know that this is safe to drink. Say,three 8oz glass's a day????"
[YEA] 08/17/2009: Kittenheels from Charles City, Iowa: "A Recipe That I Designed to help if you just can't bear the thought of drinking ACV
I have had a hard time getting started with the thought of the taste of ACV yet I realize I need to get on the bandwagon because I've been dealing with this horrid sinus, postnasal drip, Bronchi, etc.and feel for all you others who have so graciously put all your private experiences for everyone to peruse. I say a prayer you all will be soon and forever healed! Here's a simple trick to make it more desirable:
11/2 cups Water
2 whole Cinnamon
24 Whole Cloves
Boil these for 10 minutes then strain into a cup. Add 2 tablespoons Honey and your Lovely ACV yum yum stir well had your 2 Cinnamon Sticks and sip for a Wonderful Potion for those late nights kept up by a hacking cough. Cheers To Your Health!"
[YEA] 07/12/2009: Will from Henderson, NV, USA: "I started taking ACV as a cure for gout, and have not had any attacks in the 1 1/2 yrs that I have been taking it. I HATE the taste (and smell) of vinegar, but I do like apple cider, so what I do, is every morning, I put 2 tablespoons of ACV in a large glass, and fill the glass with a good, natural apple juice. Tastes like cider to me! I do use organic ACV. After much research on these sites concerning the benefits of ACV, I will continue to make my "morning cocktail" every day."