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Apple Cider Vinegar for Health and Well Being

Last Modified on Aug 14, 2015

Acne   8  0   

Posted by Cheryl

[YEA]  My daughter developed a case of moderate acne, and after trying a number of different things for over a year which helped very little or not at all, she started drinking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar three times a day and applying it topically once at night. She has been acne free for two months. It took about three weeks to clear up.

Replied by Veena
Seattle, Wa Usa
I wonder what age a kid can start taking apple cider. My daughter is only 9 years old. Thankyou

Posted by Andrew (Sydney NSW)

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar has Cleared my Acne up very well, I drink it and also apply it to my face twice a day. Works a treat!

EC: Click here to read many more remedies to cure acne!

Replied by Rasha
Pune, Maharashtra, India
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Has anyone noticed darkening of skin colour after using ACV (undiluted) directly on skin ? I am asking this, because I have used ACV during the day on several occasions and 1-2 hrs later my skin appears darker I get a lot of sun in through my window, but my skin appears darker after using ACV. Does ACV make the skin photo-sensitive?
Replied by Dianna
Austin, Usa
in my experience ACV can make the skin more sensitive to sun. you can try using it diluted and washing it off before going outside. it takes to top layer of your skin off (the protective layer) and can also lead to sun burn if used daily in my experience. lemon and lime juice also do this. I always rinse it off with water before going out in the sun.
Replied by Pjassal
Lake Forest Park, Wa
try using 100% pure castor oil AFTER the ACV. Rub it in like a lotion on your face. Castor oil is a natural sunscreen and moisturizer.

ACV and Baking Soda   1  0   

Posted by Mary (VA Beach, VA) on 03/20/2008

[YEA]  I just wanted to let readers know, that if you have trouble taking the BSM due to taste and consistency, it is really delicious in coffee. I always put a pinch of baking soda in my coffee to reduce the acid. I am a person who can eat just about anything, but I also know that if I don't care for the taste of something, I will not make a lifelong habit of taking it. I also found that you can't disguise the taste of ACV. Straight with a pinch of baking soda, and take it down in a couple of swallows, much easier than dragging it out.

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 08/05/2006 | 388 Posts

The amount of ACV needed to react with baking soda to get to pH level of near 6.5-7.0 depends on the brand of ACV. For my own brand of ACV, it is approximately 50 ml-70 ml per one tablespoon of baking soda. So always start on the low side first!

If you are not used to it, try only 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda - the safest possible mixture assuming 2 tablespoons of ACV in a 250 mg water. Then increase slowly as needed.

If you have a pH meter handy, it would be more easier go that way and just add enough until it reaches near pH of 7. It is very much dependent on what brand your ACV is generally. Please note that these are approximate figures.

One more important note!

Warning: if you mix with ACV it will create a lot of bubbles that goes very high! You need to mix inside a large empty pitcher! Also add the ACV very slowly! For me, I don't use ACV here in Bangkok that often because of the price. I just use simple vinegar, so I usually will not have the bubbling issues!

ACV and Breastfeeding   0  0   

Posted by Shazi (Ajman, Dubai) on 06/15/2013

Hi recently I saw this site it impress me a lot and I thought I should aske some question which maked me confuse. I am breast feeding mom ( first baby 2 and half month) I want to start apple cider vinegar for weight lose but vinegar can effect on baby is it good or not?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Middle, Tennessee, Usa
Yes, it is safe. I took it all through my last two pregnancies and drank it daily (mixed with water) all through breastfeeding my babies.

~Mama to Many~

ACV and Medication Interactions   0  0   

Posted by Sharon (Europe, EU) on 12/31/2009


Is ACV safe to take while on Warfarin?


Replied by Joan
Kettering, Ohio Usa
Is it alright to take Apple Cider Vinegar if you take warfarin?

ACV and Potassium   0  0   

Posted by Lyn (Chicopee, Massachusetts) on 07/17/2010

I have been reading up on acv and finally went out and purchased some. I have two questions though-

1. I have read on some sites that it lowers potassium and on others it raises it. I have low potassium so I am wondering what the scoop on that is.

2. Can it be mixed with things like fruit flavored bottled water? Or will it react with the ingredients in that?


ACV and Pregnancy   1  0   

Posted by Denise (Cork, Ireland) on 01/13/2011


I am just wondering if taking ACV during pregnancy is advisable? I am 6 weeks pregnant and would love to continue taking it to help with acid reflux, constipation and skin changes but am not sure if it will affect the folic acid I now take and/or if it will affect the baby.

Any experiences or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Replied by Elyn
Okc, Oklahoma, Usa
On page 22 of Dr. D. C. Jarvis' book Folk Medicine, it states: "And, returning to foods contributing to the pre-birth growth of the infant, two teaspoonfuls of honey, if taken at each meal either as a food sweetener or direct from the spoon, enable the developing infant to build a good nervous system.... If there is a tendency to neglect the fruits, berries and plant leaves that are a prime source of acids, the deficiency can be made up by a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, taken immediately on rising in the morning. Usually this mixture will incidentally prevent or clear up any morning sickness. During the day a glass of either cranberry, apple or grape juice should be taken."

Just grabbed this book from the library the other day. Wish I'd had this information 30 years ago when I was busy having babies!

Replied by Jen
South Jordan, Utah
[YEA]   Glad I have it now. Thanks. I have been looking for a painkiller/anti-inflammatory that is safe for pregnancy. I am so glad I found ACV.

ACV and Probiotics   0  0   

Posted by Joyful (Memphis, Tn) on 06/16/2010

I currently take 2-3 tsp of ACV (with the mother, of course!) daily. In the morning, I pour between 2 and 3 teaspoons into a measuring shot glass then place that in the refrigerator. Whenever I fill up my glass with (steam-distilled) water I add a smidgen of the ACV at a time so by the end of the day the ACV in the shot glass is depleted. I've been doing this for about 2 months with good results (will post those later).

Last week I added a very good priobiotic to my daily regimen. Will consuming ACV interfere with the probiotic? I'm also considering taking the cayenne capsules (which includes ginger, garlic, onion and hawthorn berry), but I am also concerned this would interfere with the probiotics.


Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Joyful, There is no contraindication of what you are doing. As a matter of fact, apple cider vinegar is a prebiotic which feeds probiotics! So they work hand in hand. There should be no problem with the other 5 ingredients listed either. Hope this helps. Glad you're doing well! Lisa

ACV and Tap Water   0  0   

Posted by Hawk120 (New Canaan, Ct) on 02/27/2010

[WARNING!]  My grandfather has long touted ACV for a variety of remedies-we all used to laugh but now he's 87 so I'm starting to believe him! I have one concern though with the ACV general tonic that people may not realize. I have city water (chlorinated and fluoridated) in my home, and when I added the tap water to the 2 tsp ACV I noticed a lot of very fine bubbling and a very light smoke.

I'm not a chemist, but remember how they say not to mix chlorine bleach and acid (including vinegar) because it will produce toxic chlorine gas? Is this happening with my tap water on a smaller scale!?

EC: Yikes! That doesn't happen here in Atlanta suburbs! I have relatives in your area and will have to ask them to test this too.


Replied by Daphne
Albany, Ga
Just let the tap water sit out for about an hour on the counter before mixing. We have to do this with our fish tanks.

ACV and Tooth Enamel   0  0   

Posted by Mama to Many Donate
(Tennessee) on 06/14/2014

I have seen concern expressed about the effect of long term use of Apple Cider Vinegar internally on tooth enamel. I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar for several years now. I put between 1 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon in 16 ounces or more of water. I drink this almost daily, often several glasses a day. I do use a straw, but just out of preference.

Yesterday I saw my dentist. My tooth enamel is fine after using ACV in water for several years. Now, this is just one person's experience, but I thought I would pass along this information.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mary
Stafford, Uk
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Hi all thank you for your brillant information about ACV. I have BB for the past few years now although some people can tolerate my BB but when I see some people frowning , or move backward, I feel saddened inside.

I just stumbble on the write up about ACV for bad breath and I have been using it for the last 3weeks now, I have noticed some improvement with my breath as many people do not behave very badly when I speak. I can only think that it working, I will continue using it. Thank you all.

Baking soda and Hydrogen peroxide do not agree with me, my breath smell very bad when I used those two but ACV agrees with me.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada
Re: Apple Cider Vinegar and Tooth Enamel: You may want to find the page on oil pulling here on EC. Om
Replied by Mr. Ree
Just a quick note on ACV usage...I have been using Braggs ACV since 1960 with absolutely no trouble with my teeth. I have a slug of it after I have a protein meal as it's a digestive aid. Of course I know it does many other things but just wanted to calm everyone down about their enamel peeling off their teeth after using it.

ACV Chasers   1  0   

Posted by Colette (Toronto, Ontario Canada) on 04/21/2010

I love vinegar. I bought ACV after reading this site and I drink it straight. I could drink it all day long. After reading so much about how people really don't like the taste of it I wonder why I do? Should I be carefull about how much I drink? Does my love of vinegar point to a some biological warning sign?

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
I believe that we often crave things that our body needs. When my oldest daughter was small she kept eating lemons, a while ago I was craving sourkrout the whole time, a friend of mine recently had a huge crave for avocados and avocado oil. We also keep away from stuff our body doesn't need or want and that is one of the reasons one should be careful when one finds a child should eat some food they really don't want to. I have no problem drinking diluted ACV at all but I wouldn't drink it undiluted because I am afraid it would damage my teeth. I always flush my teeth with water afterwards. If I were you I wouldn't drink too much, like anything too much of a good thing can be bad for you. With the sourkrout I know where to stop because I get diarrhea if I eat too much. Your body gives you a lot of signs.... Another thing which doesn't bother me is drinking diluted cayenne pepper, most people hate it. I suppose that we are all different........
Replied by Jada
Florida, Usa
I am interested to know more of the Cayenne pepper you take, I currently take the capsules, are you using a liquid form?

Posted by Terry (Clarksville, Arkansas, United States) on 01/09/2010

Can anyone tell if there is any disadvantage to just taking two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar orally and just quickly getting it over with? I am one of those people who just likes to get it over with quickly when it comes to unsavory tasting drinks or food.

Replied by Thomas_m
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
[WARNING!]   ACV should not be taken straight. Dilute in a glass of water. ACV cuts the protective mouth mucus and will burn your esophagus and back of throat. (People who drink 40% alcohol straight get infections and cancer much more frequently than beer drinkers)

Posted by Sandy (Mpls, Mn) on 05/22/2009

is it OK to take a shot glass of straight apple cider vinegar? I just bought some after hearing about how good it is for you so i just took it straight and then drank lots of water. when reading thru your web site it says tto add to 16 ox of water and drink thought out the day. is drinking it stright first thing in the morning ok or is it better sipping thought out the day or both? thank you

Posted by Mike (Riverside, Ca) on 05/07/2009

[YEA]  I love the flavor of a popular organic apple cider vinegar, I take two full shot glasses (4 1/2 TBSP) with a single bud lite chaser daily when I get home from the gym. It does not bother my stomach and I really love the flavor. My wife is worried that drinking straight vinegar will harm me.

Should I dilute? Am I taking too much? Can I continue to enjoy the great flavor by continuing my daily two shots?

Please Advise

Replied by Marea
Dallas, Texas
Mike, Apple Cider Vinegar and any other natural remedies should always be used judiciously! Don't create a system overload. Our human nature tends to make things more complicated sometimes, and we think that more is better, but that is not the case. Remember that life and health are about balance... Marea from Dallas, Texas

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