Last Modified on Jan 25, 2015
For centuries, people have given the ol' apple cider vinegar drink a run for its money thanks to apple cider vinegar's widely known health benefits. Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss and also promote rosy, glowing skin when taken as a daily health tonic or applied to the skin.
How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Earth Clinic knows a thing or two about how to drink apple cider vinegar. We've been experimenting with apple cider vinegar recipes since 1999!
ORIGINAL APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONIC
1 teaspoon and up to 2 tablespoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1 large glass of water (8-12 oz.)
1 tsp natural sweetener (optional)
This version of the tonic is mixed and ordinarily taken just before or along with meals, 1-3 times a day. When it comes to natural sweeteners, honey is probably ideal since it offers substantial health benefits of its own. Natural maple syrup likewise has many proponents, whereas refined sugar also offers sweetness but little if any other health benefit. Any natural sweetener, however, will do just fine. Alternatively, some prefer to forgo a separate sweetener and simply mix their Apple Cider Vinegar in with apple juice, apple cider, or another drink that blends well with the cider vinegar. The possibilities are endless, the point is just to get the stuff into your system and your dietary habits.
MODERN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONIC
2 teaspoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
16 ounces water
Mix together in a container and refrigerate, pouring yourself a glassful whenever you are thirsty. Ordinarily a couple of glasses a day will take care of your general health needs. This version is ideal for those who are particularly concerned about maintaining an alkalizing diet for overall health.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONIC WITH BAKING SODA
1/8 teaspoon baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1-2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
8-16 oz water
Add an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda to either of the standard Apple CIder Vinegar tonics found above. Be careful! When you initially combine the vinegar and baking soda, a natural reaction will cause it to fizz up somewhat dramatically. Once the reaction settles, you can drink this version of the tonic as above for an additional alkalizing boost.
Please give me the starting dosage amount for the ACV/BS with Honey. Many of your readers are taking it in varying doses. I am 190 lbs and 5'10". My diabetes is fairly well managed. Occasional stomach swelling, gerd, athritis, headache after eating. 46 year old female. Your readers vary wildly on their individual doses. So it's unclear to me where I should start and how I should increase. And what is the bicarbonate for?
As you may know, Earth Clinic has recommended the standard 2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day for years now. For more severe conditions, we recommended 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water 3x a day. We now think that less vinegar, more water is an optimal way of taking apple cider vinegar daily unless you are treating an acute condition like acid reflux, cough, bronchitis, or sore throat (in which case the stronger concoction of 2 TBS apple cider vinegar (ACV) to 8 OZ of water 3x a day recipe is suggested).
For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing, we now suggest the following:
2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
16 ounces of water
Sip, don't chug!
We suggest 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that you'll sip throughout the day, rather than drinking the whole concoction at once 3 times a day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you'll need each day.
If you drink a lot of water throughout the day, consider adding just a splash of apple cider vinegar to your glass/container each time you fill it up, rather than drinking the one, 16 oz glass of acv and water mentioned above.
Replied by Kristen
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA