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Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Atlanta, Ga) on 06/10/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I am a believer! I thank God for you. I stumbled upon your website because I was looking for a natural way to lose weight. I was at my wits end. I started reading all of the ACV reviews and they gave me so much encouragement. I had some organic ACV in my kitchen so I started the regimine two weeks ago. I started at 215 lbs and this morning I weigh 209.8! So far I'm down 6 pounds!! During this time my husband and I went out for a special dinner and I had wine, bread, a steak dinner, mac and cheese, and cheesecake for dessert! I have not dieted or worked out once. I take 2 tbls with 6-8 ounces of water 3 times a day and the weight is slowly but surely coming off. Before I would have been so discouraged because I wanted the weight to come off quickly. I have now realized that, like the turtle, slow and steady is the way to go. Along with the weight loss I have also noticed other benefits as well. My skin is glowing, the whites of my eyes are "whiter", I am post-menopausal and would wake up several times throughout the night but since I started taking ACV I sleep without waking up (unless I have to make a bathroom run), and my energy is through the roof! I am so very happy for the weight loss and the other benefits from ACV. This is some amazing stuff! I will continue to take it for life!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Trisha (Chase, Mi) on 07/05/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been struggling with my weight for a long time. I became hypothyroid after the birth of my second son. My weight skyrocketed up to 260 on my 5ft 10 inch frame. I was getting joint pain, back pain, no energy, irritable bowels, depression..so I began eating more whole grains,vegetables, took multivitamins, ate natural yogurt each day, exercised every day..nothing worked. then I read this book written by a doctor from vermont in like 1958 about apple cider vinegar. Sounded weird but I have tried weirder stuff so I began drinking a teaspoon of it in a glass of water with a teaspoon of honey. That was one month ago. My weight is 239. thats 20 pounds in a month. oh, I am 38 years old.

Ginger
Posted by Nicole (Virginia) on 05/24/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I'm of normal weight usually but have a tendency to add pounds when I stop working out and eating poorly. Just this month I did just that...due to a terrible sinus infection I didn't work out for 3 weeks (normally I work out 3x/wk) and ate poorly...sweets, no fruits/vegetables, etc. Normally my diet includes a huge salad each day and eggs for breakfast, etc. This time I was eating leftover brownies (for breakfast! ) and was too tired from being sick to make my salads, so no veggies at all. And...I had already gained a few extra pounds prior to getting sick.

But I constantly ate ginger for those 3 weeks to help with my sinus infection. Once I got better and made it to the gym weeks later...I braced myself once I got on the scale, preparing myself for the news since I was already a few pounds over...so knew it was now doubled. Shockingly...I had lost 4 pounds!! (That's a lot for me as I'm about 120lbs, 5'3")

I kept thinking it was the scale but it's the same scale I always used. Then I noticed how lean my arms were and knew it was real.

I racked my brain for what supplements I was taking consistently that might cause that and realized it was the ginger. I had ACV and iodine and Vit C occasionally...but it was ginger all day every day for weeks.

I googled Ginger and weight loss as soon as I got home just to see...and sure enough the articles are there.

I used fresh ginger and went through several good size roots. I would slice off the skin (to avoid pesticides) and then cut about 3 pieces an inch or two long...and a couple millimeters thick (so a few thin, 1-2 inch long pieces). I would simmer them for 10-15min in a few cups of filtered water and drink it hot like that or add a green tea bag (for my morning cup) and drink it as ginger-green tea (I never added honey or anything else). Sometimes I'd do that twice a day.Then I would also EAT the boiled ginger pieces throughout the day. I sort of gnawed on them as I worked (they helped with my cough and opened my sinuses). By the 3rd week (b/c I was back at work and didn't have time to boil ginger tea

Then I would also EAT the boiled ginger pieces throughout the day. I sort of gnawed on them as I worked (they helped with my cough and opened my sinuses). By the 3rd week (b/c I was back at work and didn't have time to boil ginger tea so I was just taking small slices of the raw ginger and eating them straight like that...chewing gently to ease into the burn...maybe just 1 inch of the raw, uncooked per day.

Hope this helps someone. I think many ways of preparing the ginger will work...and it's portable so can go anywhere. Just slice it ahead of time. I never tried adding honey or the crystallized versions...just the raw.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Carolynne (Cordova, Tennessee) on 06/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking apple cider vinegar for about six years. What I noticed right away was I don't have any of joint stiffness and pain. When I stop using it for more than 4 days, the pain returns to my back and neck. I also noticed that my weight is always perfect for my height 5'6", 127 pounds, 54 years old. The vinegar removes the excess salt from your body when you sleep, so no bags under the eyes when you wake up in the morning. I drink two tablespoons of acv with 16 ounces of water, two hours before bed, it removes toxins in your body while sleeping, so no swelling in the joints, no bags under the eyes from excess salt. It is a natural weight loss, as well as rotor-rooters the arteries, so good for your heart. also keeps your body from getting sick. I love it! Carolynne


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Janet (Ca) on 11/02/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have hypothyroidism and for years I fought to lose weight. I tried every diet out there, exercised everyday for 2-3 hours a day. I would lose 5-20 lbs and gain it all back, plus some. I finally saw a dietitian and found out I was doing it all wrong. She explained that people with thyroid issues, can't digest food fast enough, if large volumes of food are eaten. So I was put on a six mini meal a day plan. I was also told no more than thirty minutes of cardio. I did this and very slowly the weight was coming off. I wanted quicker results and saw an article about ACV, baking soda, and lemon. I have hypertension and opted out on baking soda.

I started drinking 2 TBSP of ACV in 4 ounces of water, three times a day. Immediately the pounds started melting away faster with the program I was on. I went from 259 lbs down to 197 lbs in six months. Even my blood pressure dropped to normal, my cholesterol levels were normal, and the inflammation in my joints were gone. If not for weight loss....do it for your health. It's worth it!!


ACV and Baking Soda
Posted by The Real Will (Pittsburgh) on 09/04/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have been on a weight loss plan (diet and exercise) for the past 8 months, losing weight slowly and steadily. I had been taking a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with dinner for months as a general tonic. After reading all of the great things that ACV can do here on EC, I upped the dose to 2 tablespoons in a glass of water, several times a day (3 to 4 time a day). I started to feel it in my teeth at that dose, so I recalled reading on Earth Clinic that adding baking soda to the ACV will help prevent the wearing down of the enamel on the teeth, but won't diminish the effectiveness of the ACV. So I started adding a little baking soda (I mean a little...I used the handle of the measuring spoon to scoop a little out...I'm guessing about 1/8 teaspoon or less).

Since I had been dieting already, weighing and measuring my food, and nothing had changed, and I know what kind of weight loss to expect, I was surprised at a sudden loss of fat around my midsection. I was trying to figure out what caused the sudden drop and the only thing different was the addition of the baking soda (I had been taking the ACV for months already, and the increased dose for weeks). So I kept taking the baking soda and I continue to have faster weight loss results with the baking soda, although it has only been a few weeks. For people already dieting, I think that taking a little baking soda, or baking soda with ACV is a worthwhile addition to your plan. I would take more, but I actually like the taste of ACV and I don't want to eliminate the flavor entirely. :)

In the last 8 months, I lost about 35 pounds, but an additional 3 pounds in the past week and a half. I lost 7 inches off my waist during that time, and an additional 1/2 inch in the past week and a half. Results are supposed to slow down, not accelerate, the longer you are on a diet plan. Not too bad for a 49 y.o. guy. I may try adding more baking soda by itself (as to not ruin the flavor of my ACV.).

Thanks,

Will


Dietary Changes
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

This post has to do with me trying to lose weight. It might not be "Earth Clinic" grade because it is not a full blown health issue but excess weight sure can become a health issue. Well, I've always had trouble with being overweight and have used a number of "dieting" methods to take off extra pounds. But in the past five years those methods have not worked and so in this past six months the weight has been such that I really was getting "out of control." I've used all kinds of methods...fasting, lots of ACV, various herbs, protein drinks, not eating after 4pm etc etc. Some of those worked in the past but none of them worked in the past four years.

So....finally, I gave up on "self help" and bought into one of those services where you order on line. I mean one of those prepared food boxes that you eat out of and....

I'm reporting in after 15 days on my "eat out of the box" venture. First, is it healthy? Well, I continue to supplement with vitamins; green drinks and multi nutrition powder cardio drinks. Second, the company I ordered from has digestive enzymes built into the program and has a good amount of fiber also. In fact, the problem with fasting is that after four or five days, the system stops eliminating in a regular fashion.

First, the results, mid way into the 30 day program I bought. I have lost 15 pounds. That's much more than I expected.

Second, when I dove into my first "lunch" I thought it was perhaps five tablespoons of food. That "little bit" was crushing but a lucky thing saved me from a quick rejection of the whole thing: My wife had finished canning a lot of fresh tomatoes the day before and she had used part of the tomatoes along with some onion and carrots to make a vegetable "stew" and I added to my paltry "lunch" her stew .... six tablespoons of the vegetable mix to the prepared package. And through the past two weeks I've often used the added vegetables to enlarge the portion. I would say to anyone, especially a guy used to getting large portions, use this idea to enhance the "small amounts" the company gives you. As the days went on, I found I needed less and less "extra" to give me more. You can have all the veggies you want...well certain ones.

After all, part of the strategy is to get the stomach to shrink so that less satisfies you.

I'll keep you informed as week three passes and finally week four. I hope to have lost 22 to 25 pounds by the end of 30 days...the amount of food I bought. But the key to this whole thing....the bane of any weight loss is...can you keep it off over time. I have high hopes because...I'm not eating as much nor do I want as much....I'm not famished for food at 10 pm before bed.....I'm not craving junk (chips, ice cream) .... and not craving my favorites (pastry stuff)....but biggest I don't feel driven by food.

Start weight...240...current weight after two weeks...225. Goal after two more weeks....215. That amount is much more than the company says is a norm. BTW, I have not increased exercise.

BTW again, I was told that the food tasted like sawdust but have been surprised that 90 percent is actually good, the rest being ok. Better tasting than I thought. And .... my "snack" tonight....chocolate chip cookies.

Oh, almost forgot...blood pressure dropped 15 points. Down to 115/77 with heart rate at 64.

Potassium Iodide
Posted by Jenn (Memphis, Tn) on 10/22/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hello,

I have been trying to lose about 8 pounds for the past few years and have been very unsuccessful despite regular exercising and eating a healthy diet. I had been taking lugol's iodine drops daily on and off for years, but decided to switch to potassium iodide tablets I had in the cabinet that I had ordered after the Fukushima nuclear disaster (but never tried).

A few weeks after starting on the potassium iodide, I got on the scale and noticed I had dropped 7 pounds. I couldn't believe it. After trying so hard to lose weight for years, it came off with no work.

I take 1 potassium iodide tablet (32.5 mg per tablet) once a day. Morning or night, doesn't matter. On days I fly and go through x-ray security machines, I take two tablets.

Lately I have felt I don't need to take the iodide every day and now take it every 2-3 days. My weight has not gone up. I think that the potassium iodide gave my thyroid what it needed and thus sped up my metabolism. Yippee!!

I really hope this helps people who have similarly tried many remedies, diets or exercise with no success.

P.S. I could not find a large bottle of potassium iodide on amazon when I ran out of my first bottle, they only sell small batches for nuclear disaster preparedness kits for some reason. Search "potassium iodide tablets" on google and you'll see websites that sell 120 tablets for under $10. I got my bottle on iherb. It lasts a long time!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/25/2017

Here is my 30 day report on losing weight. As I reported a few weeks ago I undertook one of those TV weight loss programs where you buy the food and they ship to you a thirty day supply. The following is the result .... primarily I am reporting on the health aspect of the program. I started at slightly below 240 pounds. That is 60 pounds heavier than I should be. My weight was kept under control until about 10 years ago and began escalating up year by year. The old ways I had to lose weight were not working....such as intermittent fasting.

So out of desperation I tried one of the heavily advertised TV "meals provided" methods. I bought in and included an extra for "shakes" as another filler to the meals but the shakes were part of the total allotted amount of food. So I ended up not really using the shakes.

So here are the health benefits and following are the warnings.

I have lost, in 30 days, 20 pounds. For me, I rate the food as a B plus. Better than I thought it would be. I did not have cravings or feel deprived.... feeling like, "I can't wait to start eating real food again." In fact, my portion control expectation is much better and the bad stuff is not even a temptation....such as, "I can't wait to eat french fries again." My blood pressure dropped 15 points. I'm now at 113/75 with resting heart rate of 58.

However, the warnings are serious: First, the advertisements show generous portions. They are definitely NOT generous and if it had not been for a trick my wife figured out, I doubt if I could have completed the program given my voracious appetite. Simply she made a vegetable stew (carrots, spinach, tomatoes, onions, celery...non starchy veggies) and that vegetable stew got added to the SMALL portions provided. That extra "free" vegetables was sufficient to make each meal (lunch and dinner) more "full" and like a real meal.

Another warning: If you order from one of these companies (I bet they all do it) you are set up as an automatic SECOND order unless you follow their cancellation rules. In the case of the company I bought from, their rule (stated in hard to follow language) was at the bottom of a few paragraphs and very easy to miss. It did not say: YOU WILL BE AUTO REORDERED unless you notify us within 14 days..." In my case we got an email after 3 weeks that the second shipment was on the way. We tried to cancel but the representative said there was a $125 dollar penalty (I thought it was $165, but my wife corrected me).

So watch out for the penalty. AND you have to cancel BY PHONE within 14 days after getting any order or you keep getting orders. AND you must make sure you keep your cancellation number; which is given to you by phone.

So my conclusion: I'm happy to lose the weight; just "eat out of the box" and the weight will come off ... and probably most people might have to supplement with "free" veggies to give enough food to make the thing work. AND the warnings about auto reorder/penalties and canceling by phone after your FIRST order arrives and making sure you get and keep your cancellation number.

Therefore in my case; Good outcome relative to food and lost weight....terrible company and policies.


Fasting 5:2 Diet
Posted by Stephanie (Napa) on 07/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Fasting 5:2 Diet

This is incredible! I have tried EVERY diet out there, doing research for years on nutrition and diet, went gluten-free for a while, went vegan, but could not lose those those last stubborn 10 pounds. I started fasting 22 hours, two days per week, and my life has changed. I am under 130 for the first time in a decade and ALL my old clothes fit again. Words cannot describe what it feels like to feel like your old self, and more importantly, feel in permanent control of your weight--it's been years of desperation and yo-yo dieting. Not to mention what it does to your mood!

I fast on Mondays and Wednesdays(or Thurs, depending on plans). I eat a full meal the night before around 7:30 and then eat 22 hours later around 5:30. I drink coffee in the morning and maybe another cup of coffee or tea around 2:00(I set an alarm on my phone) and just sip water casually throughout the day. Life changing. It's so much easier than you think just to skip a couple meals and just say to yourself, "I'm not very hungry" than it is to constantly stress about planning meals and waste time and energy counting calories. Just find projects to focus on and keep your mind distracted and you will be fine. Sipping water also prevents hunger pangs so it's easy to forget you are even fasting.

Prayer and/or journaling during these days is the easiest way to transform your mind while transforming your body. Just purge every thought out on paper and don't sensor yourself(you can always burn it! ) But try fasting, it will seriously get you off the diet roller coaster and completely reset your taste buds for healthier eating. Trust me, you really can do this!


ACV and Baking Soda
Posted by Pup2pup (Cincinnati) on 10/27/2016

Misconception - baking soda never contains aluminum, but some baking powders do, so always buy the aluminum-free baking powder for your cooking. And don't worry about the baking soda.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Katlyn (Shrewsbury, MA) on 11/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I am 15 years old and i've been using ACV for a week now. I have already lost 5lbs and 2 inches off my waist. I am so happy. I have made a combination of all of the recipes that i found on this site and this is my recipe.

-1/2 cup ACV
-2 tbs of honey
-1 quart water
-Apple juice
-maple syrup (the real stuff)

Sip this concoction throughout the day and you're definitely going to notice the difference. I certainly have!!! I've told my parents about it and my mother has lost 4llbs, my dad 10lbs!!! I am so happy. Wish me luck in losing the 30lbs that i want to!


Dietary Changes
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/23/2017

This is an update on my attempt to lose over time 40 pounds. I had used a well known TV advertised food supplement program and complimented the food and the amount of weight I'd lost in the first two weeks of the program. I am a week away from reporting in total weight lost on the first 30 days.

But this morning I got a CURVE BALL from the company. They are AUTO SHIPPING a second order I did NOT order. The auto ship information was deep into a paragraph that you had to carefully read in order to spot the "automatic" reorder if you ordered the first time. To cancel the AUTO Shipping of a SECOND order, you had to cancel within two weeks of receipt of first order. Same with second order. And the representative told me that also you had to call in the cancellation...you could not do it by email. I said, Well, can I go ahead and cancel the auto order now? She said no, that I'd have to actually get the delivery before being able to cancel the third order. And I'd have to have a cancellation number given to me when I cancelled the order. So I have nothing in writing from Nutra...... that showed cancellation? She said that was correct.

But there's more confusion. I told the representative that I had planned to reorder two or three weeks into September when I experimented a bit on how my body was taking to the new eating style but that I wanted to change about 30 percent of the items and get different things. Then she said, OK, I can cancel the order and let you reorder now with me by phone.....I said, I have to tell you the items I want now? Yes. But finally after I complained that I felt pressured to choose the food items, she relented and gave me till September 17 to reorder before the penalty of $165 kicked in.

SO, since I complimented the Nutri....... program in my first post I feel obligated to warn people to go ahead and cancel within 14 days of delivery or get hit with an automatic reorder that you can't get out of without penalty.

All in all, I think this auto order stinks and is really a curve ball. Given that this group is a FOOD company, this experience really leaves a BAD taste in my mouth.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ed (Riverside, CA) on 05/23/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I learned about the Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss from a parent of one of the girls I coached in soccer. I used it twice a day, in the morning (2 table spoons in apple cider) and 2 tablespoons again before I go to sleep. I ate sensibly and exercised two days a week. I lost about 60 pounds in 4 months. Recently I went back to it when I felt my weight was getting back up to an unacceptable level. Using the same plan I have lost 25 pounds in 3 weeks. I find that using about 4 ounces of apple cider does a good job of making the taste of the ACV. It's working for me, you may want to try it

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nikesha (Toledo, Ohio) on 03/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I just thank the Lord for blessing you people in finding these remedies. The diet i'm on is the acv& honey-water diet. I cried when i walked passed my husband and he said i look thinner, everyone now keep telling me how smaller I'm getting, this really works!! Praise God you never know what people go through in life, and i was so tired of being heavy, heart aches, knee problems, cant run after my kids enough, and i'm only 26 yrs. old!!! thanks 2 everyone

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Charity (Versailles, Indiana) on 11/16/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking ACV for about 3 weeks now and can really tell a difference.I take 1 tsp with a full glass of water 3 times a day. It has given me alot more energy, and my pants are getting lose on me. The taste is horrible BUT the results are awesome,and you get used to it fast at least i did!! I really recommend trying it what do you have to lose?? God Bless you on your journey!!!


Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Nm (Hou Tx) on 04/10/2016

I realize this is an old post, but wanted to respond for other people reading. I would guess the craving for salt is due to the potassium in the orange juice, which is not a negative. My understanding is potassium and sodium need to be balanced in the body; an increase in one can create a craving in the other. Wishing good health to us all.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Sharon (Santa Fe, NM) on 03/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

After menopause, I seemed to be bloated in my midsection most of the time. My lower stomach was puffy most of the time. I'm a thin person, and thought this was weight gain due to menopause & quitting smoking. Ond day I took 2 activated charcoal capsules for gas, and I ended up spending a lot of time in the bathroom that day. By that evening, I realized that my stomach was flat again! I figured that the charcoal had detoxified my system!! I will continue to take the charcoal once or twice weekly now. I am extremely happy with the results!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Alma (St Croix, USVI) on 07/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I use the ACV 500 mg pills...2 pills, two to three times a day, begore meals. My Chlestrol was 257...I weighed 176 pounds...started taking them Sept. 1, 2006. December 2006, my chlestrol dropped to 120..my weight dropped to 162..today my weight is 149 and I haven't had my chlestrol checked yet. I feel great!!



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