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Apple Cider Vinegar for Flu

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Marshall (Victoria, Texas) on 11/12/2008:
5 out of 5 stars

Since I can remember, I have had one or two bouts a year with sore throat and cold/flu that turns into bronchitis. An elderly gentleman who remembered taking acv mixed with honey as recommended by his doctor when he was a child told me try it for my ailments. It has worked like nothing before! Mixed 50/50 with honey in a shot glass(for sore throat), as a straight shot(this burns the tummy a little), or 2 tablespoons with a cup of warm water for respiratory/sinus problems. I have not been sick since I started taking ACV at the first sign of illness. My children have used it as well. They aren't real happy with the taste and smell but I am happy with the results! Hard for doctors to get rich recommending this home remedy!
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Bahbi (Salem, Oregon, USA) on 10/31/2008:
5 out of 5 stars

My husband of 81 yrs recently was very sick with a bad cold (or flu?) and had a sore throat, and I (61 yrs old) felt I was also just catching it (just beginning to notice a scratchy throat, and have some congestion). We don't have any "extra" money, and I hate the idea of giving it all to the big pharmaceutical companies for the "privilege" of taking potentially toxic concoctions, so I'm always looking for cheap and natural ways to do things, and I looked online for cold remedies, and found EarthClinic.

That first evening I read about Apple Cider Vinegar for flu/colds/congestion, and both my husband and I immediately started using it (1 Tablespoon in a glass of water, 3 times per day). It didn't taste wonderful, but wasn't TOO bad, and, after all, we were using it as "medicine"...and it did cure both my husband's and my sore throats (Mine within minutes, my husbands within 3 doses).

The next day, while continuing the ACV 3/day,I also tried Jean's Tomato Tea because we were both still so congested. My husband usually likes slightly spice-hot foods, and I usually don't, but with the Tomato Tea he didn't like the "hot" sensation of the spiciness, and refused to drink any more after that first try---while I was instantly aware of it clearing my sinuses and soothing my throat, so I continued to use it over the next 3 days. It worked well for me as a decongestant, but my cold was still very much "there", and I began gaining weight (controlling my weight has been a life-long problem for me), so I stopped using the Tomato Tea, but continued the ACV 3/day. It has now been about a week, and my husband is completely healthy, and this morning I am feeling much better and much less congested.

On the second morning after my husband and I began using ACV, we both lost weight. He has continued with a loss each day, and has now lost 7 pounds in 7 days. I had lost 3 pounds, then gained part of it back while I was using Tomato Tea, but now I am slowly losing again, so long as I don't eat anything with sugar and/or processed wheat flour.

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Catherine (Geraldton, Westen Australia) on 08/09/2008:
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for your site.

My son had an awful flu that laid him off work for a week. I started to get the same symptons that he started with. I have used the H2O2 in my ears before and fortunately was able to stop it with that and bed rest for a day and also staying away from sugary foods. However, I am doing a pretty stressful job at the moment and finishing a Project at my volunteer organisation. This morning I woke up with my ears very sore and a sore throat. I used the H2O2 in my ears again a couple of times until the fizzing stopped which eased the soreness alot except for one spot in my right ear. I came to work and grabbed some immune boosters from the Health Shop but my throat was still sore. I found your site when I was looking up the info about H2O2 and colds and flu as I hadn't read it for a couple of years and I had been telling the owner of the Health Shop about it. I saw ACV mentioned in the testimonials about using H2O2 orally so had a look at the ACV testimonials as well.

I've just come Back from the supermarket with ACV and measured a couple of tablespoons [by eye] with a teaspoon of honey into a mug of warm water. The relief to my throat was almost instant and I'm really enjoying sipping on it. I'm even starting to pick up a bit of energy too. Thanks for reminding me about something so effective that I had used in the past and had forgot.
Best wishes and keep up the good work.

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Melly (Merced, CA) on 05/03/2008:
5 out of 5 stars

Two days ago, I came down with a nasty flu, and had a fever of 102. Luckily, that's gone down considerably, but a lot of symptoms remain. I googled flu cures, and this site popped up. I actually found a bunch of remedies here that seemed plausible, but the sheer amount of positive feedback for apple cider vinegar really caught my eye. I had some already, and decided to try it out. This morning, I heated about 10 oz. of water, then added 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and a splash of lemon juice. I hated the taste, so for lunch I tried something different (new, not found here).

I heated about 8 oz of orange juice, then 2 tsp of acv. As an addition, and because I'd read about its benefits here, aw well, I added a couple of shakes of ground cinnamon (probably 1/2 tsp or so). I can't taste the vinegar, and I feel better already! Aches are easing, my stomach and intestines are settled, and I don't feel nearly as "bleh" as just half an hour ago. I'll keep it up for a couple of days, here's hoping it continues working! I'm thinking of trying oil pulling next if this keeps up, I'm definitely a believer now.

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Skye (Los Angeles, CA) on 04/24/2008:
5 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking ACV in hot vegetable broth for a couple of years now, every time I feel virus-y or like I'm coming down with a virus. I usually feel it in my stomach first, and I get exhausted and lethargic, and sleepy. Food is the last thing on my mind! But for some reason, when I feel bad like this, I'll crave ACV in something hot and salty like broth. I usually heat up some water and add the vegetable cubes or broth mix, about 1-3 tbsp of ACV, a tbsp of lemon, and about 1-2 tbsp of fresh ginger (I get it pre-minced in a glass jar). I don't know what it is, but within a few minutes of drinking this, I always feel so much better. It's like my body is craving this concoction, and it's the only thing that will make it feel better. Of course, you should adjust the measurements of ACV, ginger, etc to what you think your body will need...I usually try it out while its heating to check it for potency. I would love to know if this has worked for anyone else!
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Barry (Glasgow, Scotland) on 01/08/2008:
5 out of 5 stars

i've been decked by a really nasty flu for the last 3 days. After taking all the usual over the counter remedies for it to no avail, i decided to look on the net to see if there was any natural cure. Ran across this page on ACV, decided what the hell and tried it out. That was maybe about an hour ago and, no joke, i swear i'm starting to feel better already. I took two straight tablespoons and if my symptoms don't clear up i'll take another 2 tomorrow. Thanks for putting this up.
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Barb (Madras, Oregon) on 11/28/2007:
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking 1Tablespoon organic applecider vinegar and 1 Tablespoon pure honey in 6-8 ounces room temp. water every day 4 5yrs and have not had a cold or flu. When I first heard about it from one of my old friends I was skeptical. But I have to tell you it is awful nice not to be down sick.I'm around a lot of sick people and I'm the only one OK.They ask me I just tell them but most people won't It's the ones like us that want to stay well that risk these old remedies.
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Connie (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) on 05/11/2007:
5 out of 5 stars

I was really skeptical about this, but with a deployed husband and two kids (and after enduring a seven hour 103 degree fever that wouldn't break with tylenol or motrin or excedrine sinus headache) i figured it was worth a try. I am so glad I tried it, within an hour my fever broke and already i can breathe through my nose. i will never suffer again like that! This is becoming a routine for me I can't afford to be sick. Thank you so much for giving me a solution that still lets me be alert enough for twin 15 month olds!
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Randy (Westminster, Colorado) on 03/14/2007:
5 out of 5 stars

Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: Ok, I know, everybody starts reading and thinking. Yeah right, none of these stories are true. Well, rest assured, they are very real. Now, I've been sick for going on 2 freakin weeks here. Have gotten zero sleep do to the headaches and sinus pressure.

So, not being able to sleep here, I started surfing the net, and ended up here on your site, because I have been taking antibiotics and whatever else I could get my hands on to try to get the headache to stop and to try to get some form of relief. Well, I kept reading through all the postings and then I decided to give this a shot, nothing else worked, do why not!

I poured about 1/4 cup [ACV] in a glass, then added about 7 or 8 ounces of water. Began drinking it... Keep in mind, I can't smell or taste a thing here, so wasn't that hard to do actually. I did this at 0615 and its about 45 minutes later now, and I am starting to feel the nasal airway open slowly, my ears, well, they sound like popcorn going off, and the headache is getting a little better. Now don't go trying to give your loved one a kiss after drinking this tonic, they will have to no part of it or you for a little bit there.

Give this a try,you just might be as surprized!

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Claudine (Portland, OR) on 02/27/2007:
5 out of 5 stars

For eleven years I have been a high school teacher. I have never missed a day because of illness. I have started to get a cold and felt ill, but nothing serious in all those years. And I deal daily with students who say they are sick and should be home. They sneeze and cough around me all day and I don't catch a bug. Every morning, weekends included, I drink a tea of half cup of very hot water with a large spoonful of honey stirred in, a glub, glub of vinegar poured in, and shot of some kind of juice (grape, apple, berry) to enhance the flavor.
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