Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar: Uses, Health Benefits and FAQ

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Posted by Christine (Nottingham, England) on 08/14/2011

to ti. Thank you for your suggestion I will give it a try. christine

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Posted by Christine (Nottingham, England) on 08/13/2011

can ted or anyone tell me if apple cider vinegar contains histamine. I would like to try it to reduce histamine levels. I am not sure what to do. I do not want to make things worse. thanks

Replied by Ti
(Houston, Usa)

Christine, A natural product to reduce histamines is Standard Process 'Antronex'. Hope it helps. You can find it on amazon.

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Posted by Marina (New York) on 08/13/2011

Dear Earth Clinic,

Thanks so much for your website. It is priceless. One question about ACV -- is it just as effective eating it with olive oil in a salad, or does it work better/faster in water? Thanks again for a great resource!


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Posted by Rapunzel (Hotlanta, Usa) on 08/09/2011
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There's no harm whatsoever in taking the vinegar straight or in less water than suggested above. In fact, I take mine either straight, or I will put the ACV in a tablespoon or two of water and down it in a single gulp. (Sometimes to sweeten it a bit, I'll put in a couple drops of liquid stevia. If you go this route, just make sure that you rinse out your mouth with clean water b/c you don't want the ACV to wear down the enamel on your teeth.

Also (and perhaps most important of all), be sure to purchase an ACV that is unrefined - meaning that it is raw/unpasteurized and with the "mother" still in it ... And preferably organic. The "mother" is the natural fermentation base that allows the apple cider to become vinegar. Always shake up the bottle before you pour the vinegar in order to get those wonderful enzymes, beneficial bacteria, and great nutrients all mixed together.

WRT your own allergy issues, you might also try finding a local honey source and take a small amount each day. (Some take 1 tsp, others 1Tbsp. ) Honey from a local source will have the pollens in your area, and this will allow your body to become accustomed them, naturally.

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Posted by Antonia (Bulacan, Baliwag, Bulacan, Philippines) on 08/09/2011

Can I use the heinz apple cider vinegar in the absence of _____ brand with the mother. We don't have _____ brand in the Philippines.

Thank you, antonia

Replied by Kelly
(Cambridge, Ma)

Hi Antonia - Yes, you can substitute Heinz ACV for _____'s. I've actually had better results with Heinz. When I switched to _____'s, my symptoms returned (go figure), so I went back to using the Heinz brand.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

I find wine vinegar doing the same as ACV, mainly: more energy and better skin. I dilute it a lot. I suspect many other vinegars might work the same as ACV at least for some things and for some people!

Replied by Dud
(Somewhere In, Wv, Usa)

Antonio, Kelly:

Both _____s & "Tree of Life" raw apple cider you buy off the shelf is now sub-standard & inferior vinegar. They are still "green" and un-finished ferment products that have not been "finished" to real vinegar yet.

You can tell this by their taste alone. They are still in some in-between stage. They are not true vinegar. Just taste them.

They used to be the real thing, but not any more. I used to use those brands, until about 6 months ago, when I noticed the change in taste. Then I began using regular store brand apple cider instead. [non raw]. I will continue to do so, until the _____ company starts selling real [raw] vinegar again.

I do not believe that _____s or TREE OF LIFE brands are true vinegars now, and therfore they can not give you the medicinal effects of true vinegar.

I suppose they are selling so much of it, that they can not keep up with production. So they are bottling the green un-finished product to sell us instead.

Replied by G

Everyone's health/body needs are different. What works for one does not mean that it will work for all. You can tell by the "yeah"'s and "nay"'s on here for any remedy listed (not just with ACV. ) Some people have found that regular ACV works for their ailments. Some only found relief with organic…. While some have found that white vinegar works best.. Trial and error for each individual. I have found that white vinegar works better on my face than ACV. I was giving my dog regular ACV to try to help with her ear issues. No improvement until I switched to organic ACV. She is a much happier dog. Trial and error... Patience. Thanks.

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Posted by Ctbrgr (Newton, Nc, Usa) on 07/29/2011

I am giving this stuff a try (acv and honey) and it hurts so bad that I may overdo the treatment. Last couple of days I've done the Apple Cider Vinegar concoction a few times a day, and it seems to be better for a short time then rebounds back, so I take it that it is not a fast cure, so here I go for a couple days fasting food and drinking this stuff, I don't want the hurt to come back, so I am drinking about 2 cups water, 2 Tbsps _____s, and half of a tsp of local honey. If I do this every hour and lots of plain water in between, is that too much acv???? I also got the neti pot things together and will be starting that every hour after I get done with this..... Any other suggestions?.... Warnings????

Replied by Janet
(Kendal, U.k)

E.C always tends to suggest to start any new treatment on low dose and increase steadly, giving your body chance to adjust. Sounds good advice.

You didn,t say why you were taking it, But with my own experiance I found I too had to reduce for awhile. Otherwise the side affects off balanced the benefits. Good Luck!!

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Posted by Abedog (Kirkland, Wa, Usa) on 07/22/2011

Hi there,

Can you take ACV every day forever? Or should you only take it when you have an acute symptom?

With all the benefits I see for it, I'm wanting to know if I can just take it always? What about my children and pets? I would be terrified to stop it with the horrendous health problems we have had in this family and the relief the ACV has brought us.

Thank you so much to this site and all the contributors.

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Posted by Lee (Adelaide, South Australia) on 07/04/2011

Does anyone know if ACV contains salicylates?

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Posted by Tinam1973 (Tacoma, Wa, Usa) on 06/25/2011

I have tried many of the recipies posted here and by far the best is to mix the Apple Cider Vinegar with apple juice. Having said that I still can't stand the taste. I had to stop because it was just too hard for me to drink. It has been almost a week and I can still taste it in my mouth. All my food tastes funny and I have a rotton taste in my mouth all the time. Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone have any suggestions to get my taste buds back to normal?

I read on this website also, that applying the Apple Cider Vinegar to the underarms helps control body odor. I also read that you rinse but do NOT use soap. Can anyone tell me why that is? This stuff is so stinky to me....

Thank you friends for any information you may have to help. :-)

Replied by Linda

I mix one tablespoon with my Zeal powder every day and it really tastes great! You may need to mix you Apple Cider Vinegar with a strong juice. I love taking it! Not crazy about the taste but it has really grown on me. The other key is to not breath through your nose till you have cleared your pallet with another taste or just plain water.

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Posted by Gary (Gosford, Nsw Australia) on 06/23/2011

Could you tell me, if the ph of a good apple cider is 2.5 or so, then how can this be good for trying to keep you PH level alkaline, what happens internally for this to be able to happen.

Thank you, Gary

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Posted by Peggy (Santee, California, United States) on 06/11/2011
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So I started drinking the ACV in water two days ago and I've since had terrible gas. ????????????

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Posted by Chegui69 (Long Beach, Ca, Usa) on 06/10/2011

I recently got a physical and showed I had raised triglycerides everything else was fine. So I started first to change my diet then I wanted to begin Apple cider vinegar cure Ted speaks of. 2 tablespoons of Acv(Organic) 1/4 teaspoon of Baking soda in a glass of water. I've only been doing this in the morings for now along with good eating habits. I'm on my 2nd week of this treatment and feel like my stomach stays very warm all day. Its starting to bother me somewhat. Feels like acid reflux or heartburn setting in... any advice will help.

thank you in advance!!!

Replied by Peggy
(Santee, California, United States)

Im new at this. Just started using the ACV yesterday. I am confused about the baking soda. I would think that would aggravate the stomach if taken every day. I'd like to see what answers you get to your question and what the need for the baking soda is?? I started taking a ACV pill everyday and also drinking the 2 tsp of ACV in water and sipping on that throughout the day.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne , Australia)

Adding baking soda to the ACV will for the most part neutralise the acid. The warm feeling in your stomach may be the fact that the food is not digesting properly and is sitting in your stomach. I know a lot of people take these together but I don't agree with it. Acid reflux is caused by too little acid not too much acid in your stomach.

Try the ACV without baking soda.

Replied by Angel
(Dubai, Uae)

Hi Chegui69

Even when I tried the ACV with soda remedy I also experienced ths acid reflux. So I stopped taking it. Any advice from other members will be a great help.

Replied by Chegui69
(Long Beach, Ca, Usa)

Hello Peggy, Debbie and Angel,

Well its been a couple days from the post and I've tried Zantac, Mylanta and herb teas... It seems to return later in the day. I should also add when added this post I was going through some tough anxiety and panic attacks ive havent had in years and I'm sure that added acid into my stomach that was not needed. When I would hit my panics attacks I could feel the butterflies in my stomach and perhaps acid building up. At this point I'm getting kinda worried.


Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Chegul69 maybe try digestive enzymes to see if it is undigested food causing problems. You may have food fermenting in your stomach not digesting.

Also anxiety, panic attacks may be caused by B3/Niacin deficiency.

Replied by Leena
(Montrose, Co)

In reply to Angel from Dubai regarding acid reflux. I was going through the worst of my life and tried drinking green tea with ACV. It made it a hundred times worse. So a friend of mine told me to drink plain hot water with nothing in it cause it washes the acid down. Sip on the hottest water you can. I tried this remedy and within 1/2 hour the acid reflux was totally gone. Don't eat anything right away and if it doesn't work have a second cup.

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Posted by Alfred (Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand) on 06/04/2011
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It keeps Amazing me, how many people do not know the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.. A tenant of mine gave me a Jarvis book in 1994.. I read that book to become healthier.. It opened my eyes.. To Better Health for pennies per day.. I have been promoting ACV ever since.

The ACV book that Deirdre published has been a big help.. I work close with a Temple in Thailand were I now am semi retired. , . Yes, promoting ACV.. But I think that everyone should read up on ACV.. I ordered 9 ACV Deirdre's book to be sent to the Temple for their Library.. I also Had Amazon send 9 of Jarvis book.. Then I contacted the BEST Organic Apple cider people in USA (I think better then _____s) They will be sending 55 gal. Drum to this Thai Temple.. Who will be distributing it in Thailand.. Just bring in your container. We will fill it up with Health for you and your loved ones.

I hope that this letter gets printed.. So many I have sent, never gets to your eyes..

Much Love and caring, Alfred

Replied by Beth
(London, Uk)
0 out of 5 stars

ACV - nay. Gave me a headache every time I've tried it.

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Posted by Crystal (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Usa) on 05/24/2011


This may seem like an odd question but I suffer from seasonal allergy. I always smell this foul smell in my nose. Other people can smell it too, its not bad breath but due to allergies. I read about mixing apple cider vinegar with water and dipping cotton ball and putting it in your nose, by inhaling that, the smell would go away. But my question is, is it safe to inhale vinegar directly? Please help.

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Posted by Ves (Victoria, Australia) on 05/23/2011


I think its important to note that when I'm reading articles or opinions on ACV that it is not clear that individuals are aware that ACV stands for Raw unfiltered unpasteurised Apple Cider Vinegar, (containing Mother) which is quite different to Apple Cider vinegar in the supermarkets.

Please ensure that readers are aware of this difference. Regards