Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

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Posted by Sangeetha (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) on 05/03/2009
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I stumbled upon your website sometime in December 08 while I was surfing the net for home remedies for a small kidney stone. I tried the lemon juice olive oil recipe, but it didn't work (maybe because my stone might not be calcium oxalate). Then I read about the ACV remedy and I started it not just for my kidney stone but also for my food alleries. I started with IGA brand, went on to Heinz and finally to _____ when I found it in the stores here. For quite some time I took 2 tbsp in a big glass of water twice a day. Later I realised it is supposed to be 2 tsp (not 2 tbsp) so I changed to 2 tsp in a big glass of water twice a day. I always added a dash of salt, pepper and lemon juice to improve the taste. When I would skip it for a couple days (weekends) or more and then have the first glass, I would feel like I am drunk (I never drink) and wouldn't understand clearly what was going on for around me for a couple of hours. In around mid March I reduced to just 1 glass a day (as I would get headaches on weekends, after drinking ACV thru the week, I never get headaches otherwise, except after too much exposure to sun) and after a couple weeks I reduced it to just 1 tsp in 1 big glass of water. While it helped me a lot with my kidney stone and allergies, I didn't feel quite right - like I would feel drunk if I drank it after a gap. I have stopped drinking it for 2 weeks now as I started realising that I haven't been feeling myself. I have been working as a secretary for the last 23 years and I am excellent at my work. But for the last few weeks, I have been forgetting to do things at work, that come just naturally to me. I have been forgetting to do important things. I work as a secretary, so work done wrongly due to my forgetfulness is being notice by my boss and our clients. I have never ever been like this. I never have had to make an effort to remember anything and can multi task like my second nature. But remmebering to do the routine work has now become a burden for me and I am worried that don't know what will I do wrong at work next. ACV is the only thing I have done different in these months, so I am wondering if it is ACV that has caused the memory loss (and lack of concentration) in me. One of my colleagues had mentioned that I should not be mixing lemon juice with ACV as one is alkaline and the other acidic (I don't know which is which). Why has this happened to me? Has ACV either alkalized or acidified my body too much? Which one of the two it has done? And how can I get my body being back to the state it was before? How can I nullify the effects that ACV has done on my body.

I would greatly appreciate solution to this as it is effecting my work and my self-esteem. I just don't feel myself anymore.


Replied by Ingrid
(Lawndale, California, USA)

Dear Sangeetha,

All fermented fruits will have the alcohol effect, tha's why you feel like you are drunk, the side effects will not last very long, drink a lot of water, and if you can get a hold of a fresh coconut, drink a lot of the water, there is nothing better for UTI, and UT related anything. COCONUT water, good, natural refreshing won't cost much $$$ either. Please let me knw how you feel afterword, and regarding your work, it might not even be related with what you took, it might just be the stress of what you were going through.

Replied by Sangeetha
(Gramd Cayman, Cayman Islands)

Hi Ingrid

Thank you for your response. I doubt if we get fresh coconut water here in the Cayman Islands (though I do see plenty of them on the trees), but we do get the canned ones. However, I am allergic to coconut and generally try to avoid it. Stress may be a part of my work related, but it doesnt make you feel drunk and numb all day. I I am feeling drunk and numb even this morning and problems at work have gotten worse and I am seeing my doctor today to understand what's happening to me and to find a cure.

Replied by Sangeetha
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)

Further to my below post, I must add that I have hypothyroid which seems to have been affected by ACV. I have done blood test for thyroid and the results will come out shortly. The condition I described in my earlier (below) post is called brain fog as stated Cathy's post in the link below:

I have the exact same condition and have had problems at work due to forgetting, not able to concentrate, etc.

So I guess while ACV did wonders with my kidney stone and food allergies, those with thyroid (in my case hypothyroid) must tread with fear or consult their doctors before using ACV. If I didn't have thyroid, I guess I might have continued taking ACV.

Replied by Cat
(Austin, Tx)

I too have taken 1-2 TAB of ACV, _____'s brand and at first it was great; lost 4 pounds, had clear skin, more energy, no joint pain, eyesight improved etc.. Then, I began noticing that I get dizzy when I take it and got a candida rash on my face. Both went away when I stopped using it. Tested it again one morning and found I was dizzy, my blood pressure and blood sugar shot up, I itched; this was just 1 tablespoon in a huge glass of water. By nightfall, the candida rash was back around the nose and mouth. Conclusion: ACV is great for some but not for all, or all the time. I test it - realized it - eliminated it's DAILY use. Now, I use it only as a medicine when eating badly and when seasonal allergies cause symptoms. Candida is kept very active with VINEGAR plus sugar and wheat in all its forms. I now know that as a life-long carbo addict with thyroid, candida and pre-diabetic issues my DIET had to change. When I'm consistently low carb for at least 2 weeks, my itching, moodiness, hard dry feet, shoulder pain, etc.. diabetic/candida/thyroid symptoms disappear. AND, my eyesight and voice get better. Low carb for me means eating the following daily:

6-8oz of meat or fish
egg yolks (allergic to whites),
raw salad with olive/coconut oil & spices (no vinegar)
unlimited cooked veggies
1 fruit
Gallon of water a day

On this diet I turn into SUPER WOMAN! with consistent weight loss, great memory and energy, AND, no pains or allergies. When seasonal allergies occur or I over-carb, 1 "teaspoon" of ACV before bed eliminates symptoms, but, I get right back on my low carbo diet the next day. Research and test what you are putting into your body and don't be afraid to cut back or eliminate what does not work for YOU ....peace out...CAT

Replied by Andrea
(Rough And Ready, California)
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Better But With Side Effects

Vinagar did everything it is supposed to do for me. No more constipation, no more dehydration, more energy and loss of weght, however my mind does not function as well, I can't remember the names of the insects I try to classify. I am going to take less and take it in tea to help lose water from my blood to reduce the increase in BP. My blood pressure is too low, but now it goes a bit too high.

I can't understand the inability to concentrate. I am still experimenting and now am taking one teaspoon in a cup of tea with some artifical sugar.

EC: Have you read some of the side effects reported from artificial sugar? Brain fog is one of them!

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Posted by Andrea (Kalamazoo, MI/USA) on 04/24/2009
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I tried ACV for 2 weeks and found my BM had turned pale yellow. A bit disturbing so I quit. Is this typical?

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Posted by Anonymous (Bergen, NJ) on 04/16/2009
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ACV also makes me very constipated. Seems to dry me out. Tried various brands/types, w/ and w/o baking soda, miniscule amounts to tablespoons, numerous times, and all had same constipating effect. Anyone with an explanation? Also, it makes me cold (lowers blood pressure - maybe the reason?) & did the same to a friend who tried.

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Posted by Renee (Kampala, Uganda) on 04/09/2009
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after reading this site about the wonders of ACV. I was eager to try it to lose weight. i bought american garden ACV because it is the only one available here. i take 10ml in 500ml of water and sip all day. however i feel very tired all the time and i have these bad i started taking it at once in the evening but i felt worse. these side effects subside when i stopped taking it. i felt better in my stomach when i was taking it. when i stopped the bloating and acid reflux returned.

i would really like to continue taking it. is there any advice you can give me on how to reduce these side effects? i have searched the site but dont see any remedies for the headache side effects. thank you

Replied by Che
(Roxas City, Phil)

Ted said any brand will do as long as its made from apples. Continue taking it and observe for a few days. Maybe your system is on transition period or healing crisis. Goodluck hope it works.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

Dear Renee:

Apple Cider Vinegar may not for some who has metabolic acidosis. A person with low levels of bicarbonates to neutralize the acidity may experience headaches. Therefore, a baking soda is added to neutralize the acid. My experience has been that an acid reflux works similar to that of yeast, which causes gas to rise as it ferments from the stomach. Most fungus yeast like bacterium are destroyed either from increasing the acidity of the stomach acid, or by alkalizing the body sufficient to neutralize them. The second remedy that is used is 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 glass of water taken twice or three times a day. The resultant pH here is roughly 7.5 pH when it's fully reacted, but will see a 7.0 pH initially. Acid reflux is noticed whenever a saliva 's pH to be below 7, instead of the usual 7.3 and a person has a lot of acid reflux at 6.5, become very weak and insomnia whenever saliva pH is below 6.

The baking soda may raise a little of saliva pH, but the effect is seen more if the potassium bicarbonate or the preferred tripotassium citrate is added along with baking soda. The third remedy I used is 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate in one glass (or if a person has trouble taking a full glass, then 1/2 glass of water may be necessary). It takes about over a week for the body to neutralize the acidity accumulated in the body and the acid reflux to subside.

A little known information is that most fungus, as in yeast, tend to grow at low acid condition, where the pH is between 4- 5.0. Most healthy person has a pH below 3 whenever the stomach needs to digest food. Starches, peanuts, potatoes and especially low acid food as in orange juice or fruit juice may wosen the condition as pH is acid but not too acid and tends to add fuel to the fire and this is how acid reflux is tested.

The simplest of all remedy I used is baking soda alone, but a newer remedy I may add a small pinch of ammonium bicarbonate or ammonium chloride, which kills the fungus and yeast. However, baking soda alone works, but to effectively raise the esophagus, and throat pH, I may need to add the potassium. The remedy is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate in at least 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day. This should have least effect on headaches and other problem. A potassium bicarbonate may be substituted. Some other people whose saliva pH is much lower such as 5.5, may require a lot more potassium to normalize the condition however. For example 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1 teaspoon of potassium citrate in 1 glass of water and taken at least twice a day. A yeast condition or an acid reflux, are quickly killed in some cases with 1/8 teaspoon of ammonium chloride or ammonium bicarbonate alone is possible. However, acid reflux in Thailand is generally rare and hard to find, but I had very few cases and is generally neutralized with the mentioned remedy. A person of acid relfux may also have low chromium, low vanadium, low manganese, low copper and low molybdenum, but the easiest way is to just avoid sweets and starches are the easiest. And then the drinking water we add minerals by simply adding the sea salt, either sea salt as in dead sea, himalayan or even the sea salt they used in fish aquarium, which have clearly labeled minerals on their packages.

The addition of sea salt is between 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per liter of water. If a drinking water has contaminated with heavy metals, the addition of 1/4 or even 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt will taste unusually salty or metallic. In which case adding to ordinary bottled mineral water would not have this effect and the source of the contamination often comes from bad pipes and rusty or contaminated water faucets. So the sea salt is synergistic with the other remedies mentioned. The addition of baking soda cannot be added with any sea salt, because it has a laxative effect, unless of course a laxative effect is desired due to constipation.

For most headaches I found that excessive calcium and lack of magnesium and especially vitamin c deficiency to be the common cause. If I take 500 mg of sodium ascorbate vitamin C twice a day, all headaches are gone the next day. A high common table salt intake and sometimes too high of sea salt may cause a headache too. The common table salt causes much higher headache where the most common source comes from the all American diets of french fries and potato chips, which are acid, high in calcium and has high fats. Low potassium and low magnesium can cause it too. Too much calcium entering the brain leads to headache and a magnesium is antagonistic so it reduces them. A potassium citrate increases alkalinity as do a baking soda and reduces calcium from leeching of the bones as the blood alkalinity is increased thus reducing the headache that way. So there's many causes of headaches, but these are the major ones. The apple cider vinegar is acid so a body without sufficient alkalinity to neutralize this has high blood calcium as the acidity causes higher leeching from the bones and reaching the brain and it's more worse if the person has low level of vitamin C, the form I prefer is sodium ascorbate, because it's an alkaline form, as opposed to an acid form of vitamin C such as ascorbic acid.


Replied by Cess
(Nairobi, Kenya)

Dear Renee

Sorry I read your question much late (4months after you posted it) as I was researching on side effects of ACV. I made the same mistake i think sometimes early this year and bought the American's Garden ACV because it is the first thing I saw in the supermarkets. I had not done much research on ACV

My advice (hope it is not late) would be that you look for natural ACV. If I remember well the one I got had 5% citric acid (natural ACV has 5% natural acidity)and i guess it was distilled (of course i did not realize that until i took it and my whole body started aching especially in the joints). With more info I started looking for natural ACV in the few health shops we have here in Nairobi. The one I found is OK and I would therefore advice you to look for health shops in Kampala, you might get lucky to get natural ACV. I do not take it regularly though because it makes me loose weight and I am very petite.

I was however confused because I saw one in one shop labeled "_____s" but the word "organic" was canceled manually with a marker everywhere it appeared on the label. Hope you get the right ACV and all the best. Cess

Replied by Calista
(Penang, Malaysia)

Hi, Renee. I have 2 suggestions for you. First is to try 5ml (instead of 10ml) of ACV in 500ml water and see if that dosage suits you better. Second is to increase your daily water intake. ACV may be flushing out toxins from your body and without water, the toxins remain in the body and cause problems. So, more water will ensure the toxins are flushed out. Also, tiredness and headaches can be your body's way of telling you that you need more water. Best wishes.

Replied by Mj
(Los Angeles, Ca)

Just wondering if large doses of apple cider vinegar (2 Tablespoons 2-3 times a day) will make a person smell like vinegar, much like garlic does? I work with the public and do not want to be offensive! Thanks for your help!

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Posted by Debbi (Anaheim, CA) on 04/02/2009
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I've been drinking 2tbsp of ACV in water throughout the day for the last week. Yesterday I gave myself a paper cut & when I licked the blood off my hand I noticed it had a very strong metallic smell & taste (something like pennies or rust). Today I can smell that same smell on my skin (hands mostly) and taste it in my mouth (been sensing that part for a few days now)... is this caused by the ACV?

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Posted by Georgia (Chicago, IL/USA) on 03/31/2009
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne- Question & Side Effect:

Yesterday evening I drank 2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water w/organic herbal tea and used the 50/50 ACV (_____s) w/distilled water as a toner at night after I cleansed my face by hand w/Out of Africa's shea complexion bar and before I placed Jason Vitamin E 25000 I.U. cream on. Side effects: My skin seemed fine, but soon after became blotchy, red, and stingy, this is after the cream was placed on face. I have some redness due to acne, and for a couple of weeks prior to this new ACV regime, I used BC aspirin mask w/honey, so this ripe face of mine is a discouragement and frightened me since it looks like a sunburn, never this red ever.

Question: Should I use the aspirin cream, if so, when? Or is aloe vera gel good? What should I do do about my flared up face? It calmed throughout the day, but I still feel stingy and it looks red and tight even after I washed my face this morning.

Today I drank 2 teaspoons of ACV in 8 oz of water twice. Organic herbal tea w/honey separately. Side effect: My throat burns a little and I had a bit of a throw up-hick up too. Tonight I'm only going to use the toner I made last night w/o the vitamin E cream (to see which is the aggressor- the soap, cream, or ACV). I'm still using the soap, and based on my test tonight, I'll either go with or without it tomorrow morning and evening.

My question is, am I to feel SICK? I feel weird sensations like a fever, headache, and exhausted. But during the day I was pretty well and energetic. I also find myself going to the bathroom more than usual, like all the time. What's up? Am I allergic or having a bad reaction? Are these warning signs? Or just toxins leaving my body? I've never cleansed myself w/ACV before so I may just be a bit sensitive or is this a red flag for extreme sensitivity?

Thanks in advance! (: Appreciate this awesome site!

Replied by Georgia
(Chicago, IL/USA)

Once I stopped the vitamin E cream, my face stopped it's rash/sunburn symptoms. I have noticed I am more energetic, but my face is breaking out more! And it's oily! I use to have dry skin. Is it the shea butter soap doing this? Is this suppose to occur? Still drinking the ACV twice daily and using the toner now with BC (aspirin) powder in the mix to help exfoliate and die down the redness and doing this once to twice daily depending how my face feels. Should I wash it off after a few minutes, or keep letting it sit on my face?

What face creams do you recommend with ACV for acne remedy? I have scars already too. ):

TY if anyone can assist me. (:

Replied by Charice

I suggest you stop everything you are putting on your face. Use a face cleanser of your choice - not the shea butter soap; you are adding more oil to your face and you don' t need that. After you wash your face, then use 100% tea tree oil. Do this at night time only. The smell is very potent, so you don't want to smell like tea tree oil during the day!

In the morning use only water to wash your face. If you need a light moisturizer, check out ___ [drugstore] in their face cleaning section and find one that is good for acne.

Your shea butter soap- use that for your body. I personally use shea butter and vitamin E formula I get from ____ [drugstore], as my moisturizer in the morning - but I don't have major acne problems.

My son was having major bumps on his face from shaving. In addition to changing what type of razor he used, he added tea tree oil to his nightly regimen. His face cleared up!

Tea tree oil is expensive for the little bottle ( get it at ____ or some local pharmacy store like it). The cost is around $13 for 1 fl oz. BUT it lasts a long time! Everytime I would get a pimple or feel one coming. I would put the tea tree oil on and it usually was either gone the next day or smaller. Gone by day two or three.

Replied by Sarah
(Kansas City, Mo)

I had horrible acne for about three months from excessive facials and using too many various facial products. The cure was the the virgin coconut oil.

It has been less than a week since I threw out all my expensive products and switched to virgin coconut oil. I wash my face with a face wash that only has natural ingredients - absolutely no parabens!. Don't over wash your face either. Twice daily - max.

I then apply the virgin coconut oil as often as needed. I understand that your experiencing more oil production, but the virgin coconut oil will help balance.

Another thing to consider - ingesting the virgin coconut oil. Just make sure you don't use refined coconut oil It's not the same.

Good luck.

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Posted by Adriana (Diamond Bar, California) on 03/29/2009
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ACV and RLS?

My mother and I began taking ACV yesterday, 2 teaspoons 3x's a day. I have noticed some very positive results from this, including clearer skin and the disappearance of an infection I have had for over 12 months. However, both my mom and I had terrible leg cramps and pain at bed time last night. I am wondering if anyone else has had this minor annoyance occur after ingesting ACV? I am a 23 year old female and my mother is a young 50, both of us are very healthy, average build, but neither of us are very active. I read about putting a bar of soap at your feet when you sleep to help with Restless Leg Syndrome. I am going to try that tonight. However, I do not know if that is what me and mom are suffering from. If this is just a side effect from the ACV how long should we expect to experience this? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Replied by T
(Maryland, USA)

My first thought was that you might be low in potassium, but as this effect happened to both of you under the same circumstance at the same time, then I wonder if it is indeed the ACV. Are you using an organic type with the "mother" in it? If not, try the organic, and also start smaller - just a teaspoon or two once a day to see how your body handles it, then you can increase it a bit. Please let us know how it goes as it could be relevant to someone else down the line :)

Replied by Wrldtrvlr
(Orlando, Fl)
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I too have been experiencing extreme leg cramps at night since beginnin ACV, which frightened me. I assumed it might be an extension of the gout for which I was taking acv.

Replied by Lisa
(Brandon, Florida, Usa)

I cured restless leg syndrome. One thing I used was quinine which is in Canada Dry soda water.

Replied by Cat
(Austin, Tx)

Sounds like low magnesium to me... Try magnesium citrate and make sure to keep up your potassium. I've noticed that some people get low iron with ACV and thyroid problems. I believe Ted's original suggestion of 1-2 tsp. Is a great way to start, but for those now experiencing these awful symptoms like memory loss, anemia, leg cramps, etc... I would suggest backing off ACV for a month, then trying again with added minerals like magnesium etc... ACV may cause detox, but if it is painful, lower the dose or stop completely for a few. Peace out, Cat

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Posted by Laurie (Wolverine, Michigan) on 03/26/2009
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Hekp, I love taking acv; I take 1 TBLSP daily, but I get a swollen tongue when I take it. I tested this by getting off it and it cleared up. I really like taking the acv it helps me in every other way, energy, skin looks good, eyes clear, more focused. Any recommendations?

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hello Laurie,

You might try breaking that tbsp. of ACV down into l teaspoon in a glass of water with meals (3 times a day) to see if that stops the problem of the tongue swelling. If not, you might try Ted's sea salt along with it because I think I read that somewhere in his advice for reducing edema.

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Posted by Amy (Ohio, US) on 03/23/2009
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I have been taking acv for a few days 1tlb. acv, 1tlb.honey some warm water It seems that I get a headache after I take it my head also feels all stuffed up. Like the opposite of what should happen. I'm using regular store acv, getting the organic as we speak. It almost feels like it has raised my blood pressure that is why I have the headache. Any suggestions?

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Posted by Ruby (Perth, WA Australia) on 03/18/2009
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I suffer with gallstones and anxiety attacks, I started using ACV on Saturday, I used to take it years ago with no problems.

I was taking 1 tblsp with honey and warm water. Monday night I had what was close to a gall stone attack, and vomited, though I had not eaten anything to affect this. By Tuesday morning I was nauseous with hot and cold chills and had to leave work early.

I still took it Tuesday lunchtime thinking it was just the detox taking affect (that's what I wanted it to be anyway). Felt a bit better Tuesday night, but a very bad headache and still hot, cold and clammy. I have not taken ACV today as I feel that it must be the cause.

Tonight my anxiety levels are very raised, hard to tell if its a side effect or not. I have been reading that I may be taking too much, should be 1 tsp not 1 tblsp. I will wait till I feel better and give it another go (maybe). Please let me know if anyone else has had the same side effects and what the outcome was.


Replied by Anna
(New Canaan, Connecticut)

To Ruby, Hi Ruby I take apple cider vinegar to cure gall bladder attacks. Is it possible that the honey may be contributing to your side effects? I have a bad reaction to honey sometimes even though it wasn't a problem a few years ago. I would try less acv and no honey next time.

Replied by Louis
(Portales, New Mexico)

This is about the individuals that are having reactions to honey. If you buy honey in your local grocery store you may be getting honey that comes two or three foreign countries blended together. Always read the labels. Here is another thing about honey. Some of the honey comes from plants that are genetically altered. Why should that be a problem? Well the bees collect the pollen from these genetically altered plants and bring at back to the hive and it is made into honey. That kind of causes people to have allergic reactions. If the honey is local honey it may not be a problem depending if the bees are getting their pollen from plants that are genetically altered or not. Genetically altered plants are not recognized by your body and that honey is not recognized either. I got a hold of some local honey once that was from Mesquite trees. The Trees/bushes have flowers. Fortunately these are not genetically altered and probably won't be/bee.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Jennifer (Pahrump, NV) on 02/26/2009
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Can't drink!!!! I've tried numerous times but that last time completely scared my mind. I just can't do it. Just it touching my tongue cause a gag reflex :) Seriously. Can I get the same effect from the capsule form and is there one you can recommend to me. I have bad acid reflex amounst other issues I believe ACV will help. Just can't drink it. I don't much of anything with vinegar unless it's buried in sugar. I can drink pickle juice..........I think???

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Posted by Jess (Burbank, CA, US) on 02/21/2009
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I started with the 1/4 tsp baking soda + 2 tblespoon ACV back in June. I liked it because it had more energy and my stomach worked daily. After a month I had to stop because I was getting red dots around my ankles which started about a week after I began using the ACV. When I first noticed the dots I did not pay much attention to them because there were only a couple, but by the end of the month both my ankles (front, back, inside, outer part) were covered with tiny red dots which then traveled to the tops of my feet and eventually up the front of my legs (nothing has happened past the knees, its all coming from the ankle and spreading from there).

The dots do not itch, hurt or anything, they are just unsightly if I wear shorts with sandles (I don't go out into the sun, and I'm always wearing pants that cover my legs when I do go out, so I don't think this is a sun problem. I do not wear tight socks either. The socks I wear are loose and breathable). When I stopped using the ACV some of the dots went away, but many stayed and grew light in color but then became brownish (like freckle colored). So now my ankles have a light brownish blotch ring around them with light brownish flecks on the tops of my feet and front of my legs. I finally quit ACV when several dots appeared on my face. Again, the dots were red, some went away when I stopped and the rest turned brown.

I don't now if these dots are a sign of something wrong (too much ACV), do you know?

Well its been eight months since I stopped (brown dots are all still on my face, ankles and feet), but I missed the extra energy and thought I'd try it again, this time I did 2 tsps into 1 liter that I sip thoughout the day hoping the smaller dose diluted in lots of water would not create the red dots (The recipe is 2 tsps to 16 oz water, I think it came from this website or one similar to this site). I began yesterday and woke up this morning with many dots on the tops of my feet, around my ankles and the front and back of my legs (everything still below the knees).

This evening I also found a red dot between my right eyebrow and the crease of my eye (which appeared sometime this afternoon/evening, because it wasn't there aroung noon).

Why is this happening? Is it a sign of something serious or something that I'm doing wrong?

I know that "red dots" are not as serious a problem compared to other side effects one might get from ACV, but I'm already dealing with the dots left over from last time which aren't so bad from a distance, but I don't know how much darker they are going to get if they start forming ontop of previous dots, like they are doing now.

I'm sorry to be bothering you with this, but does anyone else have this problem? How did you fix it?

Thank you, I appreciate any advice/suggestions you may have.


"Bleeding under the skin can occur from broken blood vessels that form tiny pinpoint red dots (called petechiae). Blood also can collect under the tissue in larger flat areas (called purpura), or in a very large bruised area (called an ecchymosis).

Aside from the common bruise, bleeding into the skin or mucous membranes is a very significant sign and should always be checked out."


Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hello Jess, What you are describing sounds like petechiae but I don't think that usually turns into brown freckle-like spots. However, if it is petechiae, then you need some rutorbin (also called vitamin P). A good source of it is greenbeans. Another thing you might want to look into is Paul Linus recommendations for cardiovascular health which is vitamin C and L-lysine.

Replied by Andrea
(Oregon, Oregon)

Jess, What it sounds like you are describing is petechia. However, not being able to see your skin, I cannot tell you this with 100% confidence. Petechia occur when the little blood vessels in your skin hemorrhage [ or leak out]small amounts of blood. This results in little red dots forming on your skin. What is happening to you is concerning to me. If you are experiencing petechia, it is possible that you may have a blood disorder. Having too few of platelets in your blood [ platelets make your blood clot] can cause you to bleed. Hence the petechia. I recomend discontinuing the ACV and visiting your doctor to get blood tests done. You want to know the concentration of your platelets. He/she should be able to detect a blood disorder or not. Not to scare you, this of course is the extreme condition. It is just possible that you have an underlying condition already that is being aggravated by the acv and especially the baking soda. Do you have diabetes? Are you a bit overweight? these 2 issues my also affect the red dots being on your lower legs.
Please take care. Feel free to contact me for more information :]
~Andrea. holistic nursing student.

Replied by Jess
(Burbank, CA)

Thank you everyone here at Earth Clinic. I followed your advice and went to get the red dots checked out. The Dr. took a look at it and diagnosed it as petechiae. She asked me questions about allergies and my daily routine. I explained the ACV to her (2 tsps to 16 oz water). She checked my spleen and took several blood samples. As it turns out I am 100% healthy from what the results showed everything was normal, BUT she asked that I keep track of my petechiae outbreaks, if and when they do occur again. (When it happens, what was I doing that day, what may have triggered it, how severe was the outbreak (a few dots or many), etc.) For now it seems that I may just have a petechiae reaction as an allergie to the 2 tsps ACV. So I have reduced it to 1/4 tsps ACV to 16 oz water. I have been doing this for the past 3 days and have had no reaction yet. If it continues this way, after a couple weeks I will go up to 1/2 tsps ACV and continue working my way up to the 2tsps ACV the recipe calls for. Hopefully this way my body gets used to the ACV over time and does not react to it the way it did. Thank you everyone! I love having this forum where we can talk. Thank you again.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Marilyn (Oswego, Il) on 02/21/2009
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Health very bad: I have been taking ACV for 3 weeks now and all of a sudden I have ulcer like pains. Could the ACV be causing this? I have so may health isues right now and prayed ACV would help all of them. I pray its not causing it and its just that my body is under detoxing and making me sicker. Any comments would be appreciated and I need so many prayers please and thank you

Replied by Alex
(Los Angeles, CA)

If you have ulcer, you may try manuka honey. excellent for it.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Nadeem (Lahore, Pakistan) on 02/06/2009
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After reading details on the earlthclinic I recomend my mother to use ACV. She is dibatic with angina from the last 20 years. ACV worked ok in the start. She got good reilief from stomach disorder. She used 2 table spoon in a glass of water three times a day. Last week she got irritation in the upper part of stomch and stomach trach. One morning she got loose motion and had vomit which was with blood. We all worried and consulted with our family doctor. The doctor critisize us for using ACV and stopped immediately. He further told us to wait for another day or two to check if there is another such vomit. Thanks to ALLAH every thing is ok. I am afraid now, either ACV is of not good quality or the dosage is more than normal. I am confused. In Pakistan we have ACV of "American Garden" having 5% acidity. Can anybody guide who have similar experience guide me now...thank you in advance

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, TX)

i just read your post and i wanted to say that when i first tried ACV (also 5% acidity) _____s - 1 tablespoon in 8 oz of water - it gave me serious gas and bloating. i mean serious. i was scared to keep using it after that. now i take it VERY diluted - 1/2 teaspoon in a liter of water and i drink 2 liters of this - sometimes with a pinch of baking soda. as long as i take it like this i have no gas and bloating.

good luck with your mother. it could be that ACV doesn't agree with her. she might try the baking soda 1/4 teaspoon in a half a glass of water. that is what i ended up using when i felt sick from ACV the first time and it helped immediately.

TED - could it be that she doesn't have the bicarbonate available to help use the ACV?

someone else will know more.
peace and brightest blessings to you both

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, Tx)

i just re-read your post. 2 tablespoons 3 times a day is a LOT of ACV for anyone. for me that would probably kill me. i have extreme blood sugar lowering effects with 1 tablespoon once a day. i am SURE that the dose was too high. if you decide to try this again PLEASE start lower. try 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water maybe 2 times a day. if she can tolerate this dose then you can up it slowly.

Replied by Trish
(Spotsylvania, VA)

On the bottle of _____s ACV it state to use 1 or 2 TEASPOONS in 8 oz. of water 3 times a day. Not TABLESPOONS. Your mother was taking way too much!

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Deb (NI, NH USA) on 01/25/2009

I've had gerd for many years now, and am desperate to get off of the omeprazole meds. I tried acv this weekend with high hopes, sipping on 2 tblsp. acv mixed with 1 quart of water whenever I felt heartburn. The first day was okay I guess, but today I had terrible heartburn even with the acv and had to relent and take a pill. Is there a "best" way to begin acv therapy? How long does it take to cure the heartburn? What can I take besides the omeprazole to relieve the suffering until the acv does its work? Is it possible that I am not a candidate for this therapy for some reason? What is it exactly that makes the acv cure heartburn? thank you very much!

Replied by Rick
(Vancouver, WA)

Hi, Why did you use 1 quart of water instead of one cup of water. I just started using the ACV myself, but I drink 2 tbsp in 1 CUP of water, then drank it in a short time. (no sipping) then I gargled with baking soda to stop the acid from eating my teeth. I avoided drinking the baking soda because of all the side effects.

I think it is already helping, but this is only my second day. Last time I mixed the ACV with diet sprite. It went down good and seemed the easiest on my stomach. I hope this helps. Rick

EC: Warning! Read more about the side effects from artificial sweeteners found in diet colas here:

Replied by Candy
(Fort Madison, IA)

did you heat the water for the acv? i got heartburn also if i drank it in cold water. but if i heated the water, and added honey, it didn't give me heartburn. hope this helps you.

Replied by Rose
(Steedman, MO/USA)

Hi Deb from NI, NH USA: You said you are having trouble with the ACV remedy for GERD. Many people cannot tolerate the ACV by itself at first, so just do Ted's remedy instead, The usual dose is 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in about a 1/2 glass of water (allow yourself room for fizz when you combine the ACV and baking soda) taken on an empty stomach, and taken twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening. Do this 5 days on, 2 days off.

I did read on a post here that it's good to let the ACV/BS/Water sit for a couple of minutes before you drink it to give it time to reach a higher alkalinity. Just 2 or 3 minutes is all I do. And then just make sure it's on an empty stomach (or 1/2-1 hour after a meal and about a 1/2 hour before a meal).

Also, if you find you're still belching/burping quite a bit after you drink the solution, it means you need a little more baking soda... so up it to 1/2 tsp. (Ted says to start on the low side then "increase slowly as needed. For tougher cases like Acid Reflux, you can go up to 2 tablespoons but you must start slowly or you will upset your stomach. Most people will not need this much baking soda." The amount of belching seems to be the gauge, lol. Sure hope this helps!