Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

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Posted by Nick (Bogota, Colombia) on 01/23/2008
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re: ACV CURING MY ACNE PLUS LOOSE STOOLS, please read my story.. I would like to start by saying how great and fast a cure ACV it's been for my problem with acne. My case it's very specific, because it started at 18, when i was in my darkest hour,moving to a different place and being extremely unhappy, but my situation recently changed, i am 24 now, also i came back to my country, but after trying all the normal and homeopathic medicine have to offer except accutane, i decided to give ACV a try. Reading about all i thought that my case might have something to do with my acidity and alkalinity levels, (my acne it's only in the face, not in the t-zone, just the cheeks, my hair and skin is very oily, my blood very thin and hard to coagulate and i have no antecedents of acne in my family..) I found some here in my country, although i wasn't feeling too confident because it was very hard to find, they all have regular apple vinegar. well i started to drink it, and i've been doing it for almost a month now. my acne it's almost gone, my skin quality changed completely, i am very happy, not totally cured but getting there. PLEASE TRY IT>>

Now my real problem it's that i've been taking two tbs. of ACV in water with my food, that's been mostly vegetables and rice and potatoes, maybe some chicken but no red meat. and it's making me have some mild diarrhea and it's uncomfortable because i have to run for bathrooms all the time. i've been reading and i don't know if i should take the baking soda with it, replace it with lemon, or take it hours before eating.. please help me, because i don't want to stop taking it, and be back to my acne self. ok i thank you very much for your attention, and hope to see the answer soon, and post it to so it can help people too. it's been a long and painful trip, but i'm good to see that i'm dealing with it thanks to your site.

Replied by Biz
(Tampa, Florida, USA)

Vinegar is very good for the restores the pH balance. Also, it is a wonderful hair rinse...makes it super shiny and feels great.When I've used it on my face I just dabble it on and then rinse. It does have a smell in the hair but when it dries it does not. My mom used it for year and had georgous hair. Also, for the hair just use regular grocery store brand but for internal use the organic Apple Cider.

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Posted by Mark (Bangkok, Thailand) on 01/23/2008
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I tried taking ACV with honey and water before Christmas but found i had severe diahrea and also and itchy anus.I thought it was a stomach infection or something similar.I didn't think it was the ACV but,I stopped over the holiday period because i went travelling and didn't want to carry a bottle with me. MY stools became hard again and i felt much better.Since coming back to Bangkok,i've started taking ACV again and also the diarrhea has returned. I've read many article from readers but it was only mentioned once.What would you suggest?

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Posted by Colleen (Staten Island, NY) on 12/18/2007
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After reading this site I decided to take an ACV tablet and a few minutes later I started feeling some mild burning in my chest. I have a hiatus hernia but since losing weight and following a better diet of smaller, frequent meals haven't had to take my PPI much. I did buy ACV tablets in the summer to try and after taking one tablet I had the same discomfort. I was hoping the ACV would help with joint pain. I also take Vitex/Cohosh and other herbs for menopause. Will the ACV tablets affect me in any way with these other herbs, and why did I feel discomfort a few minutes later?

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Posted by Laura (Portland, Oregon) on 11/30/2007
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Question for Ted: I find that drinking vinegar on a daily basis, even a small amount like 1 teaspoon, will cause insomnia that gradually increases nightly, but goes away when I quit drinking vinegar daily. I read a couple of comments from readers regarding vinegar causing insomnia, but no answers about whey this might be happening. Any thoughts to share?

Replied by CK
(New York, USA)

MAYBE - INSOMNIA to the writer who wanted to know if ACV was responsible for insomnia, I would definitely say YES. I have had that same experience, with ACV, lemon, limes other citrus fruit grapes and cheese. The reason being these items contribute to anemia in certain persons. I have a genetic anemic situation.

Actually Vitamin C and garlic should be added to that watch list for persons with anemia. These items should be taken in very small doses and not regularly everyday.

In any case it is a mistake to take any one item every day over years, its always good to switch things around.
So i would say take drops of ACV and do it with the bicarbonate, but limit it to every two days or so. For the High blood pressure, i find magnesium helps even a small amt of epsom salts daily is a substitute for the ACV if one cannot tolerate that.

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Posted by Tracy (Frederick, MD) on 11/14/2007
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Have been using the ACV remedy for about 2 mos and notice the immediate difference in my skin and in my lack of joint pain (I suffer from Carpal Tunnel). However, I also started to notice that my skin was getting dry and I was constantly tired and kind of depressed. All symptoms that I had before I got my thyroid checked. I have hypothyroidism and take Levothyroxin once daily in the am. I had been starting my day with the thyroid pill, then my ACV tonic. WELL, I just read on the Medicine bottle to take this medicine at least 4 hours prior to any antacids, iron or vitamin/mineral suppliments. Basically, the ACV was just washing away my meds. So I adjusted my times and don't take the ACV til later and I'm back to my old self, with the added ACV bonus! SO, check you medicine labels!!!

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Posted by Barbara (Van, Texas) on 11/02/2007
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For the first time in my life I am experiencing something like the flu. The doctor does not know what it is--bacterial or viral. It has the same symptoms as my grand daughters illness two weeks ago. She like me, began with fever of 104 and body aches for a couple of days. No other symptoms. After receiving Antibiotics, she had to be rushed to the emergency with a serious allergic reaction. She had a very nasty rash and cough. It took her two weeks to recouperate. I took care of her after I spend a few weeks traveling and not taking care of my self. Two days after I returned home, I came down with the fever, chills, and diareahea. After reading about ACV decided to take a bath in it to help reduce fever and detox. Within an hour of the bath, I broke out in a rash with blisters and have had them for three days now along with the cough that keeps me up all night. I am now on antibiotics and Vitamine C and tring to rest. The burning itching of my skin is almost unbearable. I use prayer to get me through the waking hours. I am now resorting to benedryl to keep from scratchin. Does any one have any suggestions?

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Posted by Melly (Austin,, Texas, USA) on 10/30/2007
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I am acidic. I took 2 TBSPS organic apple cider vinegar with the mother in it in a gallon of water. I did this for several days. I caused me to have a bleeding cystitis and had to take antibiotics. I did this to alkalize my body. Now i will try the baking and water only. Will let you know if i still develop bleeding cystitis. Melly

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Posted by Karen (Bozeman, USA) on 10/26/2007
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Have read with interest the articles on ACV and decided to try it. 3 days later and I have a mouth full of canker sores. Having good success healing them with alum, the pickling spice. No pain w/ application,but what did I do wrong? I'd like to continue with ACV as it has so many health benefits but can't live with mouth sores. Now what?

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Posted by Liza (Norfolk, VA) on 10/12/2007
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I tried acv for a bladder infection. Because of the bad taste, I took 2 tsp. straight. Beware! I was nauseous for hours and my esphogus and tongue feel burnt! So much for a remedy- I will be heading to the doctor's for antiobiotics and now instead of one problem I now have two!

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Posted by Leslie (Boston, MA) on 10/09/2007
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I was using ACV 2 tbsp in water 4 x day for 3 mon straight. Because of really bad vaginal itching I thought I should take a break. I stopped over the weekend, today is Tuesday, and my skin itches, I have pink eye, sore throat, sore neck, face breakouts--coincidence???? Any feedback?

Replied by Sarah
(Tampa, FL)

I think you are using the acv too much. 4 x a day is a little excessive, you prob broke out in all your "sickness" because your body is still detoxing. Maybe trying 1 or 2 times a day at 1 or 2 tsps each time. Remember when you do ANY DETOX you will get WORSE before you get better. But also check to see if you have an allergy to acv.

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Posted by Esther (Concord, CA) on 09/28/2007
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I am new to the ACV remedy. I want to take the ACV to lose 20 pounds. About 2 months ago, I started taking estrogen & progesterone. I have gained over 6 pounds in the mid-section. I stopped taking the hormones now. I am 52 years old. I have been taking ACV 3X/day, 2T ACV + 1/4t BS in 8 oz water for about 10 days. I take it before breakfast, after lunch & after dinner. I haven't lost any weight yet. But my blood pressure has gone up quite a bit from 113/72 (with BP medication) to 142/82 and starts getting headaches. Has anyone have the similar problem with ACV? Or am I doing something wrong? Thanks for your responds.

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Posted by Paul (Torrington, CT) on 09/23/2007
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ACV gives me heart burn the instant I drink it! Isnt it a aid in the reduction of heart burn and reflux? Help! Heart burning in CT

EC: Some brands of ACV are more acidic than others, even though they state 5% acidity on the bottle...

Replied by T
(Phoenix, AZ)

Heartburn can be caused by both a lack of OR or an excess of acid in the stomach. Using the ACV has lead to the latter. Add baking soda to the ACV before drinking it to lower the acidity, and it should not cause heartburn.

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Posted by Robin (Dallas, Texas) on 09/18/2007
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I feel I sleep better when taking ACV and since I have a problem with high blood pressure it is helpful in that regard also. I do have a problem though, whenever I take it for awhile, like 3 or 4 days I get constipated. Do you know why? Lately I have been taking it by itself, I don't like it with juice or water, however, I could go back to taking it that way.

Replied by Erika
(Libertyville, Illinois)

Responding to the man who said he took apple cider undiluted. Please do not take it that way - the strength can cause damage to one's esophagus. Always dilute it with apple juice (my favorite taste) or water or some other juice. Thanks for reading"

03/25/2009: Erika from Libertyville, Illinois writes: "To Robin from Dallas I apologize - when I responded to your post, for some reason I did not pay attention to your name and thought a man was writing the comment and therefore when I sent a reply to your statement about taking apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach I referred to you as the man who...etc I sincerely apologize Robin for not looking more closely at your name....please do not take the vinegar on an empty stomach as it can damage your esophagus. Thanks for reading and good luck with the vinegar

Replied by Laurie Holden
(Wolverine, Michigan)

Robin from Dallas,

To get rid of constipation drink one full glass of warm water first thing every morning, this gets things moving & hydrates the system. To speed things up, drink your first glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt, you will go. Good luck.

Replied by Lisa
(Brandon, Florida, Usa)

Another good remedy for constipation is 1 tablespoon of oil (the good kind) on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and you will go.

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Posted by Scott (Paradise, California) on 09/11/2007
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Hi. I am a new user of ACV and am very pleased and surprised at the way it is helped me to feel better. I know that I have always struggled with candidiasis, but never got the complete relief from it using other remedies. The ACV has made an incredible difference in how I feel. I have also experienced the other benefits of increased energy, decreased anxiety, better sleep. However, there is one concern I have that I hope someone can help me with. Sometimes when I take the ACV it seems to upset my stomach. Help! I really value this remedy, but I'm concerned about stomach upset. Thanks.

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Posted by Melinda (El Paso, TX) on 09/11/2007
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Just started using ACV for acid reflux but I'm so tired since I started. Is this a side affect? When can I expect to have energy? Also by the way the ACV worked the first day for my acid reflux.

Replied by Sue
(Baltimore, Md)