Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

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Posted by La Coneja (Paterson, New Jersey) on 01/28/2012
0 out of 5 stars

I don't mean to disgust anyone but I just recently started drinking ACV this month and my menses won't stop. I put 2 cap fulls in a 16oz bottle of water. Since drinking this I have been very heavy & only when I skip does it "slow down. " Is there something wrong with me?

Replied by Jen
(Bozeman, Mt, Us)

La Coneja, You should be taking a multi vitamin. ACV can deplete your body of such vitamins as potassium, zinc, calcium, and iron. All very important to balancing your blood and hormone levels. Make sure you are taking a multi vitamin while taking the ACV and try taking a little extra zinc for a few days during your period. You don't want to take too much though or it will knock other vitamins out of balance so just stick with about 15 mg added per day for a few days. I take about 25 mg twice a week and this keeps my period under control but I also take the opposing vitamins and minerals to make sure I am not causing an imbalance with the zinc. I also drink the ACV daily only I can't handle the diluted water all day so I take a shot twice a day with a little water added. Short and sweet, or rather sour but it gets it down:)

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Posted by Amy (Tucson, Arizona) on 12/22/2011
3 out of 5 stars

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Dear Ted,

Been over a month since I found this website and loving it so much (I'm on it everyday :) ). Started taking ACV with BS 5 days on 2 days off every week cured my fever, cough and cold, no back pain, no migraine and feel lots of energy. I'm very, very happy with the results and very thankful for you and everyone for having such good hearts. Unfortunately I've also lost 4 lbs in a month which isn't neccessary :(. My question for you is : " Since taking ACV and BS my health have been improved so much. Is there a way for me to take ACV without losing weight (keeping my weight the same)? How to gain weight while taking ACV?

I'm waiting for your answer. Thank you!

Replied by Cmb
(Decatur, Ill)

I am also considering starting ACV as I am tired of the side effects of amplodine (you know; makes gums swollen and the other meds made me quite constipated). My mother use to buy this juice called "Jogging in a Jar" feel free to look it up... I use to have some but its been years, but I believe it was apple juice, cranberry juice as well as ACV; was a little pricey but it was good/tangy. I believe this is a good result of the ACV. Best of Luck!!

Replied by Dawn

Hello. I read your comment regarding Jogging in a Jug and I would like to share the recipe with you.

1 quart 100% Concord Grape Juice

1 quart 100% pure Apple Juice

1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (such as Bragg's)

Mix all ingredients in large container and drink 2 ounces per day.

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Posted by Special01 (Indianapolis, In, Usa) on 12/18/2011

Has anyone else experienced choking while taking ACV and eating red meat? I was taking ACV daily for all the benefits it offers. I developed a cough which seems to have developed into choking when eating certain foods. I can no longer eat any rice at all. I love rice but it gets caught in my throat and the only way I can get it out is to vomit it up. If anyone has a remedy please help!!!

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Special01 from Indianapolis, Try putting magnesium under your tongue to be absorbed sub lingually when this happens or even if you suspect it is about to happen. Mag Oxide powder or Mag Citrate or Epsom Salts all work well and let it dissolve without swallowing. When you swallow the taste should be gone due to it being absorbed under the tongue. It may also pay to increase your daily magnesium. All the best.

Replied by A
0 out of 5 stars

I have the same exact problem. I have been taking ACV for a while now for the health benefits and everything I read on it, but now I have issues swallowing certain foods. Not red meat necessarily but I can relate with the rice part. I also have issues these days with meats or anything that is somewhat dry in substance. I went to the gastroenterologist and they requested I do a swallow rest, which of course came back incocnclusive. I'm waiting on the next steps but they are trying to tell me I have GERD. I still feel that the only correlation I can see is the ACV and now seeing someone else with a similar issue makes me wonder. Let me know if you have come to a resolution of some kind on this.


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Posted by Kalki (Mumbai, India) on 11/24/2011

ACV has worked for me on separate occasions for a completely blocked nose and for sticky bowel movement. Both times, the welcome difference was felt by the 3rd day. I took 2 tbsps of ACV in 1 litre of water and drank it throughout the day.

Last month, I took 2 tbsps of ACV in 8 oz of water, 3 times a day as recommended as I felt a severe cold building up. The cold was stopped in its tracks but mild, more or less dormant facial dermatitis (on neck too) flared up like anything. The rashes started first. After 3 days, my face started swelling and kept it up.

And the itching.... Horrible is too mild a word for it! Only aloe vera juice directly from the leaf helped with the itching. Stopped it within 5 minutes [after a few days of experimenting with a lot of remedies including ACV (with water 1:1) topically]. Till then it was difficult to even sleep.

After a few days of putting up with the rashes and swelling (I had reduced all my allergies previously by diet control), I went on a sprouts and fruits only diet (only one item at a time and only 4 items a day. Yes! ) to help my body recover. I stopped ACV at that time. I do not apply anything but natural stuff on my skin due to previous allergies.

It's 2 weeks later now on my diet, and my skin is limping back to normal. I still look like I have a medium case of sunburn, with dry flaky, bumpy skin. Thankfully not itching from the inside. Some discomfort remains due to the dryness. The skin on my face and neck in the affected parts is noticeably very much darker. It looks like a line drawn all around the base of my neck and one side's dark brown and the other light brown.

Can ACV do this?Was it a healing crisis? Was it the concentrated dose? Even if so, does it take 2 weeks , and continuing, for it to leave the body? Will this change or remain like this? My family and I have had many good experiences with ACV. I want to continue but am scared of a worsening of all this. Confused... Any help will be appreciated.

Replied by Baldev
(Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
189 posts

Hi Kalki, Apple Cider Vinegar cannot be the reason for your skin problem. However you can use coconut oil , it should help you in this situation. Drink more water.


Replied by Smith

It absolutely can be an allergic reaction. If you do some research, it will say its known to cause itching and allergies.

Anybody can be allergic to anything so to tell you it's not possible is silly.

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Posted by Tammi (Sutherland, Ne) on 11/17/2011
3 out of 5 stars

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I been taking Apple Cider Vinegar (2ts to 12ozs of water) and drinking slowly thoughout the day but my huband complains of it causing really, really bad breath on me. I like the way my body feels but I don't want to cause other people discomfort around me. He claims it's coming from my stomach. I become so aware of the problem and when I stop taking it my breath is fine. Any suggestions? Please offer.

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Posted by Tammi (Sutherland, Ne Usa) on 10/27/2011

I was using ACV to detox @ 2tsp per 24oz of water per day also was oil pulling each morning with different kinds of oil. Coconut, sesame, castor oil.... I use the ACV about 2 wks before noticing I was getting a raging vaginal yeast infection. Used acidophilus both internally and externally and got relief. Started ACV again and notice the yeast infection symptoms again. Could this be from die off or what is your opinion? Has anyone else experienced this reaction? Should I use ACV again after I get it under control?

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Posted by Ahmed (Sialkot, Pakistan) on 10/16/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I am 29 year old and married. Suffering from sinusites since last one year and have use all sort of antibiotics but still victim of sinusitis. I have found on this site apple cider vinegar for treatment of sinus infection. I have use it and after taking two dose as prescribed on this site, my sinus problem is a little bit controlled.

But I have severe side effects of this remedy I.E. Low libido and erectile dysfunction. Before using it I was totally fit and I was no issue of ed but after taking two dose of apple cider vinegar I face this ed problem. Any help, suggestion or advice please to overcome this issue. Is using apple cider vinegar the reason of low libido and ed? I have purchase american garden apple cider vinegar because other brands are not available in my area.

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Posted by Captnjackhammer (Kallangur, Queensland , Australia) on 10/13/2011
0 out of 5 stars

I have just tried 2 teaspoons of ACV in 8 ounces of water. I sipped the mixture and I got a very bad reaction. It went thru me like a colonic and I had feelings of nausea. Is this a normal reaction?

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Posted by Kara (Memphis, Tn/us) on 10/01/2011
0 out of 5 stars

hello, I just found this site and decided to try the Apple Cider Vinegar tonic. This is my 3rd day. 2tsp in 16 oz of water. And I sip all day. 3 refills a day. When I drink it, my left hand goes numb and tingles. There is no pain, but this has never happened before. The 2nd day, I stopped drinking it , around miday, and the numbness went away. Today, I am sipping all day, but the numbness is there too. Does anyone have any idea as to why this is happening? Btw, I do love this site :) any input would be Very much appreciated!

Replied by Megan
0 out of 5 stars

I have same symptom like you, my left hand fingers numb after 3 days drinking AVC, did you find out what caused the symptom? AVC does a good job for my Sinus Congestion, don't want to give it up. Did you continue drinking AVC?

Replied by Denise

Too acidic, I found I could take it for a week, a teaspoon in water and after that it didn't agree with me.

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Posted by Becky (Santa Rosa, Ca) on 09/23/2011
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Hi there! I recently tried your revised recipe for daily drinking of ACV. I'm not sure if it was supposed to happen or not. Possibly just detoxing, but oh how annoying, My face started breaking out. Nothing I couldn't handle. They actually cleared up quite quickly. What scared me a bit, though, was that my tongue started breaking out, too!! It really hurt when I brushed my teeth and tongue as I usually do. I drank this for approx. 2 weeks, throughout the day, until I could no longer tolerate the pain in my mouth. Did I stop too soon? Did I go too long? When I first started, it was within hours that I felt my mouth drying out and imagined my body was doing the same. it surprised me, later, when I started breaking out.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks! And thanks for all you're doing here!


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Posted by Allen (George, Western Cape) on 09/16/2011

Can too much apple cider vinegar (like 5 glassed, 3ts diluted in water, with bicarbonate of soda and honey) cause flu like symptoms, with nausea - vomiting, headache, stomach-ache and chills?

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Allen, it may the sodium bicarb that is making you sick. If you have too much you will get diarrhea.

Replied by Jewelrygirl
(Houston, Texas, Usa)

You may be going through Herxheimer Reaction (Die Off Reaction). I would suggest researching Herxheimer Reaction for more details.

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Posted by Berenice (Durban, South Africa) on 09/16/2011
3 out of 5 stars

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I have just started using this ACV, but I am not sure if I have been using it incorrectly, I was taking it 1teaspoon to a tablespoon in a glass of cold water WITHOUT honey, four times, and I tend to get these dizzy spells and feeling light headed and yawning all the time, even though my sinuses are better but I sometimes feel horrible and even feel I need to eat all the time, am I using it incorrectly and is the absence of honey to my dosage causing some imbalance somewhere, somehow, or does the feeling go away in time? Please help!

Replied by Matchoo
(Johnson City, Tn)

The reason for your light headedness and dizziness with ACV is that some individual's bodies, such a yours, cannot properly process the vinegar in larger quantities (being more than would be used in food). This causes a reaction similar to that of alcohol.

If you get this reaction with ACV, it is best that you look for a different natural solution. Or drink it when you've got nowhere to go :)

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Posted by Nhyira (Elizabeth, Nj, Usa) on 09/12/2011
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Greetings! After reading about Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic and Raw Honey, I made the solution and began to take it just in the mornings (1 tbsp in 1 cup of water). I took it to reduce my blood pressure. Instead, my blood pressure shot up to 160/110 in a couple of days. It was already at 140/100. Has this happened to anyone before? This is the 2nd time I did this. The first was with ACV, baking soda and mollasses. At that time I assumed the baking soda was the source, but now I am really surprised this happened with the ACV. Any suggestions??

Replied by Gary
(Reno, Nv, United States)

Hello Nhyira, I have had similiar results with ACV. It seems that my BP has increased also after a few days.

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Posted by Willow (New York) on 08/31/2011
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Has anyone else experienced a increase in appetite while taking the ACV. I have been taking the unfiltered on for about 3 weeks and I am experiencing an increase in appetite and sugar cravings. I have always had sugar cravings. But, I thought the ACV would slow it down.

Replied by Sue Ellen
(Los Angeles, Ca)

Acetic acid (active component in ACV) has been proven to reduce blood sugar levels in several studies. If you have not consumed much carbohydrates prior to taking ACV, you will give yourself hypoglycemia and will crave sugar.

The best times to take ACV alone is at least 30 minutes after a meal. Or you could try ACV with molasses, which has enough sugar to keep you from being hypoglycemic.

Replied by Westwardtony
(Oamaru, Otago. New Zealand)

Sue. See my comments on 9/2/11 about bleeding. I have not been taking ACV seriously until now when I seem to be going through a phase of nose bleeds that are reluctant to stop. I have not yet noticed an increased desire for sugar or eating. ACV seems to be very versatile but I have only just begun exploring the possibilities.

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Posted by Judy (Saint Francis, Mn/usa) on 08/29/2011
3 out of 5 stars

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When I take ACV it gives me acid reflux. I've only tried it a couple times & used to drink it all the time, years ago & it definitely is good for weight loss. Why would that be? Has anyone else had this problem & if so does anyone have any other suggestions for acid reflux? It's really making me miserable. I'm losing sleep because of it. I've been taking Baking Soda with pure water but that doesn't even help much anymore.

Replied by Cronelesbo
(Vale, Co)

RE: Stopping acid indigestion.

Here's what helped me.

Avoid trigger foods, chocolate, coffee, most teas, caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat...?

Take Reacted Calcium by Orthomolecular (or other equivalent) 1 cap before meal. I like to open the caps and put the powder in my mouth than wash down with lots of water. It depends on your digestion, etc.

Sodium Bicarbonate without aluminum, approx 1 tsp in bubbly or plain water. Tastes awful but often motivates belching and cuts down on acid.

In the morning, do heel lifts/drops, raise up on heels, then drop down. If you have hiatial hernia, common and causes acid too, this will help seal the hernia for the day. Chiropractors can give adjustments for hiatial hernias too.

Do NOT take RX or OTC acid blockers, esp regularly. They may provide initial relief but can lead to serious digestive disorders and make everything worse, trust me!

Balance your PH by taking a PH supplement.

If you find you are having issues and are not trying to sleep, I find that walking around and doing things is preferable to sitting or lying down and helps to keep digestion moving.

Seek out a great naturopathic doc for asssitance and evaluate your nutrition and everything you put in your mouth! Reduce stress of course.


Replied by Jenine-lacette

Try turmeric in coconut milk with a little black pepper for absorption. I also add cinnamon and stevia. Some like to heat it a little but it works cold, too. When I get stressed, the reflux can appear. By taking even just 2 oz of this Golden Milk, as it is called in India, the problem is gone, all is quiet, and I can sleep.

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