Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

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Posted by Leah (Orlando, Florida) on 06/28/2011

I am a great follower of your website. I actually started taking apple cider vinegar for about a year and have had great benefits from it. It has definitly helped improve my acne by detoxifying. Unfortunetly, for the past few months I have been noticing a pungent smell from my vagina. It actually kind of smells like the ACV. I stopped taking the ACV for a few days and the smell went away. When I started it again the smell came back again. I tried taking less and using baking soda with 8 oz of water, but it has not worked. I wanted to know if the ACV is throwing off my ph level causing the smell or maybe I'm not drinking enough water? I really don't want to give up the ACV. Please help. Leah

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Posted by Sparkygirl (Melbourne, Australia) on 06/07/2011

Hi - can anyone tell if ACV causes thrush? I got thrush and a sore tongue (which wasn't thrush) at the same time I commenced taking ACV for general pain, but I was also taking antibiotics at the time which I know can cause thrush. The sore tongue seemed to be solved by rinsing my mouth with water straight after drinking ACV. I know ACV is also supposed to help with thrush but it obviously didn't with me. Thanks for your help!

Replied by Danae
(Munich, Bavaria)

Hi Leah, Try to reduce the ACV and stopp at intervalls e.g. once every week - do not take it. Check what intervall works for you. As ACV plays with the pH level in our body I found as well that it 'stopped' working at some point and I think it might be that the blood pH is now adjustedn and the ACV works now 'counterproductive'. Perhaps Ted could look into the 'science' of this phenomena as a lot of people here report similar feelings that it works a while and than it stopps... However, I found that once I stopp for a week I can take it in reduced quantities... Check it out. Hope it helps. For the smell in general research - Chlorophyl - liquid or dragee --- it works amazing for any body smell --- eg. I use it when eating garlic and it is extraordinary. Question for Ted on EarthClinique: How can one insure to keep the write pH level in the body not overdo or underdo with the AC so that the stomach acids are not getting out of balance. Thanks.

Replied by Leah
(Orlando, Florida)

Thanks Danae! I will keep trying. I really don't want to give up the acv.

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Posted by Linda (Omaha, Ne) on 06/06/2011

I wanted to let you know that just yesterday I consumed 1/8 cup of ACV in a pitcher of water throughout the day; not all at once. It was ACV, that's all I ever buy. This morning I woke up with a burning stomach so bad I was doubled over. The last time that happened was when I overdosed on pasta sauce (acidic food) The only food I ate yesterday was mostly veggies, salad and cantaloup. Therefore I am under the conclusion that the ACV is acidic in my body; not alkaline. Would you agree Ted? By the way, the fastest cure is to down a cup of green water (chloryphil & spirulina) which stops the burning within about 10 minutes; took me about 3 shots to do the trick.

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Posted by Zarka (Dubai, Uae ) on 06/04/2011

Please TED, tell me, when I use the nor ACV, my weight, and the buffness of body disappred and I was happy, after that I found organic with mother ACv, and started taking it, it had Acidic Reflux, unberable, go to Dr.took medicine, then started using again, now instead of weight going down it's increasing, and I feel my body is swelling on fingers, face like I feel uneasy - tell me why.

Replied by Courtney
(Granite Bay, Ca)

Perhaps you should return to using the non-organic ACV then.

I had a similar situation. I was taking regular ACV for reflux and high blood pressure with great results. When I switched to the organic brand, everything returned! (The reflux, etc. ) I went back to using the regular ACV and haven't had a problem since.

Replied by Karen
(Lawrenceburg, Ky)

ACV is known to get rid of toxins. I was wondering if it can also get rid of other nutrients in the system when taken with other supplements, such as a vitamin c powder. I believe it only gets rid of actual toxins and not nutrients, but there's conflicting stories. Do you think it could pull out my other beneficial supplemental nutrients? If so, do you think it'd be ok to separate when I take them, so they're not too close together? Thank you! ~Karen

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Posted by Umm (Madina, Saudi Arabia) on 05/06/2011

I take ACV sometimes just for the health benefits. I do not have high blood pressure. I notice I feel very tired sometimes and dont know what it is. I was tested for diabetes but it came out negative. Anyway, 2 weeks ago, I was too lazy to measure out 1-2 TBS of the ACV to be drank with apple juice, so I just poured it in the juice and gulped it down. It must be up to 3-5TBS. 2 days later, I went to the doctors to get my monthly prescription of iron capsules as I was diagnosed with anaemia. It turned ut my BP was low. And this explained why I used to be tired. SO, I'm assuming the "overdose" of ACV I take sometimes is the culprit. I was told to eat more salt and lie down with a pillow under my feet for a short time everyday, for the blood to be able to flow to my head. The tiredness has reduced greatly. But I have stopped taking ACV except for topical use on my hair and my skin.

Replied by Diamond
(Salisbury, Ma.usa)

I would think that it be mentioned that any one with low blood.......... Or anemic or even having lack of iron should be very careful of taking ACV very small dosages or none at all. Also I found that 90% of iron pills have isopropyl alcohol in them which will thin the blood, so read all ingredients(labels)before mixing other items, or even considering taking them. We are our own advocates, our safety and wellness is up to us. I read things then go on to other messages as they may have additional information we all need, or just fits your needs. Meaning what you take I may be allergic to it ok? good luck

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Posted by Sp (Gc, Ci) on 04/17/2011

Does regular use of ACV result in Vitamin B12 deficinecy or any other kind of anemia? I used to take 2 tsp in a big glass of water twice a day earlier and later reduced it to once a day, 5 days a week. it has been nearly 2 years I have been drinking it. I feel good and it has helped me with my food allergies. But wonder if it is bad with the absoption of Vitamin B12 as the stomach acidity is reduced by consuming of ACV, which is necessary for absorption of Vitamin B12. Has anyone else experienced this and if so, should I totally stop consuming ACV or reduce the quantity even further? Thanks.

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Posted by Chloe (East Greenwich, Rhode Island) on 03/23/2011

Hello Everyone! Just chiming in with something I've discovered. I'd always wondered why 'Apple Cider Vinegar' was not the miracle for me as it is has been for so many others.

My first clue begins with a sesame tahini sauce I like to make with apple cider vinegar, water, salt and cayenne pepper added to a big salad.

After eating this, I never connected my racing pulse to anything in particular.

Many times my cheeks would even flush! I've always used the _____'s organic brand too.

Anyway, my intuition told me that maybe I should leave the vinegar out of my recipe next time and see what happens. Lo and behold, no racing pulse. I still did not connect this to an allergy though.

Then, today, I come across an e-book by Dr. Coca called the "The Pulse Test". In it, he explains that EVERY single time a person consumes something they are allergic to, their pulse will be higher than normal. This book was written in 1956! Why didn't I know about this method before?

Thinking back, I can clearly remember my pulse racing after certain meals... But who would have thought Apple Cider Vinegar could be one of the culprits!

I do not eat dairy or wheat of any kind... but it might be time to also give up the Quinoa too, since ALL grains can expose you to cross-contamination issues.

This E-book is now considered public domain.

I have posted it online for all of you to read freely, where it describes the simple method to determine all of your food allergies once and for all and give your poor immune systems a break! :-)
I sincerely hope this helps someone out there!

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Posted by Juliann (Olympia, Wa) on 03/22/2011

I seem to be allergic to apple cider vinegar? does anyone know how this can be possible? can an over growth to yeast in my body have something to do with that?

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Posted by Jay (Leicester, Uk) on 03/20/2011

Had an unpleasant reaction - face very red, after cleansing with organic, unpasteurised ACV (diluted 50/50 with boiled cooled water) followed by massage with castor oil. Used castor oil as a pack earlier - abdomen area seems fine. Was it the ACV dilution or combined with castor oil or something else?

Replied by Rpbyns
(Norfolk, Virginia)

Hi, I have found castor oil rub and packs to be very beneficial and Cayce wrote 1000's of pages on this healing gem. However, when I used the castor oil packs on the abdomen, I did feel much better in the long run, but experienced a healing crisis with increased upper right quadrant pain and aches and pains. Castor oil is a powerful medicine and I believe the body responds accordingly to the degree of imbalance. It gets worse before better :-)

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Posted by Zarka Almas (Dubai, Uae) on 02/28/2011



Replied by Kelly
(Lakewood, Oh, United States)


Just a few days ago I started taking 2 tbsp of ACV with 8 oz of hot water and 1 tbsp of honey to clear up a sore throat. It cleared up my throat really well and I have been taking it every day since, but I find that I can't go to sleep until the hours of 3-5 am. I am not even tired, I just am wide awake, and I usually take ACV before noon. Also, it leaves me bloated and feeling like my food is not digesting... Like I have a brick in my stomach. I don't really get hungry because of it but I force myself to eat at least 3 meals a day due to past troubles with food. Is this normal?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

take less, of course.

Replied by Tanya
(Hobart, Tasmania)

Try taking 2 teaspoons instead see how that goes :)

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Posted by Ruthie (Miramar, Fl, Usa) on 02/13/2011

I have been taking 1 to 2 tablespoonfuls of ACV in apple juice per day on and off. I noticed that within a few days of taking ACV my skin gets very, very dry, and at time it gets quite scaly. So I discontinue taking it and my skin improves almost immediately. Do other people have this problem with their skin while on ACV and if so how do they solve it? I would like to continue taking ACV to lower my blood pressure.

This problem with dry skin reminds me of a time when I had too much vitamin A from fish oil. In fact the fine print on a cod liver oil bottle warns people against takikng too much oil because of excessive Vitamin A and the problems with dry skin. I quit taking cod liver oil a year ago, so the dry skin problem is from ACV. I also take herbal tea, such as Chinese blood pressure tea and nettle tea. Do you think that these teas in combination with ACV would dry the skin? Thanks.

Replied by Lia
(Concord, Nc)

Hi Ruthie,
The same thing happened to me when I began taking ACV. I had too much, I think; the next day my face was dry and scaly and very itchy! So I stopped altogether and then tried it again in smaller amounts. That time I was fine. Now I usually put 2 tsp ACV with 1 tsp or so of raw honey in a 20 oz bottle shake it up. I can drink two of these in a day. Other people have said to start small and work up so your body adjusts to the changes.

Replied by Ruthie
(Miramar, Fl Usa)

Lia. Does the honey help reduce blood pressure or is it intended to make the ACV drink taste good? Thank you for your response.

Replied by Lady Di
(Dallas, Ga)

I mix 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with a little honey and drink it like that. Like a shot once a day. Is that okay? Everyone talks about drinking it with 8 oz of water. Am I hurting myself taking it my way?

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Lady Di, you can take your apple cider vinegar that way, it is fine! Lily.

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Posted by Percy (Moses Lake, Wasnington , Usa) on 01/27/2011

Dear Friends -
We sincerily appreciate the work done by Earth Clinic and would like to make a brief comment. We have just finished reading Side Effects, under apple cider vinegar, which is under High blood pressure, which is under Ailments. We appreciate your printing all the negative testimonies from the use of apple cider vinegar.

Any normal person should be able to decide to leave this item alone. It is true that apple cider vinegar causes fermentation to take place in the stomach. Food does not digest but begins to decay and putrify, filling the blood with impurties. Liver, kidneys and heart are effected. Inflamation and many other evils are the results. What is amazing is that people will continue to use it as a healthful item after all the testimonies to the contrary that you have printed.
Sincerily -Percy Wentland
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Replied by Mesem
(Toulon, France)

I must say I don't like the tone of Mr Wentlands comment. Obviously I am not 'normal' in his view. It is fine to point something out but don't judge people's intelligence.

Replied by Kay
(In The Valley, Ca)

Am I missing something, or are there not a lot more positive Comments about ACV than there are negative ones? Can you tell us where your info. Comes from, I would love to read it for myself. I, personally, have had nothing but positive results from ACV. Appreciate your input, but I agree that it was a little condesending, negating people's positive experiences.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa Usa)

Hi Kay. It is the old axim - if someone has a good experience they will tell five people, if they have a bad experience they will tell ten.

Good to know for business, and good to know for this site.

Say instead of feeling a bit better than usual... You broke out in a horrid rash after trying ACV... You would be MUCH more likely to come here and post to try to "warn" others, wouldn't you? I know I would!

Just let me state: I am SOLD on ACV (with the "Mother") and have been taking it every day for well over a year now. My husband is taking it too, since he saw a change in me. It is AMAZING stuff!

We take 2 TABLESPOONS of ACV with 1/4 TEAspoon of Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) and when it stops fizzing add 6-8 oz water, and a small splash of orange juice. This is first thing EVERY morning. Just be sure to get some daily potassium, eat a banana or drink a V-8 or tomato juice every day, as the baking soda eats up your potassium.

Replied by T
(Maryland, Usa)

The fact that you believe food can actually "ferment" and "decay" in the stomach displays a fundamental ignorance of the workings of body processes.

ACV has been used by a great many people for a long, long time, and there are countless positive testimonies not only here but elsewhere, online and off. As with all things, ACV may not be right for some, but your remarks are simply ludicrous.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile , Tenn.)

HI U CARLEY, several years ago I switched from Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to Potassium Bicarbonate, which you can buy at most wine making supply sites. Ted has brought this up numerous times and it makes sense because you need Potassium for more than you do Sodium. It has the same effect with ACV and turns your Body Alkaline just as baking soda does.

Replied by Robin
(Melbourne, Australia)

I'm not sure who you are replying to. I personally have no idea how the body works. I'm sure I wouldnt be as sick as this if I did. Everyone is different. I've been taking Apple Cider Vinegar for a year with very little noticeable change, perhaps my lungs have cleared a little. Maybe. Yet I can read everybody seems to have got totally better on the stuff. I've been doing everything else on this site also so who knows what worked to get my lungs a little clearer. It's been suggested severe candida is at the root of a lot of my problems. But there appears to be no conclusive tests. Its crashed my adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, liver. There are web sites that say vinegar is just 1 of the things that feed candida. But perhaps the benefits outweigh the negatives. If I knew how the body worked I wouldnt be so confused about a lot of things. And theres much conflicting info on the net especially about detoxing. Ludicrous is a fairly strong word. Perhaps you know a lot. Would you have any comments on the following? Would anyone? It might help others.

1/ Ted talks about cilantro, chlorella and other agents that many say are not good for detoxing because they only have 1 thiol.

2/ How do I get the much needed choline into me when Im so allergic to eggs and soy is bad for a bad thyroid.

3/ detox baths bad? when you have poor or non working adrenals?

4/ alpha lipoic acid - is it a miracle worker too - it can also feed candida apparently??

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)

T from Maryland,

Foods digest in a certain order. That's just the way we are and why you should eat the slow digesting stuff last, such as protein.

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Posted by Special01 (Indianapolis, In, Usa) on 12/12/2010

Do parasites exit the body through the feet? I am taking Apple Cider Vinegar and my feet are swollen.

Replied by Brijorg
(New York By Way Of New Haven, Ct, Ny)

My feet and legs were swollen when I had bad acid reflux (I have several posts about how I used raw manuka honey to cure that). Durring that time I could not hold ANYTHING down without puking. As a result I became very dehydrated and my body was retaining water. Once I was getting better I noticed my ankles were swollen as thick as my calves usually are.: Once the reflux was under control and my esophagus was mostly healed (about third day of 1 tsp manuka on small piece of rice bread 20 min b4 meal) I began to rehydrate.

I also used an old trick from back when I played soccer to drain acid from leg muscles, which really helped. Lay down with your butt to the wall and feet straight up (as close to 90 degrees as you can get) and stay down there reading a book for about 20 minutes (or as long as you can take). then do calf stretches once you come down (feet may feel "asleep; Basically I would guess you also are dehydrated and retaining water. A basic rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight pounds in ounces (100 pounds=50 oz/day), and I still like the soccer trick for any leg soreness especially after very long walks/hikes: just generally to the nay sayers the most important thing in regards to health of the human body is BALANCE.

If you read Ted's posts carefully he always trys to identify what is out of balance and offer ways to correct that. So you first must understand the correct balance (for the four minerals ALL cells contain- potassium, magnesium, calcium, Salt - and of course water which all body cells are largely composed of - and of course the general ph in body - ph of saliva and ph of urine - this lets you know whether you are too acidic like many in U. S. Or too alkaline[if that is possible], the goal is an alkalaine environment inside. And one more thing I picked up from this site is the outer mantle of skin prefers acidic evvironment (i. E. oils) to protect inside of the body (see BO remedies; I apologize if this seems like I'm rambling, but I feel the basics are becoming clear to me now. I love this site and reccomend it to all I truly care about.

Here's to restoring your balance.

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Posted by Pam (Marlborough, Ct, Usa) on 12/03/2010

Hi I have tried the Apple Cider Vinegar and it works well for my hands that I have been having problems with but, it gives me a lot of gas. I take it with water, does anyone have this problem or a suggestion to make it not as gassy thanks, Pam

Replied by Geri
(Southern Ca, Calif)

When the body reacts to something like ACV, it is called a Healing Crisis. The body throws off toxins, junk, pollutants, etc., the Easiest way it knows. For some it could be via the sinuses, others the skin, etc.. Look up Bernard Jensen in regard to this.

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Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 11/19/2010

Dierdre from earth clinic: a while ago you wrote that you had to stop taking Apple Cider Vinegar after having used it for a long time. Why did you stop? do you think starting out with a splash or so (less than 1/2 teaspoon) twice a day, might not have made you stop?