Apple Cider Vinegar

Lately I've seen a ton of posts, articles and pictures sharing the benefits of apple cider vinegar all over Facebook and Pinterest. Here are some ways to use it:
  • Wash fruit and vegetables to get rid of bacteria and help it last longer
  • Rub it on teeth to remove stains
  • Clean kitchens and bathrooms with a diluted mixture
  • Bathe in it to reduce pain from sunburn
  • Rinse hair with it once a week for shiny, flowy locks
  • Spray it around your house to deter cats from marking their territory
  • Also, spray it right on your pet to kill fleas
  • Put it in the rinse cycle as a fabric softener
  • Deodorize sinks and garbage disposals
  • Use as a skin toner to reduce blemishes
  • Use as a natural deodorant

As far as ingesting it goes, there are a ton of health benefits. 
  • Clears out mucus and cleanses lymph nodes, which helps with allergies, sinus infections and congestion
  • Balances your pH levels, which helps detox your liver, stimulate circulation, and relieve heartburn
  • Promotes healthy bacteria and can help rid your body of a yeast overgrowth
  • Regulates blood sugar levels and helps control your appetite

The thing is, almost none of these are scientifically proven, so there is no real recommendation on how to use it or how much to take. I've seen anywhere from one teaspoon a day up to two tablespoons three times a day. There are also some risks involved:
  • Because it's so acidic, it can burn the tissues in your throat, destroy tooth enamel, and damage your esophagus
  • Long term use can cause low potassium levels and lower bone density
  • It can interact with diuretics, laxatives and medicines for heart disease and diabetes

Despite the risks and the unproven benefits, I have a few friends who swear by it so I decided to give it a try. I bought the holy grail of ACV, Bragg Organic Raw Unflavored Apple Cidar Vinegar and for a few days I was combining 1/2 tablespoon of ACV and 1/2 tablespoon of water in a shot glass and shooting it. After reading that it's harsh on your esophagus, I've resulted to adding it to about 4 oz of water and chugging it. I'm also taking it first thing in the morning so I can brush my teeth right after. It tastes disgusting and gives me an immediate warm feeling in my stomach similar to taking a shot of whisky. Gross. I don't have any awesome revelations yet because I've only been taking it for five days, but I'm hoping I'm on to something!

Have you tried daily AVC? What are your experiences with it?
Do you take it in a glass of water, add lemon and/or honey, or do you drink it straight?


Gretchen said...

I've been thinking about trying it, but just can't seem to force myself yet. There seem to be so many benefits!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

Keep us posted on this - I have a blog buddy that swears by it too and she says it gives her loads of energy... sooo I'm interested but skeptical and the worry about my esophagus and throat is a big one so keep me posted :)

April said...

I used to love doing tablespoon shots of ACV before and/or after meals to help with the bloating, until I learned of Raw Coconut Vinegar. Same health benefits, only multiplied!! Don't be fooled by the "coconut" though ... it still tastes just as nasty as any other vinegar. Lol.
This stuff actually helps my stomach issues ... I always have a bottle around!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Let me know what you think after a few weeks! I tried the lemon/water/acv mix and almost vommed.

Mrs. Jones said...

My dad has been doing two tablespoons a day lately! Ugh. I am not sure I can bring myself to do it. Makes me gag! Can't wait to read your updates though!

Misty said...

I might try some of the other uses, but I don't know if I can chug it. I might vomit.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I tried it years ago but didn't like it and didn't see any difference in me so stop taking it

Karen M. Peterson said...

No one has yet been able to convince me to give it a try. Let me know if you find any benefits and I might consider it.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Please report back after a while.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

A few years back I tried this for some reason...I can't remember what it was for or if it worked though lol!

Jen said...

I was using acv for awhile. I really think it helped me kick a cold quick. I need to start using it again.