Tuesday, February 28, 2012

25 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple Cider Vinegar should be a staple in every home. It has a wide variety of uses and you can’t beat it as far as low price for health care!  ACV is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial.

To aid internal health make this:
2 Tbsp ACV, 2 Tbsp Honey, 1 Cup Water
Drink 1-2X/day for two weeks on, two weeks off. Then maintain by drinking 3-4X/week thereafter. This is just what I recommend because I’m a believer in too much of anything isn’t usually the best.

1.       Prevents flu and stomach illness
2.       Dissolves kidney stones
3.       Detoxifies the body of heavy metals and toxins
4.       Regulates pH balance in the body
5.       Helps relieve nausea
6.       Helps relieve heart burn or chronic acid reflux
7.       Helps relieve asthmatics
8.       Helps relieve allergies
9.       Helps relieve gout
10.   Helps lower glucose levels in diabetics
11.   Helps weight loss by curbing appetite and breaking down fat
12.   Helps relieve migraines
13.   Helps relieve sinus pressure and infection
14.   Lowers blood pressure
15.   Lowers cholesterol
16.   Kills cancer cells or slow their growth
17.   Reduces inflammation, relieve arthritis

To aid external health:
Mix 50/50 ACV and Water
Appropriately apply with cotton ball, soak, or spray on affected area

18.   Gets rid of buildup on scalp
19.   Conditions hair and detangles
20.   Gets rid of fingernail or toenail fungus
21.   Works well to clear up fungal, bacterial, viral rashes
22.   Soothes bug bites
23.   Gets rid of warts (put ACV on cotton ball, cover with Band-Aid, leave on over night for 1 week)
24.   Balances pH in vagina, relieves yeast infection (douche with 1 tsp of ACV mixed with 2 cups water) Must rebalance good bacteria
25.   Helps reduce/prevent acne (don’t get in eye)

Drinking this recipe is a little like drinking beer or coffee for the first time. It’s an acquired taste. I love it now and enjoy it just as I would a cup of herbal tea. Applying ACV topically on infected areas can burn so be careful if you use on children, but don’t be scared to try it if diluted properly.
There are many more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar including pet care, garden care, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry care, and even automotive care! Get yourself a bottle or two or three so you always have it on hand. I buy Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. It is organic and contains “the mother” which is the powerhouse inside the bottle!

Cheap Health and Happiness,
In the words of a mother


204 comments:

  1. What a great post. I love apple cider vinegar, too! I'd love for you to come and share your post and my healthy food/recipe swap on Wednesday.

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    1. Thank you Katie! And what is this food/recipe swap you speak of?? :) Sounds interesting!

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    2. I might be interested in the healthy food/recipe swap as well.

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    3. I use this for my scalp. I have naturally thick and coarse hair. First I shampoo, rinse, pour apple cider vinegar in my hair, apply hair conditioner, and then rinse. My hair comes out so soft. It removes dandruff and I don't have to thin out my hair much to my husband's delight.

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    4. It's natural blood thinner too.

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    5. Does it help control seborric dermatitis ? I have thiis problem and im trying to go natural

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  2. I LOVE the instant jolt of energy I get when I add ACV to my tea! I also add a bit of coconut oil. mmmMMMmmm. However, my family thinks I'm absolutely nuts and they hate the smell...

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    1. Haha Angie...the smell is something to overcome. Some people are real funny about it but like i said, if you can drink coffee and beer, you can drink this!

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  3. It also soothes sunburns very well.

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  4. For warts do you just use acv or do you mix with water?

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    1. I would try a mix first to be on the safe side. Maybe try 60% ACV 40% Water. If it doesn't start turning the wart black then try higher ACV/Water ratio. Eventually working up to 100% ACV. It may burn and hurt but it will heal. Good luck!

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    2. No, use it straight. Worked wonders for my son. If you have multiple warts, use it on the largest, should take out the rest once the biggest one is gone.

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  5. Gets rid of hiccups when taken straight up. Works every time for me.

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    1. ooooo...I did not know that. I'll have to keep that in mind for a friend that gets bad hiccups!

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    2. Taken straight it can really do damage to your esophagus. You always need to be sure to take with water.

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    3. I imagine it will get rid of most anything if you take it straight up! Drink it with water!

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  6. I remember having my hair rinsed in vinegar, it also makes a great cleaner for tile floors.

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  7. How does it work for pet care???

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    1. Fights off fleas and ticks, shines and cleans coat, helps with internal parasites if mixed with drinking water. That's a few. Just google it and I'm sure you'll find a lot more pet care tips! :)

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    2. I use it on my dogs all the time. They suffer a lot from allergies in the grass so when they start to itch, lick and bite themselves I spray them with full strength ACV. Now it has to bite because they can lick some pretty mean sores but to tell you the truth I don't think they mind the bite at all. It's probably a relief from all the agony. I also spray them with ACV when they've had their bath, brush it so it gets down to the skin and just let it air dry. It's great!!!

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    3. I use it with my aging Shih Tzu who used to get UTI's all the time. I would add a little to her water or food and within a day or so, she would be better. Amazing stuff!

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  8. For internal health, what about pill form?.....Is it still good?

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    1. Not really. There was a study done in 2005 that showed the ingredients in the capsules actually didn't have some of the ingredients listed as well as some other problems with the pills. You will def get the best results from drinking it.

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  10. My brothers travel some, to drill, so they have to eat fast-food sometimes when in a hurry. Not often, but when they feel they may have gotten food-poisoning, they immediately drink some ACV and it stops that "feeling" right away!

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    1. That's awesome! It really does help the nausea.

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  11. Should you drink the ACV with food on your stomach or on a empty stomach?

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    1. Drink it on an empty stomach. I usually drink it first thing in the morning or before meals. It will curb appetite and help with over-eating.

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  12. My husband has been mixing it with a bit of apple juice for his reflux. He swears by it. I used ACV on a bug bite and it did stop the itching.

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  13. What about toenail fungus? Has anyone tried it and does it really work? If so, how would one go about it?

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    1. Mix it 50/50 with water and soak. Do this everyday for 30 minutes until fungus is gone. I have not tried this but I'm sure it would work as ACV is anti-fungal and powerful. Let us know if you try it!

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    2. I had a toenail that had a pretty nasty fungus. I put some ACV in a spray bottle, set it next to my chair and every night I sprayed my toe being sure it got under the end of the nail.....it worked! And I had had that fungus for a long long time. It's so nice to have a nail that looks norma. Now, this is a long going thing--the fungus didn't appear overnight either-- so be patient, use it at least once a day and watch the results.

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    3. I cosign its effectiveness on toenail fungus. Since adding it to my diet, AND topically, I have seen my nail bed finally growing out pink as my nail grows out!! Keep your nails short so it can effectively reach the infected part of the nail bed. It works! But you will have to be patient. It seems that the double-teaming the fungus from both in and out has worked great.

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  14. Is this okay to drink If your expecting?!

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    1. Definately ask your OBG-YN. However I doubt very much that they'll have the answer. Personally I would drink it once a day 3 times a week. Not only is it a light detox that won't overbear your system but it will keep you from getting the common cold and flus and such. Having any kind of illness while preggo is the pits.

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    2. Not safe. It's unpasteurized and that can cause major complications

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  15. I used it on my son's wart on his foot and in one week it dissolved away and is gone! Two other friends have now tried it with the same results.
    It also works for a sore throat, ie..strep!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your results! And yes...totally helps with a sore throat and in my own experience I'm convinced it wards off the flu.

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  16. Is it ok to take 2 tablespoons straight up with no water three times a day? For weight loss?

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    1. Hi. Yes you can take it straight up. It may burn a bit though. I don't recommend that. Plus it has an extremely strong taste!

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    2. I have tired it straight up and I felt like I had taken a shot of whiskey it burned all the way down.

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    3. Its very dangerous to take alone. It can highly damage your esophagus. Always take with water.

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    4. It is not recommended to take straight as it is very hard on tooth enamel too.

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  17. Does it have to be the oraganic Braggs or can u just use any kind of ACV?

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    1. It MUST be organic (with the mother) in order to get the best effect. This is because of the properties in "the mother" that make the ACV do the job it's supposed to do. It doesn't have to be Braggs brand but I don't know of another organic ACV on the market. If you find another organic containing "the mother" it should be fine. :)

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    2. oh ok..thanks for the info i will get some braggs then..I have kroger brand ACV now..My mother and father in law got my husband and i on what they named "THE COWBOY DRINK" lol we just do 1 Tablespoon ACV and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice with some water for 1 month then after a month 2 tablespoons each..

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    3. Hey that's sound good! I've added lemon juice to my recipe before too. Yummo! "Cowboy Drink"...love that!

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  18. ok! maybe i missed something, or maybe this is a stupid question... what is "the mother"?

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    1. Nah, no such thing as a stupid question! It's the part of the ACV that is the living nutrients, enzymes and bacteria that benefit you. You can see it floating around or settled in the bottom of the bottle. Give a good shake and drink up!

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  19. Will it be ok to use while breastfeeding? I wouldn't want to detox anything and send it to my milk supply???

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    1. I'm not a doctor so I really can't give medical advice. However, personally I would take it every once in awhile, especially if I had a cold coming on or some infection going on. It would be better than being on anti-biotics while nursing. I don't think it would do any harm if taken in moderation when needed.

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    2. My midwife recommended drinking a shot size amount everyday to ward of mastitis. After having mastitis with two other children I was willing to do anything to not get it with my third. It totally worked. Not the funnest thing to drink, but it was well worth it! After a few months I stopped taking it daily, and started to feel the symptoms of mastitis coming...I quickly started taking ACV and instantly felt the infection leaving! Such good stuff!

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  20. Great list Amber! I love apple cider vinegar a lot and I drink it once everyday with honey. Highly recommended health product!

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    1. Thanks so much Alex! That's awesome you drink it everyday!

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  21. Thanks for the great info, Amber! I have two questions regarding the drink. I've been using hot (boiling) water to help dissolve the honey, but does that harm the beneficial properties of the ACV? Is honey used only as a sweetener or is it specific to this healing combination (I've been thinking of using stevia)?

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    1. Hey Bob! Yes, don't use boiling water. Use room temp water. The honey will melt in a few minutes and dissolve. Honey is a sweetner but if you use RAW honey it has many added benefits as well. You can use Stevia but honey is much healthier. :)

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  22. What would be the correct dosage for weight loss and how often Thanks Julie

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    1. Same recipe as above 2TBsp. ACV, 2TBs. Honey, and a tall glass of water 3X a day. :)Drink before meals. It is an appetite suppressant and it attacks fat cells and dissolves them.

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  23. You can also use it when BBQ'ing chicken. Put in spray bottle and spray chicken while on the grill. Keeps chicken moist while on the grill and gives it a good taste too. I also drink It every day :)

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  24. Just got a nasty ringworm infection on my arm and small spot on leg... GROSSSSSS. was freaking out and doubting the cream I bought at CVS so I was so relieved when I saw online that I can used ACV to help rid this nasty fungus!! Tried it tonight for the first time and its totally making a difference. Went ahead and put 100% ACV on paper towel and held it on the spots for a few minutes. Hopefully it'll speed up the healing process.

    I also try to drink daily!

    If you want a yummy refreshing drink try Pineapple juice+ACV+lime juice+honey!! YUM!!! I can't always stomach the straight ACV or ACV+water in the morning.

    Also didnt know about the kidney stone dissolving! Yet another reason to keep drinking!!

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    1. Wow Wow and Wow! It's a miracle for sure!

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  25. Been doing this for over a week , but very bloated ., anyone else experience this .. Is that normal??

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    1. I didn't experience this however it is an appetite suppressant in the sence that it makes you feel full but bloated is different. It could actually be just a symptom of detox. If I were you I would up my water intake by a lot to flush out the bloating which is likely due to toxins in your body being moved around and not having enough fluid to flush them out. Just my guess. Let me know if that helps!

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    2. Thanks amber,I will give that a try..

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    3. Your so very welcome. Please let me know how it turns out! :)

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  27. Where is the best place to find Braggs ACV ???

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    1. I get it at any health foods store or Schnucks! :)

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    2. Walmart carries it.

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    3. publix also carries it

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    4. Found it at Krogers on the health food aisle

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  28. I use apple cider vinegar in my rinse cycle of my wash to remove cat urine smells (I buy the cheap stuff for this, and Braggs for eating) but I just thought I'd give you another use for it.

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  29. I have heard if you drink it often it can wear away the enamel on your teeth. Has anyone experienced that problem? What do you do to avoid this?

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    1. Have not experienced it but it is very acidic. You can avoid this by drinking it with water and rinsing mouth afterwards.

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    2. I was thinking that ACV is not acidic, as it can help with acid reflux, from what I have been reading here. I would think it would be alkaline as opposed to acidic.

      I guess that an acid can be either alkaline or acidic, depending on the pH. Wonder what the pH of it is.

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    3. Actually I believe the reason why it helps with acid reflux is because of the acidity. Acid reflux is actually a condition of having too little acid in your stomach. However, the genius thing about ACV is that the way the body processes it through digestion. It turns it into something called "ash" and causes our body's pH to become more akaline. Same principle as citris fruit. Although they are acidic, the body processes it in such a way that forms akalinity.

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    4. Drinking it through a straw will help minimize any effect on your tooth enamel.

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    5. The pH of various food items (such as citrus fruits) changes once INSIDE the body. Foods such as oranges/lemons/limes are highly acidic when sitting on your kitchen counter but become basic (alkaline) once inside your stomach. Foods are classified as "alkaline-forming" or "acidic-forming" based on the type of minerals they produce for the body during digestion.

      During digestion, if a food’s ashes result in mostly acidic residues (such as sulfur or phosphorus), then the food is considered "acid-forming". If if results in primarily alkaline substances (ex: calcium, potassium or magnesium), then it is considered "alkaline-forming".

      Therefore, the pH level of the food really doesn't correlate to how it behaves once inside of your body :) This can get confusing for many people! My parents are doctors and even I was confused by this at first!

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  30. Will ACV work on mouth sores?

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    1. I'm not sure. Seems like it would burn like the dickens. If it's a bacterial infection it might help actually. I would try coconut oil instead though for mouth sores. Much more gentle and has a lot of the same properties as far as anti-bacterial/viral/fungal.

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  31. I recently got "Solana Gold" ACV, raw and unfiltered, made with the veil of the mother. I guess that's the same as Braggs, right? stuff is sunk to the bottom.

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    1. Yes, if it has the mother, it's got the good stuff! However, I don't know if that brand is organic or not. That's important too but I'd say not as important as having the mother in it.

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  32. I have been using White House brand ACV for my chronic heartburn.It has worked for me so far.It says "all natural" and the ingredients say only apple cider vinegar and water.Am I still getting the other benefits that have been talked about?

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    1. Hi there. If it doesn't say 'with the mother' on the bottle somewhere, you are not getting the living enzymes that are so helpful to the human body. It will def still work for heartburn because it is adding acid to your stomach but it won't do all the other great things that living enzymes do for us.

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  33. My mom swears it works in place of antibiotics for sinus infections. Have you had any experience with this? I really don't like some of the side affects of antibiotics.

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    1. Oh yes! It helps sore throat and can definately work in place of antibiotics. Of course I'm not a doctor but I would def try ACV before going on antibiotics. ACV is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It is a natural antibiotic! It is wonderful for sore throats, sinus infections and the like.

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    2. I can speak to this. As a sufferer of chronic sinus infections, I found myself taking antibiotics way way too often. The first time I tried the ACV with veggie juice or fruit juice, I saw immediate results. My sore throat was completely gone in two days; my drainage had cleared up as well. Since then, I take it daily. My 87-year-old grandfather swears by it as well!

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    3. I gotta tru this..suffer from sinusitis a lot and to boot..both my kids have allergies!

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  34. I notice that the comments seem to be all positive comments and there doesn't seem to be any negative comments. After searching the Net on the subject of ACV I find there is just has much negative things about ACV and that people drinking it should also know the dangers which can occur.
    I just wanted to point this out. After all said and done I will give it a try and see what happens.

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    1. As with most anything, there are pros and cons. ACV is much like medicine/drugs. However, it is completely natural and not liver toxic like pharmaceuticals. It actually helps detox the liver. I would have to argue there are a lot more postive uses for ACV than negative effects. Mostly, people just need to be careful with taking it undiluted and too much for too long or perhaps if they have an ulcer. I think it would take a heck of a lot to overdue it but as with most everything, moderation is usually the safest. Use your best judgement for your own body. Try to be in tune with your body when using ACV. :)

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  35. just plain old white vinegar miraculously stops ant invasions. douse a cottonball with vinegar and place wherever you think the ants are entering. you will not see another ant.

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    1. Ahhh...nice tip. I shall try next summer if I get invaded again!

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    2. My husbnand suffers from kidney stones.....to the point of almost having to go on dialysis, we will try this for sure!

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  36. Someone asked about sinus infections.... And YES! I had an awful sinus infection for about a week and refused to go to the doctor. Antibiotics aren't good for you in the long run. I put two tablespoons of ACV in 8 ounces of water. Chugged and it and BAM! I could feel sinus pressure start to go down. I woke up that next day and could already breathe through my nose. I swear by ACV!

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  37. I live in California, any recommended stores? So it's once or twice a day, daily for 2 weeks, 2 weeks off and then 3/4 times daily forever or off and on weekly schedules?

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    1. Any health food store will most likely carry Braggs, organic ACV. Whole Foods or Trader Joes will carry it too. 3-4X a week forever. If you start to feel strange just cut back. Listen to what your body is telling you. However, don't be too afraid if you experience nausea upon first week of use. This could be a symptom of detox. Just cut dosage back to what you think would be tolerable for you. Don't be afraid to experiment or change it up.

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  38. Can you drink it if you are pregnant and can 1 year olds drink it?

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    1. I think it's mild enough to drink while pregnant. Perhaps not everyday. Maybe a couple times a week since it actually is a detox. You don't necessarily want to move around toxins while pregnant. However, I would do some research if I were you. Perhaps call a holistic doctor.

      One year old?? Hmm?? I don't really know. I know I gave it to my daughter when she was around 18 months old so you'll just have to use your best parental judgement based on your child. Maybe make a weak drink and let them try it. My daughter is now 2 years old and I give it to her twice a day anytime she shows any signs of illness like a runny nose or cough. She loves it and calls it juice! She has NEVER (knock on wood) gotten as sick as the kids around her who she caught the illness from. It's remarkable!

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  39. this has changed my life! thank you so much!

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    1. Wow! Please share more about the life change!!! :)

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  40. when you say (in the recipe for internal health), 3-4X a week, is it 3 drinks 4 times a week? just a little confused. we are doing the 1 drink twice a day now for two weeks then two weeks off but confused about the other...thanks...

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    1. Drink 1-2X a day 3-4X a week after the two week on of drinking 1-2X a day everyday for two weeks and then two weeks off. Hope that makes sense. :)

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    2. I'm starting to wonder if I was ever clear even now about your question. LOL!

      Drink once or twice a day for three or four days each week. So one or two drinks on say, Tuesday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday.

      This is just a suggested schedule after you drank one or two drinks everyday for two weeks and then took two weeks off.

      There. I think that should be crystal clear now. :)

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  41. Does the acv need to be refrigerated after opening the bottle?

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  42. My daughter has eczema do you know if this will help with eczema

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    1. Ya know, I'm not really sure. Wouldn't hurt to try though. Have you tried coconut oil for eczema?

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  43. If you have any problems with UTI's /etc. this is great.
    I mix it with cranberry juice, next day relief!! The problem was completely gone within a few days. :)
    (medicines usually took weeks and it almost always reoccurred within a few weeks.)

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    1. Absolutley! It will also dissolve kidney stones within hours of drinking. Saw this first hand! Save yourself surgery and a hospital trip by just drinking this stuff! :)

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  44. Do you drink 1 cup twice a day for 2 weeks or less than 1 cup?

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    1. You can drink 1 or 2 cups a day. If you are fighting illness, prob try and drink 2 cups a day, even three until you are better. Then go ahead and cut back to 1 or 2 cups a day. It's whatever you feel. You don't want to drink too much of anything I don't think but it's relatively harmless unless you are on blood thinners or blood pressure meds. ACV in combo with BP meds can cause BP to drop too much but guess what that means??!! You can probably get off your BP meds and use ACV to keep your BP lower! Okay, done with my rant now. Check with a doctor to anyone reading this. :)

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  45. Do you think it would be ok for a 6 year old to take for allergies/sinus infections? allergy meds and breathing treatments don't seem to be working for him and i am willing to try anything at this point...

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    1. Absolutely Jennifer! I give it to my 2 year old any time she shows signs of illness coming on. Or if I am going somewhere new just in case she's exposed to anything. It will work WONDERS for sinus infections. Also, buy local honey and this will help allergies as well as other health benefits. Tell ur child it's juice. My daughter asks for it now! She likes it more than her almond milk! Please let me know how it works out for you and your child.

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    2. My son suffered from seasonal allergies since he was a little boy (he is now 12 years old). Every six months, or so, he would have a horrible cough and watery eyes. About a year ago I gave him 2 tablespoons of ACV with 8 ounces of orange juice daily for 1 week. Since then he has not had the horrible cough or watery eyes. The orange juice helps mask the taste. He is a very fussy kids so he won't even try the ACV in water.

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  46. Can enough be mixed ahead of time, say for a week, and stored in the refrigerator?

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    1. That is a fantastic question! Hmmmm? I don't see why not other than the honey not mixing in because of the cold temp and then you'd have it all sitting at the bottom of the jug or whatever. You could surly mix the ACV with water preportions and then add honey to each serving if you find mixing honey ahead of time doesn't work out well. Please let me know! Why this has not occurred to me, I'll never know! :)

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  47. I started having a dandruff and terribly dry/itchy scalp problem a few years ago, I went to a GP and nothing she gave me worked so I then went to a dermatologist and the stuff he gave me did not work either. I googled home remedies and found apple cidar vinegar tried it and it completely got rid of the problem and I have not any problems since. I just put some on a cotton swab and put it on the itchy spots before bed every night and washed my hair with it before shampooing once a week. It also makes your hair very shiny!
    Another good use: Fruit fly traps ;)

    Thanks for all of the other ideas!!

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    1. Yep! Used it on my scalp too and it took away all the buildup and made my hair less oily at roots and smooth at the bottoms. It balances pH of skin, that's the miracle of it!

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    2. For a more healthy hair wash use Bicarb soda and rinse with ACV diluted..

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  48. ACV really is an amazing remedy! It has done wonders for cramps, completely cured my reflux, and stops a headache almost instantly! Has anyone had success topically treating their acne? I've tried a few times an it appeared to worsen my skin. Not sure if this was just my skin "purging" or not because I never stuck with it.

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    1. I've never used it for acne but I'm sure it does purge the skin and then it balances. I use witch hazel. Does the same thing. I didn't know it worked for cramps! I'll have to try that.

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    2. Adding to ACV to my diet has almost completely cleared up my acne. I have pretty sensitive skin so I've tried to stay away from using it directly on the skin. It seems to be working from the inside out! Just keep your skin clean and moisturized- it worked for me!

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    3. I thought I would share my experience with ACV and acne since this is how I found ACV.
      Daily routine:
      1) Wash face with Baking Soda - Apply 1 teaspoon of baking soda on a damp washcloth, I use a Clarison brush instead of a washcloth, but the brush is expensive. Add a few drops of water to the baking soda to make it more like a paste. Rub baking soda all over face, apply a little pressure. Rinse face with cool water.
      2) Make a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water. I mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 2 tablespoons of water and put it in a dark bottle (which I bought in a Whole Foods store). This mixture will last me about 2 weeks. Apply the 50/50 mixture to your face with a cotton ball. Do not wash off. It smells bad, but once dried the smell will go away. Some people add essetial oils to mask the smell, but any kind of oils in my face makes me breakout.
      3) Apply a light moisturizer to you face (I use an organic one I found at Trader Joe's with SPF)
      Whenever I get a breakout, which is very rare now, I apply organic aloe vera juice and leave overnight. Wash your face with the baking soda first so you have a clean face. This routine has been my miracle.

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  49. When I had swine flu a couple of years back,I put it in a cup with water and honey and it was the only thing that made me stop coughing.

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  50. Okay, I don't mean to be indelicate, but this stuff is so good at detoxing your body, even your poo doesn't smell when you're drinking this stuff!!!lol! I know- gross- but it's true! I find that it's a natural energy booster too. I feel so good after drinking this stuff!!!

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  51. It also removes moles. Just put some ACV on a cotton swab and cover with bandaid overnight for 2 weeks and the mole will be gone! My dermatologist wanted $50 per mole to remove so I gave this a shot first and it worked!

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  52. Has anyone with migraines really tried this? Some list of migraine triggers list vinegar. So I've been avoiding, but still get chronic migraines.

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    1. I'm not really sure. I would think a cause of migraines might be a need to detox your body and I know ACV helps with that but I can't be sure that's your issue. I've read that ACV is used for treatment of headaches but I'm thinking probably sinus headaches if anything. I've never used for headache. Not sure. Sorry. Good luck!

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  53. Are these recipes safe for pregnant/ nursing women?

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    1. Being preggo makes things so different. If anything I would take same recipe but in moderation. Maybe once a day but only 3 times a week. There are good minerals and stuff in ACV and it won't detox you too much with taking just that little bit. Do some more research about it. Ask your doc but my opinion is just in moderation it'd most likely be just fine.

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  54. Hi,i have a problem with my scalp.After washing i feel like insects are crawling and it starts itching crazy and there's a lot of hair fall.i've tried doctor's medicine and medicated shampoos and some oils as well, but nothing helps.Recently someone suggested i try ACV.but i don't know how to use it on the scalp.I've had this problem for a year now and i live in Nairobi,Kenya. I don't know what brand will be available here.I would be relived if i found a solution to this problem.

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    1. I get in shower, wet hair and take apple cider vinegar and apply about 1/4 cup to scalp and you can run it through your ends if you want. Let it sit on there while you finish up in shower then wash hair twice like normal. Hope this helps! Hope you can find Braggs in Nairobi but if not I bet any ACV will work to balance pH of your scalp!

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  55. hi!
    I am one of the lucky ones that have the "unknown" illness they label fibromyalgia...do you know of anyone who has tried this on muscle pain and sensitivity to touch? I also suffer from horrible joint pain...

    thanks!

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    1. This could help you but you need major detox, plain and simple. See my post about coffee enemas and juice fast. I'd put money on your illness being nothing but toxic buildup. I would look into eating raw food as well. Email me if you want more help with detox. :)

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    2. only thing with the juice fast is I am also diabetic...so this would be very dangerous as a fast for me...ty for the suggestions and trying to help...I have already bought the acv and the local honey...started drinking 2 x daily on empty stomach yesterday...I have much faith in this as my grandmother used to drink it...I didn't know at the time of my research...soooooo if she did it im gonna! lol...

      thanks again!

      will keep you posted on how it is doing
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    3. Absolutely my pleasure trying to help.

      I'm glad you brought up diabetes. Perhaps talk with a naturopathic doctor about juice fast. It can actually reverse your diabetes. You could also eat raw food for 30 days or more to reverse diabetes and detox. This only works though if you're type 2. Type 1 is irreversable as far as I know. You must find a healthy way to detox under supervision of a good naturopathic doctor. Most of your ailments are likely to lesson if you "reboot" your body systems with a detox.

      And yes, please let me know how this helps you!

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    4. Hello Amber, I have spent the afternoon reading all the Q & A's. I have fibromyalgia, diabetic, high blood pressure and gastroparesis.I would be interested in the detox you mentioned. I bought a bottle of Bragg ACV but have not used it.
      Thank you for all the information provided I have e-mailed this to several other friends tonight.
      Betty Joe Curry-Fayetteville, GA
      bjhcurry@hotmail.com

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  56. Hi,its me again from nairobi.can i keep it overnight?what is the best.

    Thanks.

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    1. Keep it on your hair overnight?? I'm not sure. I've never tried that and to be honest I probably wouldn't. Just try it in moderation as I directed before and see if this helps the problem. If it doesn't, try doing it two days in a row. If still no change at all I would consider putting coconut oil on your scalp overnight before ACV. If you have fungus on your scalp which is sorta what I'm thinking it might be, coconut oil is anti-fungal and in combo with ACV's pH balancing properties it might be just the ticket. Please let me know if this works for you.

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  57. Hi Amber, I live in Clearwater Fl I see that ACV works on warts and moles , does it work on skin tags? Thanks John

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    1. Hey John! Honestly, I knew about age spots and warts but I didn't even know that it worked for moles until someone commented on this page that it did. All I can say is give it a whirl! Couldn't hurt. Let us all know!

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    2. I have several tags..im gonna start treatment tomorrow to see if they will go away!

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  58. Nativeherbalhealing wants to know: will it work on rash under breasts?

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    1. Most likely yes. If it's fungal or bacterial. You could also apply coconut oil as well.

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  59. Wow,I am very impresses with all the posts. I was told by a friend today to use this vinegar solution and I bought it right away. Then I thought to read up on it before using it. All your posts were so very helpful and I am eager to get started tomorrow. I never spend so much time on the internet as I did this evening.Thank you very much.

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  60. Love this! Think it would help with gallstones? :)

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    1. It may work to break down gallstones. But there is another remedy that works for gallstones effectively. Olive oil, grapefruit juice, and epsom salt I believe. You can prob find a recipe and instructional on google or youtube. My friend and her boyfriend did this and expelled hundreds of stones!!! I wish I would have known about it before I let a surgeon take my gallbladder. UGH! See my post about coffee enemas. They can help produce more bile and flush liver which is where stones are created in the first place.

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  61. if anyone knows about the skin tags and if it works on gallstones, i would really like to know. thanks

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    1. Hey! See above comment. ^^ And see my coffee enema post. That can help with gall stones. As far as skin tags, i'm not sure but there is another guy that posted in the comment section and he's trying it. He said he will let me know how it goes, so keep an eye out for that.

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  62. Hi Amber!

    I knew there were tons of health benefits of ACV, but I didnt know that it could prevent stomach illness.

    Amber- I was wondering if, specifically, that it referring to the prevention of- stomach flu? 24 hour flu?
    If this is the case, could I ask where you sourced this information?

    This is so interesting.

    I will never NOT have ACV in my home!!!

    Thanks,
    Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah. ACV is not scientifically tested to my knowledge. It is a home remedy. In other words, most evidence is anecdotal. I have my own personal story of ACV preventing the stomach flu in my home which turned me into a big believer. It will help with influenza (colds) too. You can read many stories on earthclinic.com. Although there are no scientific tests that I know of, we can use a bit of common sense. ACV is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. When you drink it, those enzymes, nutrients, and minerals are instantly absorbed into the bloodstream, going to work fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Also, the way in which the body metabolizes ACV it balances the body's pH and makes your internal environment very hard for bacteria and such to live and thrive in. Thus, it’s a great preventative for stomach flu and all kinds of other illnesses. :)

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  63. Hi Amber,

    Perhaps you can help me! I'm at my wit's end!
    My husband takes 14 pills a day! YIKES...he has type 2 diabetes, allergies and reflux/acid problems. He is usually nauseaus or throwing up most mornings! This sets him back 2-3 hours and he feels tired and just not good.
    I have to add...he is a 70 yrs old and will not exercise but the medicines are not helping. The doctor says he's sick to his stomach because of the drainage from the allergies that are so bad. Thank you for your consideration.

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    1. I thought I replied to this earlier. I'm sorry. All those pills, no thanks! I would be in contact with a more natural minded doctor ASAP to get him off those pills. In his situation I cannot give much help. Anyone on that many pills is on drugs and needs help to get off and detox from a professional doctor that can actively monitor. ACV can be dangerous for anyone taking blood thinners as well. I wish I could help more. My only help would again be to get him to a holistic, natural minded doctor. Make it clear you want him off the pills. Talk to that doc about ACV, coffee enemas, and detox. I would start juicing for the man though. He can drink fresh juice at least in the morning to help flush out all the meds and give some nutrition. Juicing too much can affect medication as well. He cannot be afraid to experiment but he cannot be too quick about this sort of thing either.

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  64. Don't know if this will help much, but being a nurse, have someone other than your doctor (or do your own research) to check for compatibility of all those pills. He could feel this way due to pills reacting with each other in a negative way. Doctors should be aware of this, but they are so busy. Have someone else look into this. Just a thought dealing with 14 pills. Hopefully you can also try the ACV. Hope it gets better.

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  65. Hi, I put 2 tablespoons of ACV in with a litre of water and sip throughout the day. Am I diluting too much to get the benefit of the acv. I mainly want to use it as a weight loss/maintenance. Also is it better to drink on an empty stomach or after eating?.

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    1. I'd say you're diluting a bit to much, yes. But you will get some benefit still if you drink the whole liter mixture.

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  66. I had started taking ACV a couple years ago. I was doing about a tablespoon in a glass of vitamin water every morning (I was doing my best to cover up the taste!!), but after a week or so it started to burn REALLY BAD when I'd pee! Was I taking too much? Was it the mixture of the Vitamin Water? I'd love to get back on it but I don't want to pee fire again!!!

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    1. Hmmm? I'm not sure about this. Perhaps it detoxed you and caused an infection while flushing you out. I would try again and see how you feel. Don't use vit. water.

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  67. My little boy is 3 can i give it to him in preventive of stomach bugs or cold? How much and can i mix it with his juice? If he has a cold or bug how much do i give and how many times a day?

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    1. I'm glad you asked. My daughter is 2.5. She gets about a tablespoon a day. She calls it juice and asks for it. I don't give it to her unless she asks. If she seems to be coming down with something though I will give it to her a couple times a day which would be about 2 tbsp. a day until symptoms reside. She'll sometimes goes a week or two with none at all. I try to go with my gut on this. I don't wanna give her too much. And yes, you could mix with juice. And yes, you could use as preventative. If your child is in daycare or going somewhere where it could be germy, I would give every day or every couple days.

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  68. So, for optimum health, I need to drink the ACV every day for rest of my life?
    Are you saying when we START using for first time, to drink it every day for 2 wks, then stop for 2 wks. Is that the routine you continue? I want to do this- bought the Braggs ACV today(at Food Lion)but I am mixed up on the schedule & dosage. Help!! :)
    This site is wonderful!!

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    1. Yes, you can do it two weeks on two weeks off the rest of your life. The 2 weeks on you would drink 2 tblsp. 1-2X a day. So maybe a glass in morning and/or night. This is not the schedule I keep only because I'm not so great at keeping up with it. I actually have only been drinking when I feel I'm coming down with illness. My daughter drinks it on the regular though and she has NEVER been to doctor. 2 and a half and around other kids. I think ACV keeps her from falling as ill as other kids tend to get. Hope this helps. :) And thank you for compliment!

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  69. I actually don't think this tastes that bad, when mixed like this - it resembles the flavor of lemonade, IMO.

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  70. Just purchased Braggs acv like 30 min ago!!! Never tried it but heard its better in its natural form..I am very new to this so We will see how it works for me..

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  71. Thank you for this information. My mother doctored herself with home remedies all of her life and lived to be a blessed 96yrs young.We laughed at her home remedies at that time but payed attention.
    ACV was on her list. Recently my nephew was suffering with migraine head aches I tried placing ACV compresses
    on the front of his head and one on the back of his neck had him to relax in a dark room and it really worked.I tried the same on the back with hot compresses after visiting chiropractor with
    very little success.IT WORKED!By the way my mother never had alzheimer never was on any medications. THANKING GOD FOR MY MOTHER AND GIVING GOD THANKS AND PRAISE FOR YOU


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  73. I know that ACV has tons of uses but I didn't know that it would get rid of warts. Thank you for the info!

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  74. Hello, I loved reading all the information you have on ACV, at almost 34 my body has gone haywire and with a family history of h/b, heart attacks, strokes, and chronic acid reflux beginning at my age I am dying to try anything to dodge heredity!!! I also have many female problems, unexplainable massive weight gain, newfound acne, arthritis and joint pain from a C1-C2 fracture in 2007, migraine headaches, and cconstant upset stomach. Again, I have MUTIPLE issues that I want to be rid of. I feel like I am 101 yrs old, so I hope and pray this helps. I am also going to try this on my hair, although, it's 99% hair extensions!!!! But hey, its human hair so it should extend the longevity or at least make it nice and shiny. ; ) Anyway, thanks for taking time to post such useful and helpful information!!!!

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    1. Girl...You gotta get to a natural doctor like YESTERDAY! Talk to him/her about raw food and/or different diet, detox i.e. heavey metal chelation, liver and kidney detox, etc. Juice fasting may be good for you. ACV will not cure you of all of these problems. ACV is a light detox and only a part of an overall lifestyle that can aide your health. You may be allergic to foods your eating. Need to stay away from perservatives all together. Cut out ALL junk. Eat less animal products. More fruits and veggies obviously. Lots of water. Coffee enemas perhaps to rapidly release toxins from liver and colin. You have a lot going on for your age. You need a complete and utter reboot of your system. Also, I supsect you have some negative beliefs about your body and health because of your family's history. Throw that out too! You are alive, young, vibrant, healthy. Say these things whether you feel it or not. If you want to be healthy bad enough the answers will show up ALL OVER THE PLACE for you. Watch a documentary on Netflix called "Food Matters". This changed my life and knowledge about health and it has been an journey ever since. Good luck and God bless! Email me if you want. :)

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  75. I have had heart valve replacement and takes warfarin which is a blood thinner plus I take medication for high blood pressure and takes medication for diabetes(type2) and is on insulin 2 times a day. I would love to take ACV but after reading your blog maybe that would not be wise since I am taking blood thinkers. Do you think I can take maybe half of what everyone else takes. I think it would help with my other problems I have. I am a 61 female and is 5 ft 2 in at 223 lbs.

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    1. No medical doctor will advise you take ACV with blood thinners. However, If you want to find a natural way to get off the pharm drugs then perhaps see a naturalpathic doctor and discuss desire to take ACV to thin blood rather than pills. I would not advise taking ACV with blood thinners or trying to get off pills without a good natural doctor to monitor this. Also, seriously consider your diet. If you are eating typical American diet no amount of ACV or pharm drugs will help you. You must lose weight at 5'2". You can do this! Watch documentary "Food Matters" or "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" on Netflix for a good motivational tool to get on the right health track! :) Much love and good luck! Keep us posted if you try anything with the ACV and how it works for you.

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  76. We put ACV on a cotton ball to get rid of poison ivy or poison oak on our skin (we live in the woods). Works great! Just need to know it initially will burn but it's much better than the horrible itching. It also keeps it from spreading.

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    1. Sweet! I actually have used it for poison ivy on my daughter before too. It works!

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  77. I have been reading all this stuff about acv but i've not come across anything about my problem.I have a infected zit on the left side of my lip.It has spread to my glands.Any ideas on how to get rid of this infection?

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    1. Oh my! Spread to glands. Wow. I'm actually guessing it's in your lymph nodes and they are not draining. First, drink tons of water. Second, massage nodes where you feel clog. And third, yes...drink ACV! hhehe :) I used to get infection from earrings on my earlobes and it would go to lymph node behind ear on neck. It would feel like a lump in there. It should clear up on it's own with proper hydration and massage. If it doesn't clear up or gets worse after a week or more I might see doctor.

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  78. Amber
    Thank you for your advice.I did get a antibotic from my doctor.Today it started draining finally.I have been drinking tons of water.Hopefully within a week it should be about healed.

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  79. I couldn't get this to post above about eczema for some reason?? Anyway my wife was diagnosed with Eczema or Psoriasis by different doctors and tried several different things. A friend of ours told her to take baths with a couple cups of ACV. Her spots and itching has all cleared up and if it flairs back up she just takes somes baths again with ACV. We just use the Great Value Walmart brand for this and it WORKS.

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  80. Does acv need to be mixed with honey always. Or can you do 2 tbspoons of it with 8 oz glass of water...
    Thanks for all the posts! Very helpful!

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    1. No need for honey, just for taste. Honey has, raw and local, has it's own benefits as well though.

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  81. hi i have recently started to suffer from chronic acid reflux and im thinking its all due to bad eating habits and tons of coffee.lol and i've tried zantac, prilosec, anything ppl told me i could use to stop my acid reflux. some days it hurts so bad i cant even sleep. the last time i was at the e.r. getting myself checked cuz my chest hurt so bad and along with that, im thinking i have something called esphogus spasms..just how much of this acv do u put in ur water or juice and what can u add to make the taste go away..:) i'd appreciate it more if more ppl had more acid reflux information or comments..thanks :)

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  82. I just bought some ACV to see if it helps with my chronic acid reflux. I took some last night straight, and I won't do that again, lol. It burned going down, so I'm not sure if it's going to help with cutting down acid, but I'd like to give it a try. I'm 27 and have been on Prilosec for about 15 years. I would love to be able to go off medication, but it's so bad that I can't go without it. Today I'm going to mix the ACV with honey and water and see how that works. I have cut out coffee and caffeine, major offenders of reflux, out of my diet, along with other acidic foods already, per doctor's suggestion. Hoping this helps. I'm also battling an infection on the gum flap over my wisdom tooth, which hurts terribly. I am trying this before visiting the doctor or dentist, hoping it can clear it up.

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    1. How's it going? Still trying the ACV? Off the meds yet?

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  84. Does apple cider vinager aid men sexually

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  85. Hi Amber--Thanks for all the infor here----I take cholesterol & high blood pressure meds with the Baylor 81 pill. Now, I also have a stent in my heart, with the issue of blood thinning do you think the ACV will affect my blood or not? I did take some ACV a month ago when I was on plavit and it did do something---I did feel funny and it scared me and I lay on my sofa for several hrs. I am off the plavit now. so, do you thing i could use the ACV with honey and water now?


    thanks

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    1. Taking ACV while on blood thinners is not a good idea because of the blood thinning properties in ACV. That's probably why you felt funny. Since you are off the blood thinners perhaps you could try ACV again and see how you feel. Do it moderately and slowly. If you feel fine, up the dose. Remember, I am no doctor. Just my opinion.

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  86. this really works for gout I mixed for my mom and with in hrs it started working gut I use 1/2 cup water

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  87. Stolen word for word from this website. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/02/18/25-uses-for-apple-cider-vinegar/

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    1. Hello. Just to clarify, my article is the original one. She stole my article word for word and then posted my website as the source.

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  88. This article wasn't taken from anyone - it was written in Feb *2012*... the article referenced in the above commenter was posted in Feb *2013*, thus THIS article was stolen.

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  89. HA, and the Waking Times article even refers to THIS one as the source! Duh....

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