Two weeks of Apple Cider Vinegar

[donotprint] A couple of weeks ago I had a bout of digestive discomfort and decided to nip it in the bud by seeking out ways of improving my digestion. Rather than simply dealing with I figured it was time to be a little bit more proactive.

I very rarely suffer from digestive issues these days, though I do visit my herbalist once every few months for a colon cleanse and take herbal supplements daily to keep my whole system moving. After years of abuse, starving and binging, my body doesn’t quite work the way it should; that said I came out in pretty much one piece,  a stronger more rounded and much happier piece at that! Smile

I’d heard bits and pieces about apple cider vinegar and almost picked myself up a bottle to try on more than one occasion. Finally I made the purchase! Organic, Raw, unpasteurised, unfiltered and unheated, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar to be precise.

It smelt incredibly potent and tastes along the same lines. I mixed 1 tablespoon up with 200ml (8oz) of water with  few dashes of apple juice and a spoonful of Stevia and to my delight I quite liked it! Before mentioning it on the blog I decided to give it a trial period of two weeks, taking it twice a day, half an hour before breakfast and the same before dinner.

I was only really taking it with few to improving my digestion and bowel regularity but there are wide ranging health benefits associated with consuming it as a daily tonic….

  • Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, and along with sodium allows your body to shift fluids to and from cells and the bloodstream as needed to maintain homeostasis, the condition needed to sustain life. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses!
  • Rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
  • Rich in ash which gives ACV its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. When our bodies PH is more acidic energy is impaired, there is an increased likelihood of free radical production and disease is much more likely to flourish.
  • It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol.
  • Rich in malic acid which gives ACV its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.
  • It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.
  • ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
  • A few lab studies have found that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.
  • Said to help relieve muscle and joint pain from exercise.
  • Studies have shown that is helps to reduce blood glucose levels*; of particular use for those with diabetes and all of us who consume more than our fair share of sugar and starch!
  • Can be used as a means to naturally relieve heartburn replacing toxic heartburn medications.

*2007 study published in Diabetes Care, researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients who consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime showed favourable changes in blood sugar levels the following morning.

Benefits I’ve experienced

  • I’ve definitely experienced some digestive ease over the past couple of weeks. I hadn’t felt particularly bloated but was prone to sudden bloating post meals which has virtually disappeared.
  • My skin is a little smoother, cleared and altogether fresh! I’ve had a few comments from people over the past week which proved it wasn’t just wishful thinking.
  • I’m pretty careful when it comes to food choices and meal combinations in terms of choosing low GI options and eating protein and fat with carbohydrates to slow down there release. That said I’ve noticed an extra little surge in energy of late which I can only attribute to a reduced blood sugars spike even if it was minimal.

I can’t say I’ve noticed a whole lot else but who knows what beneficial effects it’s having internally. At the moment I’m enjoying drinking it and plan to continue; it’s a relatively cheap way to improve your skin, energy and digestion!

For more tips on how to improve digestion check out this previous post.

If you plan on trying apple cider vinegar…

  • Make sure you purchase a raw, organic, unfiltered, unheated and unpasteurised one. It is claimed that this mother of vinegar is where all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes associated with apple cider vinegar are found. The pasteurisation process of non-organic apple cider vinegar removes the mother of vinegar.
  • Be sure to dilute it! There are varying recommendations in terms of water or beverage of choice ratios to the cider vinegar. I personally have been using 1 tbsp mixed with 8oz/230ml, or just under a cup. I like to add a little apple juice (or orange) as well as some Stevia to cut through the sharpness vinegar.
  • I’ve found the greatest benefits from consuming it half an hour or so before eating.

Have you tried or do you regularly drink Apple Cider Vinegar? If so what benefits have you experienced and what’s your favourite mix up?

Note: All the above benefits haven’t been researched in depth and are in essence suggestive rather than confirmed.

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  1. Yes! I love ACV. I usually just mix a couple tbsp with water & drink it, but I’ve also used it in salad dressings & as a facial toner. My gut always functions much better when I use it regularly. 😀

      1. I do and it’s great! Although I don’t like the smell very much….argh…
        Try it on your hair too, it’s great as a conditioner as it balances hair and scalp PH.

  2. i have done ACV plain (i mix mine with my amino acids), but Braggs also makes a pre-mixed ACV drink that i LOVE. i get the cinnamon one, but they have grape, ginger and i believe a honey. they come in smaller individual bottles. you should check those out too, because they are tasty!

  3. Hi braggs mixed ACV are available in all “The Health Store ” chains in different flavours, enjoyin your recipes and pic!louise

  4. ACV “mixed drink” has helped with acid reflux (had it for years) – has smoothed out my rough skin (had it for years) – and it gives me at certain taste bud “twinge” that MtDew did for me for years. Much rather have my mixed drink than Mt Dew now days. Here’s my “mixed drink recipe” 4 tablespooons ACV, 8oz V8 Splash Apple Medley (adds to the sugar – no doubt alternative can be used ) 8 oz of H2O , 1 tablespoon of raw honey, many dashes of cinnamon – – to taste, 1 cup frozen raspberries – – once blended – – pack full of ice cubes and sip all day 210 calories Enjoy!

  5. I love this –my naturopath recommended a few mls mixed with water 15mins prior to every meal which I’ve done and I just love it. I got mine from the local organic food store and believe it or not it is Braggs….(and I live in New Zealand!!) …

  6. I want to start drinking AVC everyday but just with one sip I spit it out even after diluting, can I get few tips for that please! I’m using ACV as a facial toner since 4 months but hardly there are any changes, can I get to know why isn’t it working?

    1. I love it in sparkling water, it eases the taste and makes a really refreshing drink! Better skin is a combination of things, using it as a toner will help but isn’t a cure all and won’t necessarily work for everyone. With the drink you could add some apple or orange juice, or just add it to a smoothie or fresh juice if you like!

    2. Try it with a bit of fresh squeezed orange juice and a splash of lemon. That’s the only way I can drink it. You can also add stevia or honey if you don’t like the sourness.

  7. I’m onboard. I was researching Sly Stallone’s work out, and he said he does 2 tblspn ACV per day. He’s in pretty damn good shape for 67.

  8. I def notice a difference in my skin, energy, bloating, weight loss/gain, energy, ect.. when I do or don’t use it regularly. Drinking it with my water throughout the day everyday and jogging I dropped a very stubborn 5lbs. I got kinda lazy with it for about 2-3 wks and notice huge differences. Its crazy. I’m getting back in the swing of things and hopefully will drop the last 8lbs. I use it as a hair rinse also and it makes my hair soft, shiny and overall better. No product necessary. Just wash your hair normally, rinse, and pour acv over hair and rub into scalp, rinse or don’t.

    1. If you use it in your hair doesn’t it smell ? I like to smell like flowers when I get out of the shower not sour

  9. Can I ask Rachel how long she was taking the ACV before she lost the 5kg’s, if you don’t mind my asking?

    1. after your hair dries the smell evaporates, I just use cheap ACV for my hair rinse and the Braggs for ingestion.

  10. Have you tried to pre-mix your concoction? I’d like to make a batch of it so that it is easier for me to take it though out the week. Thoughts?

  11. i want to use AVC for my high blood pressure but im skinny and i dont want to lose weight. what will i do?

    1. I wouldn’t worry Rachelle! I don’t find it suppresses my appetite, and if it does it’s only very slightly, and certainly hasn’t caused weight loss so go for it!

  12. When I supposed to drink it?
    My time it’s so tight
    I want to get rid of my acne:(

    Can I combined it with lemon water?
    And drink it when I wake up?
    And it is necessary for drink it 3 times using same amount ?
    Need your help thank you

  13. Just to let you know the smell of acv didn’t last very long, so if you want to use it as a rinse for your hair you will be surprised at how it leaves no odor afterwards..I use it weekly on my hair and I dilute it but I rinse my hair with it before I shampoo because I want the build-up out so my hair can absorb the full benefits of my shampoo and conditioner..

    1. I love using it in the Summer for a hair rinse….I don’t rinse it out of my hair, but go right out and let my hair dry in the sun. It brings out the Red highlights in my hair!

      1. I tried it in my medium length hair a couple of times…. Could not comb/brush/pick thru my hair. Am I missing something? I’m sure it did a great job getting any build up out of my hair, but how do I brush/comb it without a detangler of some kind? Thanks

  14. I would like to tell you that i am a 47 year old woman. I went to my Dr. for a annual check up and found out that i had high blood pressure, so she put me on medication just to bring it down it didn’t work as well as drinking ACV. I heard about all the benfits of it and decided to give it a try after finishing my medication from the doctor. I have to say the results were AMAZING better then i expected my pressure is low and i take it every morning with 2 Tablespoon of ACV w/ a half a lemon squeezed with warm water. I don’t drink or eat anything after an half an hour, so it can hit the bloodstream and then i eat anything i want and the results are still the same AMAZING OMG!!!!! So i recommend this to anyone the benfits are also good for all other things as well… No more medication for me!!!!!! All natural for me… Try it you will see major results.. I am consistent with it every morning..

  15. Hi! I am 26. After my son was born I ended up with several infections and several major surgeries. Since then (he will be 2 in Dec.) I can not seem to get the weight off. I have been looking at the acv diet for years but am now finally trying it. I eat healthy and exercise everyday not including chasing my lo so I am hoping maybe this is the boost I need. Here in the south people swear by the benefits from acv. so here I go! I will post results as I go.

  16. For those of you having trouble drinking it, I cut mine with a half ice water half pinapple juice mix. The pinapple juice is sweet enough to cut the bite of the vinegar, and also has anti inflammatory properties itself. The mix has done wonders for my upset stomach I used to get after eating virtually anything! I drink before any larger meal, mainly breakfast lunch and dinner. If you mix it ahead, be sure to shake first as the juice and the vinegar settle.

  17. I love it with warm water, a bit of Mankua or local honey, and some cinnamon. It’s helping with heartburn and bloating thus far with just one week of consistent use.