Apple Cider Vinegar–The Pros and Cons

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

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One of the things that I do just about every day is to have an apple cider vinegar tonic. I usually have it first thing in the morning–it is very stimulating! I started taking this tonic many years ago after reading a book by Paul C. Bragg recommending the use of ACV for many and varied uses. I figured it was a relatively inexpensive habit that be a benefit to me so I made it a routine. I simply add 1-2 tsp of Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to a cup of hot water. I add a little honey or agave to sweeten it and I’m good. On the bottle the it is suggested that the drink be taken 3 times a day. Once a day is fine for me, but if I feel an illness coming on or if I have other symptoms I increase it to 2 or 3 times a day. You can use it on your salad if you don’t want to drink it.

There is a controversy over whether ACV is good for you or not. Here is a partial list of the pros and cons.

For the pros:

  1. Low in calories and zero fat
  2. promotes digestion and a healthy ph balance
  3. boosts your immune system
  4. rich in enzymes and potassium
  5. keeps your skin clearer
  6. helps your body break down fat
  7. keeps your glucose levels balanced

For the cons:

  1. Doesn’t taste good (the sweetener does help)
  2. May interact negatively with certain medications
  3. May possibly wear away tooth enamel and cause damage to gums and tissue if taken in an undiluted form (I always dilute it in water)

Apple cider vinegar also has many uses for outside of the body. It may be used to treat acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, and sunburn also in a diluted form. Some people use it to clean things around the house. One article that I  read said:

Cider vinegar can be used to clean many things around the house. It absorbs odors, can unclog drains, remove stains, wash windows, remove mildew, clean metal, polish furniture, remove wax buildup and clean carpets. In fact, vinegar can be used as a cleaning product in every room of the house. Cider vinegar is very inexpensive, making it a cost effective, natural cleaning product.

Read more: Pros & Cons of Cider Vinegar |

So you can see that ACV has many and varied uses. Watch this very informative YouTube video below for more information!

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  1. Jo as usual fabulous. It is freaky lately I have been hearing so much about ACV but I had no idea how to take it. Thanks for giving the info.

  2. Very interesting theory. I am not sure I am willing to try it out but I have just added a green smoothie every morning to my diet and that has made a world of difference for me.

  3. I enjoy ACV! Don’t take it everyday however I do enjoy it. I find it wonderful in my salad dressing. Thanks for the reminder. Best Regards, Wendy {UBC}

  4. Thanks Jo for sharing this, I’ve heard about it but never tried…maybe it’s time I should!
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