Apple Cider Vinegar, the good and bad

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ACV in bowl
ACV in bowl

Apple Cider Vinegar, the good and bad, there are many uses for ACV, most are wonderful and will help you regardless it is with allergies and colds, hair and beauty, around the house or helping your four legged family members get rid of fleas. But it also has its problems and being acidic is one. Here I am going to go though some of that relating to allergies and colds.

Well to tell the truth, I’m not much of a fan of the taste or smell for that matter of ACV. I think it smells horrible, but hey, it’s got its uses and that’s what counts. The worst tasting medicines are usually the ones that work the best. I’ve read and read and read even more about allergies and the effects things have on your body. There is a potential chance to that you could be allergic to ACV so take it slow at first couple times to make sure your body will tolerate it and any symptoms check with your doctor. By all means please do not drink it straight or do shots with it, ACV is an acidic based product and can burn your throat.

So the good:

ACV has been around for a long time and it has many uses, from your head to toes, inside and out of your body and all around the house. It is good for so much stuff it would be difficult to know where to begin with it all, but since for now I am focusing on allergies and allergy symptoms that is where I am going.

Sinus trouble: The Vinegar also contains potassium, which thins mucus; potassium has also been known to ease muscle cramps. The acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. So if you just mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.

Tummy woes: Here is an old folk remedy that has been around for generations: add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon ACV to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you eat, especially on foods that you know make your tummy upset. Also, if you have an upset tummy sip some to relieve it. If you have a bacterial infection in your stomach and you think that is what’s causing your diarrhea, then this could contain that problem too, thank the antibiotic properties for that. And another folk remedy says that ACV contains pectin and can help with intestinal spasms. For this try mixing 1-2 TBSP into water or juice, like apple juice.

Sore throat: Wake up and you have that feeling in your throat?? Could be allergies are getting really bad, but it could also be a cold coming on, so as soon as you feel your throat might be starting to act up grab the ACV, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. You just want to mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

Need more energy?? Who doesn’t in this day and age? There are amino acids to the rescue, even more than that, apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may actually give you an increase to get away from that tired feeling. Next time your run down, especially after a workout, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink to give you an extra boost of energy.

Is pollen Allergies bugging you?? Mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey in 8 ounces of warm water. It has been said that using local honey, not from a store, will give you small amounts of your local area pollen and that over time, just as with a flu shot giving you a small dose of flu to ward off the real flu, your body will take in the pollen in small doses and will try to adjust your body to the pollen so that it may ease your symptoms to certain allergens.

Cholesterol and Blood Pressure issues: it is said in a few websites that consumption of ACV will help lower the levels of cholesterol in the body by reducing the blood lipid levels. I see that it is recommended to add just 2 tbsp to a smoothie or part of your meal daily and your set to go. It also works to thin the blood, thus preventing high blood pressure, therefore reducing your risk of stroke and heart disease. This is why is you are on medications already it is important to talk to your doctor first before starting this.

Apple cider vinegar and apples
ACV and apples

A little recap

So let’s see, we have that it helps sore throats, sinuses, tummy trouble, diarrhea, lack of energy plus it is filled with beneficial compounds including acetic and malic acid, vitamins A, B6, C and several others vitamins and nutrients that are good for your body. These nutrients also will help build up your immune system helping you to keep that nasty cold or flu bug away. Here is a homemade gummy recipe to help you get a daily dose of ACV, including chill time it takes just over an hour. These are made with gelatin which is also beneficial to the body. I wrote about the benefits of gelatin in my recipe for homemade broth. Check it out here.

When allergies hit and you’re in need of relief, mix a tablespoon of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “The Mother” into a glass of water and drink it three times a day. This is been believed for centuries to not only help fight acute allergy symptoms, but may ease or lower the risk of allergies coming back. I am not sure on this one, but it’s possible. But as with anything, it depends on how your body reacts to it. Each person’s body is different on how it reacts to the allergen and the cure. So what works for one, may not work for another.

Which one to get

While they may differ in name, you will want to get organic vinegar with what is called the “mother” in it. There will be a dark cloudy substance on the bottom of the vinegar, this is the “mother” and contains all the good nutrients. There is nothing wrong with the vinegar; you want this stuff in it. Just give the bottle a good shake to mix it up before each use. This the main website for all bragg products and can be found most anywhere if you can’t find them you can order from the site or use the store locator and this site also has books and health information. They are a website that offers more than just good products.

The Bad:

There are said to be side effects as well. It’s been really a challenge to find anything that is actually a research study into using ACV, mostly just people trying it and giving their opinions. From lots of various sites and things I have put together it looks like If you take blood thinner, thyroid medications or are a diabetic, you should probably check with your doctor before using apple cider vinegar.

Stomach problem: nausea, heartburn and indigestion seem to be the ones that pop up as the most common and for people with ulcers not bacterial could have irritation. But it’s been said that using the above honey and ACV will ease the tummy trouble.

Allergic: Reactions include itching and swelling, hives, rash, and breathing problems. If you any of these reactions, stop taking the vinegar immediately and consult a health care practitioner.

Some people claim Low Bone Density: where it will cause low potassium into the body which over time will decrease bone density or osteoporosis.

Teeth troubles: Due to the acid, taking this undiluted orally is said to yellow the teeth and erode the enamel over time, which will increase hot and cold sensitivity. A way to avoid this is to use a straw or the diluted methods listed above and rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after you drink it plain.

Straight shooting ACV is also said to cause your throat discomfort and possibly have a burning sensation. So it is recommended that you don’t drink this straight out of the bottle. You should always dilute this.

I have tried to find answers for many years on this subject with little luck. No two people can seem to agree and It would be great to hear from everyone and see what your thought might be on this matter.

Can you be allergic to ACV??? From my findings from other sites, doctors, friends and family it is possible, but rare. Findings suggest that everyone is just focused on this being an apple product. One never really knows, it could be. Being actually allergic to fruit seems to be very rare, but of those fruits the most common culprits for allergies are Rosaceae fruit family (e.g. apples, cherries, and peaches). But it would be unlikely to be allergic from the apples due to the fact that apples are altered in the fermenting process with yeast and bacteria and converted to acetic and malic acids. While it is still possible to be allergic the highest odds I found say far below 3% and that you would have to have a sever apple allergy. Now my issue with this would be that, say I have an allergy to yeast, mold, which I do, wouldn’t I stand a much higher chance of having a resulting allergy from the fermenting process than that of the apple part?? It would be great to love to hear thoughts on this subject as I am not finding information on it and some blogs that I have asked either don’t know or don’t answer. I am not allowed to have anything that says vinegar in it, but no one seems to know if there is a danger from the yeast process. It would be great to try these remedies, but I am aware of what happens and how I react to simple things like ketchup and pickles. Please let me know what works for you, It would be great to hear from you.

Please seek medical attention if you experience symptoms

It’s important to remember that home remedies are not guaranteed to work and may not be safe for everyone. You should always talk to your doctor before beginning any type of treatment to help avoid a serious allergic reaction or other complications. Hives, swelling, shortness of breath are all signs of a reaction and should be reported to your doctor right away. ACV seems to be a wonderful product to use and I have known people that use it with good results, and I hope if you try this that you also have success. Allergies are no fun and if there is a way to ease them, lets all work together and share what we can. Bragg vinegar is recommended by lots of people. I have not personally tried the vinegar as yet for consumption, but I have used it for other uses. I have tried other Bragg products and have been very happy with them. They can be found at most stores.

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Lynda Y

I am the mother of 4 grown children that I am proud of and 6 beautiful grandchildren. I have the love and support of my wonderful soulmate Brian. He stands by me no matter how hard I am to handle and for that I am eternally grateful. With his encouragement and support it has pushed me to want to do better and has encouraged me in my writing and wanting to help others. I am a beginning blogger on allergies and a product reviewer. I write my blog because when I was diagnosed with allergies, I had no help on what I was to do. I want this to be a place people can discuss and learn together how to ease the burden of the allergy seasons, whether it is seasonal, indoor, outdoor or food and lucky me, I have some of each. I love the 80's, gardening, crafts and cooking. I enjoy DIY projects and taking things that others would throw out and making useful again. I enjoy going to the beach and relaxing or camping in the woods. I love the great outdoors, football and most of all I LOVE and am very PROUD of our US MILITARY men and women.

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  1. Hi Lynda!

    I use the Bragg’s ACV! I love it. My husband uses it to keep down his blood pressure.

    I use it when I have a sore throat. But I have year round allergies and wasn’t aware of a remedy to control the sinus drainage with the ACV.

    I must be honest I have taken it as a shot but not I will be sure to dilute it before taking for the obvious reasons you’ve listed! Thanks for the info..

    1. ACV has many wonderful uses. Acids are not good for your body straight and can do damage always dilute. Please try one of the recipes you may have noticed, it will give you ACV daily to help ease your sinuses troubles and not having to take it plain.  I am glad you liked the article and learned something new. 

  2. Hi
    Great article on the good and bad of apple cider vinegar. I did try apple cider vinegar for a couple of months too and I can also say that I did experience two of the side effects you have mentioned here. One of them was sensitive teeth. I struggled to drink very cold drinks, but read somewhere that you can drink apple cider vinegar with a straw to avoid this. However that wasn’t the only problem. I also experienced hives.

    1. I am sorry to hear you couldn’t use it because it is a wonderful product. You are right in using a straw to help with sensitivity to your teeth, with any liquid, not just ACV, but there is probably no way around the hives. Chances are there is something else in there that you can’t have. You didn’t say if you drank it alone or in something, so I am not sure if it was the ACV or maybe something else. Only an allergy test will let you know for sure. Depending on what you were using it for, maybe you could find other help in one of my other posts. best of luck to you. 

  3. Hi Lynda,

    Very informative article, thank you. I’ve heard about the benefits of ACV before, but didn’t realise there were that many!

    I will definitely try it before eating certain foods to see if it helps.

    What is your favourite way of using it? Just in water with honey or do you have any other recommendations?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hello Petra, I am glad you liked the article. I don’t care for the taste of ACV really myself, so I always mask it in other things. I replace it in recipes that call for regular vinegar which helps give me some, it does change the flavor a bit, but I like it and will be posting one of my favorite dinner time recipes with it later this week. But as for what I do usually is try this recipe I posted at https://dailylivingwithallergi… they are gummy treats and the cider helps blend with the flavor and makes it better. I have used it with honey and water, which makes my sinuses feel better and soothes my throat, but I just have a hard time with the flavor. Probably over time I will get use to it. There are a few of my food allergies that I haven’t had long and I am having to get use to new flavors. let me know how it goes. 


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