Detox With Apple Cider Vinegar

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Did you over-do it over the holidays? We’ve all been there. But there are a few things you can do to feel a little better (hello salads!), including turning to that familiar bottle of apple cider vinegar.

Home remedies and folk medicine have long relied on apple cider vinegar to aid digestion and prevent or relieve heartburn. Today, apple cider vinegar is revered for all these qualities and more. It is used in detox beverages and in weight loss regimens.

Healing With Apple Cider Vinegar

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, is a favorite maxim of modern healthy living advocates. But did you know that this statement is over 2,000 years old?

In ancient Greece, Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine, backed up his admonition by prescribing apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for its healing and cleansing qualities. In biblical times, after laboring in the barley fields, Boaz encouraged Ruth to dip bread in vinegar during their meal. (Ruth 2:14). It was used at this time not only to flavor food but as an energizing drink. Soldiers through the ages consumed diluted vinegar as an energizing and strengthening tonic.

Drinking water with apple cider vinegar between meals, preferably 20 minutes before eating, may help curb cravings, avoid overeating at mealtime, keep you feeling full longer, increase energy, and help stabilize blood sugar levels. It is interesting, yet doubtful, that Boaz understood when Ruth dipped her bread in vinegar that it would help prevent a spike in her blood sugar!

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Acetic acid (AcOH), a major component of vinegar, has been found to suppress body fat accumulation. In a double-blind trial of obese individuals, participants were divided into three groups of similar: body weight, body mass index, and waist circumference. During the 12-week treatment, the subjects in each group ingested 500 ml daily of a beverage containing either 15 ml of vinegar, 30 ml of vinegar, or 0 ml of vinegar in the placebo group. Both groups ingesting vinegar daily showed significantly reduced body weight, BMI, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels.

However, this relatively short study does not prove nor suggest that apple cider vinegar alone will reduce obesity. Rather, it can be part of a healthy lifestyle which includes: eating nutritious foods, exercise, and adequate sleep.

Natural health and nutrition professionals recommend consuming only unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother of vinegar, as it contains the beneficial acetic acid bacteria. Learn to make your own apple cider vinegar from scraps!

If you want to try a natural cleanse, this apple cider vinegar detox drink can be added to your diet.

Dr. Axe’s Secret Detox Drink Recipe

(Used with permission)

Per serving

12-16 ounces of water
2 tablespoons organic, apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure ground cinnamon
1 dash cayenne pepper
Stevia or honey, to taste

Add all ingredients to a glass and stir vigorously to blend.

Dr. Axe recommends using this drink to cleanse when you’re feeling sluggish.

Like what you read? We’ve got more health benefits of apple cider vinegar here.

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004. Her article on salt-based home remedies appears in the 2020 Farmers' Almanac.

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Ali
Ali
3 years ago

I take a splash of ACV in water before bed. It keeps me alkaline all night. I would not ingest cinnamon essential oil that’s recommended in the recipe. It’s too hot of an oil and bad for liver. Ceylon cinnamon is best as it has lowest Coumadin levels.

Amy W
Amy W
3 years ago

I drink apple cider vinegar a lot with just a little water. It is best to use organic with the mother (unfiltered). Great to drink warm with honey (natural antibiotic) and lemon added for colds. The cayenne and cinnamon and great for your metabolism.

best natural sugar
best natural sugar
3 years ago

zerovia is the best natural sugar which is prepared with the help of stevia leaf extract. It is natural sweetener which helps in reducing weight.

Lorayne Stelling
Lorayne Stelling
3 years ago

Why do the ingredients, cinnamon, cayenne, lemon and stevia have to be added?
I just pour a tablespoon or two in a glass of water and drink. I do not take it for weight loss but for health benefits. I have never heard of added ingredients.

Tina Lindsey
Tina Lindsey
4 years ago

I have heard of this remedy before, but I am allergic to any kind of hot peppers. Can this be used without the Cheyenne pepper? And what is the Cheyenne used for in it?

monica juntilla
monica juntilla
4 years ago

Can i use any brand of apple cider vinegar? Or would it only apply with acv with braggs brand?

Kathleen
Kathleen
4 years ago

Can this be done without the 1 dash cayenne pepper ? i don’t do spicy

Geri Hedberg
Geri Hedberg
4 years ago

I would like to know the mixture of apple cider vinegar & water used for a diet drink & also
how many times a day and when is best time to drink it. Thanks

Linnea
Linnea
5 years ago

What is the purpose of the cinnamon and red pepper? Are they in the recipe for functional reasons, or to camoflage the taste of the vinegar?

helen bair
helen bair
5 years ago

will apple c v help with kidney to raise the count up

BRENDA
BRENDA
5 years ago

are tablets just as effective for weight loss and how much and how often per day??

Johanne
Johanne
5 years ago

Heard good things about Apple Cider Vinegar drinks! But would also like to know, if I can drink this instead of a diet drink… like Pepsi, Seven-Up ect….???

Johanne
Johanne
5 years ago

Would like to know if I can drink this anytime during the day, instead of a diet Pesi ect…

Barbara
Barbara
5 years ago

What exact amount of apple cider vinegar, a day, can be safety taken?

Katie
Katie
5 years ago

Is this ok to drink before bed

Don Bennett
Don Bennett
5 years ago

I take two tablets of Apple Cider Vinegar a day.
Don’t have to mix a thing , works well for me.

Glen
Glen
6 years ago

I started the detox yesterday. I use honey instead of Stevia…I find warming all the ingredients in warm water helps dissolve nicely. I like the taste, have been using Apple Cider Vinegar for over 2 years…it helped cured my Ear and Sinus problems which I had for about 4 years.

Shirley Wilson
Shirley Wilson
6 years ago

I mixed equal parts honey, vinegar and Safflower Oil together and drank the mixture Or used as Salad Dressing. Preferred as Salad Dressing, but drank it when out of lettuce. Supposed to use 3 times a day.
Did help with weight loss, but you’re also supposed to cut down on breads.

Shirley Wilson
Shirley Wilson
6 years ago

I mixed equal parts honey, vinegar and Safflower Oil together and drank the mixture Or used as Salad Dressing. Preferred as Salad Dressing, but drank it when out of lettuce. Supposed to use 3 times a say.
Did help with weight loss, but you’re also supposed to cut down on breads.

Debbi
Debbi
6 years ago

Has anyone ever really lost any weight drinking vinegar??

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years ago

Type 2 Diabetic. I’ve heard that sugar derived from coconuts is easier to break down by diabetics. I limit my sugar substitutes as I don’t care for the side effects they can cause but I haven’t used coconut yet? Has anyone here tried it or used it in place of the Stevia in this recipe? At the moment I would lean toward the raw honey substitute or trying the coconut sugar.

wells
wells
6 years ago

Excellent message! For years, I have drunk a large glass of V8 juice every!!morning with a goodly amount of vinegar added to it.

Marlene
Marlene
6 years ago

Hi..I had a stroke about 2 yrs ago, taking 4 medication & would like to know if it is ok to use this apple cider vinegar drink for my weight loss..Thank you !!

Mike
Mike
6 years ago

Vivian; to help you read the print. hold down the ctrl button and use the “mouse wheel” forward. It will increase the size of the print you are looking at.

Amy
Amy
6 years ago

I have done this as a shot without all of the water and it goes down just fine. But that’s my taste.

Donna
Donna
6 years ago

I actually use a similar drink to this for inflammation reduction and pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis. Everything is the same except use unfiltered raw honey in place of stevia and remove the lemon juice.

Danny E Sieg
Danny E Sieg
6 years ago

Thanks for the nutritional tip. I’m a fairly new diagnosed type 2 diabetic and need all the help I can get.

Cathy
Cathy
6 years ago

I have used this with dark grade A maple syrup as the sweetener. Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and cayenne oepper and shrilanka cinnamon. Very tasty.

Sandy Hawkins
Sandy Hawkins
6 years ago

I do not understand how you can post something as healthy, but it has a processed, proven unhealthy artificial sweetener in it. Stevia in its raw form is natural, but after being processed to sell commercially, is is just another processed poison…

Maria
Maria
6 years ago

I’d like to try this but with honey…I never use processed or sugar substitutes.

Maria
Maria
6 years ago

I’d like to try this but with honey…I never use processed or sugar subitutes.

Cathy
Cathy
6 years ago

Do you have to use Stevia or can’t you use Splenda?

KarlaAnne
KarlaAnne
6 years ago

I’ve read bad reports on white Stevia, can you use green leaf Stevia in stead? And where can I find it to purchase?

Pat Garrett
Pat Garrett
6 years ago

I use Apple CV with a little honey to get rid of my Leg cramps and it works with in minutes. No more suffering for hours!

Margaret
Margaret
6 years ago

This works so well for me.. Thank you so much!

catherine napier
catherine napier
6 years ago

would like to try it. and read ur web site

Nancy
Nancy
6 years ago

Thank you so much for this information!

Tara
Tara
6 years ago

I use ACV, honey and water for heartburn. It is absolutely wonderful!! I had heartburn so badly at work one morning, so I took a prescription med that we have at the office. Hours passed and still no relief. It was 6:00 before I got home that evening. I drank my ACV mixture, and within about 10 minutes, the heartburn was gone! I’m the world’s biggest skeptic, so believe me, it works. I haven’t tried it for weight or cholesterol, but I plan to! My grandmother drank vinegar in her tea every day. She was tiny and lived to over 80. Of course, she wasn’t an over eater and was active, but she had heard it helped with weight control. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Pope
Peggy Pope
6 years ago

I would like to learn more!

Robin
Robin
6 years ago

“Honeygar” is a really old Vermont home remedy, You just mix two teaspoons of honey (preferably local) with two teaspoons of cider vinegar (preferably organic) in a glass and dilute with water (at least 8 oz, more if you like). And you can mix it in quantity if you like – just use a glass juice bottle and mix one cup of each, honey and vinegar, let meld, then dilute by adding water to fill the jug. Pour about a quarter cup in a glass and dilute with water. Drink 1-3 times a day. Anyone interested can google “Arthritis and Folk Medicine” by Dr. D. C. Jarvis. Been in print since he wrote the book back in the 1950’s. He found his patients who were in the best health did honeygar every day Good stuff!

David Reed
David Reed
6 years ago

Can you just use this process by just drinking the vinegar straight?

Jamie
Jamie
6 years ago

Can this be made ahead in a larger amount so that I don’t have to remake it 3x a day?

pam
pam
6 years ago

Does this taste badly?

Scott
Scott
6 years ago

Does heat have any effect on ACV? if not do you have any hot drink receipes?

Vivian Parramore
Vivian Parramore
6 years ago

I have used the vinegar for acid reflux control and have had wonderful results with it. I sort of stopped taking it around 6 months ago and have just recently started having problems with my acid reflux, bad problems. I would like to know more about how to use it to help with diabetes 2 and also weight loss. I have a problem with my eyes right now and can’t read all of the above, but would like to have it so I could read and understand it a little at a time. Thank you very much.

Deborah Tukua, editor Journey to Natural Living
Deborah Tukua, editor Journey to Natural Living
6 years ago

Hi Evelyn, raw honey can be substituted for stevia as it has wonderful health benefits too. However, if you’re trying to lose weight, limit your intake of honey and other sweets as well.

Evelyn Finney
Evelyn Finney
6 years ago

Would substituting honey for the stevia be okay?