Is it any wonder that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has created a lot of buzz in the recent times for its healing properties, given that it is used to alleviate a host of health conditions, from common cold and sunburn to nail fungus, head lice, warts, and ear infections. But what’s critical is the dosage.
You Can Overdose On ACV
Yes, you most certainly can. As too much of anything is bad, while ACV is often considered the go-to remedy for health issues, excessive consumption doesn’t fare well. Improper consumption of ACV has been associated with skin erosions, low potassium level (hypokalaemia), and tooth erosion.1 2 3 ACV is also capable of interacting with diuretics, or drugs that increase urine production, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and heart diseases.4
So how much apple cider vinegar is right for you? Depends on what condition you are trying to treat with ACV.
How Much ACV Should You Use Per Day?
ACV can work wonders for you, provided you get the right balance of fiber, proteins, vitamins, and carbs in your diet. Let us warn you that excess fat in the body won’t melt away in a day, and you need a lot of patience for this remedy to work. So don’t give up if you don’t see the desired result instantly.
- Begin your day by consuming 2 teaspoons of ACV in a tumbler of cold or lukewarm water.
- Sip a tumbler of water containing 2 tablespoons of ACV during the three major meals of the day. Ensure that the mixture lasts your entire meal.
There are anecdotal evidences of ACV’s healing effect on arthritis. A few points, however, have to be kept in mind before you turn to ACV for help. A study on arthritic rats revealed that ACV is ineffective as an anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory agent in rats with experimentally induced arthritis.5 However, in certain cases in humans, ACV has slowed the progression of arthritis.6 In short, while there is no harm in trying ACV as a cure for arthritis, there is no guarantee that the condition will improve. Secondly and most importantly, a permanent cure is too much to expect from ACV.
- Drink 2 teaspoons of ACV in a tumbler of water when you wake up.
- Drink 2 teaspoons each of ACV and molasses with 1 teaspoon of honey in a tumbler of water during each meal through the day.
[Also Read: Turmeric For Arthritis]
Nose And Throat Disorders
While ACV cannot kill the common cold virus, it can check the secondary bacterial infection, which prolongs your cold symptoms, by entering the cell membranes of the microbes and causing cell death.7 8
- Usually 1 g vitamin C per day is sufficient, but during cold or at its onset, the dosage needs to be increased to 1 g every three hours. Or sprinkle ACV in powder form on your food and drinks.
- Drink 1 teaspoon ACV mixed in a glass of water or in your tea several times a day.
For a mild cough, drink a glass of water with 4 teaspoons of ACV, sipping it slowly when the cough aggravates.
Drink 1 teaspoon of ACV in half glass of water mixed with a dash of honey every hour for seven hours.
Gargle with a special ACV gargle you can make at home. Just make sure you do not use an iron or aluminum container during the preparation.
- Heat 275 ml ACV with 25 g red sage and 15 g self-heal flower till the mixture is almost boiling. Take it off the heat right before it boils.
- Allow the mixture to cool and keep it for 24 hours.
- Add 100 g honey to the mixture and keep it in a bottle.
- Use 2 teaspoons of the mixture in half glass of water for gargling.
Catarrh Or Excessive Mucus Build-Up And Nose Bleeding
Mix 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water and drink the mixture three times a day. Also, gently simmer a couple of drops of ACV in a small stainless steel or enamel saucepan and inhale the vapor for 5–10 minutes.
Sleeping pills often don’t cure sleeplessness. They just desensitize the mind for a while, which results in a hangover the next morning. The drugs in these pills can be dangerous and have long-term side effects. Many have claimed that a warm nourishing ACV drink half an hour before the sleep often helps.
Mix 2 teaspoons each of ACV and honey in half a tumbler filled with warm water. Consume it and relax on the bed, taking deep breaths. Slowly drift off to sleep.
An asthma attack causes tightening in the throat and neck and leads to suffocation. Breathing becomes difficult, resulting in extreme tiredness. ACV is a traditional folk remedy for asthma that has apparently produced incredible results. However, there have been no proper clinical trials yet, which prove that vinegar can treat asthma. So use your judgment on this one.
Drink 2 teaspoons each of ACV and honey in a tumbler of water thrice a day.
[Also Read: Foods To Eat And Avoid If You Have Asthma]
Among the many reasons for digestive disorders, food intolerance and altered pH level of the stomach are the most common. When a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water is taken before a meal (particularly food served in restaurants or at picnics where the food may not be prepared hygienically or left uncovered or unrefrigerated for a long time), it seems to prevent diarrhea or digestive upsets.
Indigestion, Heartburn, And Constipation
Drink a glassful of water with 2 teaspoons of ACV with the three major meals of the day or use the same quantity of ACV as a salad dressing.
Add 1 teaspoon of ACV to 275 ml of water and drink it at least three times a day depending on how much water your body has lost.
Sip 1 teaspoon of undiluted ACV very slowly while plugging the ears with fingers. (You certainly need someone to help you achieve this). Many have claimed that this brings immediate relief.
ACV cannot prevent or cure heart troubles or related disorders. But it can treat diabetes and obesity, which are two of the major causes of heart attacks. It can help you achieve the right weight and, as seen in a study on diabetic mice, even lower your blood sugar levels.9 The dosage is same as that for obesity.
[Also Read: Foods Which Lower Your Risk Of Heart Attack]
ACV may not transform your skin completely, but those who have benefited from it frequently report a general improvement in their skin tone and appearance. One major reason could be the internal cleansing and detox it provides. ACV can be used in different ways for beauty treatment.
For Your Skin
Make a lotion using rosemary and ACV by mixing 25 g of fresh rosemary or 15 g of dried rosemary in a saucepan with 275 ml of water (rain water is most suitable). Boil it slowly and simmer it for 10 minutes, then add 275 ml of ACV into it. When cooled, preserve the mixture in a bottle.
- Apply the lotion on your skin, especially on the wrinkles and where the skin has begun to sag. ACV will soften rough skin and make it smoother.
- Apply it on the swellings caused by fatigue or strained muscles.
[Also Read: Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar]
For Your Hair
- Hair Conditioner: Pour a small quantity of ACV into the palm of your hands and rub it gently into your hair with your fingertips.
- Hair Rinse: Pour 1 tablespoonful of the ACV lotion in the water with which you rinse your hair.
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|↑2||Lhotta, Karl, Günther Höfle, Rudolf Gasser, and Gerd Finkenstedt. “Hypokalemia, hyperreninemia and osteoporosis in a patient ingesting large amounts of cider vinegar.” Nephron 80, no. 2 (1998): 242-243.|
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|↑4||Dori Khakpour, Beyond the Hype: Apple Cider Vinegar as an Alternative Therapy. The Whole U, University Of Washington|
|↑5||Ross, Christine M., and John J. Poluhowich. “The effect of apple cider vinegar on adjuvant arthritic rats.” Nutrition research 4, no. 4 (1984): 737-741.|
|↑6||Bonnie K. McMillen, Vinegar: An Ancient Medicine and Popular Home Remedy. University of Pittsburgh|
|↑7||Kathryn Senior, Do Bacteria Cause the Common Cold?|
|↑8||Budak, Nilgün H., Elif Aykin, Atif C. Seydim, Annel K. Greene, and Zeynep B. Guzel‐Seydim. “Functional properties of vinegar.” Journal of food science 79, no. 5 (2014): R757-R764|
|↑9||Iman, Maryam, Seyed Adel Moallem, and Ahmad Barahoyee. “Effect of apple cider vinegar on blood glucose level in diabetic mice.” Pharmaceutical Sciences 20 (2015): 163.|