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Awala-Ale Mofe: I Drank Apple Cider Vinegar Everyday For 30 Days

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Every few months, a new health trend arises and is peddled as a solution to all your problems. These trends include consumption of moringa, aloe vera, lemon detox, and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – the subject today.

For the last few years, the wonders of apple cider vinegar have been talked about everywhere (TV shows, blogs, and YouTube channels). Articles written on ACV support the claim that it can reduce food cravings, aid weight loss, reduce stomach bloating, reduce heartburn occurrences, regulate bowel movements, regulate blood sugar and improve digestion. Apple cider vinegar has been called everything but the solution to life’s problems.

I am sure that the ACV makers stock prices blew up because of this hype. After reading the benefits of ACV, I decided to try drinking 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day for one month to see what the outcome would be. I did some research to ensure that I knew what to expect.

I bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar and started the challenge. I did experience some benefits but at the same time, there were some disadvantages as well.

Pros of drinking apple cider vinegar for a month
1. Better digestion: For the period I drank ACV, I had better bowel movements (I know it is TMI, Sorry!)

2. Less bloating: I was also less bloated while drinking ACV everyday. I think this had to do with the better digestion and eating a better diet.

3. Weight loss: I checked my weight before and after I started the ACV challenge and I lost two pounds after one month of drinking ACV. However, I was eating a healthier diet at that time as well. For this reason I cannot conclusively attribute the weight loss to drinking ACV.

4. Radiant skin: After drinking apple cider vinegar daily for 3 weeks, someone told me I was looking radiant. I had not changed my skincare routine, so I guess the apple cider vinegar helped.

Cons of drinking apple cider vinegar for 1 month
1. Heartburn: I noticed that after I started the ACV challenge, I began to experience heartburn more often than usual. I found it strange because some people who tried it said improved their gas and relieved their heartburn.

2. Delayed period: With all the research I did before beginning the ACV challenge, I did not find any information on this issue. Three weeks after I started drinking ACV, I noted that Aunt Flo was missing. I checked the internet for more information and saw women comment on some online forums that drinking ACV delayed their period. I checked for scientific proof that this was the case but I could not find any. Aunt Flo came a week after I stopped the ACV challenge.

Was I happy with the results of drinking apple cider vinegar every day for one month? Yes, but I  feel that the benefits of ACV have been exaggerated. Is it a good supplement? Yes, but it is not a miracle drug for effortless weight loss, self-control or better skin.

Will I continue to drink ACV daily? NO. I might drink ACV routinely but will not include this among my daily supplements. Some people have had better outcomes so you may have better results drinking ACV for 30 days.

Below are some tips for doing the ACV Challenge

– Stick to 1-2 tablespoons a day. Ingesting more than that in one day could have more side effects than desired.

– Dilute the apple cider vinegar before drinking it. Throwing down apple cider vinegar like a shot of vodka could cause a throat burn.

– Use a straw. After diluting your ACV, drink it with a straw to prevent the erosion of the enamel of your teeth. To reduce the risk of damaging your teeth, rinse your mouth after drinking ACV.

– Read about the benefits and risks of drinking ACV daily before doing it.

In conclusion, AVC has many benefits, but it is not a miracle health or weight loss supplement.

Mofe is a writer and self-taught baker with a growing interest in product photography and she just acquired a Masters degree in International Relations. She is a writer, recipe reviewer and amateur food photographer on ThisBaker I am @This_Baker on Instagram.

12 Comments

  1. Mama

    September 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I’m glad you wrote the pros and cons. I used to be on the ACV and lemon water bandwagon (after reading about its health benefits). I drank both almost religiously every morning on an empty stomach for two years (2013 to about 2015/2016). I had to stop when I developed some weird stomach symptoms (which I still suffer from even more than a year after stopping) and I know it is tied to these two. I suspect I may have developed ulcers, but doctors think otherwise yet they haven’t given me a diagnosis. I would say tread with caution and donot take it for an extensive period of time. Like you advised, everyone should do their research well before ingesting anything. That it sounds good does not mean that it is.

  2. iyke

    September 18, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Been experimenting on ACV and bullet proof coffee every morning. So far so good..My energy level is out of this world.

  3. Arinola

    September 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Stumbled on ACV about a week ago…been using it as a toner. Mehn…that thing works. It cleared the dry patches on my face, my face is smoother, lighter and radiant. In just one week !!!
    Just ensure its diluted. You’d thank me

    • Somborri

      September 19, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Been using it as a toner for months. It kills as in KILLS any eruption on the skin; acne, blackheads and even warts. My face is smooth and supple.
      I use it undiluted and I have sensitive skin but I would still recommend a patch test for anyone who wants to try it. It stings and makes the eyes water but I love it!

      I don’t like drinking it…can’t get past the unpleasant taste. Let me just add that cutting down on my sugar and other refined foods has been the most diet for me in terms of weight loss and skin improvement.

  4. Curious

    September 18, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    When you used it as a toner- how did you use it- were you drinking it or rubbing it on your face? I appreciate your sharing that with us. Thank you

    • Elle

      September 19, 2018 at 10:59 am

      To use as a toner for the face, you have to dilute with water and apply to the face.

    • dami

      September 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Use it with a cottonball and just apply it on a washed face. I use it undiluted but it’s advised to mix it with water.

  5. Anon

    September 18, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I take the tablets. Does that count? Tried the liquid, even watered down and it still burnt my throat. I have other uses for it now on my face, hair and tummy.

  6. Rofiat

    September 18, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    You don’t even need a spoonful of ACV, just a drop is enough, and never take ACV without diluting it with water.

  7. ninja

    September 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I used to drink ACV and lemon with water before I start my day but decided to just drink water and lemon.. I think its too much for me..
    been using acv and water as my only toner for 3 years now and I love it.

  8. demash

    September 19, 2018 at 10:11 am

    My son developed hives (a skin allergy) and we discovered bathing with ACV helps reducing itching and clears it. The allergy is hereditary so I tried drinking for a few days but men, it’s bitter as hell.

  9. Bondy

    September 20, 2018 at 5:12 am

    You shouldn’t be drinking ACV everyday…period! It’s diluted Acetic Acid. Its too ACIDIC and taking it everyday can become very harmful in the long run. Even Dr.Sebi warned against it.

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