Apple cider vinegar is one of the biggest health food fads of the moment, with fans of this simple liquid claiming that it can help with everything from stomach disorders to oral health and even cancer. Obviously, a lot of these claims have to be taken with a pinch of salt. It might be healthy and it might be beneficial at curing certain ailments, but it’s not a miracle substance and it’s definitely not a cure-all.
One of the claims made about ACV, as it is often known, is that it can be used to detox. It is said that it can help you to rapidly detox from drugs in order to clear them from your system and pass a drug test. It is also said that it can help you to gradually rid your body of toxins and make you healthier overall. So, are either of these claims true, can apple cider vinegar be used as part of a detox and is it effective?
Apple Cider Vinegar to Pass Drug Tests
Before we get to the detox benefits of apple cider vinegar, it is worth addressing the drug test issue: can apple cider vinegar help you to pass a drug test. The short answer is “no”. The truth is, passing one of these tests isn’t always easy and sometimes it is impossible. If the test is being conducted under strict conditions by an actual laboratory, then nothing short of a miracle will save you.
If, however, it is one of those home tests then you can use certain methods and drinks to pass the test. These drinks don’t always taste great, they often contain some questionable ingredients, they may turn your pee a neon color (which is very suspicious) and they can leave you with unpleasant side effects. They work, and sometimes that’s all that matters, but only if it’s a home test.
As for apple cider vinegar, it’s just not potent enough to achieve such results so quickly. It might be included as an ingredient in these effective drug detox drinks, but on its own it’s simply not going to give you the results you seek.
Benefits of an Apple Cider Vinegar Detox
A lot of the claims about apple cider vinegar are anecdotal. Some of them have a basis in truth and there is research backing them up, but nothing is conclusive and other claims are outrageous. If we focus on the claims that are not outrageous and the claims that can be backed up to an extent, then apple cider vinegar can help to:
Assist with weight loss by suppressing the appetite (a 2009 animal study from Japan concluded that it was effective as a weight loss treatment in animals and could deliver the same benefits in humans.
- Regulate blood sugar levels and may be beneficial for those with diabetes (according to one 2007 study)
- Improve digestion by providing the gut with healthy bacteria
- Aid in the removal of toxins by improving the condition of the digestive tract
- Aid with skin conditions and complaints by providing a boost of essential nutrients
- Lower cholesterol (a 2012 study found correlations between ACV consumption and reduced levels of bad cholesterol)
If you are looking to kick-start a new healthier lifestyle, then an apple cider vinegar detox could provide the perfect lead-up.
What You Need for an Apple Cider Vinegar Detox
Your first step should be to buy a raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. This will contain the “mother” bacteria, which is where the bulk of the probiotics and enzymes come from. Without this you may not experience most of the apple cider vinegar benefits listed above, including those linked to digestive health.
Once you have the ACV then you need to create a concoction from it that is easy to drink. For this, just add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to an 8 ounce cup of water and then add a splash of organic apple juice, lemon juice or some other fruit juice. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper or lemon juice, as some believe that this will improve the detoxifying benefits of the drink. However, this is highly unlikely and you should only do this if you want to alter the taste.
Now that you have the drink, pop a straw into it (ACV can erode the enamel on your teeth) and then drink it. That’s it. Some advocates recommend that this concoction is consumed two to three times a day, but you should experience many of the aforementioned benefits just by consuming it once a day and it’s always best to limit your intake when you are consuming it for the first time.
Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
As mentioned above, ACV can erode the enamel on your teeth. Anything that is highly acidic can do this but in reality it is no more dangerous than a glass of pineapple juice or some other acidic juice. However, it’s always best to be on the safe side, so either drink it with a straw or make sure that you brush your teeth afterwards. Toothpastes often contain an alkalizing solution that will reduce the acidity in your mouth.
ACV may also trigger heartburn if you suffer from conditions such as GERD. It is actually prescribed as an off-label remedy for GERD, which seems counterintuitive and it’s not something that we would recommend for anyone who suffers from this disorder.
You may also experience nausea and other stomach problems with apple cider vinegar. These can be lessened by drinking apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach, but if you repeatedly experience nausea, acid reflux and other unpleasant symptoms even when consuming it on an empty stomach, you should cease consumption immediately. It’s probably just not your thing and there is no point trying to force it.
If you suffer from a stomach condition or anything else that may be adversely affected by the consumption of such a potent acid on a daily basis then you may want to consult with your doctor before beginning the apple cider vinegar detox.