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vinegar diet

i recently read an article that stated that vinegar is very healthy, safe and aids in weightloss. is this true? since it is so  high in acid is there any risk of damage to the gi tract? i have reflux and a hiatal hernia and i dont want to do anything that may irritate my stomache. i can eat foods containing vinegar without any problem most of the time, and when i am having reflux problems it doesnt seem to matter what i eat or drink. water is just as irritating as anything else, so its hard to determine what sets it off. thanks in advance     wondering
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Dear Wondering,
There is information in th elay press and on the Internet promoting the benefits of a vinegar diet.  There is no compelling evidence in the medical literature to suggest that vinegar will promote weight loss.  Moreover, a careful reading of this information indicates that the basic principle for these diets is to eat in moderation and to avoid foods rich in fats e.g. pizza. cake etc.

Although I doubt that you can take saufficient vinegar to make your reflux worse, it is possible that the acid will temporarily make your symptoms worse.

Onbalance, there is no good reason to try the vinegar diet.
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I am not a doctor but your stomach acidity is so high (pH around 4)that vinegar in your salad does not make a difference.  However, if you are thinking about drinking vinegar, I won't personally do it.
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i am more curious about the health benefits and the safety, i do not need to lose weight. i have not been well and i thought i would give this a try if it is safe and beneficial. i dont want to do anything that may cause problems. thanks for the advice. wondering
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i was mainly curious about any health benefits of the vinegar diet. i have heard alot about healthy benefits achieved from vinegar. i DO NOT want to lose weight, but i am looking for ways to improve my overall health. other than the routine changes one can make i thought this sounded interesting enough to make me wonder if there was any truth to it.
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Dear Wondering:

I also think your system is too acidic and you need to introduce alkalinity to bring some balance.

I have an excellent Nutritional Healing Book and can offer some help with herbal supplements.

You can e-mail me directly if you'd like some suggestions and assistance. It will address the reflux and Hiatal Hernia problems. Let me know if I can help.

Regards,

Wendell
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I read with interest your remarks about the vinegar diet.  I use to be troubled by bladder infections and started taking a tsp of vinegar ever so often.  I have not been bothered by bladder infections since.  I have a sister who continuously had bladder infections.  She had them so often her doctor was considering lifting her bladder.  I told her about my results with vinegar and she also started taking vinegar and received excellent results.

I would appreciate your comments.  Thank you for listening.
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Apple cider vinegar (organic) is alkaline in nature not acidic. One teaspoon in a glass of warm water together with one teaspoon of natural honey ( it contains propolis which acts as a natural antibiotic) will return the ph balance of your body to normal if used in conjunction with an 80-20 diet, alkaline and acid foods.
Alkaline foods are fruit and veges, some grains, soy, fish and chicken.  Acid foods are red meat, dairy, bread and saturated fats - ones that stay solid at roomtemperature.  A better way to improve ph balance of system is to take celery juice daily. Email me if you need more advice.
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My doctor has diagnosed Diverticulosis and advised a diet with nothing but cooked veg and fruit. Lactaid has also been suggested to help with chronic Diarrhea. I am a little confused and request comments please.
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Vinegar or any acid is good for weight loss.

but not losing fat.  You will lose water weight.  vinegar or lemon juice is good if you have pre-menstrual bloating.

If you want to lose weight/increase health:

1. Exercise
2. Eat a diet w/ lots of veggies
3. Take your vitamins
4. Did I say exercise?

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Apple Cider Vinegar is most certainly not alkaline!  Vinegar is Acetic Acid, regardless of what it is fermented from!  Most fruits also contain a variety of organic acids (citric, malic, etc).  I don't know where Jane gets her information, but it does not seem to be correct.
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I am also not a doctor, but I do know that the pH of one's stomach acid is around 2.5 to 3, not 4.  Vinegar, I know, is not as low as the pH of stomach acid. Vinegar is about 5-6 in pH, therefore, it should not cause any harm to your system.
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I am curious to know if this diet does in fact do as people claim.
I am reluctant because I feel, with my common sense in mind that if I drink an acid as potent as vinegar it may damage the linning in my stomach- and desparately looking for a diet that works -- but I have already spent so much money on everything imaginable-
Plus working out like a dog!

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them

Tina
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is it true that vinegar and honey and water is a good energy tonic
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This so called vinegar diet has even meade the newspapers, there is an article in the Chattanooga times that says all you have to do is drink a couple a tablespoons of vinegar a day for rapid weight loss. Personally I would not do it.
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I know many women who craved vinegar specifically
when they  became pregnant also people who crave
vinegar before menstruation. can you tell me if
there is anything in vinegar that the body may
be defficient in or why this craving may occur.
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Ihave afriend that told me that she would take a shoot glass of vinegar a day and after she had lost the weight she wanted to lose she went down to 1tea. of vinegar and 1tea. of water a day to maintain her weight. My question is if I start this diet will I lose the weight also. If so will it harm my body in any way.
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Ihave afriend that told me that she would take a shoot glass of vinegar a day and after she had lost the weight she wanted to lose she went down to 1tea. of vinegar and 1tea. of water a day to maintain her weight. My question is if I start this diet will I lose the weight also. If so will it harm my body in any way.
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Ihave afriend that told me that she would take a shoot glass of vinegar a day and after she had lost the weight she wanted to lose she went down to 1tea. of vinegar and 1tea. of water a day to maintain her weight. My question is if I start this diet will I lose the weight also. If so will it harm my body in any way.
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Hi,

I wonder if Vinegar diet will weaken bones in our body.  From the bladder infection testimony given by Cecilia, it seems its beneficial to sickness infectious by nature.

I just took a teaspoon with honey this morning.  Almost immediately I felt a slight pain in my stomach.  Immediately I took some biscuit to neutralise it.  I thought biscuit to be alkaline by nature.  I gotten relieve.

Any more out there other then Cecilia who can testify its goodness?  I would like to know.  Even its harmfulness.

Regards
Leon
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vinegar is good for you.  Do not be afraid to try a tsp. a day.  Vinegar has lots of benefits, and cannot harm you more than it can do good.  Actually, I don't think that little amount could harm you at all.  Vinegar probably could contribute to losing weight;that is if you do other things to help lose weight such as a healthy diet and excersize.  Do not be affraid of excessive weightloss if you take vinegar.  It is just something that can help you attain a healthy body, inside and out.
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