Question About Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Ulcerative Colitis

Posted by Tony on 01/19/2009

Hi Ted: I have a quick question for you. I have been taking ACV for about a month now and i noticed some positive things howeve i noticed people calling it a cleanser/detox (what does it cleanse) how long does it take to cleanse and detox does this mess up your bowels? im starting to have some diarrhea. thank you, Tony

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
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The diarrhea effects works on the principal that if a lot of ACV is taken, in large amounts tends to cause loose stools. However, the effects will be neutralized if more water is taken. It's the same with sea salt and baking soda of one teaspoon or 1/2 tablespoon each. It causes instant loose stool too. So is it a cleanser and detox? This depends. ACV is considered by me to have a laxative effect. A cleanser is if it cleans out your blood. But does anyone have an idea how it does that? Apple cider vinegar, or even white distilled vinegar is an acetic acid in low concentration, and when reacted with the body's bicarbonates becomes sodium acetate. It's the same if we use sodium bicarbonate to become sodium acetate. Sodium acetate is chemically interesting, it has a limited ability to dissolve excess oils inside your body, and these acetates also have anti inflammatory properties currently ignored by mainstream media. I also used this acetate to reduce methanol and aspartame poisoning, and quite possibly reduce the nerve damage acidosis induced by aspartame which degrades to methanol and formaldehyde inside your body which literally burns your nerves, thus destroying the body and accelerates the neurodegenrative process.

But anyway, a cleanser can be a laxative, such as Milk of magnesia, a common remedy along with magnesium supplements used for ulcerative colitis.

As to your question. It has some cleansing effect, but not perfect. It cleanses your intestines, much like a laxative. A detox is to remove toxins from your body which ACV and even plain dstilled vinegar does. The laxative effect is usually due to taking ACV straight without dilution or even with a mixture of bakng soda. As a result, it causes an astringent effect along the intestines of the body, so any ADDITIONAL fluids taken by you the intestines can no longer absorb causing this diarhea effect. If a diarrhea effect IS NOT desirted but a detox is more desired still, then the issue is to make sure the ACV goes into the bloodstream without the effect of astringent so the intestines could absorb fluids easier. In that case one tablespoon or two tablespoon of ACV plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda is mixed in a glass of water should minimize this loose stool effect.

Therefore if loose stool is experience it has a cleansing of the intestines effect. But if loose stools IS NOT experienced, it means ACV goes into your blood reducing inflammatory toxins removing some oils, which is often in excess, having a DETOX effect. Therefore, the DETOX and CLEANSING effect do not always go together.

Another thing is if the person is on a low SODIUM diet, the effects of loose stools is much more noticeable, causing definite weakness. If the body is indeed sensitive to diarrhea effect, then, 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 glass of water is taken. Then resulting effect should be that diarrhea effect would be reduce, assuming of course that the body has SUFFICIENT bicarbonates already. That's why to keep it safe, I alway makes ure baking soda is added so that the body won't deplete itself of a critical pH buffer such as sodium bicarbonates.

So does it mess up your bowels? Well if you got too much diarrhea too frequently you will loose beneficial bacteria from the intestinal tract. Taking TOO MUCH acv would undoubtedly ALTER the intestinal's natural pH, into a somewhat unnaturally acidic intestines causing beneficial bacteria to die off fairly quickly. The intestines' pH is about 7.3- 7.5 which is often slightly alkaline and ACV would certainly mess up the bowels to some extent. Still these factors I have already considered, which is why 2 tablespoons of ACV is added with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. The resultant pH mixed is almost identical with your intestinal pH, thus this remedy with baking soda added wont mess up the bowels as it MAINTAINS normal intestinal pH. So I therefore refrain from taking ACV straight.