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Severe Stomach Pain After Taking Apple Cider Vinegar, Why?

Posted by Ulli on 02/05/2010

Dear Ted,

I have a question: I would really like to use ACV for my aching joints and hot flashes but each time I try I get severe stomach pain. I tried at least 5 times during the last year but it happens every time. I use 2tbl in plenty of water with food or without food.

Do you have any ideas why this is and how I can overcome this problem?

Thank you so much,

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts


ACV in general is acid, and should generally be neutralized with baking soda to get the pH of 7. At 7 pH there is less chance of getting stomach upset as it's pH is the same as that of ordinary water. The usual dose is 2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda preferably in 1 glass of water. Whenever baking soda is added to ACV, it becomes a powerful antioxidant with a value around -100 to -200 millvolts. A negative value is considered an antioxidant, while a positive value is an oxidant. This remedy has the least problems of all.


Replied by Shanny
Chicago, Illinois

I've had stomach pain too. It hasn't went away. I took about 4 large sips of ACV from the bottle then I drank about a cup with cranberry juice.

Replied by Kansas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Ok, here it goes. I have heard so many good things about ACV that I decided to include it into my diet, no particular reason other than to not develop the same things people are talking about here, but the two times I have taken it SEVERE stomach pain DROPS me. The 1st time it led to vomiting so bad that I actually puked a piece of meat up & I don't eat meat so it had to come off of me, (it was a green /purple color I would be glad to upload a picture for those interested). The second time (10 minutes ago) I am now in the begining stages of what brought me to the hospital last time and I would like to know why. Last time the pain lasted for HOURS. I just took the Sodium Bicarbonate and the pain is still there, but I have cool burps now, other than that, nothing. I eat apples, I consume vineear no problem, except taken like a shot. I am more interested in worst case possible scenerio, because I have a very high tolerance for pain, and this is almost unbeareble. Thanks for any speedy replies!

Replied by Kris
Henderson, Nv

I get horrible stomach pain after taking ACV with honey. Was looking for a remedy for hot flashes and to promote sleep. I mixed only 3 teasp. Vinegar to 1 cup honey. I took 2 teasp. Of the mixture. The first night I had slight stomach pain and headache. The next day I felt fatiqued, depressed, and as if I had eaten a brick. Not associated the effects with the vinegar, I took it again the next night before bed. Woke up 2 hours later with terrible stomach pain, gas, neusea. I am 15 hours later and still feeling bad. I feel bloated, and a feeling of general malaise. This happened a year ago after the vinegar as well. It does not agree with me. Hoping my symptoms will subside. I don't feel like myself physically or mentally.

Replied by Joanna
Iloilo, Philippines

I have acid reflux since january 2012, I tried 2 tablespoon of ACV, may reflux went away but I have severe pain for 3 days now since I took it.. pls help what should I do the pain wont go away, I tried 1/4 BS mixed in water alone but It doesn't help.