Apple Cider Vinegar – Might Help You

apple cider vinegar

Me just before taking my morning swig today

How are You?

I’ve got a little bit of news, maybe even a tip you might use as well.

I’ve made a very mild addition to my colitis treatment about 3 weeks ago.  Nothing major, and it’s looking to cost me about $4 more per month, so it’s not breaking the bank for sure.

I’ve started taking a tiny tiny swig of apple cider vinegar in the morning and evening(about a teaspoon I’d say).  OK, yes yes, I’ve forgotten a few times here and there, but for the most part, I’m probably remembering about 85% of the time to take back a tiny bit of this SCD legal vinegar twice daily.

WHY Take Apple Cider Vinegar?

Well, let’s see, about a year and a half ago I met a girl in San Francisco who’s father and cousin have UC.  She told me that her father was lined up to have his colon removed at UCSF (which for those of you who haven’t heard of “UCSF”…its thought by many to be one of the premier medical facilities in California…they also recommended for me to have my colon removed 4 plus years ago…so I don’t think as highly of their gastro program as some others…but anyways, that’s not important)  Good news is, this girl’s father did not end up getting surgery, but instead took to a more natural way of healing and treating his out of control colitis symptoms.

He started taking a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in the morning along with a squeeze of lemon juice, and a half teaspoon of baking soda.  She told me he’d mix it all up, and drink it luke warm in the morning before breakfast.

I found this super interesting, and the reasoning behind it all was fascinating as well.  The girl had a few years before studied naturopathic healing at an institute in San Francisco (I’ve forgotten the name by now).  And, the mentor at this place had the belief that much of the gastro related problems people face is based on acidity (much too high acidic levels in our bodies).

This was crazy to me… I instantly asked her something like, “Well…isn’t Lemon Juice and Vinegar SUPER ACIDIC?”

Her response was surprising,  “No, actually that’s not the case”.

Wow, so I of course asked her some more, and she went on to tell me some of the most acidic foods/drinks.

  • Beef for example – VERY ACIDIC (she felt I should be avoiding beef…which I actually eat several times per week)
  • Coffee as well – VERY Acidic.  (which I have also been drinking 1-2 cups daily for several years now…I did stop during a flare up a long while back)

And there’s all sorts of other things which I didn’t really know were/are acidic actually are.(I’d encourage you to do some Internet searches on “acidic foods” just to check out a list of these, its might blow your mind)

I mainly use diet which I’ve talked about for years here on the site, but I’d never really considered acidity in foods to be something to think about.  And, as I’m writing this over a year since meeting this girl, I’ve obviously not put it as a super big priority to investigate further, but now is the time.

And, I’m super interested in what YOU think on this topic…

Do you think acidic foods play a part in your ulcerative colitis????

Back to the Vinegar

I don’t have a good way of finding out if the Apple Cider is a positive for my body or not.  It is hard to make an accurate judgement when your colitis is in remission and you start something new.  But I can say that it does not seem to be hurting me at all, and that’s a positive.

What will really be interesting is to see if this does anything to help me out if a flare up comes along unexpectedly in the future.  (And since October/November are typically my tuffest months in some years past, who knows…maybe I’ll have a better chance to put the vinegar to the test).

There is alot of information online, you can simply type in Apple Cider Vinegar on google or somewhere else, and you’ll see all sorts of articles pop back at you.  And, there’s lots of different options if you want to give this a try.  I’ll list some Amazon affiliate links below if any of you are interested.  But at the end of the day, my hope is to hear from some of you who are already using Apple Cider Vinegar with success.  It seems to be a very big part of a UC’ers medication free treatment in San Francisco, and I’m sure there are more out there.

Best of luck to all of you with your UC in the coming weeks.  Thanks to the girl in San Fran who told me about this. (I’m sorry I’ve forgotten your name, but you were super kind to let me in on this a while back, and hopefully others will find it beneficial like your father has)

Best regards,

Adam Scheuer

founder of iHaveUC.com and treating my colitis without medications for quite a few years now (but I guess some would call Apple Cider Vinegar a medication…)

81 Responses to Apple Cider Vinegar – Might Help You

  1. joanna October 16, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    i love ACV!! it doesn’t do squat for my actual UC, but it knocks out nausea and heartburn, which are some of my UC symptoms. as you know, they can be debilitating when you think you might throw up and the feeling is there.

    • Adam October 16, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Hey Joanna,

      that’s pretty awesome that this stuff is helping you out with heartburn and nausea, wishing you the best and great to hear from you. take care,
      Adam

  2. JewishPrincess October 16, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Citrus bothers me, but I will try the ACV. I just can’t imagine taking it straight in the am. I wonder if a bit on a small salad will be okay? Baking soda is alkaline, so I don’t know. I don’t have bleeding or much diarrhea anymore, so I suppose they consider this remission, but I feel sick to my stomach and, while not exactly pain, a lot of discomfort.

    • Ana Paula November 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      Hi Jewish, what is your regimen? Diet? Medications?
      I have been looking for the day my son, 12, will be symptom free.
      Thanks

  3. Rosanne
    Rosanne Robinson October 16, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Hmmm….ACV is supposed to help with so many things. Ocassionally I take it…maybe will get into a routine with it. Thanx!!!

    • Adam October 16, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Who knows, maybe its even a mental thing right… I’m mean come on the stuff doesn’t taste too good (unless you love super sour stuff…) But, it sounds like lots of people are getting all sorts of benefits from it too. best of luck to you,
      -Adam

  4. Kathy October 16, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I am the same, Joanna. It doesn’t help my flare but it helps the nausea that goes along with it.

  5. Ann October 16, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I have been having trouble with heartburn lately…I will definitely give this a try. My UC symptoms are under control at the moment hopefully forever…down to 2.5 mg of Prednisone…tapering slowly.

  6. bev October 16, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Thanks Adam!

    You know me…anything natural goes onto my ‘to try’ arsenal bank just in case I need it in the future!

    BTW everyone…I am in TOTAL remission, once again, on my Ultimate Flora probiotic, fermented L-glutamine and astaxanthin and vitamid D regimen…I am back on only one proviotic capsule again, as well, after doubling up on it for about a month and a half.

    No UC symptoms AT ALL now, not even blood…SO GREAT!!

    Whooppee!!!

    Bev
    :)

    • Adam October 16, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Yippers to Bev!!!! Way way good to hear you’re back at it once again!!! Congrats, and keep he good vibes a flowing!

      • bev October 16, 2013 at 9:23 am #

        Always, Adam…always!!

    • Sharon MacArthur October 16, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Hey Bev! So happy to celebrate remission with you. I am finally in remission after a super tough flare that didn’t respond to prednisone at all. I beat this one with the GAPS diet. It is time consuming and a lot of work to cook separately for me and the other 5 people in my family but within 2 weeks I went from 24 bloody visits to the bathroom a day to 6-8. Now I am blood/mucous free and slowly getting my rhythm back. It has been a tough few months but remission feels so good:)

      Sharon

    • shelly in maine October 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      Hooray! :-) keep ‘er going! :-)

      • shelly in maine October 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

        that was for you,Bev…forget it posts differently now!
        Double hooray then! :-)

        • bev October 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

          Much love to you Shelly girl!!

          :)

          • shelly in maine October 17, 2013 at 3:04 am #

            Right back at ya Bev! :-)

    • Suma November 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      Hi, BEV,
      Would you be able to share what exactly you used and how much of each to get into remission? My son is 24 and we are going the natural route. But he still has occasional blood and mucus and multiple visits for either gas or bm.

      • Bev November 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

        Hello Suma!

        Sorry for the late reply. I laid down for a 10 minute nap today and woke up two hours later!

        I take one ULTIMATE FLORA CRITICAL CARE by RENEWLIFE probiotic capsule (50 billion strength) first thing when I get up in the morning with water, and then nothing to eat or drink (except more water) for at least half an hour afterward. This probiotic has been perfect for me. It seems to have the right strains in it for UC.

        About an hour before lunch, again on an empty stomach, I take one scoop (scoop is included in the tub) of unflavored powdered fermented L-glutamine by NORTH COAST NATURALS. I mix it in a bit of unsweetened juice just for taste, but you can use water as well. (You can take up to 4 scoops, and you can play around with that at first to get rid of the bleeding if that is a problem. When I first started it, I took 2 heaping scoops daily).

        With lunch, I take one 4mg capsule of astaxanthin and 2000 units of vitamin D. I did take 4000 (4 pills) of vitamin D at first, but my levels are good now, so I take 2 pills now. These are taken with food because they are better absorbed with fat.

        That’s all I used to attain natural remission. I will add that I take one 3.75mg LDN capsule at bedtime every night, but I was in remission before I started taking it. I had heard all kinds of good things about it regarding UC, but it hasn’t really changed anything in that regard. It does, however, make me sleep very well!

        Cheers :)

  7. bev October 16, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    probiotic…not proviotic…sorry all

    • Ana February 22, 2014 at 12:45 am #

      Bev, very happy for you!

      • bev February 22, 2014 at 8:21 am #

        :)

    • Sharon Beckham November 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      Bev,
      Scrolling though some comments and would like to know more about LDN since you seem to have had such positive results. My gastro doctor did not know anything about it so is highly unlikely to prescribe. Where can I find a doctor who might prescribe it for me. I live in Los Altos, CA.? It is definitely on my list to try.

      • Bev November 9, 2014 at 8:08 am #

        Hi Sharon,

        There is a fantastic website all about LDN…just google LDN, and the LDN official website will come up. I printed it all off and took it with me to my GP. He didn’t know anything about it either. He was not impressed after reading what I gave him, but prescribed it for me any way. As to who can prescribe it to you….I have no idea. I am in Canada, and I am not an expert on LDN. I just decided to try it and added to my repertoire after I was already in remission.

        Like I have said countless times on here…lol…it helps me sleep. I’m not sure if it has helped with the UC because I was already ‘there’ when I started taking it. I was just so sold with the research after reading about LDN that I thought I just had to try it too!

        Cheers :)

        • Lori November 9, 2014 at 10:46 am #

          Hey Bev, I’ve asked about LDN before. I got the lower dosage and still have worse case insomnia. Guess it’s not for me. Was so hopeful. Just wondered if it still helps if you take it in the morning. Can’t find anything on the web site.

          • Bev November 9, 2014 at 11:13 am #

            Hi Lori,

            I’ve only ever taken it right before bed. If I took it in the morning, I’d probably need a nap!!

            I wonder why it can cause insomnia in some people. I would definitely try and take it in the morning. If it causes yo9u to be awake, then that’s a good thing in the morning, right?

            It’s just that I thought that I read on the LDN website that it straightens out your immune system while you sleep…perhaps it can still do that while you are awake as well???

          • Lori November 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

            That is how I understand how it works at night. I have read some people take it during the day. Wonder if they are seeing any results.

          • Bev November 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

            Well, I say go for it. It can’t hurt so why not try :)

          • Lori November 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

            Yeah gonna try it. Thanks Bev!

        • shelly in maine November 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

          Hey all,
          Just fyi…I don’t take ldn, but talked toa friend who is a pharmacist at length about it and he explained some things. Make sure to read the other websites of actual people that have used it because I remember reading you have to really work hard to find YOUR dose. Also it works differently through the different forms of administration.
          Hope that helps. Good luck. Shelly

  8. Don
    Don October 16, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I have used ACV for heartburn and it really works! I would take 1 tablespoon in a glass of water every morning. Amazing results! I could not drink it straight and when I did try it would give me heartburn.

  9. April October 16, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Yeah Bev! I knew you would do it! So thankful to hear you are well again! Talked with an older gentleman at a docs office just the other day. His mother gave him a glass of water with a tablespoon of vinegar every morning as a child. He never had any health problems. He said as an adult he stopped doing it. As he grew older he started to suffer from arthritis. He said that he thought of the vinegar his mom used to make him drink. He started the regimen again. He said the arthritis disappeared almost immediately and that he hasn’t been bothered by it in years. I believe! By the way, Donna Gates at Body Ecology says vinegar with the mother is a prebiotic. It feeds probiotics in your gut making them stronger and healthier. That’s GOT to be a great thing for us , right????

    • bev October 16, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Thanks April!

      That vinegar thing sounds great too!!

      Wonderful info April…thank you:)

  10. Wilbur October 16, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Hope says she used to put a little honey and a squeeze of lemon in the ACV.
    The honey would really counter the sour.

  11. Joe October 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Thanks again Adam for the suggestions on natural remedies – will try the apple cider vinegar. Hello Bev, good to hear you’re in remission again. I was wondering, are you still taking one capsule of LDN a day? I have finally reached some form of remission after nearly two years. I follow the paleo/SCD diet. I had to go back on the dreaded Asacol (4 tabs/day) because my flare-up wasn’t improving. I don’t like Asacol either, and would like to be on diet only – but this doesn’t seem to be enough to keep remission. Therefore, I would like to transit onto LDN and tapper off Asacol. Do you feel the LDN helps with remission? Thanks
    PS. I also take L-glutamine, B12, and a probiotic everyday.

    • bev October 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      Hi Joe!

      Yes, as a matter of fact, I am still taking one 3.75 capsule of LDN every night right before bed.

      I know that I always omit talking about it ONLY because, like I have said before…I was in remission before I started taking it. That is not to say however that it is not helping me in my UC remission, but I cannot be positive of that. As a side note…I have been thinking about discontinuing it to see if it is why I seem to have a headache almost daily. I hope it isn’t due to the LDN, because I love it for the way it makes me sleep so deeply at night! That is why I really continue to take it.

      So, as you can see, I am not certain that the LDN helps in the remission, but it very well may just. If it does, I would most definitely recommend it because it really seems to have no bad side effects…unless it is causing these headaches…I am afraid to stop taking it, thought, because of what happened a few months back when I tried to switch probiotics, which caused me to flare. Now that I am back on track I don’t want to change anything!

      Thanks for the note, Joe. Good luck. I recommend trying the LDN for sure!

      Bev

      • Joe October 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

        Thanks Bev for the info. Like the old saying goes: ‘if it aint broke – don’t fix it’. So if you’re in remission keep doing what you’re doing. This disease is so difficult to get a handle on, as everyone’s different and responds to different treatments. I suppose one thing thing we all have in common is the disease. I’ll definitely try LDN next year when I’m back in NZ. At the moment will keep with the diet and Asacol to get me through an upcoming trip to the US. Fingers crossed I keep this bad-boy in remission. Cheers and peace.

        • bev October 17, 2013 at 6:36 am #

          For sure Joe…I am not changing anything that I am doing at present. I do not want any UC symptoms to come back! Biggest mistake I made was to try and switch probiotics…sheesh…what a cluster**** that was.

          The best of luck in keeping emission. That’s all we want!!

    • Sylk October 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      What is does LDN stand for? Also is L-glutamine good for U.C. If so what is the dosage and milligrams? I read of line that Boswella Extract is good for U.C. Has anyone tried? I did buy years ago before I had U.C Mothers Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and it was for my acid reflux but I could not take as it burnt my throat to much. I do like the concept of putting it in water the one tablespoon of it. How much water like 8 oz.? My heartburn went away but when I had an endoscopy done in 2012 it said I had gastritis which is acid reflux so I still have it but have no symptons. I have been following the SCD plan for almost 6 weeks about 85% and I see a big difference in my stomach. I just finished steroids a week ago and I do not have any blood in the toilet bowl. Most days I am going only once a day. The only bleeding I have is from my hemorrhoids and that is going to taken care of Oct. 25th. I am not on any medication last year I was on 4 Lialda but have not a pill for at least 2 months. I am not going back on the Lialda even my G.I. doctor wanted me to after I finished the steroids but I told him I was going to hold off and just follow the eating plan I was on and so far so good. Not sure which are the best probiotics to take. Can anyone recommend some? I can’t afford the VSLDS#3 anymore. My old insurance use to pay for it with a prescription. But my new one does not cover it. Thanks everyone. Good luck to everyone. Blood free stools for everyone!

      • bev October 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

        Low Dose Naltrexone…LDN…Naltrexone is a drug used to treat alcohol and drug addiction, believe it or not, but in a very low dose, regulates the body’s rhythms…

        Yes! L-glutamine is wonderful for UC!! It heals the mucosa of the colon!!

  12. Allison-3
    Allison Tranter October 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    My ex- Mother in Law took ACV & honey in water every morning her entire life. She smokes cigs, eats crap and loves her 7 and 7’s- she is healthy as on ox. Hah!
    I also read that taking ACV before a meal helps get the enzymes going and thus start the digestive process. I use ACV and olive oil on my salads but will definitely try taking a shot in the morning, too.
    Thanks for the tip Adam and WooHoo! to everyone in remission and those on their way.

  13. Shirley October 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Same here Bev, thanks to your glutamine push a few months back I am in remission too and feeling good. I still take 1 only azathoraprine daily, but that’s just to keep my Specialist happy, he wanted to bump me up, but as you know am more for natural remedies. The ACV sounds a good try for the heartburn.

    • bev October 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      That’s awesome Shirley! You really have no idea how happy it makes me that you are feeling so well.

      (BTW…I would never take anything just to make any doctor happy, however…I hate to hear that you taking meds keeps a doctor happy…lol! Hah! That may be just a pharmaceutical monetary thing…or it feeds the doctor’s ego thinking that he or she is actually helping you….)

      You are the boss Shirley…please remember that. You don’t have to placate anyone….just yourself!! You care about yourself more than any doctor does, plus, you have to live with the side effects. The doctor doesn’t.

      Bev

    • bev October 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      I hope I didn’t come on too harsh, Shirley…I’m in your corner! I used to actually care what the doctor thought of me, but no more.

      You do what you want whenever you’re ready!

      :)

    • Ana Paula November 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Shirley what is you regimen?

  14. Shirley October 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Actually Bev, I am just trying to make my point and I have been cutting down gradually, so by Xmas I am going to take myself off them.

  15. shelly in maine October 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Hey Adam,
    Cheers…if it helps! Did you or someone post this before…sounds familiar.
    Anyway, keep on keepin’ on!
    Be well,Shelly

    • Adam October 17, 2013 at 7:05 am #

      Hi Shelly,

      I think this is the first Apple Cider Vinegar specific post on the site as far as I can remember.

  16. Roberta October 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I am almost 79 years old and was diagnosed about 5 years ago. This may sound dumb but I do not remember if I had a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. At any rate the doctor said he saw nothing unusual but that the biopsy showed I had UC. He started me with Asacol which eventually stopped working. I am currently taking 3mg of budesonide (Entocort). Which seems to be working better but occasionally
    suddenly surprised. I have never been able to pin down what foods that cause this but sometimes I suspect dairy and vinegar salad dressing. This leads me to ask if it is not the baking soda that calms the stomach rather than the vinegar. Since I was a kid; 1/4 tsp of baking soda with a small swallow of water generally settled my stomach and helped the heartburn. Have I missed something here.

    • Adam October 17, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      Hi Roberta,

      Good question regarding the baking soda. And that was for sure a component in the protocol that the girl I mentioned in the post’s father was also taking. I would suspect that the end results would probably be different for everyone as is the case with any UC treatment, but guess and check testing may be a great way to find out once again. (I myself have not experimented with baking soda)

      -Adam

      • Andrea Garcia
        Andrea Garcia July 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

        I do know that baking soda neutralizes acid. Maybe she’s using it to cut the acid content. Kinda makes sense I work in the dental field and we know that acid breaks down enamel which leads to cavities. So to stop the breaking down of enamel you can use baking soda. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

  17. Susan October 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Hey UCers, there was an article on ACV on the Alternative Daily website on September 4th 2013. The article listed many everyday uses for ACV, among them as a hair rinse to stimulate growth, as a mouthwash to kill bad breath germs, as a face mask and for sun burn relief. What I found most interesting was that it can be used to treat yeast infections, most notably Candida, is is often a result of a too acid environment on the body.(Ladies, you remember the vinegar douche). The ACV neutralizes the acid , which could be affecting what is going on in the gut.
    There are many books on ACV, and its an old but reliable remedy . The alternative daily is a very cool website, that looks for natural remedies to what ails us. Check it out at http://www.thealternative daily.com. The old dose was 1 tablespoon in a 8 oz glass of water. I take it and it does seem to calm things down below.

  18. Natalie October 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Thanks for the info Adam….will have to try taking the apple cider vinegar as I am starting to flare. I have been experiencing stomach cramps, blood, mucus and soft stools for a little over a week now. I have been under extreme stress the last 3 months as I am in the process of moving to another home. There have been a lot of problems on the seller’s end which are delaying the closing and move-in date. Nothing seems to be going right. On top of everything, I have had the flu a month now. Adam, can the flu (or a cold) cause a flare up besides the stress? I had weaned myself off the Lialda and was taking the Probiotic, L-Glutamine and Astaxanthin as per Bev and was doing great up until over a week ago. So, I continued this regimen and nothing was working. So, I still had some Lialda and have been taking 2 pills (together) in the a.m. I don ‘t want to take these poison pills! So, maybe I will add the ACV to my regular regimen and see what happens.

    Bev –

    What sort of symptoms were you having that you had doubled up on your probiotic? I am so very happy to hear you are back into remission!!! I hope I will get there too! As I told Adam….I don’t want to start taking Lialda permanently again. I have just been sp desperate because ther probiotic, L-Glutamine and astaxanthin were NOT working. Welcome back Bev and God bless you!! :)

    • Adam October 17, 2013 at 7:09 am #

      Hi Natalie,

      Hard to ever be conclusive, but there have been a number of times where people (who’ve writen about this on the site) have started to get UC symptmos/flares post/during a nasty cold.

  19. bev October 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi Natalie!

    I just started having those old UC symptoms a few months back, again, because I tried the Colon probiotic for about five days…never again will I change from the Ultimate Flora one!!

    Thank you for the sweet words…:)

  20. Richele
    Richele October 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Back in the day, I saw an amazing naturopath…(info at livingbettermichigan.com )who recommended ACV in water with two drops of liquid stevia. It was a yummy little drink…maybe I’ll give it another whirl :)

  21. Irate Consumer
    Roger October 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I also have GERD, and I have heard ACV recommended for that. I have never used ACV, but I will start this weekend and report back.

    • Adam October 19, 2013 at 4:22 am #

      Looking forward to hearing your follow up Roger.

      Have a great weekend,
      -Adam

  22. Miquey October 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I’ve been taking probiotics for a little over a month and have limited my wheat consumption greatly the past three weeks and I’ve seen an improvement in symptoms. I’m feeling more like myself, have more energy and feeling more positive. I can’t say I’ve been symptom as I still occasionally have pain, tonight being the most noticeable. Tried drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar with water and a bit of natural local honey and the pain lessened soon after. Perhaps it’s not related but I’ll continue this method to see if I see any improvement. I’m moving more towards natural remedies as I very much dislike taking medications.

    Thank you Adam for this awesome website! And to everyone who share their stories and insight.

    • Adam October 19, 2013 at 4:21 am #

      Hi Miquey,

      Keep us posted on how things go for you moving forward! I hope we can hear from you soon letting us know that you are feeling like your body is in remission and it sounds like you’re on your way.

      Thanks for making use of the website,

      Adam

  23. Joe H
    Joe H. October 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi Adam,
    I have a long history of stomach acid problems. Ulcers killed my father, they led to stomach cancer. I had early diagnosis in the late seventies, before my stomach lining was damaged. First treated with prescription Tagamet and had relief & healing in 3 weeks. Began watching my eating habits and was good for some years without meds. Gained some weight and developed GERD, was put on Nexium, and stayed on that for more than 5 years. Got on a health kick, lost some weight and acid reflux stopped. About six years ago I started having heartburn almost everyday and started using the new over the counter acid reducing meds. I’ve been taking Omeprozole, (generic Prilosec) daily, for about 4 years. I can only go 2 or three days without it.
    I’ve been trying the ACV for the last few days and I have hopes. It seems to have eased my heartburn some but I still had to do some Rolaids on day 3. I’m on my fourth day and will take it every morning for the next few weeks to see if it will eventually regulate my heartburn. As for my UC I hope that will benefit as well.

    Peace & Blessings,

    Joe

    • Joe H
      Joe H. February 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Well folks I gave up on the vinegar … not much help for me.
      But good news … I started the SC diet in January and I have not had any heart burn since. I also dropped 15 pounds in just 2 mo. I do go to a gym two or three days a week. I spend 30 min. on machines & weights and 30 min on a stationary bike.
      I have 2 to three BM’s a day. They vary from firm to loose, but mostly somewhere in between.
      My wife and I are enjoying many of the recipes, found in the SCD book, “breaking the Vicious Cycle”, Especially the muffins and Lois Lang’s Luscious Bread.
      Another strange benefit is that it seems to be controlling my cholesterol, even though I’m eating more eggs, butter, and cheese. than before.
      Joe

      • Allison-3
        Allison February 24, 2014 at 4:02 am #

        Joe-
        Congrats! Your wife is totally awesome to support you on the diet. There are so many interesting and delicious recipes on the web- I rarely feel like I am missing out on anything following SCD.
        And yes the whole low-cholesterol/low-fat revolution is a FARCE- fat does not make us fat- CHOLESTEROL & SUGAR MAKES US FAT!
        All the best!
        Allison

  24. Lana October 21, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Thanks for sharing this, Adam. Just got around to reading this today and will definitely be giving the apple cider vinegar a try. Interestingly, I had flagged another article last week to read that deals with having too much acid in the body. I figure if I see it twice in one week from 2 different sources, I should pay attention. :) Here’s the link, in case anyone is interested: http://savingdinner.com/articles/stay-alkaline-fine/ She doesn’t mention acv, but does mention drinking lemon water.

    • Adam October 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Thx for the link Lana, and if you get started on the ACV, let us know how it treats you.

      best of luck and great to hear from you,
      Adam

  25. Trisha Nave November 27, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Was wondering what probiotic to try my insurance won’t cover the vsl#3

  26. Elaine December 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi – my son has UC and we want to try a more natural approach to control his symtoms…can you please tell me what kind of L-glutimine to get for him? I will also try the ultimate flora and ACV. He has symptoms of constipation with this flare and feels “backed up” most of the time. I was told magnesium was good for this. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • bev December 7, 2013 at 8:13 am #

      Hi Elaine,

      I take North Coast Naturals fermented L-glutamine. It is powdered and I mix it in a bit of juice. You can also mix it in water…but I don’t fancy the taste!

      The Ultimate Flora Critical Care probiotic by RenewLife is the best thing I’ve ever done. Remember…empty stomach and then no food or drink (except water) for at least half an hour. You gotta let it get into the colon and do it’s job without anything hampering it.

      Cheers

    • Allison-3
      Allison December 7, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      Hey Elaine-
      I also suffer constipation during flares, so go very slow with the l-glutamine because it firmed me up too much during a flare. I think it is really, really great for diarrhea though and has good healing capabilities.
      I stew about 20 prunes for about 30 minutes in water and keep them in the fridge for the week. Every morning before I eat, I add 2T to 1/2 cup orange juice and then follow it up with hot tea-this has helped eliminate my constipation.
      I think, most importantly for me, I follow the SCD diet . I go twice a day now… a true miracle for me.
      Best of luck to your son.
      Allison

  27. Janet April 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I have had uc for 20 years and just keep learning more about it all the time. My Dr’s are useless and just want me to take handfuls of pills . Don’t take antibiotics unless it’s absolutely necessary then follas wellow up with probiotics. Only Tylenol for pain. NSAID pain relievers will cause a flare. Cut gluten out of your diet. Gluten is the cause of most auto immune diseases. It causes inflammation. Also avoid sugar. Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. God bless you all

  28. Elena May 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    I have been juicing over tha last year starting with a 30 day juice fast and it did miracles to my UC. Stopped all medication and consultant suggested to drop my blood tests from now on as my levels were so healthy. I learned about ACV being a member of a facebook group and about to try it soon, but would highly recommend researching juicing, Gerson Therapy watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, PH Miracle etc. documentaries which all tie in together in my view. Anybody that may consider starting this journey, dont be put off by how extreme it may sound at first, no need to do all changes at ones, one step at a time will lead you a long way. Good luck!

  29. alan whitham May 15, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Two things I believe both cause and sustain ulcerative colitis . Chemical , physical and emotional stress , drugs alcohol , worry etc . And foods that either cause an increase in acid in the colon , or an allergic reaction . Anyone with U.C. should consider food combining and an alkalising diet . Anyone who has taken ppi’s or other antacids could have low stomach acid , which causes reflux , but also acidity in the lower digestive tract . If the ph of the chyme leaving the stomach is not low enough pancreatic enzymes , which raise the ph will not be secreted , this a problem not understood by the medical profession , sadly for many of us .

  30. Caroline
    Caroline September 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    It’s funny you reposted this today – I started doing ACV daily a few weeks ago in conjunction with giving up coffee and have definitely noticed an improvement. I think that there is something to the alkalinising (is that a word? haha). My acupuncturist says it’s terrific for overall digestive health as well as a gentle detoxifier to the liver. I’m all for that! :)

    • Adam September 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

      Hey Caroline, Yes indeed that’s a word…:) (isn’t it:)))

      But seriously, the alkaliniseingishness of Apple Cider Vinegar is for sure a big part of what some folks believe is so beneficial from this. And, the woman who mentioned this initially to me several years back had that as her main big point regarding the “why its good”. So big glad to hear this be a doing well for ya Caroline!:)

      • Caroline
        Caroline September 12, 2014 at 5:55 am #

        I really think there is something to it. If I keep up with this maybe I can wean off of the Canasa and be med free! I drink 2 tbsp mixed in warm water in the morning and add fresh lemon juice too. I’m telling you…it’s magical! Thanks Adam!

  31. Roberta September 12, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Just wondering – did you mean 2 Tbs. or 2 tsp.?

    • Caroline
      Caroline September 12, 2014 at 6:22 am #

      I do 2 tbsp. It’s pretty strong but I actually like the taste. I also sometimes add it to my water that I carry through the day. I have heard it can have a laxative effect but that hasn’t happened to me. Fortunately.:)

  32. Allison-3
    Allison September 12, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Hey Everyone-
    I am not saying that ACV isn’t awesome- but it might not be awesome for you!
    I recently had ALCAT food intolerance testing that indicated I had a very strong immune response to brewer’s yeast (honey, coconut, ginger and coffee also). Brewer’s yeast compromises alcohols and ALL things yeast-fermented (apple cider vinegar, kraut, kombucha etc.,).
    I offer this as a cautionary tale because I was eating these things most days- I thought they were helping me with my UC and reestablishing gut flora but in actuality they were doing a lot of harm.
    On a positive note, it has been 5 weeks that I have been avoiding these offenders and I feel HEAPS better. Lucky for me- the test revealed I had no immune response to cocoa so I am indulging in that again (in moderation of course).
    We and our bodies are ABSOLUTELY unique- so if you can, find a functional medicine nutritionist/doctor that can direct you (scientifically) to uncover exactly the protocol that what will work for you.
    I wasted a lot of time, energy and money (and my health) doing it all on my own.
    I wish you all health and stay positive!
    Ali

  33. Fit Guy October 16, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Hello everyone,

    Not sure if this was mentioned, but I only use unfiltered and unpasteurized ACV. Seems to work best in my experience. I also add a bit to a cup of water in the AM. Add raw honey, lemon, and a bit of cayenne at the onset of a cold. AVC helps me with acid reflux, adds good flora (from a natural food source on top of the probiotic I already take at bedtime (best time), helps reduce sinus mucus, and “think” helps with my UC and reduces bleeding. Also, be sure and get a probiotic without dairy and one that is refrigerated – otherwise it’s junk. This plus a good gluten free, dairy free diet rich in veggies and leaner proteins are my UC please stay the !uck away staples.

    Be well.

  34. Lori November 9, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Glad the works for some people. I tried just acv and water bout a year ago. That stuff killed my stomach. I used the Braggs brand.

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