3 Reasons This Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Will Boost Your Health

Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Recipe and Health Benefits

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history of promoting good health and alleviating health problems. ACV tonics have become popular again, but it took me a long time before I got around to drinking them. And once I did, it quickly became a daily habit!

I start every morning with a warm apple cider vinegar tonic. The health benefits are numerous. It supports weight loss and immune function. It also aids in digestion. In fact, I feel it when I don’t drink mine every day.

Sometimes I even have a second cup later in the day – especially on cold winter days when everybody around me is coughing and sniffling!

I love my apple cider vinegar tonic so much that I encourage my green smoothie cleanse participants to drink it as well.

What Do Apple Cider Vinegar Tonics Taste Like




Apple cider vinegar tonics are made with apple cider vinegar (ACV), honey (optional), lemon, ginger, and cinnamon. Some people also add turmeric, fresh herbs like rosemary, and cayenne pepper flakes.

These tonics will have a definite vinegar taste that is toned down by the sweet honey and other flavors (like ginger). My recipe below tastes like a combination of apple cider, vinegar, and lemon as I don’t add honey.

Most people drink their ACV tonics warm, but you can have it cold if you want. Some people have a hard time drinking apple cider vinegar.

Why You Should Use This Health-Promoting Tonic Every Day

So why is apple cider vinegar so good for you?

Aids In Weight Loss: You might have heard that apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. It’s not a “miracle” weight loss tonic, but it can definitely boost your weight loss efforts.

ACV contains acetic acid, which suppresses your appetite. It also increases your metabolism and reduces water retention. There is some speculation that apple cider vinegar may limit the digestion of starch, which could reduce calorie intake.

My personal experience with drinking a daily ACV tonic confirms its weight loss boosting effects. I notice that it’s easier for me to lose weight when I drink my daily tonic. Weight loss plateaus would be shorter in duration, and my body would need less time to rest before losing additional weight.

I’d recommend trying ACV if you are prone to weight loss plateaus, or if you want to boost a plant-based diet for weight loss.

Aids In Digestion: Lemon encourages the liver to produce quality bile which is required for digestion. Additionally, the vitamin C in fresh lemon juice helps the liver to produce A compound called glutathione, which aids in cleansing and regenerating the liver.

Boosts the Immune System: Lemons are packed full of Vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds and combating stress. They contain saponins, which have antimicrobial properties. Lemon juice also reduces phlegm production by the body.

Lemons are high in potassium which helps to control blood pressure and it stimulates brain and nerve function.

Apple cider vinegar may also improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes.

Not All Apple Cider Vinegars Are Good For You, Though

Not all apple cider vinegars are created equal. Make sure that you only buy ACV that is labeled as “unpasteurized”, “unfiltered”, and contains the “mother.” The brand that I buy is Bragg.

The “mother” is a collection of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that look like cloudy strands of thread on the bottom of the vinegar bottle. If you are buying apple cider vinegar at a store and there is no “sludge” at the bottom, then it won’t do you any good.

Make sure you give the bottle a good shake before making a tonic so that you mix the “mother” around. That way, you’ll get a little in every glass.

Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Recipe

  • 10 ounces warm water
  • 1-2 tablespoon/s apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, grated (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Add all of the ingredients to warmed water. Do not use boiling water as it will destroy the vitamin C in the lemon juice.

Add optional fresh ginger and cinnamon.

Stir and enjoy.

You can enjoy this cold if you prefer.

NOTE: I do not consume the actual piece of ginger.

Do you drink apple cider vinegar, or an ACV tonic every day? If so, leave a comment and let me know!

Also, check out my recipe for rejuvelac – a fermented probiotic drink.

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20 thoughts on “3 Reasons This Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Will Boost Your Health”

  1. Been using a c v for a while now I’m getting used to it so maki g it stronger
    The after taste is quite nice
    I suffer from a dry mouth due to tablets I’m on
    Android my mouth waters up lovely after a c v

  2. Is it have honey if yes then without honey is available in market ? And other question Is it good heart artery blockage?

  3. Living in South Carolina, during hot weather, or anytime I am thirsty, I enjoy ACV year round in a glass of water and ice! It is very refreshing! I also enjoy ACV with meals!
    …I keep the unfiltered ACV in my refrigerator! …My husband had a very stressful job so he slept poorly. He began drinking ACV with slightly warm water to help dissolve the honey at bedtime. He slept so well he claimed he could become a millionaire if he could bottle his drink and sell the ACV-HONEY-WATER concoction!

  4. Madelaine Sweeney

    Yes was drinking this for a while but then someone said it would ruin my teeth so stoped also now have vasculits so not sure if I should go back to it

  5. I have been drinking apple cider vinegar in water for over a year and I was able to stop taking my acid reflux medication

  6. I’ve had apple cider vinegar before but after I would take it for a very little while I would get a yeast infection, so I stopped taking it. I’m afraid to try it again! Has anyone else told you that?

  7. Had my first ACV Tonic this morning. It is an “acquired” taste for sure but I am going to stick with it and see if there is any change to my weight. Of course I will be sticking to the Reset program as well!

  8. The green smoothies gave me more energy. They taste great too. I will start the apple cider vinegar so I can loose more weight.

  9. I will never say the taste of apple cider vinegar is pleasant, I rather excersise than have to drink that to get weight off. The only thing I use it for is an upset stomach. If you take a teaspoon or tablespoon, depending on how upset your stomach is, within 15 minutes or so you should start feeling better. That also means your body doesn’t produce the necessary acids to digest some foods properly.

  10. Allison Williams

    I really like this tonic. I made it for my parents and my Dad felt a real “pick me up” in energy from it. The ginger and cinnamon made it taste a bit like a hot toddy so that’s a plus! : ) We’ll be taking this every morning!

  11. Do you drink this first thing, before anything else (food, coffee etc.) I’d love to get in to this habit but not sure when the “best” time is. Thanks!

  12. Hi Tracy
    I’m in South Africa, Mpumalanga and have enjoyed your smoothies but not done the boot camp. I definitely will try the acv tonic as soon as I can get the raw apple cider vinegar! Not sure where I can get that though??? Keep up the good work. Cheers

  13. To avoid damaging teeth, use a straw. I’ve not know ACV causing yeast infection. ACV cures yeast infection, especially that irratible outside itch. Dilute little water apply with cotton ball. Works for me.

  14. Drink this tonic 15 min. Prior to eating, brushing teeth, etc. Wait 10 after you drink tonic to brush teeth

  15. I do want to start this.im not sure if I can do it sense I take medicine for high cholesterol high blood pressure and anxiety. If anyone knows if it will be ok to do please let me know. Thanks KC

  16. I take the same meds. Acv lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. You check with your doc on how it will effect your anxiety meds. I put 2 tablespoons in my green smoothie and it was delicious. Sweet and tangy.

  17. This will be difficult to do since my pot of coffee is on automatic and brews me a few cups of java which I consume in a matter of minutes. Changing to a different morning brew will be a challenge!

  18. Please rinse your mouth out with warm water, after drinking this. I did this for years, and loved it and felt great. ( BUT ) because I didn’t rinse my mouth out after with a warm water rinse. I also got a lot of cavities. I did just the Apple Cider Vinegar with lemon juice here and there with ginger added here and there too. Love the taste of this and again I felt really great, but wish someone would have told me about rinsing my mouth out with warm water after.

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