February 01, 2022 4 min read

If you choose to go down the health and wellness rabbit hole, it won’t be long before you start hearing about Apple Cider Vinegar. 

And by the way, it’s gotta be “with the mother”. 

Confused? Curious? Either is fine because we’re going to explain everything you need to know in this article. 

What is Apple Cider Vinegar? 

Also known as ACV, it’s basically apple cider with yeast added to create a fermentation process. 

And by the way, you’ll want ACV “with the mother” in it. 

The mother is the brown stuff floating in the bottle of ACV you buy at the store. It’s a combination of bacteria and yeast. Here’s a pic:

Yes, it really does look like that. And yes, you really do consume that stuff. More on how and why in a minute.

First, you should know that despite the recent popularity with stars like Jennifer Anniston and Scralett Johanson singing its praises, ACV can actually be traced back thousands of years. 

  • 12,000 years ago the Babylonians used it as an antiseptic.
  • 4,000 years ago the Egyptians used it. 
  • And 2,600 years ago Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed it for all kinds of ailments. 

So while it may be cool again, it’s not new. It’s not just a trend or passing fad. ACV is here to stay. And with good reason…

Benefits of ACV

There are lots of claims online when it comes to the benefits of ACV. For instance you’ll read about how ACV…

  • Has been shown to kill cancer cells (according to scientists at the A.P. John Institute for Cancer research)
  • Is an antiseptic
  • Is an antifungal
  • Is an antiviral
  • Is an antibacterial
  • Supports weight loss
  • Helps control blood sugar by improving insulin resistance
  • Assist in regulating cholesterol
  • And more (but at this point it’s getting a bit unbelievable)

Of course, with claims like these there’s going to be a bit of controversy. And if you think that big pharma is going to let such a cheap and effective treatment get all positive attention, you’ve been hiding under a rock. 

Fact is, some folks say the studies are too small to be reliable. Others say there aren’t enough studies period. 

Even so, lots of people swear by this stuff. Including one of our own team members here at Thinline. 

His name is Sean. Sean is now 50 years old and is in great shape. He’s always doing research on this kind of stuff. 

About 10 years ago Sean was suffering from severe spring allergies. Mostly pine pollen. These allergies were so bad that his eyes would swell shut, he’d sneeze uncontrollably and he could not go outside during the peak of the season. This was something he’d been dealing with since he was a kid. 

Then Sean started drinking ACV (with lemon) every day. He noticed when the next allergy season rolled around that his allergies were much less severe and that over the counter medication seemed to allow him to go outside when nothing worked the year before. 

He kept taking the ACV daily. Within 3 years, his allergies were completely gone. 

Sean recently moved to Austin and even though many consider it an allergy hot zone, Sean has had zero problems. 

He also told he simply doesn’t get sick for more than maybe half a day when the rest of the family might get sick for a week. And even then him getting sick at all is pretty rare. 

Is it all due to ACV? Were there other factors? Maybe. But Sean is sold on ACV as a regular part of his daily routine. 

Where to get ACV

With all the incredible benefits of ACV, you'll probably want to pick some up. And we think you should. Fortunately, it’s super easy to find. 

Pretty much any grocery store should have ACV. We recommend Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother. It looks like this:

Expect to pay about $6 or less for a quart jar. At 2 tablespoons per day, that’ll last you about a month. You can also find supplements containing ACV.Our Reload supplement has more than 300mg of ACV along with a whole host of other nutrients. 

How to take ACV

If you are going to use the ACV above in liquid form, make sure you dilute it with water. DO NOT do ACV shots. Full strength ACV can damage your esophagus and cause stomach irritation. 

We suggest 2 tablespoons ACV - shaken to make sure you’re getting the mother - with about 20-24 ounces of water. You can also squeeze half a lemon in for even more benefit and an even better tasting blend. Some folks add just a dab of raw, unfiltered honey too. If you choose honey, make sure it’s local and organic. 

Sip on this throughout your day. It’s actually quite refreshing. 

NOTE: we suggest using either a glass or stainless steel cup like a Yeti. The ACV/lemon  taste and smell can stay in a plastic cup or bottle for a very long time. 

You can also use ACV asa tasty salad dressing when mixed with olive oil. 

Start snooping around online and you’ll find all kinds of other uses for ACV including skin and hair treatments. 


ACV is a time tested product. It’s easy to find. It’s cheap. And it seems to have a whole slew of benefits when used regularly. 

But really the only way you’ll know for yourself is to give it a try for at least 90 days. Then, if you decide it’s not for you or not worth the hassle, drop it. 

Nutrition is a lifelong journey. Find what works for you. And ifsome of what works for you can be found in the supplements we offer, that’s great. If not, that’s cool too. We simply want what works best for you. 

Stay safe out there

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