Ladies, do find that you:
- Think that 32 degrees is the perfect temperature, inside or out?
- Go to the store and wander around in the beer freezer for an hour even though you don’t drink beer?
- Find yourself considering becoming a butcher so you can work in a cold meat locker?
- Consider moving to the North Pole?
If you are suffering from hot flashes, consider drinking organic apple cider vinegar.
Before your face puckers up and you recoil in horror hear me out!
There are many remedies out there, from prescriptions meds to over the counter remedies claiming to help with the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. I knew that I did not want to do HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) synthetic or ‘natural’, so I set out to find something to cool down my hotness. : )~
I tried taking baking soda, blackstap molasses, pine bark, wild yam supplements and other alternative remedies with little to no relief. One 28 degree winter night I was sitting outside on the porch feeling like I was sitting in a 200 degree dry sauna. I was hot and miserable. I remembered reading about women finding relief for hot flashes by drinking organic apple cider vinegar. I also remembered thinking forget that! But on that night I was tired and desperate and there was a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar in the fridge. I put 2 tablespoons in a glass of water, bit the bullet and drank it. Within a few minutes I had cooled down, quit sweating, went to bed and slept. The next day, I made until mid afternoon before I felt the familiar surge of heat. Hey! There might be something to this!
What is the dosage?
I found the article I had read and decided to seriously give the vinegar a chance. The recommended starting dosage was 2 tablespoons in a glass of water once a day. If the hot flashes do not subside, increase the dosage to 2 tablespoons twice a day. I started on the once a day dose and found that it essentially stopped the hot flashes for half the day. I upped the dose to twice a day and Wala! No hot flashes for a full 24 hours! I stayed on the twice a day dosage for a couple of weeks and was then able to drop it back to once a day. After another two of weeks I cut it back to once every other day and now I only drink one dose about 3 times a week. If I have a hot flash, I will take a dose right away, or if I find myself staying warmer than normal, I will go back to the once a day dose for 2-3 days straight. Some women find that they must take it every day to keep the heat away, others are able to cut back to every few days and still others take as needed.
Does organic apple cider vinegar work for everyone?
No, but it seems to help many women. Sometimes the relief is immediate, other times women have had to stay on the treatment for several days before they notice any relief. Some mix the organic apple vinegar with warm water(hot water kills the effectiveness) and honey to make what they say is a more palatable tea. But some have reported that the honey seemed to decrease the effectiveness of the vinegar and stopped mixing in the honey. Myself, I just put 2 tablespoons in a medium glass of water and drink. You do eventually adjust to the taste, it never tastes good, but there comes a time when it is not so gross.
Not All Apple Cider Vinegars Relieve Hot Flashes
The unfiltered organic apple vinegar is what works. A few have reported minimal success the regular clear apple cider vinegar, but most report it does not work. You can find the unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar at most health food stores. There are apple cider vinegar supplements in capsule form but from what I can find, they do not work, you must drink the liquid.
Cautions About Drinking Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Remember any vinegar is highly acidic, DO NOT attempt to drink undiluted vinegar, you risk burning your mouth, throat and esophageal tissues.
Apple cider vinegar might have adverse reactions with heart and diabetic medications, diuretics, and laxatives. Talk to your doctor and get online to research any potential side effects with any medications that you may be taking. If while taking apple cider vinegar you notice side effects stop right away and consult your doctor or naturopath.
Do I endorse or recommend Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for hot flashes?
I do not endorse this for the fact that I cannot find a scientific citation stating why this works. I will recommend that a woman try it after doing due research because it has continued to work for me for over a year. As with anything else, do your research. Try it and if it works great! If you have side effects stop or cut the dosage back. And if it has no effect for you, don’t give up, keep trying until you find something that works for you.
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
My family has used Braggs Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for years. It is said that the Raw Unfiltered Organic vinegar which has the ‘mother of vinegar‘ works best for hot flashes. ACV has many health benefits as well. I use it anytime a recipe calls for vinegar, cider or white.
Here is a site with a forum which has women discussing the apple cider remedy.