Want a Flat Stomach?

Want a Flat Stomach
Heidi Sloane

New Yorker living in Mexico City. Co-founder of COLAB Cold Brew and team member of Nutmeg Aspirin. Thanks to my progressive hippie parents, I've been lucky enough to have access to homeopathic and holistic doctors since I was born.


How It Works

To alkalize your body, cleanse it of candida, and get a flatter belly, take a shot of raw, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) diluted with a little water every morning.

By "shot" I mean a little water mixed with a tbsp of ACV (I like Bragg's), but I throw it back like a "shot." Make sure to dilute it because if you don't it can burn and you will run to the bathroom! Perhaps start with a tsp and work your way up! Some people sweeten it with honey or molasses, but me, I gulp it down. It is not that pleasant, but you get used to it and it is worth it. Also, it is important to rinse your teeth afterward. I have read that it can damage your teeth if you drink it straight.

What You’ll Need


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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), in particular, Bragg’s Organic Raw ACV, is my miracle cure – it gives you a flat stomach and so much more. If you can not find Bragg’s, just make sure it is RAW and ORGANIC. “Raw” as opposed to refined ACV– which is white vinegar with apple flavoring and nutritionally void, contains live probiotic bacteria and nutrients called the “Mother.” The “Mother” gives the vinegar a brownish tint and “cobweb-like” look at the bottom of the bottle. So do not be alarmed, as those cobwebs are filled with great stuff like calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, malic acid and pectin.

I have heard about the benefits of ACV for years. There are endless articles on the internet touting its amazing abilities to cure so many ailments, but like most things, you have to see it to believe it. Now, I have tried and tested for an extended period of time and I am wowed by its medicinal and slimming effects.

Here are the top 10 reasons, from personal experience, why ACV is a must:

1. It alkalizes the body. Yes, strange to think that something so acidic could have that effect, but it does. I just had a life insurance physical and my PH was perfect!

An alkaline body is vitally important. For example, cancer survives and thrives in an acidic body. Anyone with cancer should AVOID/limit all acidic foods which include all sugar, whether it is fructose, sucrose, glucose (anything ending in -ose). Forget sodas and processed food! Actually, we ALL should avoid these foods. A high PH equates with great health!

According to WebMD, a 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%. Some people use it as a natural treatment for diabetes as it helps to control high blood sugar levels.

2. It cleanses the body of candida and fights fungus. Trust me I know. All of my yeast symptoms are completely gone and if they come back at all, I up my dose to two shots/day and I am back to myself in no time.

3. It cures acne!! Just dabbing the face with a diluted bit of apple cider vinegar helps to clear up bad skin. Or mix 2 parts water to one part ACV in a spray bottle and spritz the face.

Some say to apply it on age spots, acne scars or varicose veins and leave on overnight. Can’t speak from experience, but it's worth trying!

4. It removes warts. Soak a cotton ball. Adhere it to the wart with a bandaid and leave on all night. It draws the wart to the surface. Keep applying every night until gone. You may have to scrape off the surface. Amazingly, the wart goes away. No need to go to the dermatologist!

5. It takes the itch away. Just dab on a bug bite or whatever is itching and the itch is gone in seconds.

6. Deodorant. You may smell like vinegar for a minute, but it quickly goes away or apply a natural deodorant over it. It works by adjusting the skin’s PH level and effectively eliminates odor-causing bacteria.

7. Can be used as a disinfectant or natural cleanser around the house.

8. It improves digestion and cures constipation. Take it easy with the dose in the beginning or at least make sure you are close to a bathroom!

9. It is much, much cheaper and far safer than anything you may buy that could produce similar results!

10. Saving for some of us the best for last…It gives you a flat stomach!!! I kid you not. My belly has not been this flat since pre-kids! Or possibly ever! A 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, suggests that ACV contributes to weight loss.

Food Matters’ website lists other benefits. I can not personally verify, but I would not be surprised. They include:

  • Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
  • Balance high cholesterol
  • Protect against food poisoning
  • Fight allergies in both humans and animals
  • Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise (I did not know ACV prevents muscle fatigue, but now that I think about it, I have not had muscle fatigue in ages and I exercise daily!)
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Increase stamina
  • Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
  • Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections

What do you think?

Heidi Sloane

New Yorker living in Mexico City. Co-founder of COLAB Cold Brew and team member of Nutmeg Aspirin. Thanks to my progressive hippie parents, I've been lucky enough to have access to homeopathic and holistic doctors since I was born.

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By Bronia
310 - Contributor
6 years ago

It also is a great hair conditioner!

By Claire
15 - Community Member
7 years ago

I have been drinking RACV for better than 5 years, always in my water bottle, with yummy other ingredients, tumeric, cinnamon, honey, pepper and oil for lunch. I am in perfect health (+60) but I have yet to see a change in my stomach. It makes no difference to me and I won't change my ways.

Nutmeg Aspirin
By Nutmeg Aspirin
360 - Contributor
7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your recipe and feedback! Glad it is helping in other ways!

Dana Lee
By Dana Lee
20 - Community Member
7 years ago

I've been using Bragg's ACV for years and started taking it for its alkaline benefits (I have a history of cancer in my family). I feel it's made me healthier; I rarely get sick even when friends around me are battling colds, the flu, and infections. I mix it with an amazing greens powder in a large glass of water, after taking my vitamins. Part of my daily morning ritual!

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