Drinking Methods

Many people regularly drink vinegar for health benefits, and others consume it consistently because they enjoy its flavor. Most people do not drink vinegar straight, but they drink it diluted with water or fruit juice. It can also be mixed with agave nectar or honey.

One exception is apple cider vinegar. This type of vinegar is commonly drank without dilution. Other fruit vinegars--such as plum vinegar--are consumed in the same manner.

When diluting vinegar with fluids, mix 1 to 2 ounces of vinegar with 4 to 6 ounces of water or juice. If you prefer to mix your vinegar with honey or agave, mix from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon with 1 to 3 ounces of vinegar, depending upon the level of sweetness you prefer.

Health Benefits

While there is little definitive scientific proof of many of the claimed health benefits of drinking vinegar, many people will swear by this practice. Research conducted about the health benefits of drinking vinegar includes a study done by nutritionist Carol Johnston of Arizona State University.

Some reported benefits were the reduction of blood pressure, improved blood flow and reduction of insulin and glucose blood concentration. Some users cite that it cures fatigue and gets rid of candida infections. Other positive things that occur when you drink vinegar include the reduction of hunger and getting rid of kidney stones.

Some drink vinegar as many as three times per day, and there few health risks associated with doing so. The amount of vinegar consumed at one time is generally between one and three ounces. It is not advisable to drink an entire bottle of vinegar in a day.

Negative Effects

Over time, vinegar can erode tooth enamel. If you plan to drink vinegar regularly, you should try to drink it through a straw. This can lessen tooth contact. Brush your teeth after drinking the vinegar.

Some people may experience digestive problems if they drink vinegar regularly, especially those with sensitive stomachs. People who are prone to developing ulcers shouldn't consume vinegar. Digestive problems that can develop include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and ulcer flares.