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Hi, my name is Charlotte Skiles. I'm a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting, and the question today is does vinegar cleanse your body of toxins? Well, it depends on what kind of vinegar you're talking about. I would be inclined to speak about apple cider vinegar because it's a very health promoting beverage that you can consume. You put a little bit of apple cider vinegar, maybe a teaspoon to a tablespoon diluted in water, and that can go a long way to facilitating good digestion. Now, when you facilitate good digestion you do get a flushing of toxins from the system, but the thing to realize is that you're using the substance to empower your body to do its job. The body knows what to do if it's given the tools to do so. So, does vinegar cleanse toxins from the body? Indirectly, through its enhancement of digestion if that makes sense, so vinegar is a folk remedy, a long-term remedy specifically used when people experience a certain amount of joint pain, because what happens is the joints and the connective tissue don't get a lot of good circulation so toxins and immune complexes can kind of settle into the joints over time. That's the only way I know how to explain it. If they can't find their way out of the body they just settle where they can, and over the years a person might experience a certain amount of pain. Now, that's not to say that, you know, all joint pain originates from that. It's just it depends on the person's story and the context of their lives. There's lots of reasons for joint pains, but one of the ways that apple cider vinegar serves historically is a remedy for those sorts of patterns, and you're facilitating digestion once again by increasing the acidity of the stomach with something like apple cider vinegar. We want acid stomachs. What we want is an alkaline mouth, an acid stomach, an alkaline small intestine, and a somewhat more acidic colon. It alternates, so without that acid stomach, which a lot of people are taking antacids, you upset the entire digestive process because each level of digestion prepares the body for the next, so apple cider vinegar can go a long way to acidifying the stomach and helping digestion, thus indirectly cleansing the body of toxins. So, that's what I have to say about vinegar and its ability to cleanse the body.