Monday, April 18, 2011

Photo editing and apple cider vinegar.

Cornerstone 2010
Photo by the amazing, incredible Carra Sykes.

Hey everyone! I hope your night is winding down nicely. I'm just editing a few photos of our sweet interns that I took this afternoon. Pajama-clad, teeth-brushed-and-face-washed, and I'm just about ready for bed. Before I drift off to sleep, I want to doodle a bit and read another chapter in my book. And probably pet Matilda for a few minutes.

But! I wanted to let you guys know that I'm going to be embarking on an Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge! I've been battling acid reflux (or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) for just about as long as I can remember and I've been trying to wean myself off of my meds for over a year. The frustrating part about having really bad acid reflux is that when you're not managing it, it can come back more intensely, and seriously damage your body in the process (i.e. eroding the sensitive lining in your esophagus, making you prone to cancer and throat/swallowing conditions). So, I'm wising up and getting serious about taking care of my body. I made a doctor's appointment today with a new specialist in town, and I'm also beginning to become very strict about the foods I eat, as well as experimenting with more natural and homeopathic remedies. If I could reach a point where I'm not spending tons of money on prescriptions for this, it would be a huge blessing.

All that to say, I'm currently exploring the "miraculous" powers of apple cider vinegar. I've heard a lot of neat things you can use it for, and I figure that since I'm trying one, I may as well try them all. In fact, tonight I'm going to be using a recipe for an acne-fighting toner that I read on Vanessa's blog. It's definitely interesting, and if it works for me, you won't hear the end of me singing this organic vinegar's praises. (I recommend reading various articles you can find online. This one is pretty interesting.) Wish me luck!

Have you ever used apple cider vinegar for health purposes? What were your results?

Goodnight, my friends.

(Sidenote: If you're a regular blog reader and do not have a blog of your own, Blogger account, or blog-reader you can still interact with me and leave comments in the comment section below. Just post as "anonymous" and then sign your name in the comment box if you'd like. I really would love any and all advice in relation to acid reflux, problem skin or other "natural cures" that have helped you.)


  1. I'm glad to know that you can add comments here : ) Can't wait to see the pictures you took today! p.s. 1 step closer to getting my homepage. <3 love you!

  2. I used to use it periodically to wash my hair with (once a month-ish). It smells terrible, but worked surprisingly well.

  3. Kaitlyn! I tried the apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon a night before bed. I would gag so much. My mom told me she used to do it when she danced. It apparently coated your stomach or something. It ended up not being worth it to me. It was so terrible.
    I have acid reflux also. I used to be on Nexium but it didn't seem to be working for me so I stopped. I use over the counter stuff when it flares up. Recently I had a physical and my doctor said that taking meds like Nexium can cause other types of cancer so you'd might as well just stay away from the stuff that is bad for acid reflux: fried foods, caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, etc.

  4. This post resonated with me so, so well.

    I as well have acid reflux disease, and have been dealing with it for about two years now. I've only been on meds for it for almost a year now, but I know what a hard battle it can be.

    Just Monday I saw a new specialist and he has giving me some home. It's more than likely that I have something other that ARD (they're thinking celiac disease or something else), but on dealing with it just on it's own is a hard thing for me.

    Every day I get sick from eating foods that just don't agree with. It's not that I don't eat healthy, or avoid what I know will make me very sick, it just seems that day-to-day new things make me sick. I do try to be very careful however, but unfortunately food usually wins.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on apple cider vinegar. I've never even heard of using that as a remedy.

    Sending you healing thoughts and lots of love. xoxo