We hear it all the time that apple cider vinegar is great for this, and great for that. But did you know that there are also some serious side effects to taking this magical spoonful? Here’s 5 times you should stop and never take apple cider vinegar.
1. If You Are Having Trouble Swallowing:
The inside of the mouth, the throat and the esophagus, the tube that leads to the stomach, are lined with mucus membrane, a type of tissue that can burn when exposed to acid. Taking apple cider vinegar every day, especially if you don’t drink enough water when taking it in tablet form or if you don’t adequately dilute the liquid, can cause throat pain and make it difficult to swallow.
There have been reports that apple cider vinegar tablets can cause burns, which can cause permanent damage to the throat or esophagus. Heartburn and nausea are also possible side effects.
2. If Your Potassium Level Is Low:
Apple cider vinegar can cause potassium levels to fall. Low potassium, medically termed hypokalemia, can cause heart arrhythmias, muscle weakness or breakdown, constipation, fatigue or paralysis that can interfere with breathing. If you take medications that can cause low potassium levels, such as diuretics, do not take apple cider vinegar without talking to your doctor first.
3. If You Have A History Of Blood Clots Or Diabetes In Your Family:
While apple cider vinegar has benefits, it could also cause an increase in episodes of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in diabetics. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor about how to take apple cider vinegar and monitor blood sugars carefully to avoid hypoglycemia. If you already take blood thinners or if you have problems with blood clotting, do not take apple cider vinegar without your doctor’s approval.
4. If You Have Gastrointestinal Problems:
Since ACV is high in acidic content, it can cause serious diarrhea, indigestion and heartburn. If you’re using ACV for detoxification, these side effects are very common. According to experts, consuming unrefined ACV with a Ph level of 5-7 restricts these side effects. If these side effects do not seem to evade over time, discontinue or lower your dosage.
5. If You Have Sensitive Teeth/Oral Health Problems
The high acidic level of undiluted ACV can destroy your tooth enamel when consumed orally. Besides giving a yellowish tinge to your teeth, it increases your dental sensitivity as well. In order to avoid direct contact with your teeth, consider consuming liquid ACV using a straw. Mix the ACV with juice or water before consuming. That way, you’ll be able to lower the possible side effects of vinegar consumption. A viable option to lower the potential damage to your tooth enamel is to brush your teeth soon after vinegar intake.