The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are undeniable. This common kitchen ingredient has long been part of natural medicine in treatment of many health issues including arthritis, asthma, eczema, sinus infection, blood loss, fatigue, and many more. However, this staple of every household can also produce a number of side effects, especially in these five situations:
- Trouble Swallowing
According to health experts, ACV tablets can lead to burns that can permanently damage your throat and esophagus lining. The same thing happens if apple cider vinegar is taken undiluted. The thing is, the throat and esophageal lining is made of soft tissue, which is easily susceptible to burning when exposed to a powerful acid, such as ACV. So, when apple cider vinegar is taken in tablet form on a regular daily basis, but with inadequate water intake, or if it isn’t properly diluted when taken in its genuine form, it can trigger throat pain, damage the esophageal mucus membrane and cause difficulty swallowing.
- Low Potassium
ACV can also reduce potassium levels in your body, a condition known as hypokalemia. Low potassium levels can lead to heart arrhythmias, muscle weakness or breakdown, constipation, fatigue or paralysis that can affect your breathing. ACV vinegar should particularly be avoided in combination with diuretics, which also reduce potassium levels. In this case, medical approval for apple cider vinegar is essential because ACV can interfere with many bodily functions.
- A Family History of Blood Clots or Diabetes
Aside from triggering hypokalemia, apple cider vinegar can also increase episodes of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in diabetics. This group of people is strongly advised to avoid apple cider vinegar and monitor their blood sugar levels carefully in order to avoid hypoglycemia. People who already take blood thinners or have problems with blood clotting should always consult a doctor first before taking ACV in any form.
- Gastrointestinal Problems
The high acidic content of ACV can trigger a series of GI issues such as diarrhea, indigestion and heartburn. If you are using apple cider vinegar for detoxification, you should be aware of these common side effects. However, a number of health experts say that unrefined ACV with a pH level of 5-7 limits these side effects. If you continually experience these side effects, stop using ACV, or at least reduce the dose.
- Sensitive Teeth/Oral Health Problems
When ACV is taken on a regular daily basis, it increases the risk of tooth enamel damage owing to its high acidic content. Plus, it can cause discoloration and sensitivity in your teeth. Using a straw is a simple trick that can protect your oral health and save you possible complications with your teeth. Diluting apple cider vinegar in juice or water before consumption is also important to reduce the possible side effects. Last, but not least, to avoid tooth enamel damage, brush your teeth immediately after taking ACV.