We hear how apple cider vinegar is good for this or that all of the time, but, did you know that it can also harm you? Here’s when you need to avoid apple cider vinegar:
- Low potassium levels
ACV can lower the potassium levels in your body and cause a condition called hypokalemia which can lead to heart arrhythmia, muscle weakness, constipation, fatigue and even paralysis! If you’re on diuretics, do not consume ACV without consulting your doctor first.
- Gastrointestinal problems
Apple cider vinegar is very acidic which is why you should avoid consuming it if you’re suffering from any gastrointestinal problems. Consuming ACV in this case can result in diarrhea, indigestion and heartburn. If you notice the symptoms are not going away over time, discontinue or lower your dosage of apple cider vinegar.
- Trouble swallowing
The mucus membrane is a tissue which lines the inside of your mouth, throat and the esophagus. When exposed to acid, this type of tissue burns. Consuming undiluted ACV, especially if you don’t drink enough water every day, can cause throat pain and make swallowing difficult. Some people have even reported burns from taking ACV tablets, which can cause serious damage to the throat and esophagus. Heartburn and nausea can also be side-effects in this case.
- A history of blood clots or diabetes in the family
While apple cider vinegar has many benefits, it can also cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in diabetics. If you’re suffering from the condition, consult with your doctor before consuming apple cider vinegar and monitor your blood sugar levels to avoid hypoglycemia. If you’re on blood thinners or have problems with blood clotting, don’t take ACV without your doctor’s approval.
- Sensitive teeth and oral health problems
Consuming ACV orally often can erode the enamel on your teeth due to the high acidic content. Besides making your teeth yellow, ACV will also increase your dental sensitivity. In order to avoid direct exposure, drink apple cider vinegar through a straw and always dilute it with water before consumption. This will lower the risk of possible side-effects and lower the potential damage to your teeth as well.