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8 Side Effects Of Using Too Much Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

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8 Side Effects Of Using Too Much Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)



8 Side Effects Of Using Too Much Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a huge fan following. Most natural medicine enthusiasts claim, that it helps deal with many medical conditions, from diabetes to dental problems. Weight watchers take it routinely to lose weight, and with good reason. While it does help with digestion, blood pressure, and cholesterol, if you drink too much of it, or do not dilute it, you may experience several side effects of apple cider vinegar.

1. Can Delay Digestion In Some Diabetic Patients:

Apple cider vinegar can help in managing, diabetes by lowering post-meal blood sugar levels. It does this in two ways: by increasing insulin sensitivity and by delaying digestion or the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine. Drinking apple cider vinegar may further delay gastric emptying, and lead to nausea and an uncomfortable feeling of fullness. This may further worsen blood sugar control.

2. Can Lower Blood Sugar Below The Normal Level:

Apple cider vinegar is a good choice to lower blood sugar spikes after meals. But if you are on blood sugar-lowering medicines, it may bring down the blood sugar level below normal, leading to hypoglycemia.

3. Can Cause Digestive Issues Like Nausea:

While apple cider vinegar is used by many to treat acid reflux and heartburn, it can induce nausea in some. A study found that people who drank vinegar mixed with both a tasty drink and a not, so tasty one with their breakfast were more nauseous than those who didn’t. Those who drank the unappetizing vinegar-containing drink were more nauseous, but the researchers found the difference insignificant. The unpalatability of vinegar is often the reason people try to take ACV pills.

4. ACV Pills May Injure The Food Pipe:

The normal pH of your esophagus or food pipe is close to 7, or almost neutral. A pill of pH 2.9 is highly acidic and is capable of burning the food pipe. The sensation can be even more severe, than heartburn which has a threshold pH value of 4. After a woman reported throat burn caused by an ACV tablet stuck in her throat.

5. May Affect Bone Health:

Reports of bone loss caused by drinking apple cider vinegar are very rare. But there has been one instance, where an Austrian woman who had 8 oz of it daily for 6 years had osteoporosis and mild potassium deficiency. She excreted more than normal amounts of sodium, potassium, and bicarbonates through urine. The loss of bicarbonates leaves the body in an acidic state. Her doctors also found that the acid load from vinegar affected her bone mineral density – this is, that the acid load from vinegar affected her bone mineral density – this is because a high acid load hinders bone formation and helps bone loss.

6. May Erode Tooth Enamel:

Ever noticed how citrus fruits or drinks make your teeth sensitive? It is because the acid content in them affects your tooth enamel. The acetic acid in ACV is a weak acid, but if you drink it undiluted, and in large quantities, tooth decay may occur. Most people don’t drink that much anyway, but people with sensitive teeth might do better to dilute their ACV further.

7. May Increase Urination Frequency:

Be careful with your apple cider vinegar when on diuretics. ACV flushes out toxins and makes you urinate more often. If continued, this could lead to dehydration. Having said these, we would like to emphasize, that ACV indeed helps with weight loss, heartburn, and cholesterol to name a few. But drinking too much ACV or in a concentrated form is potentially harmful.

8. May Cause Skin Irritation:

In one case, a teenage girl who used ACV on her nevi, and then covered them with bandages had redness, irritation, and burns. The doctor advised her that many such home remedies could lead to scarring, and hyperpigmentation and could even turn malignant.

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