Apple cider vinegar has been in use for thousands of years because of its known health benefits.
It may help with stomach issues, hiccups, and a sore throat; it also may help clear dandruff, acne, and possibly bruises.
However, there are things to consider before you give it a try.
Make sure you buy the right kind of vinegar.
There are tons of apple cider vinegar brands available on the market, but not all apple cider vinegar are created equal.
To bring the most health benefits, some dieticians recommended the organic raw apple cider vinegar with the mother.
“The mother” simply means strands of protein (which contain enzymes and beneficial bacteria) in organic apple cider vinegar which consists of cellulose and acetic acid, which gives the vinegar a cloudy-like appearance.
Do not drink it right after eating.
Taking apple cider vinegar right after eating can delay your digestion process.
Taking it on an empty stomach is the best way to maximize its health benefits.
Some of the foods you eat can make the vinegar less potent; drinking it before you eat also boosts its ability to help you process food.
Experts recommend waiting about 20 minutes to eat something after you take ACV, to give the vinegar time to digest.
Do not drink it right before you sleep.
It is advised not to take ACV right before you go to bed because of its potential to creep back up the esophagus.
If the acid comes in contact with your esophagus while you are asleep it can be harmful.
Regardless of what time of the day it is, one must sit upright for 30 minutes after consuming ACV.
Erosion of Tooth Enamel
Undiluted apple cider vinegar is acidic enough to weaken the enamel on your teeth.
Weakened enamel increases your vulnerability to tooth decay and cavities, plus cause your teeth to be sensitive.
Minimize your tooth exposure to acetic acid: Try diluting the vinegar in water and drinking it through a straw.
Apple cider vinegar may interfere with other medications.
Apple cider vinegar might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar.
Taking apple cider vinegar along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low.
Some medications may interact with apple cider vinegar are digoxin and certain diuretics.
It’s a good idea to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before ingesting apple cider vinegar to make sure you’re in the clear.
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