Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has health benefits, but there is a right and wrong way to use it—and in this case, the “wrong way” can potentially be dangerous and unhealthy. Make sure to avoid doing these things if you’re consuming ACV
1. Drink it straight
Apple cider vinegar is acidic and can thus irritate your stomach and esophagus. Some people take ACV undiluted in one quick shot (to get over the aftertaste) and then follow it up right after with water to wash it down. It’s best to mix the vinegar with the water instead. Use one part vinegar to ten parts water for your ACV drink.
2. Drink it right after eating
If you’re in the habit of drinking apple cider vinegar after a meal, you might want to amend your routine. Elizabeth Abel, a licensed functional nutritionist, explains that taking apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach may yield health benefits. “Many people, especially as they age, tend to experience a decrease in their gastric juices which can help break down the food they eat,” she says. “Consuming a little bit of ACV right before eating can help substitute for these lost gastric juices, allowing food to digest more easily.” The end result is that you may experience less bloating or indigestion after eating. She also suggests trying it as part of a salad dressing, which she says is another way to reap its benefits. If you like the idea of enjoying ACV with your meal, try these 12 delicious apple cider vinegar recipes.
3. Drinking before bedtime
Taking ACV right before you sleep can cause the liquid to climb back up your esophagus. For safety, you should remain upright for 30 minutes after drinking it to keep it from creeping back to your esophagus.
4. Inhaling it
Some people actually breathe this in for whatever reason. Stop doing this if you don’t want to harm your lungs, for breathing it can cause a burning sensation.
5. Drinking without a straw
Because of its extreme acidity, apple cider vinegar can cause damage to your teeth if you drink it undiluted. Use a straw to drink your ACV and water mixture and be careful not to let the liquid having too much contact with your teeth. Also, wait at least 30 minutes before you brush your teeth after taking ACV.
6. Drinking too much right away
Slowly but surely is the right way to go when drinking ACV. If it’s your first time to drink it, consume in little amounts first. You need to let your body get used to it before you increase your intake. Limit it to two tablespoons a day to avoid the side effects.
References: elitereaders.com, thehealthy.com