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5 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Harm Your Health

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Over the years, the world has woken up to the many benefits of Apple cider vinegar (ACV), this multipurpose elixir is used to address different health issues  ranging from skin conditions to diabetes to weight problems. As the name implies apple cider vinegar is made from apples and there is no denying that it is a potent health tonic which is why most people have been abusing ACV but if you have been abusing ACV, here is a word of caution, this multi-purpose is not without its side effects.

 Apple Cider Vinegar Can Harm Your Health

Below are some of the ways in which apple cider vinegar can be bad for your health.

Dental erosion: “When the fruit is combined with yeast, the sugars in the apple are converted into alcohol; bacteria is then added to the mixture to ferment the alcohol and turn it into vinegar and this gives it a weak yet distinct acidic property, when the acidic vinegar comes in contact with the dental enamel repeatedly, it leads to the loss of minerals from the teeth”.

 Bone density and potassium loss: “If you have underlying bone problems like osteoporosis or are taking medication to lower potassium levels in the body, stay a mile away from apple cider vinegar”.

 Diabetes risk: “Chromium is needed in trace amounts in the human body to regulate insulin and to improve the blood sugar metabolism in people with type 2 diabetes but excess chromium in the diet can also lead to hypoglycemia and apple cider vinegar already contains chromium and that’s why diabetes patients on insulin-lowering medications should be careful about having ACV since it can cause fluctuations in chromium levels”.

Skin damage: “In recent years, beauty gurus have been endorsing using apple cider vinegar as a skin toner due to its pH-balancing qualities but the chemical nature of the vinegar can be abrasive and dangerous for sensitive skin”.

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Oesophageal damage: “Think twice before swigging apple cider vinegar for weight loss, dubious holistic weight loss methods call for drinking diluted ACV on an empty stomach; since it is slightly acidic in nature, it can have an erosive effect on your throat and oesophagus”.

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