Apple Cider Vinegar: Does it Really Detox and Cleanse the Body?
One of the latest health fads is drinking Apple Cider Vinegar. People say it is supposed to be beneficial to your health. However, some experts don’t agree. In this article, we’ll examine the truths and effects of Apple Cider Vinegar and its ability to detox and cleanse the body.
Why Would I Want To Drink Vinegar?
Many people swear by the health benefits of drinking Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV for short). Aside from a great way to detox and cleanse the body, there are many things it can supposedly do for you.
Kills Bacteria and Disinfects
Many health websites suggest you can use ACV to kill bacteria and disinfect…both in the body and on the surfaces of your home. You can dilute it in a spray bottle with water to wipe down counters, sinks, tubs, etc.
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You can use ACV to preserve vegetables in home canning. I have read that it makes great pickled beets and cucumbers.
Helps Lower Blood Glucose
Research has shown that ACV will help reduce blood glucose levels. This is great if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Reduces Belly Fat and Lowers Cholesterol
It is mentioned by many health and weight loss advocates that drinking ACV every day will help “melt off” the belly fat and decrease your blood cholesterol levels.
Treats Dandruff and Clears Acne
Many people swear by ACV as a remedy for dandruff. You can dilute it 50/50 in water in a spray bottle. Spray on your hair after shampooing and massage it into your scalp. Leave on for about 15 minutes then rinse.
It can also clear up acne. Use it like a toner. After you wash your face, put some ACV on a cotton ball or cotton pad and rub in circular motions around your acne-prone areas.
Wait, what? Isn’t vinegar acidic? Yes, it is, but it still has a higher pH than your stomach acid. (Remember, higher pH = Less acid). Drinking a tablespoon diluted in a glass of water can help treat indigestion.
What Are The Side Effects?
Using Apple Cider Vinegar a little at a time is okay. You run into some trouble when you OVERUSE it. If you’re trying to drink it straight (taking “shots”) every day, or using it in every meal, you’re going to encounter some side effects.
Overuse of ACV can lead to throat damage and skin problems. If you experience this, stop using it immediately and see your doctor.
Tooth Enamel Erosion
The best way to avoid this is to use a straw when you take your daily (DILUTED!) dose of ACV.
Potassium and Bone Loss
Overuse of ACV can cause your body to lose potassium and bone density. This can cause serious problems down the road.
ACV can interfere with the absorption of some prescription medications, such as Insulin and certain diuretics. Double-check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about possible interactions with your medications.
Digestive Problems, Headaches, and Nausea
On the other end of the spectrum, while a small amount of diluted ACV can prevent or treat digestive problems, a large amount can actually cause digestive problems.
Overuse of ACV can also cause headaches and nausea. Again, experience of these symptoms means you should talk to your doctor.
If I Want To Try it, How Can I Do It Safely?
If you decide to try some of these home detox and cleanse remedies, here is how to do it safely and avoid some of the side effects of overuse. Healthline has some tips that I will sum up for you:
Limit your intake:
Start with a smaller amount and gradually work up to a maximum of 2 tablespoons (30 ml) per day, depending on your personal tolerance.
Minimize your tooth exposure to acetic acid:
Try diluting the vinegar in water and drinking it through a straw.
Rinse your mouth:
Rinse with water after taking it. To prevent further enamel damage, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
Consider avoiding it if you have gastroparesis:
Avoid apple cider vinegar or limit the amount to 1 teaspoon (5 ml) in water or salad dressing.
Be aware of allergies:
Allergies to apple cider vinegar are rare, but stop taking it immediately if you experience an allergic reaction.
What Other Detox and Cleanse Options Are Out There?
There are several Detox and Cleanse options that have fewer side effects than drinking apple cider vinegar.
One option is to just eat a clean and healthy diet. Choose mainly fresh (or frozen) vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, plain water or fruit-infused water.
Waking up with a cup of hot water and fresh lemon is a great detoxifying start to your day.
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