Browse the internet for apple cider vinegar, and you will find a variety of websites touting it as a miracle agent that can treat anything from acne to obesity to household mildew. While apple cider vinegar does have many amazing properties, there are right and wrong ways to use this versatile liquid. Check out these dos and don’ts to safely and effectively use apple cider vinegar.
13. Do: Remember to Dilute It
While scientific support is slim, some people swear by drinking apple cider vinegar to help with weight loss, detox the body, or lower blood sugar levels. If you choose to drink apple cider vinegar, make sure to dilute the vinegar before consuming it. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. Therefore, drinking it straight can cause damage to tooth enamel and irritate the lining of your digestive tract. Before drinking apple cider vinegar, dilute it in water at a ratio of 1:10. This means you should dissolve each tablespoonful of vinegar in 10 tablespoons of water.
12. Don’t: Take It If You Have Ulcers
The sharp acidity of apple cider vinegar means you should avoid consuming it if you suffer from stomach ulcers. Peptic ulcers are open sores that form in the lining of your stomach and intestinal tract. A type of bacteria, H. pylori, is associated with the inflammation that causes this irritation and disruption of the intestinal wall. Excessive use of certain pain medications can also wear away the lining of the digestive tract. Overabundant acid production may contribute to the pain and inflammation associated with peptic ulcers. Avoid consuming acidic foods, including apple cider vinegar, if you are experiencing peptic ulcers.