You’ve heard the phrase “too much of a good thing…” This saying holds true when it comes to many things, even too much of one vitamin can be harmful to your health. The same is true with apple cider vinegar. While, apple cider vinegar may have some rewarding health benefits, they will only benefit you in smaller doses. Large amounts can actually hurt you. So, if you’re going to use apple cider vinegar in your health routine, make sure you know the ins and outs.

Apple cider vinegar has been used for clearing up acne and dandruff, soothing stomach problems, fading bruises, stopping hiccups, promoting weight loss, and more.¬† It offers anti-bacterial properties that can be beneficial. You can learn more about the benefits and how to use it in this article from Reader’s Digest, “15 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits Your Health.”

However, that doesn’t mean you should consume it straight or that you should drink a lot of it. There’s a balance to be struck with apple cider vinegar. A little bit a day may be helpful for your health, but drinking it plain or drinking too much of it can actually do the opposite, causing you more health issues.

Since it’s acidic, it can cause tooth erosion, so it’s best to avoid your teeth being exposed to plain vinegar. You can help protect your teeth by diluting your dose with water and consuming your drink with a straw. Diluting your vinegar with water is best for your esophagus as well, since it can damage your throat.¬†Drinking too much vinegar can lead to stomach issues, digestive issues, and even reduce your potassium levels.

If you want to add apple cider vinegar to your diet, your best bet is to start with a smaller amount. You can work your way up to 2 tablespoons a day (but no more). Add the vinegar to an 8 ounce cup of water to dilute it. If you’re having a difficult time with the flavor, add some honey to the concoction. Keep in mind, if you have the condition gastroparesis, it’s recommended that you “avoid apple cider vinegar or limit the amount to 1 teaspoon in water or salad dressing.” You also need to be careful if you’re on certain medications, “Some medications may interact with apple cider vinegar, including insulin, digoxin and certain diuretics.”

When it comes to trying new things, especially ones that have to do with your health, it’s best to know the specifics. While apple cider vinegar may offer you some health benefits, you need to use it correctly in order to gain any of those potential rewards.

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