Apple cider vinegar has become rapidly popular, almost overnight. Everyone has come up with a miracle story of apple cider vinegar’s health benefits. However, there is a thin line between helpful and harmful, even for apple cider vinegar.
Here are a few things you should NOT do with apple cider vinegar:
Drink it Straight
Many people swear that drinking apple cider vinegar on a daily basis could help with weight loss. Although there are no definitive facts to prove this conviction, there are many people who are devoted to the daily consumption of the vinegar. If you want to include apple cider vinegar within your daily routine, try to dilute about a tablespoon with a cup of water. Apple cider is very acidic and it may damage your esophagus and burn your lungs on the way down. It can not be stressed enough: DO NOT drink apple cider vinegar without diluting it.
Using it to Remove Stains from Teeth
Although apple cider vinegar is good for your internal health, when taken safely, using it externally is an entirely different situation. There was an article going around stating that rubbing apple cider on your teeth would make them whiter. This is not advisable. The enamel on your teeth is very delicate and could easily be worn out with the acidity from apple cider vinegar. Therefore, don’t try to whiten your teeth with vinegar, choose whitening toothpaste or another alternative method.
Using it on Skin
Similar to your teeth, your skin is highly susceptible to being damaged by acidity within apple cider vinegar. However, unlike your teeth, apple cider vinegar is a great remedy for skin concerns if used correctly. Don’t ever place the undiluted vinegar directly onto your skin, as it could cause burns. Instead, try to water it down. People who suffer from acne enjoy using the vinegar to help level the pH balance of their facial skin. However, take into consideration that you want to use a 1:3 ratio (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water). Always do a test patch in case of negative reactions.
As with any other holistic or natural remedies, always remember to do your due diligence and/or check with medical professionals before trying it. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your body and your health.