There are definitely some proven health benefits to the apple cider vinegar, but there are also some downsides. For one thing, the acid it contains can wreak havoc on your teeth and potentially burn your throat. We don’t recommend you ever take it straight, but rather dilute it in water. Add a bit of honey to make the drink more palatable and drink it through a straw to bypass your teeth as much as possible.
Additionally, ACV is not recommended for people with chronic kidney disease as the kidneys may not be able to process the excess acid. People who are on diuretics or potassium-lowering drugs may find that ACV lowers potassium levels too far. Similarly, diabetics on medications to control insulin may experience dangerously low blood sugar as well as low potassium. Ask your doctor before starting on a regimen of apple cider vinegar.
Provided you are healthy and pay attention to getting enough potassium in your diet, there’s no reason not to add apple cider vinegar to your daily diet. However, we recommend that you start with just a small amount and work up to a maximum intake of two tablespoons per day, always diluted. Some people find that it upsets their stomach rather than soothes it, and if this is you, don’t worry. Many of the benefits of apple cider vinegar (antioxidant polyphenols and B vitamins) are also present in apples and apple juice. There are other ways to get probiotics, too, including yogurt and brine-cured olives. In any case, the benefits and uses apple cider vinegar are certainly intriguing and bear further study.