Cider vinegar is used for many different things. The apple cider vinegar diet is used to detoxify and cleanse the body. Cider vinegar can also be used to treat various medical conditions naturally. While there are many pros to cider vinegar, there are also some cons. How you use the cider vinegar and the strength of the cider vinegar solution will dictate if it is advantageous or not.
If cider vinegar is applied directly to the skin, without first creating a diluted solution, it can be very irritating, even painful. This is also a problem for cider vinegar that is taken as part of the cider vinegar diet. The vinegar is swallowed or taken in capsule form. Your throat and stomach can become irritated due to the cider vinegar. This vinegar causes irritation because of the pH of the vinegar. The acidity is very high, which is what makes the vinegar so useful at killing bacteria, yeast and other organisms that cause illness.
Cider vinegar can be used to clean many things around the house. It absorbs odors, can unclog drains, remove stains, wash windows, remove mildew, clean metal, polish furniture, remove wax buildup and clean carpets. In fact, vinegar can be used as a cleaning product in every room of the house. Cider vinegar is very inexpensive, making it a cost effective, natural cleaning product.
Cider vinegar has been used as a home remedy for many years, though it should not be used in place of treatments prescribed by your doctor. Vinegar can reduce acne, fade age spots, soothe jellyfish stings, eliminate dandruff, reduce frizzy hair, cure skin ailments such as warts, shingles and ringworm, cure yeast infections, stop nose bleeds, cure poison ivy and soothe sore muscles. Some remedies require the vinegar to be full strength and others require the vinegar to be diluted.
Cider vinegar as a home remedy can interact with medicines, laxative and diuretics, which can be very harmful. It has also been found to lower bone density and lower potassium levels in the body if used for a long time. If you have osteoporosis, low potassium or are taking medications then you need to check with your doctor first to avoid any possible harmful interactions. Chromium is in cider vinegar which can change insulin levels in the body. If you are diabetic, you should not ingest cider vinegar as a home remedy.
References and ResourcesColon Truth; Pros and Cons of the Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy; April 22, 2009
Vim and Vinegar; M. Moore; 1997
WebMD: Apple Cider Vinegar