Apple cider vinegar is a powerful substance, which is precisely why it is such an effective remedy for so many ailments. However, with power comes responsibility.
Even when used correctly as prescribed, there can be side effects from the reactions that apple cider vinegar precipitates in your body. When detoxing the liver using the liver cleanse described in the Common Ailments section above, you could expect to have headaches, nausea, and lightheadedness.
These conditions are caused by the toxins leaving the body and are actually a positive sign, meaning the detox/cleanse is working. When using full-strength apple cider vinegar as a remedy on your skin, you can experience a burning sensation; this is indicative of how strong apple cider vinegar is and of its effectiveness. Caution should be exercised to ensure you don’t use too much for too long in any remedy as this may harm you. Taking full-strength apple cider vinegar on a regular basis can be harmful to your teeth by dissolving the calcium in them. Apple cider vinegar should always be used as instructed as improper use can lead to damaging side effects.
When dealing with serious infections, injury, chronic ailments, or diseases, you should always consult a physician as a first course of action. You should then discuss supplementing whatever treatment they prescribe with an apple cider vinegar tonic or remedy. Apple cider vinegar is of course also an effective bridging treatment until medical help is available.
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful and effective medicinal agent when used correctly. Even so the user must be vigilant for side effects, as each person’s body is different and responds in its own unique way to everything it comes into contact with. This applies even more so when apple cider is not used as indicated for any particular ailment. As with anything, common sense must prevail—if you feel something is not right or you are experiencing side effects that are out of the ordinary, discontinue use and consult your doctor. Having said this, experiencing side effects with apple cider vinegar is a rarity and certainly not the norm. The vast majority of people can take apple cider vinegar regularly without any kind of adverse reaction.