Influencers and online sources have been endorsing the health benefits of apple cider vinegar a lot these days and have been encouraging its addition to one’s diet. However, Ayurveda has a different opinion.
Ayurveda believes that anything we consume has a specific effect on our body and consuming them without being mindful can lead to imbalances and health problems. Therefore, it is essential to understand the nature of apple cider vinegar and its impact on our bodies before deciding to consume it regularly.
According to Ayurveda, apple cider vinegar is sour, astringent and heating in nature, which means it can increase the Pitta Dosha in our body. Pitta Dosha represents the fire element in the body and is responsible for digestion, metabolism and body temperature. An excess of Pitta Dosha can lead to various health issues, such as acidity, heartburn, inflammation, skin rashes and even hair fall.
Apple cider vinegar is known for its acidic properties and consuming it regularly can disturb the pH balance of our stomach. It also can increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, leading to acidity and heartburn, irritating the stomach lining, leading to inflammation and ulcers.
Consuming it can also interfere with the absorption of certain medications. It can lower the potassium levels in our body, leading to increased toxicity of certain drugs such as digoxin. It can also interfere with insulin sensitivity and affect the blood sugar levels.
Therefore, it is best to avoid consuming apple cider vinegar regularly. Instead, you can opt for natural remedies that are gentle on your body and do not cause any side effects. For instance, you can consume fresh ginger tea or fennel tea to aid digestion and improve metabolism. You can also consume herbal infusions such as chamomile tea or mint tea to calm your mind and relieve stress.
As an Ayurvedic doctor, I recommend avoiding the regular consumption of apple cider vinegar. While it may have certain health benefits, its acidic nature can cause imbalances in our body and lead to various health issues. Therefore, it is best to opt for natural remedies that support our body’s natural functions and promote overall well-being. Always consult with your healthcare provider before making any significant changes to your diet.