Is Apple Cider Vinegar Bad for Hyperthyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apple cider vinegar is bad for hyperthyroidism. Because it has acetic acid and it can interfere with thyroid medication, lower thyroid hormone levels, irritate the digestive system, and cause other problems.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, which is located at the front of your neck.

In hyperthyroidism, your body produces too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up your metabolism and affects many functions of your body.

This can lead to various health problems, such as weight loss, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia, and osteoporosis.

One of the key factors in managing hyperthyroidism is diet.

What you consume can affect your thyroid function, which can impact your hyperthyroidism symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hyperthyroidism, you should consume foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries, cruciferous vegetables, and vitamin D, and avoid foods rich in iodine, such as seaweed, dairy products, and iodized salt.

Now, apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from fermented apple juice.

People usually drink it diluted with water or use it as a dressing for salads and other dishes.

Apple cider vinegar is bad for hyperthyroidism because it contains acetic acid, which can interfere with the absorption of thyroid medication and lower the levels of thyroid hormone in your blood.

This can worsen your hyperthyroidism symptoms and make it harder to control your condition.

One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can give you about 1% of your daily potassium needs and negligible amounts of other nutrients.

Acetic acid can negatively affect hyperthyroidism by reducing the effectiveness of your thyroid medication and causing hypothyroidism, which is the opposite of hyperthyroidism and has its own set of problems.

Furthermore, apple cider vinegar is a type of acid and acid is bad for hyperthyroidism.

Because, acid can irritate your stomach and esophagus, especially if you have gastritis or ulcers, which are more common in people with hyperthyroidism.

That’s why I suggest you limit your apple cider vinegar intake to avoid these complications.

Stick to no more than one tablespoon per day, diluted with water, and preferably taken with meals.

To minimize the side effects, you should also rinse your mouth with water after drinking apple cider vinegar and avoid brushing your teeth right away, as it can erode your tooth enamel.

Also, you shouldn’t drink apple cider vinegar if you have kidney disease, low potassium levels, or allergies to apples or vinegar, to prevent further damage to your organs and worsening of your symptoms.

Because, apple cider vinegar can worsen these conditions by increasing the acidity of your urine, lowering your potassium levels, and triggering allergic reactions.

You can buy apple cider vinegar in your local market or online.

Always choose organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that contains the mother, which is the cloudy substance that settles at the bottom of the bottle.

Because, this type of apple cider vinegar is less processed and may contain some beneficial enzymes and bacteria.

You can store it in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to two years.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care, is key to managing hyperthyroidism effectively.

I always recommend my hyperthyroidism patients to follow a hyperthyroidism-friendly diet that avoids foods that can worsen their condition and includes foods that can support their thyroid health and overall well-being.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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