Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar helps to improve digestion because it increases stomach acid. Factors such as allergies, nutritional deficiencies, stress or drinking too much alcohol may all lead to a decrease in the production of stomach acid. Without enough stomach acid, food is not properly digested and the nutrients cannot be fully absorbed. Just think about it – what’s the point of eating the most nutritious foods if your body can’t break them down and absorb them properly!
Apple Cider Vinegar is also antibacterial so it can prevent digestive disorders related to infection such as inflammation or diarrhea. Sometimes microbes in your gut cause repeated inflammation of the lining of the large intestine (ulcerative colitis). In one animal study on mice with ulcerative colitis, diluted vinegar helped to suppress inflammation and eliminate the bad bacteria.
How to add it to your diet
1. Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of warm water with a little raw honey. A cup with every meal will help to prevent indigestion and heartburn.
2. For constipation, drink 2 teaspoons mixed in a glass of water when you wake up, with your main meal and just before you go to bed.
3. For diarrhea, drink 1 teaspoon mixed in 275ml water five times a day.
4. Quick fix: Take a dose of Apple Cider Vinegar as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms coming on. If you hate the taste, add some raw honey to make it more palatable.