Apple Cider Vinegar

You have probably heard people talking about the new trend of using apple cider vinegar for many health benefits. But this is not a new buzz, apple cider vinegar has been used for years to help aid in digestion. This is something that you should make a staple in your household if you have any digestive issues.

Let’s move on to some vital info. This comes directly from: http://www.livestrong.com/article/530301-can-apple-cider-vinegar-help-digestion/

Vinegar Basics

According to The Vinegar Institute, vinegar is formed via a two-step process. First, yeast ferments natural sugars — such as those in apples — into alcohol. Second, a bacterial microorganism called Acetobacter ferments the alcohol into acetic acid. The process is delicate and requires specific timing and supervision. Aside from its acetic acid, vinegar also contains water and numerous vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making it a favorite substance among natural-health devotees who prize its nutritive value.

Remember a few posts ago that I mentioned that fermented types of foods are made to ease and prevent diverticulitis flareups? This is one of the ways that this little bit of liquid gold heals and protects your insides. Moving on….

Vinegar and Digestion

Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a digestive aid. As people age, their bodies’ production of natural digestive enzymes decreases, limiting the breakdown of food during digestion and often causing digestive distress such as gas, bloating and stomach pain. Apple cider vinegar can be a beneficial addition to the diet in this situation. In fact, naturopathic physician Mona Morstein of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, states that apple cider vinegar is naturally very high in digestive enzymes.

So now that you have some idea of how it works and why it is a benefit for digestive problems, let’s see how we can use this in every day life.

While some people prefer to take this straight, 2 tablespoons before meals, this is not always a tasty way to get some apple cider vinegar into your regular diet. One thing that I have tried in the past to combine apple cider vinegar with other things that I needed to add into my diet is to combine equal parts apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and water. Take it like a shot because it is potent![ It is also a cure for sore throats and colds.] An easy transition to add into your meals without the shock of bitterness, is to add a cap full or 2 over your prepared salad or in addition to a homemade dressing. If a dressing recipe calls for vinegar, substitute in the apple cider vinegar. You can also use this trick that I have found to also sneak health into my every day meals. I add several caps of it to my potato salad along with mayonnaise. Using the apple cider vinegar allows me to cut back on mayonnaise, or if I want even less fat I will pair the vinegar with mustard rather than mayonnaise when I make a batch of potato salad that serves 4-6. Add 1-2 tbsps to your smoothies. But start off on the lower end since it can overpower the other flavors, and build your way up. Add a few tbsps to detox water when you make a pitcher. Add some to a cup of herbal tea.

Remember this is only an aid, not a cure all. As with anything you can overdo it, so make sure you don’t go crazy with this and take too much over an extended period of time.  Thanks for reading and happy eating!

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