How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Improve Digestion
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Apple cider vinegar is a powerful natural remedy for heartburn and indigestion. Let’s take a closer look at why this simple remedy works, and how you can use apple cider vinegar to naturally get rid of heartburn, reduce belly bloat and gas, and generally improve digestion.
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a heavy feeling in your gut?
Feel like you have a rock/small baby hippopotamus in your belly hours after eating a meal?
Experience heartburn, bloating, or burping soon after eating?
If yes, it’s very likely that you’re not digesting your food properly.
These uncomfortable feelings were so well-known to me that I used to just let them slide as “normal”.
But there is no such thing as “normal” pain or discomfort: it’s a sign from our body that something is amiss.
There’s no doubt about it: proper digestion is key to a healthy body.
The digestive tract — from your tongue to your tushie — plays a vital role in all aspects of our health.
It’s the mechanism through which we receive the nutrients necessary to sustain life, and is a vital component of the immune system.
But think about it: if we are eating the most nutrient-dense foods possible yet not breaking them down adequately enough to actually get to the nutrients they contain… what’s the point?
… and proper stomach acid levels are necessary for proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
As soon as we see, smell, or think about food, our stomach cells begin secreting hydrochloric acid (HCl).
HCl plays a vital role in protein digestion by converting pepsinogen into the enzyme pepsin, which breaks proteins down into amino acids.
It also promotes the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins A and E by stimulating the release of pancreatic enzymes and bile into the small intestine.
Without adequate stomach acid, food isn’t properly broken down and digested, nor are nutrients properly assimilated.
This is a BIG. DEAL.
Factors such as stress, excess carbohydrate consumption, nutrient deficiencies, allergies, and excess alcohol can decrease HCl production.
And according to Jonathon Wright, MD — author of Why Stomach Acid is Good for You — approximately 90% of Americans produce too little stomach acid.
(Now if you’re thinking “Oh, well I have acid reflux/GERD so I make too much stomach acid”, think again. Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux and GERD – gastroesophageal reflux disease – are actually caused by low stomach acid. While antacids do help to alleviate the symptoms, they do not remedy the underlying cause. To learn all of the details, check our Chris Kresser’s 6-part series on the topic.)
Apple cider vinegar improves digestion by increasing stomach acid production.
It’s as simple as that!
By increasing stomach acid production, apple cider vinegar helps our bodies properly break down and digest our food.
How to use apple cider vinegar to improve digestion:
Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one glass (8 oz) of water and drink 15-20 minutes before a meal.Be sure to use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the mother. If desired, increase to 2 teaspoons.
“Swish” and drink a few more sips of water to prevent the acid from affecting tooth enamel and irritating your throat.
Have you used ACV to improve your digestion?
How did it go!? Please share with us in the comments below!
Regarding heart burn. My daughter has horrible acid reflux and SIBO. Question: while we try to get to the root of the problem, how do you recommend relieving the symptoms without relying on things like PPIs (Pepcid)?
Before a meal, or before every meal?
Before every meal, or just one meal?
I take acc tablets and what a difference. I have had stomach problems for years. Dr has me on protonic and I was still having problems. Read about acc and bought the tablets. I swear by them.
after forty years of High Blood Pressure I discovere that three teaspoon daily of ACV was lowering my BP when medications stop working for me.
I have suffered from stomach pain and gas after eating a meal for many years. Tried probiotics, enzymes, etc. but nothing worked. Just started taking ACV unfiltered with Mother – a teaspoon with about 8 ounce of warm water 10 minutes before meals, three times a day. What a difference. No pain, most of the gas gone and just a great feeling of going to the bathroom in the morning. This is about the best I felt in a very long time. I am hoping that in few months digestion will improve so I can reduce or eliminate taking it. If not, I can live with it as alternative is just painful.
hello! I have been experiencing a very full feeling in my stomach after eating an average serving. Uncomfortable. I get air in my stomach from I don’t know where. I do not smoke, drink through a straw or chew gum. I do not drink soda or carbonated beverages. I end up belching which helps but not pleasant. Tonight I tried the apple cider vinegar in water. The fullness is not with me, however still feeling the air. Maybe in time?
This is just fascinating to read. I was always under the impression because of the acidity, ACV was really hard on the stomach. I’m so glad I read this — super informative! Thank you so much for sharing, Nadia!!
I use ACV all of the time to help with my digestion after a big meal. I usually take a shot mixed with water and I start feeling less full within 30 mins. It’s my miracle solution to poor digestion.
I also keep a bottle of ACV tablets next to my bed for when I wake up in the middle of the night with sour stomach. I take 1 tablet and it balances out the acid. I’m still amazed at how well it works for me.
Hi Barbara – if you get hives from vinegar I would steer clear of it generally. If you’re looking to improve your digestion, a digestive enzyme supplement or low dose HCl sounds like it would be a better option for you.
Can Apple Cider Vinegar tablets be used in place of liquid ACV? I get hives from vinegar.
Does white vinegar work like apple cider vinegar?
I drank asv for 2 or 3 weeks and all of a sudden my tummy got huge my chest began to hurt I thought I was having a heart attack. I also began to get food caught somewhere before my stomach almost choking and my tummy kept getting bigger and bigger. Then I could no longer go to the bathroom. The day the pain in my chest didn’t stop after a minute or 2 I thought I should try water and baking soda so I did and the pain stopped. So I cut out the ASV and thank God the pain went away by the next day. That was about 6 months ago. I still get foo caught sometimes my tummy is still huge and I can’t go to the bathroom without prunes yogurt apple juice and whatever else I can’t think of. I’ve never had any of these problems. I haven’t had a normal b.s. since then. Its starting to get uncomfortable. I don’t go to doctors ill practice on my self thank you. I’m about to get a laxative and really don’t want to do that. All of this started with Braggs ASV. It did make my skin hydrated while I drank it unfortunately since I stopped and to today I’m all dried out. I thought it would be good for me after everything I read. It wasn’t and it isn’t. I think it really messed me up. I haven’t seen or read about it doing this to anyone. I wonder why. I have a bad back and with all of this I think it made my back worse. I’ve had to slow way down and at 62 that is not a good Idea. Thanks for listening. JQ