Does Apple Cider Vinegar help with Bloating?
What is bloating?
Often linked to IBS, bloating is a build-up of gas that causes you to feel a full, tight feeling in your stomach. Let’s discuss if apple cider vinegar can reduce bloating and how Willy’s ACV can help.
What can cause bloating?
One of the main causes of bloating is constipation. This can lead to abdominal pain and bloating. There are several other causes of bloating such as eating too much, eating too quickly or eating foods that your body struggles with digesting.
Does apple cider vinegar help with bloating?
Let’s discuss the benefits of apple cider vinegar for bloating!
With apple cider vinegar being naturally acidic, it’s great to help raise stomach acid levels for those with low stomach acidity. Drinking apple cider vinegar results in slower digestion and reduced bloating! Apple cider vinegar also has antimicrobial properties which are great for attacking the bad bacteria that live in your stomach and intestines. It’s the excess bacteria in the upper intestines that cause you to bloat.
Despite there not being masses of scientific evidence on the theory of apple cider vinegar for bloating & gas, we & many of our Willy’s community have found great results drinking apple cider vinegar daily.
There are two links between apple cider vinegar and gut health; acetic acid and probiotic bacteria, both found in ACV.
The best apple cider vinegar for bloating is raw and unpasteurised apple cider vinegar as this is what contains ‘The Live Mother’- the probiotic bacteria.
Top tip: make sure you shake Willy’s ACV well before consuming it to ensure that you capture all of the good bacterias and yeast!
How to use our apple cider vinegar for bloating
You can either:
– Shot. We recommend diluting 2 teaspoons of our ACV with a small glass of water. Apple cider vinegar can help with bloating if you sip the drink before or after every meal.
– Drizzle. Mix with some olive oil and drizzle over the top of a yummy salad!
– Stir. Stir our apple cider vinegar into a smoothie, non-alcoholic cocktail or in with your meal.
Alternative foods to help reduce the bloat
Here are just a few foods we recommend eating to prevent the dreaded bloat from making an appearance:
– Fermented foods (kombucha, kefir & sauerkraut) – Can help flatten your uncomfortable stomach. Fermented foods are loaded with probiotics which are great for your gut and can help reduce gas.
– Rocket, artichokes, watercress & chicory – Great for stimulating your digestive system and bile flow, bile is essential to helping your liver rid of toxins and encourages the body to digest fats.
– ACV (of course) – Apple cider vinegar can help with bloating through its natural acids raising stomach acid levels.
– Fruits & vegetables – It’s important to incorporate fruits and veg such as oranges, bananas and broccoli into your diet. Having high levels of fibre and potassium is essential when trying to reduce bloating.
You may also want to try some exercise, such as going for a walk. It’s known that going for a walk after a meal can often help you relieve some of the trapped gas and bloat, especially if it’s linked to constipation! Some exercise can also help increase blood flow and circulation which is linked to relieving gas.