Apple cider vinegar & The microbiome
What is microbiome?
The microbiome is the composition of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live on and inside the human body.
Trillions of microbes are found both on your skin and in your intestines. Those inside your intestines are located within your large intestine and are referred to as the ‘gut microbiome’.
Did you know that there are roughly 40 trillion bacterial cells versus 30 trillion human cells, meaning that you are more bacteria than you are human!
There are up to 1,000 different bacteria species in the gut microbiome, all playing a different role in the human body. Most of the species are essential in keeping good health, whilst others may cause diseases.
What is the importance of the microbiome?
Often referred to as the ‘forgotten organ’, the microbiome is very significant within the human body.
The microbiome wasn’t recognised until the late 1990s, but a lot of research has shown that the gut is essential for human development., nutrition and immunity. The bacteria within the microbiome are what help digest our food and produce vitamins including Vitamin B, K12, K, thiamine and riboflavin.
The gut microbiome actually starts to affect your body from birth, controlling the immune system, digestion of food and central nervous system.
These are just a few things that your gut microbiome can affect:
– Your weight
– Gut health
– Heart health
– Blood sugar level
– Brain health
How to IMPROVE gut microbiome
There are several ways in which you can improve your gut microbiome. Looking after your microbiome and the number of healthy bacteria in your gut cal help with: managing IBS, reducing cholesterol, lowering the risk of diabetes and improving mental health disorders.
Here’s how you can improve your gut microbiome:
– Introducing fermented foods into your diet.
– Eating a diverse range of foods. Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet can improve the growth of Bifidobacteria.
– Including more prebiotic & probiotic foods in your diet.
– Try out a plant-based diet. Vegetarian diets can help reduce levels of inflammation and cholesterol.
– Reduce your intake of artificial sweeteners. most artificial sweeteners include aspartame, which can increase blood sugar levels by stimulating bad bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar gut microbiome
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is great for digestion. Not only does it help your body digest food faster, but it’s also excellent in boosting your metabolism.
Willy’s apple cider vinegar contains natural probiotics (the friendly bacteria), which are known for helping boost your immune system and benefit your gut health.
Apple cider vinegar is packed with antioxidants that have the purpose of preventing damage to your body’s cells.
How to use apple cider vinegar to improve gut health
There are many ways in which you can consume apple cider vinegar to improve your gut health.
– Drizzle our apple cider vinegar a healthy and nutritious salad. You can mix it with some olive oil to create a super yummy salad dressing.
– Try mixing 1-2 tablespoons of our vinegar with some water and drinking it.
– You could make an ACV tea! Our fire cider ACV contains all of the ingredients needed to try to get over a cold or the flu. Try starting the day off by adding 1-2 tablespoons of this to a cup of warm water instead of a cup of tea or coffee.
– Adding some ACV to a fresh & fruity smoothie could be one of the best ways to start your day off.
Other gut-friendly food for the gut microbiome
– Brussel sprouts