apple cider vinegar for bloating: does it work?
There is in fact a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar may help with easing bloating and digestive discomfort.
It’s known that ACV with ‘The Mother’ can help to support gut health due to its probiotic properties. However, people are now suggesting that apple cider vinegar can help with bloating. This isn’t hugely surprising as there are obvious links between the two.
SO, FIRST WHAT IS BLOATING?
In very simple terms, bloating is the build-up of gas in the stomach or intestines. This is a very normal occurrence, however it can sometimes cause discomfort in certain circumstances.
Bloating can often occur due to the following reasons:
- Eating too quickly
- Eating foods that are hard for the body to digest
- Eating too much in one sitting
- Bacteria migrating to the small intestine (SIBO)
There doesn’t appear to be any direct cure for bloating, it tends to just pass with time. However, some people do suggest that ACV may help.
ACV is naturally acidic, and therefore in people with low stomach acidity, ACV may help to raise stomach acid levels and therefore aid digestion. Consequently, this may prevent gas and bloating, caused by slow digestion.
In addition to this, ACV is antimicrobial, meaning it may help kill bacteria in the stomach or intestines. Excess bacteria or bacteria in the upper intestines release gases that may lead to bloating, therefore another way that ACV may help with symptoms.
HOW TO USE ACV FOR BLOATING?
Adding a tablespoon of ACV to a small glass of warm (not boiling) water and then drinking it before or after a meal or when a person feels bloated is all they need to do. Adding a hint of lemon or honey may enhance the flavour – or our Honey & Turmeric ACV.
A number of drinks, salad dressings, and other foods also contain ACV that may help to relieve symptoms of bloating. Check out the recipes section on our website for some inspiration.