Apple Cider Vinegar ~ Sour but Sweet As for you Bro!

Apple Cider Vinegar ~ I first heard of it  in my early years of college. Likely a lecturer told us of it in glowing terms and we all promptly went out to our local health food store and bought a bottle of it then brought it back into lectures the following week, diluted in our non-BPA or recycled glass jar drinking bottles.

Nutriwankers. Seriously, have I told you how wanker-ish we were in college? It was like Cupcake Wars but with gluten-free grains, egg substitutes and kale where butter icing should be. And I bowed out of those wars because I like butter.

Anyhoo, as well as my regular use of actual butter I do still drink apple cider vinegar.

An acid cocktail!

An acid cocktail!

Now apple cider vinegar is touted as a cure for many ailments and if you’d like a comprehensive list you can find many out there, but I shan’t be detailing its varied uses around the home and for pets because well, that’s not how or why I use it. Ok, I’ve just caught myself telling a lie because I do use it to wash fresh produce: I dilute it into warm water in the kitchen sink and soak the fruit or veg in it, then scrub and rinse.

Except I don’t always do this. I do when I can remember to be mindful*. Otherwise I just wash all of my fruit and veg in warm water.

(Do you find that you have to remember to be mindful? It’s ironic isn’t it.)

Blah, blah, blah off tangent again. Now here’s why I drink apple cider vinegar:

Because it’s vinegar, which is acetic acid. And an acidic environment in the gut enhances digestion.

Recently, owing to having my internal organs squished up and my esophagus at closer proximity to the contents of my stomach, coupled with the progesterone flowing through my blood stream loosening all the ligaments in order to prepare for my baby’s head to pass through my pelvis: I have been suffering heartburn.

But it’s not really heartburn is it? It’s not my heart burning, it’s my throat! It’s such a pisser of an affliction, one that really gets the moans and woe-is-me going on. Partly I treat this with a teaspoon of Gaviscon, but only if it’s really bothering me and mostly I treat it with preventative measures such as taking apple cider vinegar in water before meals.

It might seem odd to treat acid reflux with an acidic drink, BUT often one can be suffering acid reflux because they aren’t producing sufficient digestive acids to begin with ~ producing bubblings and gurglings and regurgitated food bits, ew.

Apple cider vinegar will deliver acids to the gut but also stimulate the secretion of digestive acids from the gut and as such, promote optimal digestion.

Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar will also enhance the absorption of minerals from food and this is an important thing to note because mineral deficiencies underlie many dis-ease states: consider iron and oxygen levels or immunity, calcium and magnesium and bone health or central nervous system function or muscle contraction; zinc and tissue healing or immunity or hormone regulation.

It’s likely the increased absorption and digestion of nutrients from food is a large contributing factor to apple cider vinegar’s long standing reputation as natural remedy go-to.

Cheers.

Cheers.

I say “likely” because extensive and conclusive human studies on apple cider vinegar and how it works are not high on the list of research grants to be funded. However, the benefits of apple cider vinegar on glucose metabolism has been clinically observed and warrants further investigation as well as a keen sit up and take notice to all of those who have insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and diabetes. And that would be a LOT of people.

In one small study (29 people divided into three groups of diabetic, pre-diabetic and healthy) when taken before meals, apple cider vinegar (20g apple cider vinegar: 40g water) improved insulin sensitivity and reduced spikes and dips in both glucose and insulin that occur after meals ~ most significantly in those with pre-diabetic symptoms.

Acetic acid has been shown to suppress the activity of an enzyme responsible for breaking down disaccharides (two sugar molecules joined together) as well as enhance the uptake of glucose into muscle tissue.

In other words: apple cider vinegar can prolong the liberation of sugars from food into the blood stream and when the sugars do get there, it will pull them out of the blood and store them more effectively in skeletal muscle. AND it will improve the activity of insulin: whose job it is to carry sugar out of the blood and into the tissues for use and storage.

 

How’d you like them apples?!

 

How to drink apple cider vinegar:

Now don’t be buying anything but the top quality, murky looking apple cider vinegar from the health food store that has the picture of the lady in the straw hat with a Bible quote on the label (Bragg’s.)

The murkiness is due to the vinegar containing all the GOOD stuff which is known as “the mother” it’s kind of like the worm at the bottom of the tequila bottle.

To begin with you will find apple cider vinegar mouth-pursingly sour and not look forward to drinking it. Suck it up buttercup, it’s good for you.

Mix one or two teaspoons into a small glass of water, stir well and down the hatch! Once you acquire a taste for it you can increase this to a tablespoon. Or you can do as I do and make a big ol’ batch of it, keep it in the fridge for the day and pour a glass before meals as well as drink it as a refreshing beverage in between.

I mix apple cider vinegar with fresh cut lemon and honey, muddle like I’m a cocktail maker, top with water and away I go.

Non-BPA, glass bottle, ode to the wanker.

Non-BPA, glass bottle, ode to the wanker.

I trust I have inspired you? Good. Now pop thee on in to thy local health food store and ask for apple cider vinegar with the mother.

~Yours in good health and preventative medicine, K180, x

 

References:

Vinegar Improves Insulin Sensitivity to a High-Carbohydrate Meal in Subjects With Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes.

What the Research Really Says about Apple Cider Vinegar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Christie @ Fig & Cherry says:

    It’s surprising how quickly you get used to the sourness, now I love it! Great idea to make a jug up, will be doing that xx

    • It’s like that with any food that’s good for you. I’m waiting and waiting for my husband to come around to beetroot but you can’t even sneak it onto a burger! x

  2. I had no idea it stopped heartburn! I am going to tell me dad, and glug it back before a meal myself!

    Also, I used ACV to fix my awful, most painful ever in my life, pregnancy sunburn. And it worked REALLY well. And I use it to condition Lior’s hair. Haha.

    • It may or may not be the answer to heartburn, it’s a matter of trial and error. IF the issue is insufficient gastric acid then yes, it ought to help. But if the issue is slackened esophageal tissue or an ulcer for example then apple cider vinegar won’t help there! For myself I was a bit nervous to take it as I’ve been experiencing pregnancy related heartburn but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t repeat on me. I still have to take a teaspoon of Gaviscon a couple of times a day but you know what sets off my heartburn the most? My fish oil and multivitamins! Ironic… 😉

  3. I bought some of this but had no idea what to do with it. Now I will away and swill some to aid my gurgling tummy…

  4. Thank you! A very appropriate post-Christmas dinner day topic… =) going to share this on the Zimt FB page.

  5. Just went and bought the last bottle in the health shop as the first step towards a healthier 2014. It looks all cloudy and medicinal!

  6. katie pepper says:

    I read this a few weeks ago and bought myself a bottle! For weeks I’ve have gurgly-belly-bloatiness and I know if I go to the doctor I’d be sent for a battery of tests, put on nasty antibiotics and probably be no better at the end of it all… So I’m going to trial the apple cider vinegar! It tastes bloody awful but I’ll get used to it. Anything else to de-bloat, aside from buying larger jeans so I don’t have to undo the button and zipper when I eat/sit/drive? (Note, if it doesn’t help, I promise to go to the doctor…!)

    • Hmmm, have you changed anything in your diet or lifestyle? Have you been exposed to a gastro bug or other illness? And what are your other symptoms (changes to poo, farty, pain?)

      • katie pepper says:

        I am a nurse so constantly exposed to gastro-like illnesses (but I maintain that I’ve never actually had it, touch wood). I’m just bloated with perhaps a bit extra fartiness but not extreme. There’s a mild achy pain a fair bit of the time. A few years ago I think I had giardia post-travel and the symptoms I have now are similar but a bit milder. I’m very regular, although sometimes I feel a bit ill before I go… but as soon as it’s out, I’m better. Ideas?

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