Feeling Bloated? Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar and I have recently become very good friends. As I’ve aged, certain things like fiber, bloating and bowel movements have increasingly become a part of my daily lexicon. I know, its a far cry from beer bongs, pizza and 4 hour afternoon naps. I hate to admit that I’m getting old, but I’m just going to accept it for what it is. These days, I am way more in tune with what my body is telling me, and I now realize that certain foods make me feel terrible after consumption. Actually, even a lot of good-for-you foods make me feel not so good. I turned to the internet for a solution to my bloating and digestion issues. That’s when I discovered the miracle that is apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar boasts a myriad of health benefits. The #1 to me is the way is chases the bloat away. Most people think that an increase in stomach acid will cause intestinal discomfort, but in reality, acid helps slow the digestion of starch which is the cause in blood sugar spikes after meals. Apple cider vinegar works as a detox and will help to break down fats, and improves bowel workings. Not to mention its high in potassium which is great for this banana-hating girl.

Every day I drink a 32 oz apple cider vinegar “cocktail” listed below, and I have never felt better….digestionally speaking that is. Of course if you’re still pumping your body full of greasy fast food, apple cider vinegar is not going to make you suddenly feel like new. Its a small tool to use in conjunction with a clean and healthy diet. Try it for 2 weeks and let me know what you think!

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I start with 4 Tablespoons (adjust measurements depending on how much drink you’re making) of high quality, raw apple cider vinegar. Its important to use raw apple cider vinegar that has “the mother”. The mother is strands of enzymes made up of living nutrients and bacteria. It should make the bottle look cloudy. Processed apple cider vinegar is clear and has removed all these healthy enzymes. I use Bragg┬ábrand which can be found at most health food stores and on Amazon.

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I then add 10 drops of liquid stevia. Its pretty much only for taste. I mean, c’mon, you’re drinking vinegar. It sounds about as good as it tastes. Stevia is an all natural sweetener that helps the drink go down in my opinion. You can also buy this at health food stores or on amazon.

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For my own special twist, I then add 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. Ginger has long been known for its powerful digestive benefits and stomach healing properties. Didn’t your mom give you ginger ale when you had a tummy ache as a kid? Its a powerful heartburn blocker as well.

Fill up the rest of the bottle with filtered water, shake, and drink! I take one of these with me to go every single day, and as I said before, my internal mid section has never felt better.

Comments

  1. this is crazy, i just started doing the same thing about 3 weeks ago. not for digestive problems as much as to prevent a(nother) head cold. i feel great! at first it made me gag and now i am almost craving it. i’ve been completely sneezed on by a sick toddler and did not get a cold. i am sleeping better than ever. no stomach issues whatsoever. two enthusiastic thumbs up for apple cider vinegar! one thing i kept reading that the ACV wears off tooth enamel – i’ve been drinking mine with a straw and all seems good. great post, betZ – i like your ginger addition!

  2. Oh, girl! I don’t know that I could do it, but I like the idea of it. If I try it, However, I think you’ve inspired me. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  3. Just had my first drink. It was seriously delicious! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas with us :)

  4. Why must we age?? ;) I’ll be trying this out this week & next and hope it helps my poor tummy that’s easily influenced by my thyroid meds! Thanks girl!

  5. My inner scientist needs to know if you were much of a water drinker before this. Water is a great benefit that most of us don’t get enough of, so I’d like to know if you were a good water drinker before and then noticed a considerable improvement, or if this got you to start drinking more H20? Not skeptical, just curious about the rate of return in context :)

    • I was a pretty good water drinking before this, and am an EXCELLENT water drinker now. With or without the vinegar cocktail, I can promise anyone who ups their daily water intake will definitely feel a change

  6. I love ACV! I like to add ACV in a water bottle like you posted however I mix in an orange Emergan-C packet instead of stevia. This give’s the ACV water a nice orange tangy flavor that I love and I am adding my daily dose of vitamin C in as well. If the ACV flavor is too strong, I add a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice! So good!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I’m totally trying this. Just picked up my Bragg’s ACV from Whole Foods and I’m making myself a cocktail after work! I’ve had bloating and digestive issues for over the last 2 years and can’t find the culprit. Same as you, it’s sometimes even when I eat good for me foods. I’ve tried keeping a food journal and haven’t been able to find any consistent patterns. SO hoping this helps. I will forever owe you my life if it does! :)

  9. Anne Marie says:

    This is a brillant concotion…reminds me very much of kombucha. I turned 30 this year and just finished up grad school where I was totally abusing my body. At this point, my body is very sensitive to what I eat in terms of energy level, mood, and digestion/bloating. I’m hoping ACV will help balance me. How have you seen ACV improve things other than your gut? Do you take it first thing before coffee? I feel like the spice of the ginger could have a stimulating effect that mimics caffeine….

  10. Hi,
    If I was to make a 32oz concoction and drink during the day would I be adding in only 4 tablespoons or more? I was trying to looak at your size bottle and figure out if you were only doing like 8oz or 16 oz at a time..

    Thanks
    Heather

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  12. I have been using Bragg’s apple cider vinegar concoction for almost a year now. I too crave it now everyday, but it did take a couple of weeks. I use about 3 T. vinegar and 1/2 dropper full of stevia. I have not tried ginger, but will do that this week. I did go in for a check up about 3 months into my daily drink and my cholesterol dropped 11 points!!! Not sure if it had to do with it or not, but I can’t think of any other reason. Good for the immune system, among lots of benefits, and we can all use that. Love the blog!

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