Apple cider vinegar is a staple in our kitchen. The word vinegar comes from the Latin words vinum (wine) and acer (sour) and in essence, vinegar is just that: sour wine.
Apple cider vinegar is a fermented liquid made by crushing apples, then squeezing out the juice. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, which converts the sugars to alcohol. In a second fermentation step, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (Acetobacter species).
Apple cider has only recently come into the spotlight when it comes to health and wellbeing. Most people don’t fully understand the amazing health benefits it can have on the whole body and how ACV is an effective and powerful natural remedy.
Below we dive into 3 key Health benefits of incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar into your daily diet
1. Restores Gut Balance
2. Aids Digestion and Absorption of Nutrients
3. A Natural Probiotic and Prebiotic
Restores Gut Balance
Bloating is a common and uncomfortable phenomenon most of us experience from time to time, however, feeling bloated is not normal. One of our recommendations is to drink 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and lemon in warm water before meals, to help to stimulate stomach acid production. This supports your body to help break down food effectively.
Strong stomach acid is required to maintain the correct pH of your small intestine. Ensuring you have the right pH in your small intestine will discourage the growth of the wrong types of bacteria or yeasts. The stronger our stomach acid, the better the balance of bacteria is. .
Aids Digestion and Absorption of Nutrients
You’ve probably heard the phrase “you are what you eat” but an actual fact “you are what you absorb”. Think about it, if we are eating the most nutrient dense foods possible yet not breaking them down adequately enough to actually get to the nutrients they contain….. what’s the point?
There are a number of contributing factors which contribute to poor digestion and absorption. Stress, poor diet and conventional medicine like antibiotics are a few of the more common reasons that can directly affect your digestive process.
The digestive tract from your tongue to your rectum plays a vital role in all aspects of our health. It’s the mechanism through which we receive the nutrients necessary to sustain life and is a vital component of the immune system.
As soon as we see, smell or think about food, our stomach cells begin secreting hydrochloric acid (HCI). The role of HCI in the stomach, along with the other gastric juices, is to break down foods and cause the release of enzymes that further aid digestion. Because of its highly acidic properties, HCI is able to dissolve many of the foods we eat.
Many people suffer from low stomach acid which affects your ability to absorb nutrients such as calcium from your food. Most people don’t know how amazing AVC is for digestion. Its cleansing properties are known to aid digestion by stimulating the flow of enzymes and saliva in the mouth. ACV stimulates hydraulic acid because its acidic properties introduce more acid to the digestive tract.
Try adding ACV into your daily routine. It’s as simple as adding a drizzle of ACV over your salad or veggies to gain the rich protein and enzymes that can help break down bacteria in your food you eat.
ACV a Natural Probiotic and Prebiotic
You’ve probably heard all about probiotics. They are live microorganisms that help with digestion and destroy harmful bacteria. Probiotics help promote a healthy gut which is the home to 70 percent of your immune system.
ACV must be purchased raw or unpasteurized in order for it to still contain the beneficial bacteria. “The mother,” the stringy strands in the vinegar are where probiotics and other nutrients are found.
It doesn’t stop there: ACV also contains prebiotics from the fermented apples. Prebiotics, as opposed to probiotics, are a special form of fiber. They are considered the food for the friendly bacteria (probiotics) that are in your gut - without them, the good bacteria can’t grow.
Prebiotics and probiotics both support the body in building and maintaining a healthy colony of bacteria and other microorganisms, which supports the gut and aids digestion.
As well as the amazing health benefits, Apple Cider Vinegar Is a great ingredient to add delicious flavour to just about anything. Use in dressings and marinades, or simply take a teaspoon daily for general well-being.
Here’s a great recipe to help you incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar;
Dressing (makes more than needed for 1 meal):
Tip: make sure you get the Raw Unfiltered “with the mother” apple cider vinegar to reap all the benefits
Love from the Ripe Deli Family xx