Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy for many digestive problems. If you suffer from gas, you probably turn to over-the-counter digestive aids to calm the pain and bloating. However, apple cider vinegar may help to quell your symptoms and provide relief. If you have serious digestive upset, make sure you see a doctor to have your condition properly diagnosed.
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Apple cider vinegar contains many nutrients that can help improve your health, like pectin, potassium and acetic acid, according to Kimberly Synder, author of "The Beauty Detox Solution." Apple cider vinegar is most effective for digestive problems when it's in its organic form, Synder notes. Organic apple cider vinegar contains more enzymes because it hasn't been filtered. The enzymes purportedly relieve gas and related digestive issues.
Gas and Indigestion
If your gas is the result of indigestion, you can remedy it by drinking one cup of water with 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar mixed in, according to Dr. Earl Mindell, author of "Dr. Earl Mindell's Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar." The vinegar aids digestion and helps prevent constipation, a primary cause of gas, Mindell claims. Add honey to the mixture to make it taste better.
Gas and Food Poisoning
If your gas is the result of food poisoning, you may benefit from drinking apple cider vinegar as well. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, apple cider vinegar possibly possesses antimicrobial properties that can calm unpleasant symptoms. Though scientific studies on using apple cider vinegar for this purpose are lacking, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends trying it anyway to relieve your symptoms. Drink one cup of water with 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar mixed in several times a day.
Drinking diluted apple cider vinegar for gas won't cause harm to most people. However, according to MayoClinic.com, apple cider vinegar can interfere with drugs like insulin and diuretics and cause throat and stomach irritation.
- "The Beauty Detox Solution"; Kimberly Snyder, CNS; 2011
- "Dr. Earl Mindell's Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar"; Dr. Earl Mindell; 2002
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Food Poisoning
- MayoClinic.com; Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss: Effective?; Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.; April 2010