Although not scientifically demonstrated to reduce gas, bloating and heartburn, anecdotal evidence has caused many holistic health practitioners to recommend apple cider vinegar as treatment for digestive distress. For gas and bloating, drink a glass of vinegar in water before each meal. For heartburn, drink it as soon as you feel symptoms. The vinegar helps bloating because it kick starts digestion so your stomach can better manage your meal.
Measure 1 tablespoon of plain apple cider vinegar.
Pour the vinegar into the bottom of your glass.
Top with 8 to 16 ounces of cool water. Stir to blend so you don't get a strong vinegar taste at the bottom. How much water you choose to use is based on your taste -- a strong vinegar flavor can be off-putting to some people.
Things You'll Need
Apple cider vinegar
8 to 16 ounces of room temperature water
If you cannot stand the taste of vinegar, heat the water and stir in a drizzle of honey along with the apple cider vinegar to make it more palatable.
You can also ease digestion by drinking apple cider vinegar and water throughout the day. Mix 2 to 5 tablespoons of vinegar in a water bottle with 16 ounces of water and take small sips all day long.
For the best quality vinegar for drinking, choose organic, unfiltered, unprocessed vinegar. These types may appear cloudy or murky, but this is a sign that the vinegar has not been overly processed.
Long-term, chronic consumption of apple cider vinegar can negatively affect your potassium levels and interfere with healthy bone density.
If you're on medications for diabetes or heart disease, check with your physician before adding regular apple cider vinegar cocktails to your diet. The vinegar could interact with medication.